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July 6th, 2013

O’Neal stood tall with Hall of Fame fans

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After finishing his acceptance speech, newly inducted Louisiana Sports Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal began walking off the podium at the Natchitoches Events Center last Saturday night.
He paused, then turned toward the audience, grinned and said: “Welcome to Shaquitoches.”
And how true it was.
O’Neal owned the city during the 2013 HOF induction weekend, so why not apply his own name to it?
Shaq for Mayor of Natchitoches?
Hey, anything is possible.

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Guillot starts follow through

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Andrew Guillot of the Free Ballerz squad prepares to follow through on a swing during a plate appearance in recent competition in the Coed division of the 2013 Ruston Parks and Recreation Department softball program. A men’s Church and men’s “E” league also help comprise the department’s summer play.

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Cicadas date back to Clinton era

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Seventeen years ago, I became a grandfather to twins, Joseph and Hannah. They just finished high school and are ready for what their young adult lives offer.
About the time we were rejoicing in the birth of the twins, a cicada made a slit in a branch on a tree in my yard, deposited eggs that hatched in a few weeks and the larvae dropped to the ground where they burrowed to begin a very strange life cycle.

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91st birthday celebrated

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Brother Homer Vernon Bailes celebrated his 91th birthday recently with his sweetheart, Addie Lynde, and his longtime sitter, Linda Mayfield. They enjoyed great fellowship and one of his favorite foods — peach shortcake. Brother Bailes is the last surviving brother of the famous “Bailes Brothers.” He is originally from West Virginia, where he began his music career in country and gospel singing. Brother Bailes now resides in Ruston, where he has retired from a long singing career and ministry.

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Traveling the road of life

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My family and I had the privilege of coming to Breckenridge, Colo., for our vacation, and it is from the beautiful mountains that I write. Warm sunny days hold the cool crisp air that refresh the mind, and the chilly evenings bring a sense of ease to the body and soul. There are many activities to do in Breckenridge, and today, Michael, our two kids and I took a bike ride down the Summit County Bike Trail to Frisco, Colo. It was an amazing 18 mile roundtrip, and truly there was a point that I had to allow my mind to be in charge, so my legs would continue pedaling. In fact, my ride became a prayer for God to sustain me with God’s energy and strength, so I wouldn’t have to depend on my own.

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Time passes by quickly

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Does time fly for you as it does me? Or is it an aging thing? Anyway, I seemed to be a day late and a dollar short these days just trying to get everything done on time.
On July 1, my one and only daughter, Becky, and my one and only daughter-in-law, Mary Hilan, both had a birthday. I think it’s odd that they have the same birthday, but it does make it easier to keep track.

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Church News - Sunday, July 7, 2013

ASSEMBLY OF GOD
First Assembly of God
“Living in the Spirit” class is at 9:45 a.m. Sundays. Children’s church is at 10:45 a.m. Nursery up through age 3 is provided at 10:45 a.m. Sundays and by request on Sunday night and at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
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BAPTIST
Calvary
Bible study classes begin at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Worship is also held at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Choir rehearsal begins at 4 p.m. today.
Men’s Prayer Breakfast begins at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. Wednesday evening’s prayer service is at 6:30 p.m.
Christ Temple

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July 5th

Celebrate our city’s parks

July is National Parks and Recreation Month, and with the long Independence Day weekend still in progress, now is the perfect opportunity to see one kind of fun Ruston has to offer.
Ruston Parks and Recreations Department features 11 parks spread across the city that can provide all kind of family fun:
• R. L. Cook park at 2800 Kavanaugh Road (north Cooktown Road) consists of 28 acres of wooded and open terrain and features paved parking, two playgrounds and an all-weather walking trail.

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Blueberries offer big benefits

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With healthy lifestyles taking everyone by storm these days, oddly enough July is National Blueberry Month.
I’m all about blueberries — blueberry cobbler, blueberry ice cream, blueberry waffles and even blueberry muffins, though I am pretty sure when this tasty berry is prepared in those capacities it loses a lot of its health benefits.
Health.com gave four benefits of eating blueberries — all of which seem like a pretty big bonus to me.

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How I spent the summer of '69

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When I finally get myself together/I’m going to get down in that sunny southern weather/ And going to find a space inside to laugh/separate the wheat from the chaff/’Cause I feel like I owe it to someone.
That lyric is from a song called “Almost Cut My Hair” written by David Crosby — one of the members of Crosby Stills and Nash and Young.
It was 1969 when I first heard CSN. At age 13, my parents put me on a Continental Trailways bus out of Shreveport bound for Dallas to see my middle brother Benji.

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