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Beacon Award honorees named

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Individuals will be recognized at GSU’s Port City Gala

GRAMBLING — Grambling State University held a press conference Monday morning to announce their first Beacon Award honorees.
The honorees will be recognized at the Port City Gala to be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 2 at the Shreveport Convention Center. The Beacon Award will be presented to individuals and organizations that are committed to good character and upholding high ethical standards. In addition to being dedicated to philanthropy and humanitarianism, the honoree has excelled by making uniquely substantial contributions to society and/or Grambling State University in their nominated category.

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Storm hits

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A storm that blew in Monday afternoon left about 4,000 local power customers in the dark for a few hours.
City of Ruston Power and Light Manager Darrell Caraway said a large limb broke out of a tree at 1105 Louisiana Highway 33 near Emmanuel Baptist Church.
“It tore down a power line and landed on a mail truck,” Caraway said. “It happened about 4:30 p.m., and about 2,000 customers were out of power in the northeast and southeastern section of town.”

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Event to feature food, contests, resources

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The National Guard Armory is expected to be abuzz with activity on Thursday for the fifth annual Community-Wide Back-to-School-Bash.
Lincoln ACHIEVE Coordinator Cathi Cox-Boniol said the free event typically draws more than 50 booths and thousands of attendees, who learn about local resources, enjoy snacks and participate in contests.
Among those expected to have booths onsite are civic groups, churches, new businesses and each of the 13 public schools in Lincoln Parish.

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Grease fire erupts

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No injuries reported in blaze
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An unattended pot of grease on the stove was reportedly the cause for a house fire that erupted Monday night on Nix Street.
Eric Brazzel, Ruston Fire Department public education officer, said when firefighters arrived on the scene at 11:09 p.m. flames could be seen coming from the rooftop.
“Firefighters attacked the fire, bringing it under control in about 30 minutes,” Brazzel said.
“After investigating the fire (it was) revealed that most of the damage was in the kitchen area.”

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Time to move plants to shaded area

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By the time I go to the printer, I may be late. I often write these a week or more ahead of release but this will give my readers some options I have not talked about. Unless we have had major changes in the outside weather conditions it may be time (or past time) for some major growing strategies. I have been talking to several friends to convince them it is time to move some plants into the shade. Many of the ferns and hostas are shade loving plants and it has been very hard to keep them alive and looking good in containers in semi-shade conditions where they usually are happy. Several hanging baskets of ferns on porches are starting to turn brown from the burning sunlight and heat. I have two very large and beautiful containers of ferns on my front steps that the tips of the leaves have turned brown with as good of care that I am willing to give them.

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‘Tech Express’ accepted at off-campus businesses

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Louisiana Tech University students, faculty and staff now have the ability to use their Tech Express campus debit and ID cards to pay for goods and services provided by a number of merchants in and around Ruston.
The university has partnered with “UGryd,” a division of the CBORD Group, Inc., to provide local retailers with the technology and support needed to accept the campus-issued cards as a secure form of payment. Tech Express accounts are pre-paid accounts that can be accessed via the student or employee ID card for certain campus goods and services.

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Take a few minutes to save a life

One never knows when he will need a helping hand.
Disease and accidents can quickly change a person’s life and make them more heavily dependent on the kindness of others. Sometimes people provide assistance by giving money or helping to take care of manual tasks. Other help may initially seem less personal, but can have a life-changing impact.

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Outdoors workshop offered

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Outdoor recreation numbers indicate that 1.2 million Louisiana residents and nonresidents over the age of 16 enjoy hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing.
To help grow this industry the LSU AgCenter and Mississippi State University’s Natural Resource Enterprises Program will offer a two-day workshop on Sept. 28-29 titled “Paddling and Canoeing Business Opportunities and Leasing for Profit on Your Farm” at Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Monroe.

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True meaning of 'coach'

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“Coach.”
A title used every day. A job sometimes taken for granted. Yet a job and title with potential profound influence.
I lost a coach the other day; many of us did. And when I heard the news, I wept, knowing that this special coach had now left this earth. I will miss him sorely.
To be clear, Scotty Robertson was not really a personal coach of mine, at least in the sense of athletics. Although he showed his talents for over 46 years on the hard courts of high school, college and the professional ranks, he was more than a basketball coach. Far more. And wittingly or unaware, he coached many, many of us with his life, example and love of others.

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Man arrested for carnal knowledge

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A Ruston resident was arrested Monday on several charges relating to his alleged relationship with a juvenile.
Jordan Nathaniel Dickens, 21, of Ruston, was arrested at his time of questioning for five counts carnal knowledge of a juvenile, simple burglary (warrant), criminal mischief (warrant) and two counts contributing to the delinquency of juveniles (warrant).
According to the arrest affidavit, Dickens came into the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office willingly for questioning in regards to a complaint made against him.

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