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A love for service

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Gnemi reveals road to success
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Whether it’s serving as the grand marshal to the 2012 Peach Festival parade, the 2011 Robert E. Russ Award winner or simply helping people out with their finances, Ruston resident Lynne Gnemi has been making an impact in the city she has called home since she moved here 26 years ago.
“Ruston has been, in my mind, such a perfect little spot for me and my family to be over these years,” she said. “It’s just an amazing place, and I am so glad I am here.”

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TIF to aid Grambling

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Former Mayor Andrus’ lawsuit to be dismissed
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GRAMBLING — The Town of Grambling can take a slight breather, for now anyway, as Mayor Edward Jones announced at the town’s July monthly council meeting on Thursday that Gov. Bobby Jindal finally signed and approved Senate Bill 564, creating a tax increment financing district on five portions of land throughout Grambling.
Authored by District 29 Sen. Rick Gallot, SB564 will create the Grambling Legends Square TIF district in the area, which will allow the town to have a way of repayment for improvements in its infrastructure.

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Ruston man arrested in near-drowning

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The Ruston Police Department arrested a 20-year-old Ruston man for involvement in a near-drowning at a pool near Tech Farm Road.
Hadrekus Bailey, 20, 1408 Tech Farm Road, No. D-7, was arrested Monday on a warrant for second-degree battery for his involvement in the near-drowning of 18-year-old Ruston man Stanley Greene.
The Ruston Fire Department responded to a call of a near-drowning around 8 p.m. July 5 at a pool near Royal Crest Apartments on Tech Farm Road.

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Man booked for 4th DWI

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A Shreveport man was arrested over the weekend for his fourth DWI after numerous motorists reported concerns of reckless driving to the police on Interstate-20.
Mark Tracy Curtis, 33, 10022 Trail Ridge Road, was charged with DWI — fourth, careless operation and expired registration by the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office.
According to Curtis’ arrest affidavit, the LPSO reportedly received numerous calls in reference to a black Ford F-150, “driving erratically on I-20.”

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Progress in Simsboro

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Village community center in works

SIMSBORO — The village of Simsboro is moving forward with a couple of projects.
According to Mayor Willie Hendricks, town hall will soon be relocated between the Simsboro police station and JR’s Place restaurant on Martha Street.
“This way the police station and mayor’s office will be in the same location, ” Hendricks said.
After renovations are complete, the mayor plans to use the current town hall as a community center.

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Summer rose care, column retirement

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Editor’s note: This is Ken Maki’s final column. LSU Horticulturist Steve Hotard will continue the weekly gardening column.
Rose gardens need pruning, disease management and proper fertilization in August for flowering in September and October. The LSU AgCenter horticulturist says late summer pruning of modern rose varieties such as hybrid tea, floribunda, grandiflora and shrub roses should be completed by late August in North Louisiana and early September in South Louisiana.

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GSU Tiger Men Fellowship

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The GSU Tiger Men Fellowship met recently. Pictured from left to right are Edward Mason, special guest speaker and director of registrar at Grambling State University, Patricia Hutcherson, Cullen Jackson, Annie Moss and Joseph Capers Sr. The GSU Tiger Men Fellowship will meet July 26 at Ryan’s restaurant in Ruston.

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Walmart donates to Birthday Fellowship Organization

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Walmart donated fans to the Birthday Fellowship Organization. Fans will be donated to the elderly in the Ruston area. Birthday Fellowship has also received donations of fans from donors in Caddo Parish to be distributed in the Shreveport area. The contact number for fans donations is 247-6962.

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Patton tagged for award

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Tech star earns WAC preseason offensive honor by publication
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Quinton Patton was a season-long headache for defensive coordinators in the Western Athletic Conference for the 2011 season.
Uh oh, more headaches on the horizon in 2012, too.
The Louisiana Tech University wide receiver whose passion for the sport is exceeded sometimes only by his non-stop chatter and energy has been named as the presea

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Taylor’s Topics

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Brees’ pact kicks off grid talks
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Well, it may not have happened in the timeline that Saints’ fans would have liked, but Friday finally saw the New Orleans based team pony up and pay the face of their franchise a pretty hefty sum of money.
When I say pretty hefty, I of course mean the most average money per year and the most guaranteed money ever given to a player through contract in the National Football League’s history, and I can’t help thinking it couldn’t have gone to a better guy or man more deserving than quarterback Drew Brees.

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