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July 5th

Baseball for everyone

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Ruston man works to create special needs league
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Every year countless children across the country practice their hitting and running skills as they participate on youth baseball teams.
But because of struggles with physical or mental challenges, some young people, however, miss out on this opportunity.
One Ruston man seeks to change this on the local level. Lifelong resident Edwin Davis is working to form a softball league for special needs children.

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NCLAC and 102 a Bistro exhibit local artists

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The North Central Louisiana Arts Council, along with 102 a Bistro will be featuring the works of regional artists Kayla Anderson and Brooklyn Bain.
An opening reception will be held on from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 1 for the show titled "Captured Transfer."
Anderson just completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in May from Louisiana Tech University. She recently was featured in the publication The Sun Magazine. During her time at Tech she had an internship with Kevin Beasley Photographers, Inc., The Tech Talk, and the Lagniappe yearbook. She is inspired by handcrafted art and visually enticing literature and explores such inspirations by making art from a variety of materials. Her work to be on display at 102 a Bistro is large scale photo transfers done on non-traditional medium.

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Lewis Temple to hold seminar

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At 10:15 a.m. July 14, Lewis Temple CME Church will host a seminar titled “The Biblical understanding of Marriage, Family and Sexuality.” The public is invited to attend.
Those attending a similar seminar on June 23 are pictured above.
On the front row, from left to right, are Leon Blankenship, Joseph Capers Sr., Nellon Atkins, Jerome Atkins, Robert Poe and Charlie Gillis.
Pictured on the back row, from left to right, are Colin Campbell, Larry Watkins, Eugene Mitchell and Ben Hamilton.

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Boniol likes being with Cowboys

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Ex-Tech star helping ‘America’s Team’ as kicking coach

IRVING, Texas — It’s a perfect fit, someone who was regarded as one of the NFL’s top kickers in his six-year career now working as an NFL kicking coach. Such is the case for Chris Boniol, an Alexandria native and Louisiana Tech product who has served as the kicking coach for the Dallas Cowboys since 2010.
“It’s just been exciting to be back in the NFL,” Boniol said. “Any player will tell you when they get out of the game they miss the high level of competition, the high level of intensity of doing things. I loved my time with the Cowboys so of all places I could have gone this was definitely at the top of my list.”

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Champs for Church League

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Winning top honors in the Church League for the 2012 Ruston Parks and Recreation Department softball season was Thrown Together, which edged out Temple Baptist 13-11 for the championship at J.C. Love Athletic Complex recently. Members of the Thrown Together team were (kneeling, from left) Chris Sharp, Tyler Neeles, Tim Dow, Nick Abercrombie, O.J. Simmons (back row, from left), Terry McGaha, Mitch Best, Matt Madden, Chad Rook, Cole Thibault and Bill Norman.

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Area youth receive art opportunities

Summer is a time for children to take a break from school and extracurricular activities to rest and make sure they are prepared for the next school year.
While many kids spend their summer playing outside, participating in sports or simply resting, others participate in various activities throughout Lincoln Parish that are sure to keep children fresh and ready to prepare for the new school year.

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Values based on whose they are

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Sometimes it’s amazing to ponder the differences in people’s values.
This is true even of those born in the same city or into the same family.
Let’s start with relationships. There are individuals who have intimate relationships outside of their marriage and can completely justify it by telling themselves it is the fault of their spouse. Then there are others who experience guilt just from having a fleeting romantic thought about someone other than their sweetie.

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Protecting home while on vacation

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Many people will take a vacation during the summer. Nationally, a burglary occurs every 13 seconds. American homes are victims of burglary about every 15 seconds, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
The typical burglarized homeowner suffers a loss of nearly $2,000 in stolen goods or property damage. I fear with the advances in electronics, and the increase in the number of televisions, sound systems, play stations and similar items, computers, iPads and cameras, this amount will steadily rise with the cyber evolution in our homes.

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The high price for 'purity'

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Our Chief Justice of the Supreme Court fled from the field of sanity on June 28 and ceded the struggle over containing massive federal government control over commerce and individual rights to the motley crew in Congress who laid the decomposing cadaver of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) on his door step. One can sympathize with Roberts’ plight in having to sort through that sordid mess from a constitutional standpoint.

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July 4th

Barbara Suggs Gates Trussell

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Barbara Suggs Gates Trussells was born January 19, 1947 in Minden Hospital. She passed away at her home in Ruston on July 2, 2012 after a courageous battle with a brain tumor. Babs was an administrative assistant and worked in the College of Education of LA Tech for 18 ½ years. She enjoyed her job and loved her co-workers.

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