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May 3rd, 2014

Lady Cougars queens of 1A

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Cedar Creek defeated Ascension Catholic 6-0 Saturday to win the Class 1A state softball title. Pictured above are team members. First row (left to right): Gabbie Turner, Halie Robinson, Harlie Robinson, Kateline Cooper, Elizabeth Kate Pardue, Lauren Wade and Hallie Rambin. Top row: Haley Gray, Caley Payles, Nicole Brasher, Anna Larr Roberson, Marry Terral, Sydney Moore, Cecilia Akin, Christin Moore, Mary Julia Klug and Logan Brown. Pictured above is head coach Julie Riser. For more on Cedar Creek’s chase for the 1A championship, see page 9A.

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City Council to discuss overlay plan

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Robert Street residents and leaders of the University Hills Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District Committee have come to terms on the street’s request to opt out of a proposed overlay district.
“We’re both in concurrence. Everything seems to be resolved,” Mike Hilton, spokesman for the Robert Street residents said Friday.
The ordinance creating the proposed district encompassing much of southwest Ruston will be introduced during Monday night’s board of alderman meeting. The meeting is at 5:30 p.m. at city hall.

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Drug Court helps teach game of life

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Trey “Catfish” Trichell steps into the batter’s box, takes his stance and makes a powerful swing at the neon-green softball sailing toward him.
He tips it. The ball pops straight up, then drops onto the dirt with a thud.
“Be patient, Trey, be patient,” Charles Cobb yells from the outfield.
Trichell lines up again. The pitch is almost over the plate. He swings, his forearm muscles taunt and bulging.

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XTERRA rolls through Parish Park

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Lincoln Parish Park will continue to host worthy athletes as they push themselves to the limit during the 2014 XTERRA races. Outdoor enthusiasts from around the country showed up Saturday to compete in the XTERRA Epic, a 1-mile swim, 30-mile mountain bike ride and 10-mile off-road run. The XTERRA Gator Terra Triathlon, held today, consists of an 800-yard swim, 10-mile mountain bike ride and 3.5-mile off-road run. Pictured is bicyclist Craig Roberson, of West Monroe, participating in the XTERRA Epic.

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Grambling addresses issues with refuse ordinance change

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The board of aldermen for the City of Grambling met in regular session Thursday night with an agenda packed full of business.
First up on the agenda was the approval of an ordinance that amended the current garbage, trash and weeds code of the city of Grambling.
The change in ordinance will allow a service fee to be determined based on the size of the dumpsters.
Two public hearings were set for 5:30 p.m. June 5.

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Schools know govt.’s important

Sometimes it’s hard to be able to see all the ways the government can affect us. The powers that be can seem like an anomaly. But the government does affect each and every one of us and it is our duty as citizens to implore a role in political platforms — whether they be local, state or federal.
Recently, two Lincoln Parish schools have taken on active roles to ensure our children understand how government affects the average citizen.

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Thanking event volunteers

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Volunteering is important for as many reasons as there are people and needs. Volunteering comes natural to me. My mother is a great role model of volunteering and brought me up with the idea that helping others is the natural thing to do.

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Blessings in the blink of an eye

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I had a speck of dust in the corner of my eye the other evening. I blinked trying to remove it. I then realized it was 35 years. I was thoroughly enjoying a reoccurrence and repetition of that which started in my life 35 years prior. And the events were connected in a blink of an eye.
I was at the Jimmy Carter field at the Ruston Dixie complex. Jimmy, parenthetically, was one the nicest men I have ever known. The occasion was my 4-year-old granddaughter’s (Gracie) very first tee-ball game. As I barked out some instructions to her, it made me reflect on “the olden days.

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Leadership Lincoln soon to graduate

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Participants took opportunity to learn about local business, community

Leadership Lincoln is in its 27th year and has graduated more than 400 individuals who now know more about Ruston and Lincoln Parish than they probably ever imagined there was to know.

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La Main Street offers grant oppotunities

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Incentives for redevelopment available

Ruston Main Street is soliciting Redevelopment Incentive Grant applications from downtown commercial building and/or business owners. The Louisiana Main Street program is able to offer two types of competitive grants — a $10,000 grant for major projects and a $2,500 grant for minor projects. Grants are available for either interior or exterior rehabilitation projects.

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