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May 21st, 2016

Tech’s Thomas participates in faculty rep seminar

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Donna Thomas, Louisiana Tech Faculty Athletics Representative and chair of the Tech Athletics Council, was nominated and selected to take part in the 2016 Division I Faculty Representatives Institute.
Thomas represented Conference USA at the Institute which was held Wednesday-Friday at the NCAA national office in Indianapolis .
“I was honored to be nominated by Conference USA and look forward to representing the conference and Louisiana Tech University,” Thomas said. “This is an exciting opportunity and I am grateful for the chance to participate.”

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Parish 4AH Archery Team on target at regionals

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The Lincoln Parish 4H Archery Team took 25 shooters to Grand Cane in late March to compete in the Regional 4H Archery Competition in the following disciplines: Junior 3D, Senior 3D, Junior Compound, Senior Compound, Junior Recurve, Junior Genesis and Senior Nationals Compound.
Medals were given to the top ten in each discipline and the top 15 in each discipline qualified to compete in the State Competition in Gonzales in April.

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Curly-tailed worm started in N. La.

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Dressed in bib overalls, shock of gray hair askew, he saunters into Toledo Town mega-shop near the banks of massive Toledo Bend Lake. He takes a seat at a table in the restaurant and the waitress brings him a plate of bacon and eggs.
At first glance, you’d think he was just a local fellow who has spent the last hour in his garden and stops by for breakfast.

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Local JA members attend 75th Education Conference

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“Discovering your JA Superpower” was the message to members of Junior Auxiliary of Ruston at the 75th Annual Education Conference held recently at the Hilton Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee.
More than 600 ladies were in attendance at this year’s event.
“An opportunity to travel to the annual Education Conference helps motivate and inspire us to be the best volunteers and people in our communities,” incoming President Summer Hammons said.

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Girl Scouts celebrate Shamika Hill

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Shamika Hill, center, celebrated her final year as service unit manager for the Girl Scouts of America in Lincoln Parish. Hill has served in this capacity for eight years in Lincoln parish.

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The loss of a true friend: Celebrating the life of Marna Irby

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My world is not as bright as it was only a few days ago — I have lost a true friend.
I only knew her for two decades, about 20 years, but I am forever wiser and richer for having known her as a friend and confidant.
Even though she was about 35 years older than me, the age difference was irrelevant.
I have said she was a “jump in the car, go get a Coke and talk about your boyfriend” kind of friend, not a grandmother figure, but that’s not to say she wasn’t a good listener.
What wise counsel she gave, without a hint of being judgmental.

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Gumbo taught me the importance of friends

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The ministry staff from our church returned last week from a three-day planning retreat. One afternoon, our pastor left a three-hour time slot in our schedule for “team building” exercises.
On prior retreats, we might have played bocci ball or gone to see a movie; but this time, we went on an off-road adventure. Riding four wheelers and side-by-side ATV’s, we trailed off into the woods.
That was the plan, at least.

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Church News: May 22, 2016

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ASSEMBLY OF GOD
First Assembly of God
“Living in the Spirit” class is at 9:45 a.m. Sundays. Children’s church is at 10:45 a.m. Nursery through age 3 is provided at 10:45 a.m. Sundays, by request on Sunday night and at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
BAPTIST
Calvary
Bible study classes begin at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Worship is also held at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Men’s prayer breakfast begins at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. Wednesday prayer services are at 6:30 p.m.
China Grove Missionary

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May 20th

Judge hands down life sentence

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Cameron Mays to serve two life terms, plus 20 years for crimes
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Third Judicial Division B Judge Tommy Rogers handed down two life sentences, plus 20 years to Cameron Kinte Mays on Thursday.

Mays was convicted in April of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated rape and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The sentences will be concurrent — served at the same time — and are not eligible for parole, probation or suspension of sentence.

Rogers said that there was no victim impact statement, but that the victim “dramatically and eloquently testified to her absolute terror” during her testimony at the trial.

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Railbed turns green

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Rock Island Greenway a ‘fantastic’ idea
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About 30 local residents and two dogs got a sneak preview Thursday evening of the first mile of what’s expected to become Ruston’s Rock Island Greenway biking and walking trail.
The trail follows the abandoned Rock Island Railroad bed.

“I think this is fantastic,” Tracy Hanks, of Ruston, said after completing a trek along the segment that stretches through the woods from West Kentucky Avenue to the Interstate 20 service road.

Hanks was reared not far from what was, until 1980, the functioning north-south rail line. She still lives nearby.

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