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Out of ashes: A new Pike house

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Investigator identifies cause of blaze that destroyed facility
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The first steps are being taken to transform a pile of debris at 110 Western St. into a new home for Louisiana Tech University’s Pi Kappa Alpha.
The 6,500 square foot fraternity house, which reportedly served as living quarters for six students, burned down in May.
Danny Milam, president for the fraternity’s housing corporation, said the demolition process began Wednesday, and reconstruction is expected to begin in late fall.

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Rock group to play festival

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McKenzie Band set for Watermelon show
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A familiar sound will fill downtown Farmerville when the Mike McKenzie Band takes the stage at the Watermelon Festival’s street dance this Friday night in the courthouse square.
“We are really excited about getting to play at the Watermelon Festival again this year,” lead vocalist and guitarist Mike McKenzie said.
The three-piece band is comprised of bassist and vocalist Robert Poe, drummer Nicky Hilburn, and, of course, McKenzie.

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RHS cheerleaders to host youth camp

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Proceeds from week-long event to go toward school cheer supplies

Area girls can sharpen their cheer skills, as the Ruston High School Varsity and Junior Varsity Cheerleading squads plan to host a mini cheer camp for girls ages 4 through fifth grade, starting on Monday at the RHS boys’ gymnasium.
Registration will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. Monday, as the camp begins at 9:00 a.m. and lasts until noon each day. To wrap up the week’s events, participants will perform for friends and family at 9:30 a.m. on Aug 2.

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Business Review

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Experience local theater groups, shows

For those who read last Sunday’s edition of the Ruston Daily Leader, inside was this summer’s Living Well magazine.
Flipping through the pages, readers could enjoy topics such as a personal weight loss achievement story, a fashion feature article and protecting oneself in this age of technology.
Also amongst those articles, “Setting the Stage,” spotlighted the upcoming production season for Louisiana Tech University, Grambling State University, the Dixie Center for the Arts and the Ruston Community Theatre.

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Don't leave kids in hot vehicles

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We are now in what is traditionally one of the hottest months of the year.
A year ago in July very few people could stand to be inside my house because the temperature was so high. This is because I tend to get cold more easily than most, and will oftentimes stick to a fan instead of an air-conditioner to save money on utility bills. 
But these days, I splurge and turn the air on a little more often, since there is a baby in the house. After all, he cannot verbalize that he is overheated, so it’s up to me to check on him to see if he is sweating or showing other signs of discomfort when it seems a little hot.

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Changing TV worlds

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As I was sitting watching television, the usual remote control battle became a match similar to a sword fight from “Star Wars.”
This is typical when trying to have people of various generations agree to find a television show everyone would enjoy. I tend to watch shows in which women take a strong leadership role in the family, as I play the leadership role in my home. Therefore, when watching television, I relate to these television premieres. This is hard for the children, as one wants to watch “Spongebob”

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LSU AgCenter hosts sewing workshop

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Eighteen young ladies participated in the LSU AgCenter Sewing Workshop conducted by LSU AgCenter Extension Agent Cathy Judd and volunteer leaders Beth Liberatos, Pam Andermann, Kathy Garner, Beth Gates and Deborah Emory. At the three-day workshop youth made fabric flowers, tote bags and skirts. Pictured above are (right to left) Destiny Jones, Carly Strickland, Jasmine McTyer, Katie Emory, Hope Simpson, Danielle Gates, Madeline Keen, Savannah Phillips, Victory Gates and Alex Ledet.

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No surprise: Tech is top pick

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Bulldogs clear favorite to capture another WAC title
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No surprises came out of Thursday’s Western Athletic Conference “Football Media Day” in Las Vegas, Nev., at least not pertaining to who is favored to capture this year’s championship.
That was clear, just as it has been in numerous other preseason polls announced in recent weeks.
Louisiana Tech University was the outright choice to repeat as champs, in polls conducted among head coaches and media outlets who cover league teams.

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‘Jam at Joe ’ sets title sponsors

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The Ruston Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau is proud to announce that Northern Louisiana Medical Center and QuickCARE of Ruston have signed on as the title sponsors for the 2012 “Jam at the Joe” high school football jamboree. Jam at the Joe will take place on Aug. 25 at Joe Aillet Stadium, on the campus of Louisiana Tech University.

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