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LPNET cracks down on drugs

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More than 30 arrests made in July as part of ‘Operation Summer Heat’
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Lincoln Parish Narcotic Enforcement Team officers arrested more than 30 people during the month of July on drug-related charges as part of a sting operation they call “Operation Summer Heat.”
The arrests wouldn’t have taken place without the hard work and diligence of the LPNET officers, according to a statement from Sheriff Mike Stone, Ruston Police Chief Steve Rogers, Grambling Police Chief Tommy Clark and Lincoln Parish District Attorney Bob Levy.
Just as importantly, LPNET officers couldn’t have arrested the suspects without help from the public. Many people in the public offered tips that resulted in the arrests, the statement said.

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The game of life

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Ellis Baseball Camp focuses on preparing for future
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The youth of Ruston hit their “Field of Dreams” Saturday as they participated in the second annual Wilbert Ellis Baseball Camp at Fraser Field.
But this camp was about much more than the horsehide. Around 100 campers learned baseball fundamentals, but more importantly, they learned about the basic skills they’ll need to hit home runs in the game of life.
“I’m thrilled with the turnout, especially in this heat,” said Ellis, a College Baseball Hall of Fame coach who spent years directing the Grambling State Tigers program.

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Blue Light fades away

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It looks like the end of an era in Ruston.
But there may be a silver lining waiting for this dark cloud.
Founded in 1970 by Fannie Rushing, the Blue Life Café on Arlington Street closed its doors Friday on what appears to be a permanent basis.

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Football time is nearing

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As August arrives, parish teams start readying for season
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If today is the first day of August, then it can mean only one thing: football is around the nearest goal post.
By this time next week, Lincoln Parish high school and collegiate programs will have either reported for fall training camp or closing in on their first day of preseason drills.
Grambling State University will be the first team in the parish to have players checking in for before-the-season rituals.

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Morgan wins Caribbean discus title

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Jason Morgan had the ultimate highlight moment of his outstanding track and field career recently.
The former record-setting weight thrower at Louisiana Tech University captured the gold medal in the discus event at the annual Central America and Caribbean Championships in Puerto Rico.
Morgan, who has been working in the material management department of Northern Louisiana Medical Center, became the first athlete from his native country of Jamaica to win the gold medal in the event at the meet.

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Move would impact zoning

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Ruston City Council members on Monday will vote on a proposed ordinance that could impact where some businesses might be constructed.
The ordinance is an update to the transition zoning provisions, which allow a lower intensity buffer between residential and commercial or industrial zones.
The transition zoning basically permits specified businesses — such as offices for doctors, attorneys and architects — in certain instances to be located in areas zoned for residential use.

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Grad recalls Lincoln High reunion

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On the week of July leading to the 4th, I had a chance to see a lot of people I knew and went to school with at Lincoln High School. The concerted effort from all the classes that had attended Lincoln High School made our reunion a momentous occasion.
We had a parade downtown, enjoyed a picnic, a banquet and a worship service. We laughed, cried together and sang our alma mater. It was a wonderful chance to rub elbows with our teachers and people who were supportive of our school.
I felt compelled to write this article because the Ruston Daily Leader and Buddy Davis gave me the opportunity to write about sports at Lincoln High from 1967-69. It was an epiphany for me. As a matter of fact, I still have some of the articles in my scrapbook. My class was the last class to graduate from Lincoln High School. It was the class of 1970.

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Staying active, fit is good for quality of life

Businessweek.com had an article about Louisiana late last month, and the news was less than flattering.
Based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Louisiana is the country’s laziest state. To clarify, Louisiana residents spend more of their time in activities that involve sitting down as opposed to physical activities that involve standing up (such as exercising and even working).
Some Louisiana residents may dismiss the study because they believe it was flawed. Other state residents, however, may believe the study is a polite way of saying we need to do better.

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New world mark set for catfish

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What must it be like to catch a fish that ends up in the record book? It has to provide a rush like nothing else.
I was at the right place at the right time on a humid night in May back in 1976 when I had a brush with the record book. No, I didn’t catch a record fish but my then teen aged nephew, Tommy, did. He and I were fishing with his dad — my brother, Tom — on Lake Claiborne out of my boat, casting spinners for bass around the pier out from Bo Peterson’s camp at Pleasure Point when Tommy tied into what we thought was a good bass.
It turns out that what Tommy hooked and landed was a giant chain pickerel — that’s a “jack fish” to north Louisiana anglers. We gave thought to tossing the toothy ugly specimen back in the drink when I remembered seeing information recently about the state fish records. I didn’t recall seeing chain pickerel on the list so I suggested that Tommy keep the fish, take it back home to DeRidder the next day and have a fisheries biologist officially weigh the big jack and see what might happen.

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Squire Creek slates USTA play for junior competitors Aug. 13-15

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Squire Creek hosted its first United States Tennis Association-sanctioned event in January of 2009 and it proved to be a huge success.
Despite freezing temperatures, 75 players from throughout the state made up the competitive list.
An even bigger turnout is hoped for later this months, when the Squire Creek Country Club Junior Championships will be held.

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