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RPAR to initiate tennis ball recycling program

Every year, more than 300 million tennis balls are manufactured globally — 300 million. And, that contributes to about 20,000 tons of waste in landfills. Just because your old tennis balls have lost their bounce doesn’t mean they cannot serve up an extra use or two.
Ruston Parks and Recreation’s Recreation Supervisor Ashlynn J. Shell announces RPAR’s next philanthropic efforts — a Tennis Ball Recycling Initiative. Beginning July 9 through Aug. 24, RPAR will be collecting old tennis balls to be donated to Ruston’s retirement homes, rehabilitation centers, Northern Louisiana Medical Center, Boys and Girls Club, City Animal Shelter and 4 PAWS Rescue.

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Parish makes mark with pageants

Beauty pageants have sometimes been a source of controversy.
This is true from the long debated objectification of women, to the more recent slew of realty television shows glorifying and vilifying child beauty competitions.
However, according to Lauren Vizza, the newly crowned Miss Louisiana 2012, the pageant experience boosted her confidence and made her a more well-rounded individual.

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Immigration debate choppy

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Just when you thought being an immigrant couldn’t possibly get any more fun, the Supreme Court went ahead and made sure things would get a little interesting after they were recently asked to make a few decisions regarding Arizona’s immigration laws.
Arizona was preparing to pass Senate Bill 1070, and while it may have passed by area legislators, the Supreme Court struck down many major provisions in the bill, leaving only one — the most controversial provision of all — intact.

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What's a college degree worth?

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What is college really worth?
A lot of people are asking that question — and it’s the cover story of this month’s Utne Reader magazine.
My older son is 30, and my younger is 17. I’m hoping my two sons escape from the consequences of graduating into this terrible economy, which is going to dampen the value of not only a college degree, but of all those graduate degrees parents are paying for (and students are borrowing on) for decades to come.

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Contrary to the popular lyrics

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Contrary to the lyrics of Don McLean’s 1971 song, “American Pie,” the music really did not die in a plane crash on Feb. 3, 1959. The tragic deaths of rock ‘n’ roll legends Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “Big Bopper” Richardson signaled the final death of rock ‘n’ roll, according to McLean’s “American Pie.” Elvis had been drafted, Little Richard had turned to gospel and Chuck Berry had been arrested for soliciting prostitution.

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Williams: Another Hall

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Former Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Doug Williams is getting ready to make a run to another Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
This time, he’s one of the honorees.
The Grambling State University head football coach who was among the former inductees recognized at last weekend’s Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame induction event will be one of five new members added to the Ark-La-Tex Sports Museum of Champions in early August.

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Festival tennis attracts 105 participants

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This year’s Squire Creek Louisiana Peach Festival tennis tournament drew 105 players, the most since 2009.
Tournament director Lynne Jones attributed the growth to the quality of play and the atmosphere that surrounds the annual tournament.
“People are telling people how much fun they’re having,” Jones said.

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Cunha joins Techsters’ staff

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Louisiana Tech University head coach Adriano de Souza has announced that he has hired Marcela Cunha to serve as an assistant coach on the Lady Techsters’ volleyball staff this season.
Cunha comes to Ruston after spending the past four seasons as a member of the University of West Florida volleyball staff, where the program has won more than 100 matches and four straight Gulf States Conference championships.

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Championship performance

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Ruston’s Jasmine Hargrove Williams recently captured first place honors in the 11-12 division of the MLB “Pitch, Hit and Run” regional team competition that was held at Minute Maid Park in Houston. Williams advanced into the regionals from local competition hosted by the Ruston Parks and Recreation Department. The event is sponsored by Major League Baseball.

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Bobby Gene Gant

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Bobby Gene Gant, 72, of Conway, passed away at his home on June 27, 2012. He was born February 9, 1940 in Drakesboro, KY to the late Roy Gant and Evelyn Lucas.

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