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Tri-Running opens

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Area running and walking enthusiasts have plenty to be excited about, as a new store meant to cater to the needs of runners opened Monday in downtown Ruston.
The store, Tri-Running, is the third of its kind in the state, and the recently opened Ruston location has been a vision of the store’s owners for the past 10 years.
“The whole thought process on bringing this store here started about 10 years ago. I am from this area, and wanted to build a specialty store for runners,” said co-owner Shawn McMillan. “The market really wouldn’t support us over the years, but we kept looking to do it, following the patterns of the economy, and we finally have a store.”

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Did man ‘flash’ clerks?

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A Farmerville man is behind bars after allegedly exposing his genitals to women at two gas stations in Lincoln Parish last week.
Stacey Lee Brown, 33, 229 Lester Road, was charged with three counts of obscenity and is currently in custody at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center where his bond is set at $30,000.
According to his arrest affidavit, on June 27, the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at Cranford’s Northside gas station on Louisiana Highway 33 in reference to a male subject exposing his genitals inside of the store.

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Audit issues for DWCS

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It has been a summer of discontent for D’Arbonne Woods Charter School, which is trying to deal with recently released findings from its 2010-11 audit and a police investigation into forgery.
The audit report is the second for the school, and like the first audit, which showed a lack of internal controls, the most recent findings show many of the same issues.
“We have been doing everything we can to right the wrongs,” said executive director Pamela Schooler. “We have been working closely with a CPA who specializes in educational finance to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again.”

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Exploring creativity through arts camps

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Whether it’s drawing a picture, sculpting a model or acting in a play, the children in the Ruston area are sure to find plenty of ways to keep themselves busy at the North Central Louisiana Arts Council Summer Arts Camp at First Baptist Church of Ruston.
The camp, which has been put on by NCLAC for more than 20 years in Ruston, has already run for two sessions this summer, and the spots for the final week of the camp — scheduled for July 16-20 — are filling up fast.

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Raising summer tomatoes, other produce

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Assuming you have fertile soil and are controlling pests, you can follow four treatment practices found effective in LSU AgCenter research plots. These techniques give heat-set tomatoes their best chances to develop fruit.
First, choose summer growing tomatoes that have the heat-set genetic makeup. These include Sunmaster, Solar Set, Heat Wave II, Sunchaser, Sun Leaper and Florida 91.

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RPAR summer slate busy

Summer has just begun and in more ways than one.
Yes, the weather is stifling, but that’s nothing new in our part of the U.S., is it?
But in terms of activities for sports-minded participants, “weekend warriors” and fitness-oriented individuals, the summer slate is plenty busy around the Ruston Parks and Recreation Department.

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Promoting rural tourism

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“I think I can,” “I think I can,” “I think I can,” is the theme of the Miss-Lou Rural Tourism Summit scheduled for Aug. 7-9 in Natchez, Miss. The Miss-Lou Rural Tourism Association is dedicated to providing information to rural communities to enhance their tourism opportunities.
This annual summit is a joint effort between 16 Louisiana parishes, 17 Mississippi counties and their state cooperative extension services. All parishes and counties are located along the Mississippi River.

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Open up to new insights at library

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Recently, I’ve spent some of my free time reading a book about Jane Austen being turned into a vampire and fighting against a French invasion. It was quite silly, but also quite amusing.
Though I enjoy both Jane Austen and vampire novels, it likely would have taken me a lot longer to pick up such a book if it weren’t for the Lincoln Parish Library’s Fifth Annual Adult Summer Reading Program.
I have participated in the Adult Summer Reading program in Lincoln Parish every year that it’s been around. Before that, as a child and a teen I participated in a similar event back home in Rapides Parish.

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Dealing with violent toddlers

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Q: When I ask him to do something, my 2-year-old screams “No!” and then swings at me. When he hits me, I firmly reprimand him and try to put him in time-out, but that only makes matters worse. I’ve tried ignoring his screaming, but that doesn’t work. What should I do?
 
A: He must be your first child. Or, your first child was the one child in a hundred who wasn’t a “terrible” two. In either case, it’s behavior of the sort you describe — illogical, irrational, violent — that has given this age such a bad reputation. It’s also why one of my graduate school psychology professors maintained that toddlers were psychotic.

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Stover, Brown: Quick picks?

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Matt Stover and P.J. Brown: 2013 inductees into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame?
Judging from their accomplishments as collegians and professionals, it appears that the former Louisiana Tech stars could be near locks as member of the state shrine’s Class of 2013.
Stover, a record-setting placekicker at Tech and then in the NFL, and former Bulldogs/NBA standout Brown are regarded as two of the leading candidates for the next Hall of Fame class.

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