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June 28th, 2014

Northeast Delta Human Services Authority receives accreditation

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MONROE — CARF International announced that Northeast Delta Human Services Authority (NE Delta HSA) has been accredited for a period of three years, its longest-running accreditation, for the following programs:
1.Intensive Outpatient Program for Alcohol and Other Drugs (Adults)
2.Outpatient Program for Alcohol and Other Drugs (Adults)
3.Outpatient Program for Mental Health (Adults)
4.Outpatient Program for Alcohol and Other Drugs (Children/Adolescents)
5.Outpatient Program for Mental Health (Children/Adolescents)

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Chris Turner, national ‘Store Manager of the Year’ finalist

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RUSTON — The Food Marketing Institute recently named Chris Turner, store director at Super 1 Foods in Ruston, a finalist in the organization’s 15th Annual Store Manager Awards Program.
This program recognizes store managers internationally who generate sales growth, provide great customer service, contribute to the success of the company and are an integral part of the communities they serve.

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Wilburn, Carnahan join in marriage

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Payton Danielle Wilburn, of Pineville, and Kyle Evans Carnahan, of Ruston, joined in holy matrimony during a double-ring ceremony at 6 p.m. June 14 at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer. The ceremony was officiated by the bride’s grandfather Beau Colle, and the Rev. Bill Easterling.

Payton is the daughter of Daniel and Kimber Wilburn, of Pineville. She is the granddaughter of Beau and Jo Colle, of Pineville, Delma Clark, of Pineville, and Don Wilburn, of Jena.

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Martins celebrate 50 years

Jim and Jerri Martin will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Monday. The couple was married June 30, 1964. They gathered with friends and family in the Fellowship Hall of Mineral Springs Baptist Church on Saturday to celebrate the occasion.

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Catching up with old friends

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How can this be? June is almost gone, but I have had an amazing round of events.
The fun started when Mary Claire Smith and Diana Grigsby arrived for the weekend.
I got to know these two back when I was in my early 70s. We were all on the Ruston Community Theatre Board. Diana and I were in “Arsenic and Old Lace” together.

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Sweet, peachy fun at the start of the Fest

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Top left: Cousins Alex Roebuck, front, and Braxton Adkins, both of Ruston, were out enjoying the cooler weather during the Kid’s Fishing Tournament on Friday morning.
Top right: Submitted photo- Logan Brazzel, son of RFD Public Education Officer Eric Brazzel, was the big fish winner at the Louisiana Peach Festival Kid’s Fishing Tournament on Friday morning.
Bottom left: Cookery judges (from left) Hoye Grafton, Laci Hohlt, Dorothy Jackson and Kim Brasher taste-test for the grand prize in the youth division.

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Burkhalter named 2014 scholarship recipient

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David Michael Burkhalter, a graduate of Ruston High School, was named the recipient of First National Bank’s 2014 Jackie Woodard Whitlock Scholarship.
Each year, graduating seniors from Lincoln Parish schools apply for the $1,500 scholarship. The selection of the recipient was made by a committee of retired Lincoln Parish educators.
Burkhalter was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers and is currently in Arizona training in their system and is expected to return in September. He plans to attend Louisiana Tech University starting the winter quarter as a biology student.

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June 27th

Political tiff leaves schools in lurch

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A political squabble is leaving Louisiana school districts with their hands tied.
“What I don’t want to see is a chess game played by politicians where our children have become the pawns,” said Rep. Rob Shadoin. “It’s time for them to stop playing games through the press and trying to one-up each other in the media. They need to sit down at a table — face-to-face — and resolve this.”

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GSU Shabazz passes

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GRAMBLING — Abdulalim A. Shabazz, a distinguished professor at Grambling State University with a national reputation, has died at the age of 87. He had been hospitalized at Northern Louisiana Medical Center less than two weeks ago.
“I’ve known Dr. Shabazz for many years,” GSU President Frank G. Pogue said. “He represented the kind of excellence Grambling is known for, and for the university it means a great deal that he was with us.”
Pogue met Shabazz when he was a graduate student at Atlanta University. He said his roommate, a math student, “idolized” Shabazz.

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Fishing tournament reels in 50-plus kids

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Brayden Pye, 6, of Ruston, was the first one to catch a fish at the annual Louisiana Peach Festival Kid’s Fishing tournament. More than 50 children showed up to the annual event at Lincoln Parish Park, which is free and open to children ages 12 and under. This event is the first event of the 2014 Louisiana Peach Festival.

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