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August 20th, 2013

Couple to wed Saturday

Sonny and Stacey Watson, of Ruston, are pleased to announce the engagement and upcoming wedding of their daughter Marley Watson to A.J. Ammons, of Ruston.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Jackie and Linda Hightower, and Melvin Sonny Watson and the late Brenda Sue Watson, all of Jonesboro.

Marley is a 2011 graduate of Choudrant High School and is attending Louisiana Tech University. She is currently employed at Chili’s Bar and Grill in Ruston.

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PIKE house vandalized

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A $3,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for more than $10,000 in damage done to the new Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house on Western Street.
Vandals struck sometime over the weekend, smashing glass doors, breaking windows, punching holes in drywall and “basically making a big mess,” Chris Reigelman, a representative of the Ruston Pi Kappa Alpha Housing Corporation, said Monday.
The facility is being rebuilt following a fire in May 2012 that destroyed the old structure.

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Young, Atwell to marry in October

Dr. Tony and Marlene Young, of Ruston, are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter Jamie Elizabeth Young to Jordan Lee Atwell, of Lewisport, Ky.

Jamie is the granddaughter of Ray and Dorothy Young, of Wisner, Leonard and Louise McAdams, of Ruston, and the late Betty McAdams.

The bride-elect is a 2009 graduate of Cedar Creek School and graduated in 2013 from Louisiana Tech University with a degree in biology. Jamie plans to attend Louisiana State University in pursuit of her doctoral degree in biology.

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Monroe mayor qualifies for race

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BATON ROUGE (AP) — The field of candidates has grown larger in the special election to fill the 5th District congressional seat representing northeast and central Louisiana, as qualifying entered its second day.
Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo, a Democrat, became the fourth candidate to sign up for the Oct. 19 election, when he filed his registration paperwork Today.
He joins Republican state Sen. Neil Riser and Democratic state Reps. Marcus Hunter and Robert Johnson in the race.
The candidate registration period runs until Wednesday evening.

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Helping customers

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For the City of Ruston, there is someone who deals with consumer affairs, and connects customers to the appropriate department where they can assess and deal with those issues in a timely manner.
Earl Albritton, 67, the administrative assistant of consumer affairs, has fulfilled this role for Ruston and its citizens for 37 years.
Albritton began working for the city in 1976, when he said he did a little bit of everything. But in a few years, an important need for a specific worker arose.

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Baseball bat battery

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A Dubach man was arrested early this morning after an altercation landed another man in the hospital.
According to the arrest affidavit, the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call at approximately 11:27 p.m. Monday night requesting an ambulance and deputies be sent to the Laundromat in Dubach. The call indicated that a man had reportedly been beaten with a baseball bat.

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RPAR softball sign-up ends Wednesday

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With the Ruston Parks and Recreation fall softball league nearing it’s start, the last day to sign up a new team will be Wednesday. The fee is $280.
There are three leagues: Men’s E Class, Coed and Men’s Church; each requiring that a person be 18 years of age or older to participate.
If those interested couldn’t find a team by the deadline, Korick Wilkerson, recreation services assistant for RPAR, said they are still eligible to play in the softball league.

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Still time for late summer fruit harvest

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While driving home in the afternoons, I have witnessed the progression of the common elderberry (Sambucus canadensis). These plants bloomed in the spring, displaying a dense, flat-topped cluster of flowers, from June through July. From the white flowers clusters, large clusters of purplish-black berries develop when mature. A wonderful find for someone looking for native fruit to harvest this time of year.

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Walmart donates fans

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Walmart made a fan donation to the Birthday Fellowship Club Organization in July. Pictured left to right are Richard McKeever, Manager Leah Frazier, Lemon Lewis, A.P. Butler and Joseph Capers Sr.

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BEYOND THE CLASSROOM: Parker Thurman

Editors Note: This is the first part of a six-part series highlighting Louisiana Tech students and their internship experiences.
For Parker Thurman, determination paid — literally and figuratively.
Thurman, a senior agricultural business major at Louisiana Tech University, said just one phone call didn’t secure him an internship. Nor did two phone calls.
“I called them. I sent them my resume. I went by there a few times, and finally they called me back,” Thurman, a Calhoun native, said.

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