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July 21st, 2014

International issues not far from home

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Keeping an eye on international news can be a nerve-wracking experience right now, even here in the smaller town confines of Ruston.
Israel said it killed Hamas militants who entered the country today, while officials in Gaza said Israel shelled a hospital, killing several people. The latest violence, on the heels of the conflict’s bloodiest day, came as the United States and world powers stepped up their push for a cease-fire.
The Shuhada Al-Aqsa hospital in central Gaza was hit by shelling, leaving four people dead, the Gaza Health Ministry said.

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Melba Glenn

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Melba Glenn, 86, passed away Wednesday, July 9, 2014 in Titusville. She was born in Ruston, LA. Melba was a devoted mother and grandmother. She enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren. She was a member of St Gabriel's Episcopal Church.

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Mr. Charles Richard Loe

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Funeral services for Mr. Charles Richard Loe, age 65, of Ruston, LA, formerly of Magnolia, AR, were held at 3:00 PM, Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Ruston. 

Richard spent his lifetime pursuing a career in the oilfields of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas.  He worked as floor hand, operator, tool pusher, and in 1998 began his own consulting firm.  His passion in life was spending time with family, drag racing and work. Richard was born September 14, 1948 and passed away July 16, 2014 at an oilfield location in Claiborne Parish. 

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Anne Taylor Bordelon

Anne Taylor Bordelon passed from this life quickly, painlessly and peacefully on Monday, June 30th, 2014 in Virginia Beach, VA. Born Anne Craig Taylor on October 6, 1922, she was the youngest of five children born to Deane and Louise Taylor. She graduated from high school in Ruston and at age 17 attended Louisiana Polytechnic Institute (LA Tech) there, where she graduated with a BA in education in 1943. While in Ruston, Anne met the love of her life, Guy P. Bordelon, Jr. They were married after he graduated from Navy pilot training and he became a flight instructor, in Kingsville, Texas.

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Annie Elise Carrier Smith

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Annie Elise Carrier Smith went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, July 18, 2014, as the result of a tragic car accident. Visitation will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church in Ruston, Louisiana from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 20, 2014. Funeral services will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, July 21, 2014, in the main sanctuary at Trinity United Methodist. Officiating will be by Rev. Brian Mercer and Rev. Gary Willis with interment to follow at Pines Memorial Gardens in Ruston under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Homes of Ruston.

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July 19th

Dower’s death prompts need to love life

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At 7:45 p.m., on June 28, the text message began to appear on my cell phone.
It read simply:
“Buddy, where would we be without our friends and faith?”
On the previous day, Bobby Dower and I had chatted briefly.
Both of us, if you will, were swapping “war” stories about our current health challenges.
Bobby’s situation, though, was much more severe and daunting than mine was by any stretch of the imagination.

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Starting from scratch

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Sometimes it’s the little things that mean the most.
The same holds true for baseball players — sometimes the little ones mean the most, too.
For years now Coach Eddie Parkman has coached Ruston’s District 5 Dixie All-Star travel ball baseball team. He worked his way up the age ranks, spending recent years coaching an 18–and-under team he helped guide to the Dixie World Series.
But this summer Parkman took a step back in time, giving up the older athletes to return to coaching an 8-and-under team.

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8- and 9-year-old travel ball tryouts

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Tryouts for the District 5 8- and 9-year old travel ball tryouts will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Ruston Dixie Baseball Complex on Ballpark Road.
There is no charge to try out for and join the team if accepted.
Athletes trying out are asked to bring a glove and bat if they have one along with a baseball cap and baseball pants. Catchers are also asked to bring their own equipment if trying out for that position.
“One of the things we work on is sliding techniques, so no shorts,” Parkman said.
“If you want to wear shorts, you need to help coach, not play.”

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Local sports broadcasting youth camp set

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Two of north Louisiana’s award winning radio broadcasters will hold a camp designed for area youth who are interested in sports radio broadcasting.
Louisiana Tech’s Malcolm Butler and ESPN 97.7/ULM’s Nick White will team up for the inaugural Live Mic Sports Broadcasting Camp presented by Barry Ricks M.D. Pediatric Associates Thursday-Saturday at the Thomas Assembly Center in Ruston.

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Ellis Baseball Clinic set for Saturday

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Area children will get the chance to learn about hitting, pitching, catching and winning the game of life Saturday as College Hall of Fame Baseball Coach Wilbert Ellis conducts his annual Youth Baseball Clinic at Fraser Field.
Registration from the free clinic will be held from 8-9 a.m. with instruction and teaching from 9 a.m.–noon, followed by lunch.
The clinic is for boys and girls ages 8-16, with a T-ball clinic set for children ages 4-7. All campers will receive a T-shirt and a College World Series gift bag.

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