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June 24th, 2017

Sparta Shoot Sporting Clay Competition benefits aquifer

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The Sparta Foundation hosted its sixth Annual Sparta Shoot Sporting Clay Competition at the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Shooting Range on June 3.
This year was a huge success thanks to our sponsor, teams and workers.
This year’s co-sponsors were Nadel and Gussman, Origin Bank, UMS, HD Supply, Lincoln Parish Sheriff Mike Stone and Ouachita Parish Sheriff Jay Russell. The Sparta Water Commission thanks all of them and our lunch sponsors Linn Energy and Range Resources.

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Wobblehead turns heads in hot weather

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Ruston’s Greg Terzia is a serious bass fisherman. He regularly competes in tournaments and has won his share of them.
Last week, Terzia was fishing an event at Lake D’Arbonne when he set the hook in the jaw of a 6 pound bass.
“I was using a Wobblehead when the bass sucked it in,” Terzia said. “This time of year, this lure can be dynamite, especially if you don’t like to fish deeper water. You’ll have better luck with the Wobblehead in fairly shallow water, two to eight feet deep.”

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June 23rd

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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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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