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Tech Olympians set for reception

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Louisiana Tech will host a reception on Tuesday, July 10 for two of its three current and former athletes headed to the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
The reception will be held in the Waggoner Room of the Thomas Assembly Center beginning at 11:30 a.m. with remarks beginning at 11:45 a.m. Drinks and cookies will be available for attendees and fans will be able to sign a banner for the athletes as well as wish them good luck. The athletes will also be available to sign autographs and answer questions.

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Rippers win state title

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The Louisiana Rippers 99 recently won the United States Fastpitch Association 12-under state championship in Alexandria. The team compiled a perfect 8-0 record during the tournament while outscoring their opponents 51-11. Four players on the squad are from Ruston: Addison Pullen, Hallie Rambin, Anna Larr Roberson and Emma Shivley. Mary Terral of the Cedar Creek High School softball program is also a member of the team, while Matt Shivley of the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Department staff is one of the coaches.

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Ex-GSU star Garrett dies

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GRAMBLING — J.D. Garrett, regarded as one of the top running backs in Grambling State University history, passed away Wednesday night in his hometown of Natchitoches.
He was 74.
A three-time All-Southwestern Athletic Conference fullback and a Black College All-American in 1962, Garrett died while at the city pool in Natchitoches where he had worked since he was a teenager. The Natchitoches Parish Coroner’s Office determined the death to be of natural causes.

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Peach Fest a ‘sweet treat’ for parish

While the 2012 Squire Creek Louisiana Peach Festival supplied Ruston and Lincoln Parish with plenty of juicy peaches during its two-day run June 22 and 23, it also managed to supply the area with the biggest economic impact of any Peach Festival in its 62-year history.
According to the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, this year’s festival brought in approximately $5.3 million, meaning it topped the previous Peach Festival high set in 2006 of approximately $4.6 million.

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Health care plan gone crazy

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If you don’t like something, ignore it. At least that’s what our lovely Gov. Bobby Jindal would want us to believe after his latest public comments regarding the Supreme Court’s ruling of the almost equally-loved and hated Obamacare decision.
In case you have been under a rock for the past few years, President Obama implemented a health care plan when he first got into office that effectively provides thousands of people not currently covered by insurance, insurance. The law is ridiculously long and confusing — I have never heard anyone explain it to me fully, and I doubt I ever will — but there is one point to it that has the GOP clamoring even louder than before that Obama shouldn’t be in the White House.

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Mac vs. PC smackdown

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Are you a Mac or a PC?
I’m sure you remember the commercials Apple re­leased over the last 10 years paint­ing the “Mac guy” as a young, re­laxed hipster with knowledge of the most up-to-date technology known to man, while the “PC guy” is seen as a stuffy, boring older gentleman showing his unwilling­ness to change his ways.
The commercials were meant to show consumers how much cooler and practical it was to buy a Macintosh than a personal com­puter. It seems to have worked.

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Dealing with critters you dislike

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The only things I dislike more than licorice and personal injury lawyer TV commercials are Bahia grass, armadillos, moles and gophers.
Bahia grass is the bane of my existence during the summer months. I detest it. It’s a product of the Devil. The hotter and dryer the weather gets, the more this mess flourishes.
Those tall, spindly shoots topped with black pods grow on the sides of church parking lots, all over burial plots in the cemetery, in front of the back door and down the sides of the U.S. Post Office, along the streets of Ruston and around the walking path at the parish park. It’s everywhere!

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