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April 27th

Hideaway Park applies for FHA grant for trails

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Even with a Frisbee golf course, a lake and plenty of picnic tables and pavilions, Hideaway Park is looking at an even bigger facelift thanks to Louisiana Tech University.
Approved by the Ruston city aldermen in a special meeting last week, Tech received support to apply for a grant for Hideaway Park through the Federal Highway Administration to complete recreational trails nestled behind the Thomas Assembly Center in the park.
Tech Director of Recreation Bob Dowling said the $96,000 grant would go toward extending the trail at the park.

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Farmers market set to open fifth season Saturday

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The Ruston Farmers Market will celebrate its fifth season when it opens from 8 a.m. until noon Saturday.
The market is held rain or shine each Saturday of the season, and is located in the public parking lot on the corner of Louisiana Avenue and South Monroe Street in downtown Ruston. The parking lot is provided courtesy of the City of Ruston.
Vendors will be selling produce, flowers, plants and Louisiana-made food products.

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Musicians rock Wildwood Express Showcase

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The Joe Woods Wildwood Express Showcase was held on Saturday at the Dixie Center for the Performing Arts. Left: Jeff Woods and Travis Woods indulged in a bit of rock ‘n’ roll with “Johnny Be Good.” Middle: Alice Prophit took the stage as the first singer of the evening. Right: Wildwood Express guitarist Joe Burton steps up to perform “Billy’s White Lies.”

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Weekend set for music conference

The Fourth Annual M2MS Singers and Musicians Conference will be held at Mount Harmony Baptist Church today and Saturday.
“Our mission is to empower, impart and encourage singers and musicians for the task God has entrusted with us as minstrels,” said event organizer Martvius Mims.
Numerous speakers and musicians are performing at the event, said Mims, including: Tegitra Thomas, Sharon Jackson, Kevan Beamon, Kim Burrell (friend of the late Whitney Houston), Hilton Louis and Allen Fontenot. Fontenot recently made it to the semifinal auditions of BET’s gospel reality show “Sunday’s Best.”

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RCT to present ‘AGYG’

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The historical Wild West is gathering for four performances of “Annie Get Your Gun,” Ruston Community Theatre’s Gale and Lucy Chumley Musical Series at the Dixie Center for the Arts.
 The musical is directed by Dee Alexander, while Jane Wallace serves as stage manager and Jane Petrus assists as the back stage manager.  
The musical was inspired by a book of the same name written by Dorothy Fields and her brother Herbert Fields. The music and lyrics were written by widely acclaimed American composer and song writer, Irving Berlin.

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Wreck causes power outage

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An 18-wheeler hit a light pole on Trenton Street in downtown Ruston around 5:20 p.m. Thursday. City of Ruston Utility Manager Darrell Caraway said the incident caused about 600 customers — mostly in the downtown area — to lose power for almost an hour. According to RPD, the lines caught on fire.

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Lincoln Parish election results show support

Lincoln Parish voters expressed their beliefs regarding what is important in the community when they approved four tax proposals in last Saturday’s election.
Two property tax renewals to support the Lincoln Parish School Board passed by a large margin, with more than 70 percent of voters saying “yes” to the 10-year renewals.
Almost 68 percent of voters supported a 10-year property tax renewal to help fund the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office, and around 53 percent of voters said “yes” to a new, permanent quarter-cent sales tax to be used for the same purpose.

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The new world of projections

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I love music. Sure there are some styles I don’t like and some artists I would never even consider hearing, but for the most part, I can’t get enough of the many artists and songs that fill my iPod.
While I was born in 1988 (one of the worst times for music in my mind), my parents’ tastes in music have always had me clamoring to hear a little bit of the oldies that once filled their generation’s heads and hearts in the past.
Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Beatles and Simon and Garfunkel have always made themselves a staple in my music library, and while I do listen to plenty of music from artists today, there is something I will never get to experience with these older artists that thousands of others got a chance to relish — seeing them in concert.

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Palin prophet on Common Core

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Sarah Palin was the first to recognize the problem: By participating in President Obama’s signature education initiative, the Common Core Standards, Alaska would lose control over its own curriculum.
On May 31, 2009, then-Gov. Palin announced Alaska would adopt a “watch and wait” attitude:
“If this initiative produces useful results, Alaska will remain free to incorporate them,” Palin said, adding that “high expectations are not always created by new, mandated federal standards written on paper. They are created in the home, the community and the classroom.”

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Cole, Creer: Feeling a draft?

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On the night before he went through the NFL’s annual “Pro Day” rituals at Joe Aillet Stadium, Adrien Cole was admittedly more nervous than a cat in a room full of mouse traps.
“I couldn’t sleep because I knew how big a day this was going to be, that this could be my chance to show that I could play at the next level,” said Cole, who led Louisiana Tech University in tackles (128) and was named as the Defensive Player of the Year in the Western Athletic Conference during the Bulldogs’ league championship season of 2011. “I was up early the next morning, all eager to get out to the field and hopefully show the teams that I’m worthy of being in the league.”

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