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Buggs

Scotty Buggs, 58, of Ruston, died July 30. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at New Hope Baptist Church. A wake will be held from 6 p.m. until on Wednesday at New Hope Baptist Church. Burial will be at Hills of St. David in Vienna.

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Cherry

Craig S. Cherry, 63, of Ruston, has died. Services are incomplete under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Ruston.

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Local residents receive help around the house

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More than 250 youth and 75 adults from around the state gathered in Ruston last week to take part in the annual Weekend of the CROSS sponsored by Trinity United Methodist Church.
Weekend of the CROSS, which stands for Christians Reaching Out in the Savior’s Service, offers teens from various areas a chance to focus on their faith by serving the community. The students worked during the day, worshiped at night and slept at Louisiana Tech University.
Participants traveled from as far as Morgan City to take part in the event, which featured service projects in Ruston, Grambling, Simsboro, Athens, Downsville, Dubach and Choudrant. Trinity Youth Pastor the Rev. Brian Mercer said most of the projects involved painting and building wheelchair ramps, but there were other projects in homes as well.

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Family Day in Park set for Saturday

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Local students have a chance to have fun and go home with some loot this weekend during the seventh annual Family Day in the park Back-to-School Jamboree sponsored by the Tellis Cooper Foundation.
Joy Tellis Cooper, founder of the organization, is a Ruston native and comes back each year from her home in Atlanta to help children from her old neighborhood by handing out school supplies at the Jamboree.
“I’m giving back to my community,” Tellis Cooper said. “I understand the pressures that can be on parents to get school supplies, especially now that we’re going through an economic hardship. That’s why the foundation is trying to do what it’s doing.”

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RHS preps for first school day

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Ruston High School will hold its 2010-11 Prep Days from 8:30-11 a.m. Aug. 9-12, in the girls’ gym.
Each grade will have a designated Prep Day during this week. On Aug. 9, all seniors should report to the girls’ gym and be prepared to pay the homeroom fee ($15), pay debts from last year and pick up class schedules.  Juniors will report on Aug. 10 and sophomores on Aug. 11. Juniors and sophomores must also be prepared to pay the $15 homeroom fee and any existing debts.
Prep Day for incoming freshmen will be Aug. 12. In addition to paying the $15 homeroom fee and picking up class schedules, freshmen will have their ID picture made, so they will need to wear their RHS school uniform shirt. Any debt from Ruston Junior High School must be paid before a student will be allowed to participate in Prep Week. Any student who does not pay the $15 homeroom fee or pay an existing debt will not be given a class schedule.

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Teen passenger killed in single-vehicle crash

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A 17-year-old passenger was killed in a single-vehicle crash in Union Parish.
The crash occurred at about 2:55 a.m. Saturday. Louisiana State Police Troop F Troopers investigated the crash and determined that a 1986 Ford F-150 truck was traveling west on Tiger Bend Road when the driver lost control of the vehicle in a curve.
The truck ran off the right side of the road and rotated clockwise, striking several small trees. The truck then rolled over several times before coming to rest on its roof.

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District 5: Unstoppable?

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Maybe this is the year for Eddie Parkman and his Louisiana District 5 baseball team.
For seven years now, including the last five, they’ve reached the Big League World Series in Easley, S.C.
They’ve become as familiar around the Red Owens Complex as the hospitality exhibited by the townspeople.

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’Dogs: New look for uniforms

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Tech will bring back blue pants for road games
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Louisiana Tech head football coach Sonny Dykes announced the new uniform combinations for the 2010 football season Friday with the return of blue pants for road games highlighting the changes.
Participants at the inaugural Pigskins and Pearls Women’s Clinic and Luncheon got a sneak preview of the uniform combinations Thursday afternoon.
As a part of the athletic department’s contract, Nike is the official supplier of uniforms for the LA Tech football team.

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State ‘passport’ comes with ‘tour guide’

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Anyone who lives in or visits Louisiana can see that it is a cradle of unique history and culture, but there are many state residents who are unaware of where those traditions originated. With the sluggish economy and people sticking close to home this summer, being transported back in time at Louisiana’s museums is a great way to “vacation” on the cheap.
Now, state residents have an incentive to learn more about the culture and history of Louisiana by participating in the Heroes and Heritage Trail, a Secretary of State promotion. Visit 11 of the 17 state museums and you’re eligible for an overnight stay in Louisiana’s Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge. Scheduling is on a first-come first-serve basis, and travel is at the participant’s expense. However, the cost of gas when traveling the few hours to the capitol city will be negligible in comparison to a free night’s stay and a change of scenery. The city has more to offer than you might think.
Those who visit Baton Rouge should take the time to explore not just the tourist attractions but other parts of the city as well. As a former resident with a special place in my heart for the “Red Stick,” as it’s called, allow me to be your unofficial tour guide.

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LTC Ruston branch staying on smart course

It’s no secret that our state colleges – Louisiana Tech and Grambling State included — have taken some tremendous budget cuts in recent years.
Gov. Bobby Jindal’s No. 1 goal in his comprehensive plan to redesign workforce development is to strengthen and prioritize community and technical colleges to match workforce needs, meet market demand and fill available jobs.
But even our community colleges weren’t spared the budget axe as the Louisiana Community and Technical College System took a $2 million cut for the upcoming 2010-11 academic year.

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