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July 27th

Carroll’s contributions valuable

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Today is a special day for Claire Carroll. After many years of service (1984-2012) to Ruston’s Parks and Recreation Department, Claire is “going to the house.”
Claire has been instrumental in coordinating all programs for RPAR since she began working for then Director Jimmy Ball in 1984. As assistant director, not only has she been “chief cook and bottle washer” under four RPAR administrations, she has excelled in the position.

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’Dogs set camp dates

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It’s nearing “Camp Out” time for the defending Western Athletic Conference champs.
Louisiana Tech University has announced its annual preseason fall football camp practice schedule, starting with an initial on-the-field session Aug. 3 after players begin reporting in on Aug. 2.
Overall, a total of 26 workouts will be held before the Bulldogs kick off their 2012 campaign on Aug. 30 against Texas A&M University at Independence Stadium in Shreveport.

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OLYMPICS TV SLATE

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The television schedule for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, today through Sunday:
Today
NBC: Opening Ceremony, 7:30 p.m.-Midnight (EDT-PDT)
Saturday
NBC: Swimming - Qualifying Heats; Men’s Cycling - Road Race (LIVE); Beach Volleyball - Qualifying Round (LIVE); Women’s Volleyball - U.S. vs. South Korea (LIVE); Women’s Basketball - U.S. Game (LIVE); Rowing - Qualifying Heats, 5 a.m.-6 p.m. (EDT-PDT); Swimming - Gold Medal Finals: Men’s and Women’s 400M Individual Medley, Men’s 400M Freestyle and Women’s 4x100M Freestyle Relay; Men’s Gymnastics - Team Competition; Beach Volleyball - U.S. Qualifying Round, 8 p.m.-Midnight (EDT-PDT); Women’s Weightlifting - Gold Medal Final; Table Tennis - Qualifying Round, 12:30 a.m.-1:30 a.m. (EDT-PDT)
NBC SPORTS NETWORK: Women’s Soccer - U.S. vs. Columbia (LIVE); Beach Volleyball - Qualifying Round (LIVE); Women’s Volleyball - Qualifying Round (LIVE); Equestrian - Eventing Dressage; Women’s Fencing - Individual Foil Gold Medal Final; Shooting - Men and Women’s 10M Air Rifle Gold Medal Finals; Men’s Archery - Team Gold Medal Final; Women’s Handball - Qualifying Round, 4 a.m.-8 p.m.

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Lukasewich on awards’ list

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Ex-Tech soccer star nominated for NCAA honor

Due to her work on the field, in the classroom and around the community, former Louisiana Tech University soccer standout Olivia Lukasewich has been nominated for the annual 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.
Lukasewich is one of 429 female student-athletes, spanning NCAA Divisions I, II and III, to be nominated for the prestigious award that was established in 1991 to celebrate the achievements of women in intercollegiate athletics.

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July 26th

Out of ashes: A new Pike house

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Investigator identifies cause of blaze that destroyed facility
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The first steps are being taken to transform a pile of debris at 110 Western St. into a new home for Louisiana Tech University’s Pi Kappa Alpha.
The 6,500 square foot fraternity house, which reportedly served as living quarters for six students, burned down in May.
Danny Milam, president for the fraternity’s housing corporation, said the demolition process began Wednesday, and reconstruction is expected to begin in late fall.

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Rock group to play festival

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McKenzie Band set for Watermelon show
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A familiar sound will fill downtown Farmerville when the Mike McKenzie Band takes the stage at the Watermelon Festival’s street dance this Friday night in the courthouse square.
“We are really excited about getting to play at the Watermelon Festival again this year,” lead vocalist and guitarist Mike McKenzie said.
The three-piece band is comprised of bassist and vocalist Robert Poe, drummer Nicky Hilburn, and, of course, McKenzie.

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RHS cheerleaders to host youth camp

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Proceeds from week-long event to go toward school cheer supplies

Area girls can sharpen their cheer skills, as the Ruston High School Varsity and Junior Varsity Cheerleading squads plan to host a mini cheer camp for girls ages 4 through fifth grade, starting on Monday at the RHS boys’ gymnasium.
Registration will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. Monday, as the camp begins at 9:00 a.m. and lasts until noon each day. To wrap up the week’s events, participants will perform for friends and family at 9:30 a.m. on Aug 2.

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Business Review

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Experience local theater groups, shows

For those who read last Sunday’s edition of the Ruston Daily Leader, inside was this summer’s Living Well magazine.
Flipping through the pages, readers could enjoy topics such as a personal weight loss achievement story, a fashion feature article and protecting oneself in this age of technology.
Also amongst those articles, “Setting the Stage,” spotlighted the upcoming production season for Louisiana Tech University, Grambling State University, the Dixie Center for the Arts and the Ruston Community Theatre.

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Don't leave kids in hot vehicles

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We are now in what is traditionally one of the hottest months of the year.
A year ago in July very few people could stand to be inside my house because the temperature was so high. This is because I tend to get cold more easily than most, and will oftentimes stick to a fan instead of an air-conditioner to save money on utility bills. 
But these days, I splurge and turn the air on a little more often, since there is a baby in the house. After all, he cannot verbalize that he is overheated, so it’s up to me to check on him to see if he is sweating or showing other signs of discomfort when it seems a little hot.

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