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June 23rd, 2016

Ability to motivate enhanced Joseph Richard’s career

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the eighth story in a series leading up to the 2016 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony to be held Saturday at the Natchitoches Event Center.
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Janice Joseph Richard fashioned the crowning achievement of her basketball career after being dealt a potential career-ending blow.
Arguably the lowest point in her life was when she had to step down as the head women’s basketball coach at NCAA Division I San Jose State in 2006 because of breast cancer. From that abyss, she found new life back in Louisiana and her hometown of Alexandria.

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Ruston native to hold book signing

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Ruston native Tom Aswell, who began his journalistic career 50 years ago this year at the Ruston Daily Leader, will appear at the Louisiana Peach Festival Saturday to sign his latest book, “Bobby Jindal: His Obsession and Destiny.”
Aswell will be sharing a table with Fred Mulhearn, a Winnsboro native, but also a long-time resident of Ruston who only recently moved back to Ruston.
Mulhearn will be signing his book, “Life in Looziana,” a book of Louisiana political cartoons.

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Keep Louisiana Beautiful sets state conference

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Keep Louisiana Beautiful is holding its 2016 Annual State Conference in Baton Rouge, at the Galvez Conference Center on Sept. 28-29.
The conference marks the yearly culmination of the most up-to-date information and expert resources on litter, recycling and state beautification.

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State legislature enters D-Day

It’s D-Day for Louisiana.

“D” as in decision — a decision of much importance to Grambling State and Louisiana Tech universities.

As the special session for Louisiana’s Legislature wraps up today, still to be finalized is how much of a budget cut health and education programs will have to take in the fiscal year beginning July 1.

But it appears no matter the outcome, the House and Senate will fall far short of the revenue goal set by Gov. John Bel Edwards to fill a $600 million budget gap.

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Peach Fest frenzy hits Ruston

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Feel the frenzy? It’s in the air. The Peach Festival frenzy has finally hit Ruston.
The annual celebration honoring our adored city icon is only a day away.
I attended my first Peach Festival last year.
I smelled the sweetness, I felt the peach fuzz and I tasted its syrupy nectar.
It was desirable — even though I am not a huge fan of the fruit.
The 2015 festival broke a world record as well: the Guinness World Record’s largest peach cobbler ever made.
It was pretty big.
I hung out with one of my favorite New Orleans bands, Dash Rip Rock.

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June 22nd

$1M grant awarded to Tech

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STEM scholarships awarded to sophomores

U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) announced Tuesday that the National Science Foundation will be awarding a $999,234 grant to Louisiana Tech University.

These funds will benefit sophomore students in the fields of mechanical, biomedical and civil engineering.

“Louisiana’s young folks are generating some exciting new ideas, particularly in the fields of science, technology, mathematics and engineering,” Vitter said.

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Locals received awards

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A couple discusses different works of art hanging in the Ruston Civic Center Tuesday Night as they await the beginning of the 29th annual Peach Festival Art Exhibit Awards. More than 40 residents received awards for their art during the event Tuesday evening hosted by the North Central Louisiana Arts Council.

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Local coffee shop opens its doors

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Originally from Arizona, when Susan Skapura told her retired parents she wanted to move closer to them, she never thought she would be the managing owner of a coffee and frozen yogurt shop.
Skapura and her family — parents and siblings — recently opened Cultured and Caffeinated, a coffee shop that carries frozen yogurt.
The idea for the shop came from her father, Skapura said.
“My dad came up with this idea and it went from there,” she said. “We did the construction and design ourselves with some help.”

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Weatherspoon named to WNBA Top 20

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NEW YORK — Not that there was ever any doubt, but former Louisiana Tech women’s basketball standout Teresa Weathespoon has again been confirmed as one of the best ever to play in the WNBA.
In celebration of the WNBA’s landmark 20th season, the league on Tuesday unveiled the 20 greatest and most influential players in its history. The announcement of the WNBA Top 20@20 presented by Verizon was made on ESPN’s SportsCenter: Face-to-Face with Hannah Storm.

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Making sports safer driving factor for Dr. Julian Bailes

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the seventh story in a series leading up to the 2016 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony to be held Saturday at the Natchitoches Event Center.
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Legendary retired powerlifting coach Billy Jack Talton remembers Julian Bailes never shied away from smashing his head against opponents when asked as a high school sophomore guard and linebacker for Natchitoches Academy.

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