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June 27th, 2017

Lowest fee increase in a decade approved

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Louisiana Tech University students will see a $136 increase in student fees per academic quarter while Grambling State University students will not after the University of Louisiana System executive committee special meeting recently approved fee changes for its nine universities.

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Celebrating 100 years

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Former Ruston resident, Nona Mae Oliver Hall, celebrated her 100th birthday on June 17. Hall recently moved to Arizona to be near her daughter, Shirley White, of Phoenix. She is also the mother of Esther Mumford, of Seattle, and Debra Sapp, of Houston.
She was married to Shellie Otis Hall for 52 years. She is a member of Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church and has been a long-time member of the Morning Star, Chapter No. 43, Eastern Star Masonic Order.

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Students, teachers attend LA GEAR-UP Conference

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On May 11-13, 250 Louisiana students converged in the Shreveport Convention Center to talk and learn about their futures.
The LA GEAR UP Conference, funded through the U.S. Department of Education and the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance, aims to prepare elementary, middle and high school students for post-secondary education, including college.
LA GEAR UP is short for Louisiana Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs.

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Rotary of Lincoln kicks off second annual summer food drive for CCA

Every summer, Christian Community Action has had a food shortage, said Ty Storms, Rotary of Lincoln president. Schools are out, and there are no meals for students. People tend to travel more.
“People know instinctively during the year-end giving season (around Christmas time) that we need to keep people from being “cold and hungry”; however, while it is not so easy to imagine people who are “hot and hungry,” need knows no season, and CCA’s food supplies run low because there is a higher demand during the summer, yet the donations are traditionally lower,” Storms said.

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Refresher in summertime sportsmanship

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Summer is here, and here’s a refresher course on leisure-time “recreation.”
Whether boating or camping, playing golf or tennis, horseback riding or bicycle riding, hiking or just working out, there’s a common theme here — sportsmanship.
Definition of sportsmanship: conduct (such as fairness, respect for one’s opponent and graciousness in winning or losing) becoming to one participating in a sport. I would like to take that a little further and say that being outdoors and taking part in any kind of recreation requires respect for each other and the environment.

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Former Diamond Tiger dies in crash

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Former Grambling State baseball player Andres Castillo was killed on Friday morning while riding a motorcycle near the University of South Florida campus. The Tampa Bay Times reported that a turning car cut into Castillo’s path, and despite his efforts, he could not avoid hitting the car.
A memorial service is scheduled at the Van Orsdel Funeral Home Kendall Chapel in Miami from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. today.
Castillo, who transferred to GSU from Hutchinson Community College in Kansas, played for the Tigers during the 2015-16 season. He transferred to USF in 2016 to complete his studies.

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Tigers’ backs up against wall again

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LSU drops CWS Finals opener to Florida, must win two straight to claim title
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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Florida got a dominant performance from Brady Singer, a big defensive play when LSU was threatening and just enough offense.
Now, after a 4-3 win in Game 1 of the College World Series on Monday night, the Gators are one win from their first national championship in baseball.
But with LSU all-time wins leader Jared Poche’ starting tonight and first-round draft pick Alex Lange available if there’s a Game 3, the Tigers believe this best-of-three series matching Southeastern Conference rivals is just getting started.

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How to become a Master Gardener

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Have you ever thought about becoming a Master Gardener? Maybe you aren’t even sure what a Master Gardener is. Here is my own definition:
A Master Gardener is someone who loves nature, flowers, gardens, trees, fresh vegetables and has tons of fun learning about these things and then sharing that knowledge with others.
Master Gardeners love to grow things; we never tire of watching seeds germinate or making more plants from the ones we have in order to share with others.

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Building toward football season

The month of July is usually a dead period for college football in Lincoln Parish, but not so this summer for Louisiana Tech and Grambling State universities.
Work preparing for the 2017 football season is going on fast and furious at both schools’ stadiums, but no players are in on the action.
Instead, it’s construction workers during the heavy lifting as both Joe Aillet Stadium at Tech and Eddie G. Robinson Memorial Stadium at GSU are currently being upgraded.

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June 26th

THOMAS JACK "TOMMY" NORRIS

Funeral services for Thomas Jack “Tommy” Norris, Jr., 59, of Choudrant, LA will be 1:00 P.M. Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at Kilpatrick Funeral Home Chapel in Ruston. Rev. Karl A. Norris and Phillip Neaville will officiate the service. Interment will follow in Sibley Cemetery near Choudrant under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Ruston. Visitation will be 5:00 – 7:00 PM Monday, June 26, 2017 at Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Ruston.

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