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July 4th

GSU Legends’ shrine to add on 12 new members

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GRAMBLING — A dozen new members will add to the roll call of the GSU Legends Hall of Fame next week.
Enshrinement ceremonies to honor some of the most successful athletes, coaches and contributors to the rich history of Grambling State University is set for July 14 following a reception scheduled for July 13.

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Remember our nation’s history

With this year being a presidential election year, political opinions are not lacking. Yet, imagine 1776, the year the United States declared independence from Great Britain and imagine the opinions and political rhetoric in the years leading up to this momentous historic event. It’s safe to assume the country was probably more divided on ideology, than it is today.

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Louisiana Believes problematic

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For years, Louisiana politicians have made careers out of trying to fix public education. They tried teacher accountability, student accountability, school accountability and a litany of other things, some of them good and necessary.

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July 3rd

Tri-Running opens

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Area running and walking enthusiasts have plenty to be excited about, as a new store meant to cater to the needs of runners opened Monday in downtown Ruston.
The store, Tri-Running, is the third of its kind in the state, and the recently opened Ruston location has been a vision of the store’s owners for the past 10 years.
“The whole thought process on bringing this store here started about 10 years ago. I am from this area, and wanted to build a specialty store for runners,” said co-owner Shawn McMillan. “The market really wouldn’t support us over the years, but we kept looking to do it, following the patterns of the economy, and we finally have a store.”

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Did man ‘flash’ clerks?

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A Farmerville man is behind bars after allegedly exposing his genitals to women at two gas stations in Lincoln Parish last week.
Stacey Lee Brown, 33, 229 Lester Road, was charged with three counts of obscenity and is currently in custody at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center where his bond is set at $30,000.
According to his arrest affidavit, on June 27, the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at Cranford’s Northside gas station on Louisiana Highway 33 in reference to a male subject exposing his genitals inside of the store.

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Audit issues for DWCS

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It has been a summer of discontent for D’Arbonne Woods Charter School, which is trying to deal with recently released findings from its 2010-11 audit and a police investigation into forgery.
The audit report is the second for the school, and like the first audit, which showed a lack of internal controls, the most recent findings show many of the same issues.
“We have been doing everything we can to right the wrongs,” said executive director Pamela Schooler. “We have been working closely with a CPA who specializes in educational finance to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again.”

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Exploring creativity through arts camps

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Whether it’s drawing a picture, sculpting a model or acting in a play, the children in the Ruston area are sure to find plenty of ways to keep themselves busy at the North Central Louisiana Arts Council Summer Arts Camp at First Baptist Church of Ruston.
The camp, which has been put on by NCLAC for more than 20 years in Ruston, has already run for two sessions this summer, and the spots for the final week of the camp — scheduled for July 16-20 — are filling up fast.

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Raising summer tomatoes, other produce

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Assuming you have fertile soil and are controlling pests, you can follow four treatment practices found effective in LSU AgCenter research plots. These techniques give heat-set tomatoes their best chances to develop fruit.
First, choose summer growing tomatoes that have the heat-set genetic makeup. These include Sunmaster, Solar Set, Heat Wave II, Sunchaser, Sun Leaper and Florida 91.

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RPAR summer slate busy

Summer has just begun and in more ways than one.
Yes, the weather is stifling, but that’s nothing new in our part of the U.S., is it?
But in terms of activities for sports-minded participants, “weekend warriors” and fitness-oriented individuals, the summer slate is plenty busy around the Ruston Parks and Recreation Department.

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Promoting rural tourism

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“I think I can,” “I think I can,” “I think I can,” is the theme of the Miss-Lou Rural Tourism Summit scheduled for Aug. 7-9 in Natchez, Miss. The Miss-Lou Rural Tourism Association is dedicated to providing information to rural communities to enhance their tourism opportunities.
This annual summit is a joint effort between 16 Louisiana parishes, 17 Mississippi counties and their state cooperative extension services. All parishes and counties are located along the Mississippi River.

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