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June 30th, 2014

Grace Methodist’s ‘The River’ takes RPAR title

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Grace Methodist’s “The River” team took the championship of Ruston Parks and Recreation’s Church League with a win over Team ‘Merica, making it back-to-back titles for the squad. Pictured from left to right on the bottom row are The River team members Peyton Mitchell, Lance Seymore, Jacob Norred and Zack Laffitte. Pictured from left to right on the top row are AJ Toms, Josh Jones, TJ Murphy, Daniel Binkley, Klay Koonce, Jake Folden and Wade Showmaker.

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GIS: A quiet contribution

The Geographic Information Systems Office is not one many people know about, but its importance to law enforcement agencies, infrastructure and the safety of the citizens of Lincoln Parish is unmistakable.
GIS is a relatively new tool used in municipalities and our system here in Lincoln Parish is the most advanced in the state, according to GIS manager Jackson Matthews.
GIS is a system used to collect, store, manipulate, analyze and display all types of geographic information to support the display of spatially referenced data.

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So close, but far away leadership

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So close, but so far away.
Believe it or not, that phrase describes the governing style of both President Barack Obama and Governor Bobby Jindal.
That fact was proven in recent days.
Last week President Barack Obama said he’ll keep acting on his own as long as congressional Republicans block his economic agenda.

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Margie Normand Drewett

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Funeral mass for Margie Normand Drewett of Ruston will be held at 10 AM, Monday, June 30, 2014 at St. Thomas Catholic Church, Ruston, Louisiana with Father Frank Folino officiating. Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home. Mrs. Drewett, 74, of Ruston, passed away at her home after a long illness on Friday, June 27, 2014.

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June 28th

O.K.'s Corral: Nothing like ’Dogs, Cajuns during ’70s

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Beryl Shipley’s induction into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame last weekend brought back some fond memories of arguably the best men’s basketball rivalry ever in the state.
The Bulldogs hooking up against the Ragin’ Cajuns.
I got goose bumps just typing out the previous paragraph.
There was nothing — emphasis on “nothing,” — like it back during the mid-1970s.
Tech didn’t care for then named University of Southwestern Louisiana (Louisiana-Lafayette for all readers in the modern era) and vice-versa.

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Soccer fever strikes in Ruston

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Nationwide frenzy over Team USA in World Cup also seen locally
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With scores of people gathering nationwide to watch the U.S. soccer team in action last week, it seems America has caught a strong case of World Cup fever.
And don’t think Lincoln Parish hasn’t joined in on the action.
The most recent match against Portugal kicked off at 11 a.m. Thursday, right in the middle of the workday for many.
But that didn’t stop crowds from filling bars and restaurants from Orlando, Florida, to Seattle and many points in between.

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Tech adds JC golfer Pritchard

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Louisiana Tech announced Friday that it has signed golfer Jake Pritchard to a National Letter of Intent.
Pritchard, who hails from Angie, joins the Bulldogs after spending two years at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College where he was ranked as high as 44th in the nation.
During the 2013-14 season he shot two rounds at par or better and averaged 76.37 strokes over 32 rounds. Pritchard finished the season tied for 58th at the NJCAA Division II Championships. He advanced to the championship round after placing second at the NJCAA Regional Championships

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LA Tech schedules youth hoops camps

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Louisiana Tech is set for another round of youth sports camps in July.
The Michael White Basketball Camp will take place inside the Thomas Assembly Center and will run from July 14-17 as the second Day Camp for boys in grades 4-12.
The second type of camp will be a Junior Bulldog Camp that runs from July 7-9 for boys in grades K-6.
The cost of the Day Camp is $200 per camp session while the cost of the Junior Camp is $100 for the camp session.
For more information, go to www.MichaelWhiteBasketballCamps.com or contact Kyle Church at (318) 257-5059 or kchurch@latech.edu.

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Searching for smallmouth bass in Neb.

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I packed up and headed north last week to try the fishing in another part of the country, the state of Nebraska.
Why did I leave the comforts of home to fly to Denver, rent a car and drive over 1,000 miles across the plains of Nebraska just to fish five different lakes?
Nebraska has largemouth bass. Louisiana has largemouth bass. Nebraska has catfish. Louisiana has catfish. Nebraska has crappie. Louisiana has crappie. Nebraska has white bass and hybrid stripers and bluegills. Louisiana has all these species as well.

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Colorado Mesa wins college fishing tourney

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MONKEY ISLAND, Oklahoma — The Colorado Mesa University team of Kennedy Kinkade and Josh Worth, both of Grand Junction, Colo., won the FLW College Fishing Southern Conference tournament on Grand Lake Saturday with a five-bass limit weighing 16 pounds, 4 ounces. Their win qualified them for the 2014 Southern Conference Invitational on Sam Rayburn Reservoir.
The Louisiana Tech University team of Dustin Browing and Christopher Vallillo finished 21st.
“This is the first tournament we’ve entered into. We just formed out club in April so it’s a great way to start off,” said Worth.

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