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June 13th, 2014

Francis finishes 14th

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Tech hurdles turns in best showing at NCAA meet
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EUGENE, Oregon — Louisiana Tech senior Kim Francis recorded a career-best finish at the NCAA Championships in her final year of eligibility as the Youngsville native ran to a 14th place finish in the 100-meter hurdles Thursday.
Francis ran 13.40 marking her second-best time and best finish in placing in her third trip to the national meet. She had previously finished 21st twice before, in 2012 and 2013.

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Hildebrand paved way for Demons

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Former NSU AD set for HOF Induction
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NATCHITOCHES —Tynes Hildebrand had to travel over some dirt roads to get from his home in Florien to Northwestern State so he could enroll and play basketball for legendary coach H. Lee Prather’s Demons in 1950. Since then, he’s paved the way for many others.

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AAU team to hold breakfast fundraiser

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The Ruston Lady Red Storm 8th Grade Girls AAU Basketball Team will hold a Pancake Breakfast from 8-10 a.m. Saturday at Applebees in Ruston.
Proceeds will go to the team as to help prepare to travel to the National Tournament in July.
Tickets are $5 and you can get a carryout plate at the event or dine in.
For more information call 318-245-2738.

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Juneteenth Grand Marshall named

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Local historian, mentor and community advocate to be honored
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When Thelma Williams stepped off the train in October of 1956. It was 89 degrees. She had a mink coat, her luggage and no idea where her life was taking her.
“I wanted to take the coat off,” she said. “It was just so hot but I was afraid someone would steal it.”
Williams didn’t plan on coming to Louisiana. She had been a dancer at the Carnegie Hall Studio in New York and was ready to teach in North Carolina, but a last minute switch led her here to become the first dance teacher at Grambling State University.

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Crash near Tech Farm Road

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Emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle rollover near the intersection of Tennessee Avenue and Tech Farm Road yesterday.
Ruston Fire Department Public Information Officer Eric Brazzel said they received the call at 12:42 p.m.
According to Brazzel, the vehicle had one occupant and was transported to North Louisiana Medical Center for treatment of moderate injuries.

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Ruston recycling not a myth

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The notion that people can’t recycle in Ruston isn’t true, city officials said Monday.
“You can recycle anything you want, you just need to know where to take and take it there,” City Administrator Ed Pittman said.
To that end, Ruston has recently updated its Recycle Resource Guide to include where to take everything from batteries to plastic grocery bags to all types of metal.
The guide, which can be found on the city website, www.ruston.org, conveniently “puts all in one place all the opportunities to recycle,” Lori Faile, Ruston’s developmental services manager, said.

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Delta Community, GSU help NELA students

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Memorandum signed for assistance in development courses for four-year degree
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MONROE — Louisiana Delta Community College Chancellor Barbara M. Hanson and Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue formally signed a memorandum of understanding to help area students that need development courses as they prepare for a four-year university degree.
The two higher education leaders talked about and signed a memorandum of understanding that focuses on northeastern Louisiana students that want to enroll at Grambling State University but need one or two developmental education courses to be eligible.

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Auxiliary goes above, beyond

A stay in the hospital can sometimes be a terrifying, unpleasant experience for most people. Unless it’s to welcome a new little one into the world, most people aren’t keen on visiting.
That’s one reason the local hospital auxiliary goes above and beyond to help make the experience as pleasant as possible. One way they do this is by providing equipment, training materials and overall dedication to making hospital stays more enjoyable.

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Praises for the local hospital

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For several days in April, I was a Northern Louisiana Medical Center patient in Ruston.  No one wants to be in the hospital.  However, I received excellent treatment 24 hours a day. All the nurses and medical technicians could not have been more accommodating and proficient. Whatever question I asked, their response was always upbeat and enthusiastic.   It was obvious to me that they sincerely cared about my welfare. All of the food served was in generous amounts and very good.  All three meals were served within a few minutes of the same time each day.

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Not feeling sorry for Hillary

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Former First Lady Hillary Clinton told ABC News’ Diane Sawyer that her family was “not only dead broke, but in debt,” when she and former President Bill Clinton moved out of the White House.
She attributed the debt largely to lawsuits and legal bills accrued during the course of the presidency.
“We had no money when we got there and we struggled, you know, to piece together resources for mortgages, for houses, for Chelsea’s education. It wasn’t easy.”
Really, Hillary? That dog won’t hunt.

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