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June 17th, 2017

Astros, Yanks giving faithful plenty of fun

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If only they were still in different leagues.
Then, as many of us who love the game so much could do, we could root for an eventual collision course in the World Series.
But, of course, that won’t happen.
We will just have to settle for seeing if either the Houston Astros or New York Yankees capture their divisional championships in the American League and reach the Fall Classic.
Right now, and barring a major meltdown this summer, the ‘Stros and Bronx Bombers are money in the coffer to finish atop their divisions. Houston in the West and New York in the East.

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Former Bulldog Allen is gold medal winner

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John Allen uncovered some sparkling gold recently.
For the former Louisiana Tech University javelin throwing star, the prize was unveiled at the annual National Senior Games in Birmingham, Alabama, on the campus of Samford University.
Allen had a gold-plated finish in the 65-69 age division with a mark of 150-8.5 (45.94 meters).
The West Monroe product was tops in a crowded, highly-competitive field that numbered 36 entries.

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Servant leadership leads to honor for Donohoe

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Former Techsters grad assistant to receive Dave Dixon Award from La. Sports Hall of Fame
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Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series of profiles on the Class of 2017 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame inductees to be enshrined on June 24 in Natchitoches.
Sue Donohoe has led a Forrest Gump-like existence in college athletics, traveling light with a humble and approachable attitude rare in big-time sports, yet always ending up near the center of landmark events in what’s been a rapidly changing landscape during the past 35 years.

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The question: Doodle soc or go wacky?

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To be a serious bass fishermen today, you might need to mortgage the house and hold off on paying for your kid’s college tuition for a few years. Some bass boats cost more than the first house I bought brand new. With reels with computer chips and rods made of the latest space-age materials, fishing line the diameter of a spider web but strong enough to pull a mule out of a bog, and don’t get me started on lures.

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Ex-student teacher arrested

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Ruston police have arrested a former Ouachita Parish educator on sex crime charges stemming from when he was a student teacher at Ruston High School.

Christian Jamaal Amos, 25, of Ruston, was arrested Thursday and charged with nonconsensual disclosure of a private image and prohibited sexual conduct between educator and student.

Amos allegedly had an inappropriate relationship with a RHS student during the 2015-16 school year, Deputy Police Chief Clint Williams said. The male student never filed a complaint with authorities, Williams said.

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Grambling celebrates Juneteenth Festival

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State Rep. Patrick Jefferson (D-Homer) throws candy to parade attendees Saturday during the festival’s annual parade in downtown Grambling.

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Peach Parade to roll through downtown

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There’s nothing better to kick off a celebration than a parade.
When Ruston celebrates Christmas, it all starts with a parade.
And when Louisiana Tech University celebrates Homecoming, it all starts with a parade.
It’s for that reason organizers hope that thousands of fest goers will “Give Peach a Chance” and again line the streets of Ruston on Saturday as the annual Louisiana Peach Festival Parades rolls through downtown when the festival kicks into high gear.
While Peach Fest activities begin on Friday, the parade is the thing that many feel kicks off the summer celebration.

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‘God was watching that child’

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Four days before the Wednesday that Megan Faulkner will never forget, she was talking with an acquaintance about enrolling her 16-month-old son in baby swimming lessons.
She didn’t know that before the week was out, she would help save her child from a near drowning in a backyard swimming pool.
Ruston Fire Department officials said Faulkner’s performing what they called “instinctual CPR” saved the toddler’s life.
But the story of little Kipp Faulkner’s experience is more than that.

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Lawmakers pass budget

Louisiana legislators have finally passed a budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, and some of the biggest winners in the final package are higher education students in Lincoln Parish.

Passage also ended the Legislature’s special session Friday afternoon, a few days ahead of the Monday deadline for the session to end.

Gov. John Bel Edwards praised the new budget.

“This is a prudent budget. It is a conservative budget. And I am proud of that,” Edwards said.

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Reader thanks dog, paramedics

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It was Wednesday, June 7; a beautiful ordinary day. Daddy Thom had gone to his job. Mother Megan and Baby Kip went to grandparents Staci and Gary Faulkner where she and Staci sell their “Baby Darden” baby garments.
Megan and Staci were in the sewing room. Gary was in his office and Baby Kip was playing with his companion Charlie the dog.
The back door to the patio and pool had been inadvertently left open.
Suddenly, the dog went into hysterics in the back yard. Staci heard the dog and went to see what caused her to go crazy.

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