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July 25th, 2016

Miss Spirit of Ruston crowned

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Meagan Crews, of Bossier City, center, was crowned Miss Spirit of Ruston Saturday. Helping crown Crews is 2017 Princess Peach Riley Nations, left, with 2016 Miss Dixie Gem Anna Blake, right, crowing Crews.

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Congratulations to Peach Fest’s new royalty

Eight young ladies gathered Saturday afternoon at the Dixie Center for the Arts with hopes of becoming the next Miss Dixie Gem Peach and Miss Spirit of Ruston.

However, only two young ladies would have that privilege as Alexandra Gulino, of Shreveport, was named Miss Dixie Gem Peach 2017 and Meagan Crews, of Bossier City, was crowned as Miss Spirit of Ruston 2017.

Gulino, as well as the rest of the young ladies who graced the stage, worked diligently to be able to compete in the contest which asked them to not only display their beauty, but also their grace.

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And we still have Miles to go

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Editor’s note: Years ago, we had to have our Sheltie dog put down. Smartest dog I’ve ever seen. Old Miles. May you rest in peace in doggie heaven.
My oldest son Brian named our new Sheltie after the jazz great Miles Davis. It’s an odd name for a dog I know, but considering he named our other dog, a Chihuahua mix, Tatiana, because he thought she looked Russian; I guess that name makes just as much sense.
Brian brought the little Russian-Mexican doggie princess home as a replacement for our cat Ebony who passed away in 2006.

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Candidates qualify for election

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Lincoln Parish voters have more decisions to make on Nov. 8 than just who they want to be the next president.
The local ballot also includes races for U.S. senator, 5th District congressman, state associate Supreme Court justice from the Lincoln Parish-inclusive 4th Supreme Court District and state 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals 2nd District Division C judge. The 2nd Circuit also includes Lincoln Parish.
Qualifying for the races ended Friday.

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Community collaboration brings knowledge

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In my Domestic Abuse Resistance Team columns, I have discussed a wide variety of abuse topics, ranging from bullying to teen dating violence, domestic violence to stalking and elder abuse. These issues are all pertinent to DART, because they reflect a range of abuse which is occurring in families and in our community.
On Aug. 17, professionals in our community will have an opportunity to learn more about abuse in a variety of life stages, at DART’s 16th Annual Collaboration is the Key training event.

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Louisiana’s general contractors donate to Tech

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The Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors and the Contractors Educational Trust Fund have made donations totaling more than $362,000 to Louisiana Tech University in support of the construction engineering technology program in the College of Engineering and Science.
Representatives of these and supporting organizations visited Ruston last week to present Tech President Les Guice with the gift during a ceremony in his office in Wyly Tower on the Tech campus.

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LSU Ag Center hosts ‘Kids in the Kitchen’ workshop

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The Louisiana State University Agricultural Center recently hosted a three-day workshop where local children and teens learned about cooking and kitchen safety.
Cathy Judd, LSU AgCenter area nutrition agent, said this was the third year for the workshop to be held in Lincoln Parish.
“We teach about microwave safety, knife safety and eating healthy and making healthy choices,” she said.
“We learned cooking techniques and I love for them to have hands on opportunities so we let them do as much prepping as possible.”

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Dixie 11-year-olds fall in finals

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Top photo: A large crowd of supporters made the trek from Ruston to Searcy, Arkansas, to cheer on the Dixie 11-year-old All Stars.
Bottom photo: The Ruston Dixie Baseball Association 11-year-old All Stars made it all the way to the finals of the World Series in Searcy, Arkansas, Sunday night before falling to Minden by the score of 8-6.

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Five questions for Tech football in 2016

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No wonder Louisiana Tech University football fans can’t wait for the 2016 season to get underway.
The Bulldogs’ faithful has been amped up during the last two years with 18 wins, a 13-3 record versus Conference USA opponents and two victories in bowl games.
Not to mention Top 50 rankings in various national polls and Top 25 statistical listings for players in the NCAA’s Football Bowl Subdivision.
Thus, the soon-to-unfold 2016 campaign holds promises, albeit with a different cast of potential contributors in some areas.
Here’s five questions to ask about the ’Dogs:

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July 23rd

City sponsors All Lives Matter rally

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Program aims at fostering community togetherness

Ruston residents have the opportunity to show their support for local law enforcement agencies and each other during an All Lives Matter rally set for 6:30 p.m. July 31 at the Lincoln Parish Library Events Center.
The rally is sponsored by the city of Ruston and is the idea of District 2 Alderwoman Angela Mayfield and Shonta Kelly.
“It started just looking at Facebook and the various things that are going on in country, the killings and things that are senseless,” Kelly said.

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