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February 8th, 2014

RGSA registration ongoing

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Registration for the 2014 Ruston Girls Softball Association is ongoing through Feb. 22.
A late registration fee will be charged from Feb. 23-Feb. 27.
The cost for T-ball play is $40 ($50 late registration) and $70 for 8u-12u ($80 late registration).
Practices will be held from March 10 - April 3 with jamboree games and pictures on April 5.
The season will run from April 7 - May 23.
Girls from 13-18 years old can register through April 4 for $70.
That 13-18 year old season wis set to run from May 5-May 30.
Registration can be done online at www.rustonsoftball.com.

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Strolling down memory lane to the Bahamas

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The only place comfortable for strolling today is down memory lane.
I try hard not to keep talking about the weather, but I cannot believe it is as cold in Ruston as it is out here. It actually got up to 40 today, but is back in the 20s tonight and though it will be in the 30s all day tomorrow and for the rest of the week probably, the weatherman said with the wind chill factor it will feel like the teens. This Texas wind will cut your heart out.

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Neuroscientist to speak Monday

Dr. Andrew Schwartz, professor of neurobiology at the University of Pittsburgh, will discuss his groundbreaking research during a presentation titled, “Progress Toward a High-Performance Brain-Machine Interface” as a part of the “New Frontiers in Biomedical Research” seminar series at Louisiana Tech University.
The presentation will take place at 3:30 p.m. Monday in University Hall on Tech’s campus. Admission is free and all members of Tech and local communities are invited to attend.

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February 7th

Suspect shot in chase

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At approximately 1 p.m. Friday, deputies with Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office were involved in the fatal shooting of a 23-year-old resident.

Chad Alexander, public information officer with LPSO, said deputies were on routine duty at East Side Mini Mart, located at the intersection of South Farmerville Street and Martin Luther King Drive, immediately prior to the incident.
“The deputies came into contact with a group of individuals in the parking lot of the convenience store,” Alexander said. “One of those individuals immediately (fled the scene) on foot.”

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Girls to enjoy a movie, tea

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For more than five years local girls, along with their mothers and grandmothers, have enjoyed a movie and tea party together.
This year Quota International of Ruston will present an American Girl Movie: “Saige Paints the Sky!” The story told in this film is about a young girl finding her voice.
Bridget Davis, ways and means chairman for Quota, said tickets will be sold leading up to the event.
“Although we do presale tickets, there will be tickets available the door,” she said.

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Arrest made at GSU

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The Lincoln Parish Narcotics Enforcement Team made an arrest Thursday morning on the Grambling State University campus.
Cameron Dewayne Cammack, 21, of room No. 5115 Robert B. Knot Hall, was arrested by LPNET agents after a search warrant was issued.
According to the arrest affidavit, at approximately 9:45 a.m. Thursday, LPNET agents executed a search warrant in room No. 5155 of Robert B. Knot Hall.
Upon entering the room, agents reportedly detained Cammack and advised him of his rights per Miranda as they began the search.

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MOD kicks off campaign

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The time has come to start thinking of babies. The March of Dimes kick-off luncheon was held Thursday at Northern Louisiana Medical Center.
Team captains for Ruston and Lincoln Parish were in attendance to take notes on upcoming events set for this year’s campaign.
Megan Hodge, MOD community director, said this year’s event will be more family friendly.

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Handing out free smiles

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Peach Tree to host Dentistry from the Heart on Saturday
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Residents driving in downtown Ruston on Saturday morning might be a little surprised to see a large group of people sitting on the lawn of Peach Tree Dental.
For the seventh year, the business will present it’s annual Dentistry from the Heart Event beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday.
“Today, there are far too many people who cannot afford dental care,” Joni Howell Porter, clinic administrator, said. “Peach Tree Dental’s Dentistry From the Heart allows those without the means to receive free dental services, including:  exams, x-rays, cleanings and extractions.”

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Dukes and Duchesses introduced for the 2014 ball

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To continue last week’s Art Talk article, let us introduce the Dukes and Duchesses representing the other four nonprofits hosting the 2014 Mardi Gras Ball: John Emory Jr. and Mary Ann Woods, of the Dixie Center for the Arts; Richard and Janine Lewis, of the North Central Louisiana Arts Council; Saul Zalesch and Dianne Douglas, of the Ruston Community Theatre; and Kiley Stephenson and Stephanie Smith, of Troupe Dixie.

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Tech professor focuses on hometown in new book

Many people have grown up in small towns in the South, but how many have turned the experience into a Ph.D. dissertation and then a well-received book?
Assistant professor of history V. Elaine Thompson’s book, “Clinton, Louisiana: Society, Politics and Race Relations in a Nineteenth-Century Southern Small Town” has been published by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press.
A native of Clinton, the parish seat of East Feliciana Parish just north of Baton Rouge, Thompson majored in history at Centenary College, then received her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at Rice University.

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