Leader photos by ELIZABETH DEGRIE AND T. SCOTT BOATRIGHT
Above: A wheelchair passenger van rolled over an unknown number of times before coming to rest on its side on Chatham Highway at approximately 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. Eric Brazzel, public education officer with the Ruston Fire Department, said all occupants were out of the vehicle when emergency responders arrived. One passenger was transported to the emergency room with unknown injuries.
Below: One person was transported to Northern Louisiana Medical Center Tuesday afternoon following a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Louisiana Highway 145 and U.S. Highway 80 in Choudrant. Keisha Leonard of Baton Rouge was driving south on La. 145 and reportedly ran a stop sign and struck a 2001 Toyota pick-up traveling on U.S. 80. The driver of the pick-up was taken to the hospital, while Leonard was ticketed for failure to yield.
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A local fraternity donated more than 20 fans to seniors, people with special needs and needy families Wednesday in coordination with Grambling city officials and the Grambling Housing Authority.
The graduate chapter of the Brothers of Pi Tau Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity in Grambling went to several houses to donate the fan to more than 20 families Pi Tau Chapter President Bobby Burkes said.
“This will help those who are living without air conditioning during this heat wave,” he said.
Two Lincoln Parish Detention Center inmates kneel straddling a soft hill of dirt. The sharp tines of a pitchfork come down quickly between the two, loosening the damp earth.
The men shift through the soil, lifting red potatoes out of the hills, wiping them clean and tossing them in a large, white plastic bucket. The three inmates move methodically down the row until it’s clean. The yield: 207 pounds of potatoes — from only one row.
To some, he was an award-winning writer and columnist for North Louisiana newspapers and a renowned journalism professor and department head at Louisiana Tech University.
To others, he was “Bootsy.”
But for most of Lincoln Parish and northern Louisiana, he was the man with the golden pen, a native son filled with vast knowledge about the region where he was born and raised, and unafraid to take a stand and let his feelings be known whether they were popular or unpopular.