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May 26th, 2016

Peach Stops supports small business

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Since its beginning in 2014, The Peach Stop Passport Game has been helping direct potential customers to the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce members in the time leading up to the Louisiana Peach Festival.

“Now, heading into its third year, it’s enjoyed by the business owners and players alike,” according to the Chamber website. “The foremost goal of this event is to encourage Lincoln Parish residents and non-residents alike, to show support to small businesses in this community.”

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Caviness named GSU police chief

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Grambling State University recently announced Interim Police Chief Howard Caviness as the university’s permanent police chief.
Caviness, who served in the interim position for 23 months, said it felt good receiving the permanent status.
“It’s a big honor. I’m happy to serve the faculty, staff and students,” he said.
Caviness, has 28 years of law enforcement experience. He is the first white police chief in GSU’s history.
But what matters most to him was the administration chose him for his skills and experience.

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Juneteenth Fest comes to Grambling

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The 44th annual Juneteenth Heritage Festival will take place from June 12-18 in Grambling with the theme “Building Our Future … Honoring Our Legends.”
The yearly celebration honors the emancipation of African Americans from slavery in the United States.
Some of the schedule events include:
• A Black Poetry Contest at 3 p.m. June 12 in the Grambling Community Center
• A History of Grambling program at 6 p.m. June 13 in the Grambling Community Center
• An opening ceremony and old fashioned prayer meeting with a Watermelon Feast at 5:30 p.m. June 15

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Diamond ’Dogs fall to Rice in opener

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. — After fighting back from a seven-run deficit after the second inning, Louisiana Tech’s ninth-inning comeback against Rice fell just short as the Bulldogs dropped the Conference USA Championship opener, 13-12, to the Owls Wednesday morning at Pete Taylor Park.
The Bulldogs and Charlotte began a elimination game at 9 a.m. today.

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Dunkin’ Dogs add Forrest to coaching staff

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Louisiana Tech head coach Eric Konkol announced on Monday the addition of Shawn Forrest as assistant coach on the men’s basketball staff.
Forrest brings 18 years of college coaching experience to Ruston, most recently spending three years at fellow Conference USA member WKU.

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LeBron, Love power Cavaliers to 116-78 romp over Raptors

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Back home, the Cavaliers were not hospitable. Just rude.
They roughed up the visiting Raptors again.
LeBron James scored 23 points then sat the fourth quarter, Kevin Love scored 25, and Cleveland unleashed tenacious defense on Toronto to regain control of the Eastern Conference finals with a 116-78 rout of the Raptors in Game 5 on Wednesday night.
On their court in front of 20,000-plus screaming, towel-waving fans following two straight losses in Canada, the Cavs opened a 34-point lead in the first half, pushed it to 43 in the second half and took a 3-2 series lead.

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Queen Dixie Gem Peach, Princess Peach LXVI to be crowned

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June 11 will mark the 66th annual coronation of Queen Dixie Gem Peach and Princess Peach.
On June 10 – 11, the historic Dixie Center for the Arts in downtown Ruston will host the festivities beginning with an ice cream social for the Princess Peach contestants from 1 – 3:30 p.m. June 10.
The Princess Peach portion of the pageant will continue at 10 a.m. June 11 where they will participate in an opening number, on-stage competition and a production number with reigning Queen Dixie Gem Peach Anna Blake.

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GSU’s Adriel Hilton receives coveted award

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Adriel A. Hilton, Miami, Flordia native, received the 2016 Harry Canon Outstanding Professional Award from the Standing Committee on Men and Masculinities of the American College Personnel Association during its annual convention in Montreal.
Hilton currently serves as executive assistant to the president and chief of staff at Grambling State University.
ACPA supports and fosters college student learning through the generation and dissemination of knowledge, which informs policies, practices and programs for student affairs professionals and the higher education community.

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Library event once in a lifetime

This summer, the Lincoln Parish Library will host a traveling Smithsonian exhibit called “Hometown Teams.”

The Smithsonian exhibit will feature sports from around the country, but in order to make the exhibit a success in Lincoln Parish the library needs the help of area residents.

The library is looking for team jerseys, helmets, signed balls, baseball cards, photos, riding equipment, trophies, shoes, etc., anything that can help make the exhibit the best it can be for the public.

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Reminiscing about building a boat

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I never deep-sea fished and couldn’t tell you how to paddle a boat. My only experience as a sailor was playing Battleship as a child.
But be it as it may, my best friend and I dedicated a solid portion of our junior year of high school to refurbishing a pirogue and we never looked back.
Way down in Kenner’s Duncan Canal, the type of place where if you got lost nobody could find you, my friend Travis and I found the abandoned long, narrow canoe.
The pirogue more than likely fell victim to flooding or storms and washed up to its lonely spot on shore.

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