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June 23rd, 2017

Cold front moving in

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Lincoln Parish can expect continued rainfall today, followed by a temporary decrease this afternoon and then more rain overnight and into much of Saturday.
That’s the forecast the National Weather Service offered this morning as remnants of Tropical Depression Cindy continued to move through the area.
As of earlier today, between 3 and 4.5 inches of rain had fallen across the parish since Cindy arrived Wednesday night, said Mario Valverde, meteorologist in charge at the Shreveport office of the National Weather Service said.

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Black Poetry Contest winners announced

The Black Poetry Contest, hosted by the Grambling Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, was held on June 11 at New Rocky Valley Baptist Church in Grambling.
Winners include:
Grades 1-3:
First Place — Passion Augustus —“Harlem”
Second Place — Amaya Major— “Incident”
Third Place — Germaine Dodson — “Harlem
Grades 4-6:
First Place — Aalaeyah Dennis —“At the Closed Gate of Justice”
Second Place — Asia Nicole Gahagan —“We Wear the Mask”
Third Place — Adriana Dodson — “The Negro Speaks of Rivers”
Grades 7-9:

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Louisiana Tech University Foundation receives grant

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The Louisiana Tech University Foundation recently recieved a $9,875 grant from Claiborne Electric Cooperative’s Operation Round Up program. The grant will be used to purchase equiment for the foundation’s Rock Steady Boxing program, which benefits patients who are battling Parkinson’s disease. Operation Round Up Trust Board member Kay Lynn Tettleton (holding the check) presented the grant during a recent RSB class.

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A Godly game of 'Connect the Dots'

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As illustrated time and again in this space, I’m real simple minded.
Probably like all children, I loved “Connect the Dots” puzzles. Start at 1, then 2, etc., until you reach the end. It may turn into a flower or a butterfly. Regardless, it was something you couldn’t see when you first put the pencil to paper. I am convinced there is no better Creator of “Connect the Dot” stories than God. On Sunday, He included me in a picture where No. 1 came almost 20 years ago.

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Rain or shine: 'Give Peach a Chance'

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It seems Tropical Depression Cindy will put a major damper on the 67th annual Louisiana Peach Festival.
According to the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, all Louisiana Peach Festival activities scheduled for this afternoon have been cancelled and the evening concerts moved to the Scotty Robertson Memorial Gym on the Louisiana Tech University campus. Most of tomorrow’s events will continue if they can be moved indoors.
However, just because events have been cancelled or moved, doesn’t mean that residents and visitors cannot enjoy the festival.

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Don’t let rain spoil Peach Fest

If the weather forecasters are right, Tropical Depression Cindy should move out of Lincoln Parish sometime this afternoon. But that doesn’t mean the rain is over.
On Cindy’s heels is a cold front that’s expected to bring a return of showers and thunderstorms, some of which could produce locally heavy rainfall tonight and early Saturday. Rain chances diminish after that, but are still present, for the rest of the weekend.

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LSU’s ‘David’ set to face OSU’s ‘Goliath’

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Tigers facing rematch against No. 1 Oregon State at 2 p.m. today
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LSU (50-18) seeks to move one step closer to the College World Series Finals when the Tigers face Oregon State (56-4) at 2 p.m. today at TD Ameritrade Park.
LSU must defeat Oregon State today and again on Saturday in order to advance to the CWS Finals. If Oregon State wins Friday’s game, LSU is eliminated from the CWS, and the Beavers advance to play in the final beginning on Monday against either Florida, TCU or Louisville.

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June 22nd

Peach Restaurant Week promotes eating at local establishments

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Leader News Service
Ruston restaurant patrons may have started noticing local establishments have been a little peachier this week.
That’s because more than 12 local restaurants are currently offering specialty peach-related dishes and drinks until Sunday to celebrate the inaugural Peach Restaurant Week during Louisiana Peach Festival.
This event celebrates Ruston’s culinary scene the week of the Louisiana Peach Festival, said Amanda Quimby, Ruston Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Items range from salads and burgers to coffee, teas, cocktails and desserts.

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Best in Show art pieces announced

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The chattering of the crowd came to a halt as Ruston Mayor Ronnie Walker and NCLAC Board President Peter Jones stepped forward to award more than 30 artists during the opening reception of the Louisiana Peach Art Exhibit Tuesday evening at the Ruston Civic Center.
Of the more than 250 entries three were selected for Best in Show which included “Flight of the Bumblebee” by Brayden Pye, as the youth winner; “Feathers” by Will Cantrell, teen winner; and “Watermelon, Wrapped” by Julie Crews.

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Local woman killed in accident

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A Ruston woman was killed Wednesday after losing control of her vehicle striking a parked dump truck.
Christie Wheeler, 53, was pronounced dead at the scene on Interstate 20 west of West Monroe, authorities said. Louisiana State Police responded to the crash shortly after 7:30 p.m.
Wheeler was driving a Mercedes L30 that traveled into the median and struck a dump truck that was parked and unoccupied in the median. The investigation is ongoing.
A routine toxicology sample was obtained and will be submitted for analysis, authorities said.

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