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August 15th, 2017

Two dead in shooting

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A 73-year-old Choudrant man remains in the Lincoln Parish Detention Center today charged with two counts of first-degree murder following an alleged shooting incident Monday evening.
John Nichols, of 6235 Louisiana Highway 33 in Choudrant, was arrested Monday after officers responded to a call from Nichols stating that he just shot two people.
Nichols was taken in to custody after Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s officers found Anthony Denicola with multiple gunshot wounds to the head and Rachel Denicola with multiple gunshot wounds as well, according to the police report.

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Call goes out for volunteers

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The Dixie Youth Baseball World Series coming to Ruston in 2019 is expected to bring as many as 8,000 people to town, have an economic impact that could top $6 million and require more than 300 community volunteers.
That’s the word from representatives of the city, the Ruston Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau and the local Dixie Baseball organization.
“It’s going to have to be a citywide, community project,” Matt Tyler, Ruston Dixie Baseball board member, said during Monday’s press conference to introduce the event to the community.

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Family Dollar announces renovated store grand opening

Family Dollar Stores, Inc., a leading small format and convenience retailer, has announced plans for a renovated store opening in Ruston. The store is located at 612 S. Monroe St.
“Family Dollar continues to grow and we are thrilled to be able betterserve our customers in this improved store format,” said Heather Briganti,Family Dollar spokesperson. “We are proud to be part of Ruston and are looking forward to continuing our relationship with the community.”

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RCT announces cast for production of ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’

Ruston Community Theatre recently announced the cast for its upcoming production, Joseph Kesselring’s “Arsenic and Old Lace.”
The play will be directed by Satish Bharadvaj and sponsored by Northwood Medical Center, Dr. Ben Grigsby.
Auditions took place July 29 and 31 at The Dixie Center for the Arts, and the show will open Oct. 5.
RCT is happy to welcome several new faces along with many performers familiar to our audience.
The farcical black comedy is set in 1941 in Brooklyn, New York at the Brewster family home.

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Living in a digital world: Proper cellphone etiquette

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According to the Emily Post Institute, “We can all be more cognizant of how we use our mobile technology and how our usage may impact others around us — at home, on the road, in the office and whenever we are in public.” 
The truth is, I have a lot of disdain for cell phones.
Do you ever sit in your car at a traffic light, see the person in the car behind you on the phone and hope that they pay attention and stop?
Do you ever get stuck behind a car going 50 mph on the interstate because the driver is busy on the phone?

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Allen wins silver at USATF meet

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Despite suffering an injury, John Allen left an international meet this weekend with one of its top medals.
The former Louisiana Tech University javelin thrower captured the silver medal at the 2017 United States Track and Field Federation(USATF) North and Central America and Caribbean Games held in Toronto.
Allen finished with a throw of 143.7664 feet (43.82) in the 65-69 age division after popping a groin muscle in the prelims and could not throw in the finals.

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G-Men hold first full scrimmage

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GRAMBLING — The Grambling State University football team took the field for its first full scrimmage of preseason training camp that was originally scheduled for Saturday but was postponed due to weather until Tuesday.
Players on both sides of the ball got an opportunity to showcase to the coaches the progress they have made so far during preseason training camp, as the season opener versus Tulane is rapidly approaching.

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Make family memories around the meal table

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What a great time to remind us about the benefits of eating family meals together.
School is back in full swing. Life will be more scheduled less relaxed than summer time.
There will be school activities, dance classes, scheduled sports activities, many appointments and don’t forget homework.
I remember those days and they were hectic.
Just a side bar here, these years go fast. Make memories.

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Football season is finally here

The start of college football season always brings a sense of “newness,” but never more so than in 2017 for Louisiana Tech and Grambling State universities.
Much of that is due to upgrades at both Joe Aillet Stadium and Eddie Robinson Memorial Stadium that are currently being completed.
Louisiana Tech has added a new $18.6 million press box/skybox, funded 100 percent through private donations to “The Joe,” while GSU has replaced its natural grass field with striped artificial turf along with a new Jumbotron scoreboard.

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August 14th

Beverly Jean Swanson Otwell

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Funeral services for Beverly Jean Swanson Otwell, 80 of Farmerville, LA, will be held on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at the Chapel of Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Farmerville, LA. Officiating the service will be Connie Ward assisted by Bro. Bob Witt. Visitation will be held at 9:30 A.M. to till time of service. Interment will follow at Vienna Cemetery in Vienna, LA under direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Farmerville.

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