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Edmiston to serve in state tourism

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Dardenne appoints Ruston-native as assistant secretary
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Kyle Edmiston, president and CEO of the Ruston-Lincoln Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau, will be moving up to work on the state level effective May 1.
On Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne appointed Edmiston to the position of assistant secretary of the state Office of Tourism.
Edmiston has served the Ruston-Lincoln CVB for six years.

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Ruston in good financial shape

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Dozens gathered at Squire Creek Country Club in Choudrant Tuesday afternoon, and it was for more than just a hot meal and chance at chatting with those in attendance.
While the crowd ate, they also were informed on the economy by Richard W. Fisher, president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve in Dallas. Fisher said the Dallas branch handled the 2008 economic crisis the best, and that the Ruston community was also one of the most well managed areas in the nation.

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Residents help clean up Ruston

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On March 17, Keep Lincoln Parish Beautiful held an event as part of the nationwide movement, the Great American Cleanup.
The Great American Cleanup is lead by Keep American Beautiful. According to their website, “Keep America Beautiful follows a practical approach that unites citizens, businesses and government to find solutions that advance our core issues of preventing litter, reducing waste and beautifying communities.”

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Furry Fun Walk a barking success

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It may be March, but it felt like the Dog Days of Summer last Saturday as more than 300 local canines and their owners swarmed Cook Park to participate in the Fifth Annual Furry Fun Walk, sponsored by Ruston Parks and Recreation.
It was a barking success.
The annual event was the largest in the six-year history, which includes a walk along the trail in the park, gifts, playtime for the animals, giveaways for the animals and their owners and plenty of socializing. The event has been popular in the past, moving from the park offices to Cook Park two years ago to create a better environment for the dogs. The open area of the park allows for more playing and socializing for the pets.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of NELA name honorees at annual meeting

Congratulations is due to the Volunteers of the Year for 2012 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Louisiana (NELA). This year’s honorees are:
• Volunteer of the Year Doug Harvey who is a Big Brother in Lincoln Parish and volunteered hours of his time to serve as Coordinator of Run for Kids’ Sake for the past two years. Under his guidance, this fun 5K walk/run and fundraiser doubled in size from its first to its second year. This event raises the local funds that let Big Brothers Big Sisters serve more children in the region.

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GSU names Hall inductees

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Legends’ new class features large group of grid stars
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GRAMBLING — At Grambling State University, football has long been king and that fact is certainly portrayed vividly with the announcement of another GSU Legends Hall of Fame class.
Of the dozen individuals who will be honored in July exactly half excelled on the gridiron.
That group consists of wide receiver Trumaine Johnson, defensive back Albert Lewis, wide receiver Jake Reed, defensive lineman Alphonse Dotson, running back Preston Powell and running back Essex Johnson.

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Jessie’s Jottings

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Alright sports fans, I was watching ESPN and came across a story that made me giggle.
Apparently, Magic Johnson and a group of investors have bought the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Yes, you read right, Magic Johnson is a co-owner of a baseball team. This is something that no one could see coming, but then again, I could expect this from him.

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Bulldogs thump Demons, 8-2

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Beau Bayliss, Austin Hedges and Jacob Derouen were a combined nine-for-12 from the plate, as Louisiana Tech University defeated Northwestern State 8-2 Tuesday night at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
Bayliss and Hedges were three-for-four with two runs batted in and scored a run, while Derouen was three-for-four and scored two runs to lead the Bulldogs, as Tech moved to 12-12 on the season and the Demons dropped to 10-13.

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Bearcats roll past Tide, 18-3

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MINDEN — Ruston High’s baseball made it four victories in a row with an 18-3 pounding of Minden High Tuesday afternoon.
The victory boosted the Bearcats’ record to 14-5 entering a Thursday home game against Bastrop starting at 6 p.m.
On Friday, RHS will play host to Ravyille in both varsity and junior varsity action that is set to begin at 4:30 p.m. On Saturday, a District 2-5A doubleheader will be held at Bastrop starting at noon.

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Cardio tennis on RPAR slate

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The Ruston Parks and Recreation Department is now featuring cardio tennis as a popular full body, calorie burning program at the city courts located adjacent to James Stadium. All of the various aspects of tennis are featured along with cardiovascular exercise. Additional information is available by contacting Phoebe Thomas at 337-540-3734 or emailing her at phoebe. thomas@gmail.com.

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