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August 26th, 2016

Residents give from the heart

Author Edward Everett Hale may have said it best: “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.”
Students at the Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home took Hale’s quote to heart this week when they knew they wanted to help victims of the south Louisiana flood but weren’t initially sure what to do.

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Community bonds to help state

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Having grown up in north Louisiana, I’ve never personally witnessed my friends standing outside of their demolished, water-crushed homes wishing they didn’t have to borrow clothes from others because theirs are soaked and caked with mud, or seeing my family attempt to stay together as they are rescued and then housed in a shelter with others that are just as scared as they are.

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I’m just non-traditionally speaking

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If you were to ask an 18-year-old if he likes college, the people, the parties, the girls, the freedom and he replied, “Yes! I love it!” His tone would take a turn if you then added, “Good thing, you’ll still be here in 20-plus years.”
If this sounds like the opening of a joke, it is not. I was that kid.
It’s not that the work was onerous, although at times it was consuming; focus was the problem. A flood of new sights and sounds and sensations inundated my senses and I forgot why I was there to begin with. That was 1995. Fast forward to 2014.

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Dog rescued with snout zipped shut

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Lincoln Parish law enforcement officers want to find the owner of a dog that was rescued in Grambling on Wednesday and that had its snout zip tied shut.
The female dog, now called “Ruth,” is recovering at the Odom Veterinary Hospital in Farmerville.
“She’s better. She’s on her way to recovery,” Carol Martin, with the veterinary hospital, said Thursday.
Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Major Chad Alexander said the dog’s owner, or whoever tied its mouth shut, could face animal cruelty charges.

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Tractor stolen from area farm

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The Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Department is asking anyone with information about a tractor stolen from a farm on Louisiana Highway 146 to let them or Crimestoppers know.
The tractor, a Kubota M6800, disappeared Wednesday evening from the farm, located West of Goose Creek Grocery, sheriff’s department Public Information Officer Major Chad Alexander said.
At the time it was stolen, the tractor was equipped with a front-end loader and also fitted with a red Bush-Hog brand bush hog, Alexander said.

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Prep teams primed for jamboree weekend

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The 2016 football season gets closer to official kickoff this weekend as area fans will get a taste of real-game action as local high school teams begin jamboree action.
It all kicks starts at 7 p.m. today as the Cedar Creek Cougars play their jamboree at Homer.
“We’re ready to get going,” said Cougars coach Ben Haddox. “Homer always plays you tough, and I think we’ll be able to use the jamboree to gauge where we are heading into the season opener next week.”

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2016 Prep Jamboree Schedule

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• Cedar Creek at Homer, 7 p.m. today
• Lincoln Prep vs. University Academy, noon Saturday, Eddle G. Robinson Stadium at Grambling State University
• Ruston vs. West Ouachita, 5 p.m. Saturday, Malone Stadium at the University of Lousiana-Monroe.

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Turner turning heads in Eagles’ camp

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If any doubts still remained that Paul Turner would make the Philadelphia Eagles’ regular season roster, ESPN erased them.
When viewers awoke to an early morning edition of Sports Center on Monday, they saw an undrafted free agent from Louisiana Tech University leaping to make a one-handed, Odell Beckham-cloned reception against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
It was voted as the No. 1 play of the NFL’s second week of preseason action.
Granted, the 24/7 sports network won’t have the final say on whether or not Turner has his name included on the Eagles’ 53-player list.

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Louisiana Tech soccer to host pair of matches

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Louisiana Tech looks to get back into the win column this weekend as the team plays host to Mississippi Valley State at 7 p.m. today at the Lady Techster Soccer Complex.
Tech (1-1) will turn around and play host to Arkansas State at 4 p.m. Sunday.
The Lady Techsters are coming off a rare loss from this past Wednesday. It was only just the second time since September of 2010 they have suffered a non-conference defeat at home. It was also just the second time since 2014 they have lost after scoring first in the match.

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August 25th

Sale of city bonds brings $45.7 M

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The city of Ruston got some financial good news Wednesday at the close of bond sales for the Moving Ruston Forward infrastructure program.
The sale that was anticipated to bring in $41 million yielded close to $45.7 instead.
“I’m just tickled to death,” Mayor Ronny Walker said. “I couldn’t believe it.”
The additional roughly $4.7 million came as a result of low interest rates, Toby Cortez, public finance director with Stifel, the investment-banking firm handling the sale, said.

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