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July 22nd, 2014

Cheers: University announces spring 2014 honor roll

LAWRENCE — Approximately 4,600 undergraduate students at the University of Kansas earned honor roll distinction for the spring 2014 semester.
The students, from KU’s Lawrence campus and the schools of Health Professions and Nursing in Kansas City, Kansas, represent 94 of 105 Kansas counties, 43 other states and 38 other countries.

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Lions Club hosts Dupree

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Kim Dupree with State Farm Insurance, spoke at the noon meeting of the Ruston Lions Club. Dupree has taken over the Jean Hollis agency. The new agent is fully licensed to handle her customers’ insurance needs.
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July 21st

reTagz keeps variety in stock

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Doors are open, hard work paid off for owner, employees
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Bargain hunters who enjoy scouring a store to find that one unique purchase will likely be pleased to know that they officially have a new venue — reTagz.
The thrift store, located at 200 W. Alabama Ave., first opened it’s doors on a trial run during the recent Louisiana Peach Festival. They’re now open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturdays.
“We have miscellaneous items,” Chris Willis, owner of reTagz, said. “From clothes to furniture to dishes and tools. We also have a changing room for dressing.”

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Knife used allegedly in battery

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Suspect arrested Saturday
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A Ruston man remains in the Lincoln Parish Detention Center today charged with aggravated battery after a weekend incident in which he reportedly stabbed another man with a knife.
Marco Jenkins, 34, of 1301 Highland St., Lot 2, was arrested by Ruston police shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday at University Trailer Park. According to the arrest affidavit, several witnesses told the officers that a black male, identified as Jenkins, stabbed another man who witnesses said was trying to walk away from a fight with Jenkins.
The two men were reportedly arguing over a cell phone.

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Seeking nominees

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RHS to honor distinguished alumni

The Ruston High School Alumni Association is once again seeking nominations for the annual Distinguished Educators and Alumni Awards Luncheon.
Each year the alumni association honors seven former graduates of RHS who have excelled in one or several aspects of their lives.
“We’re hoping to have all of the nominations in by the end of August so that way we will have plenty of time to go through them and make plans for any nominees who have to make travel arrangements to attend the luncheon,” Committee Awards Chairman Betty Joe Fagan said.

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Pet of the week

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Roscoe was thrown from a car at the shelter when he was a small puppy. He was almost hairless and had mange and was extremely thin. Now he is healthy and happy. He gets along well with all the other dogs and loves to play with balls and frisbees. Adoption fees are $65. Call 251-DOGS for more information. See all the animals up for adoption at the 4Paws shelter, located at 290 Rodeo Road, just south of Tech Farm Road. The office is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or by appointment.

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Shocking abuse right here at home

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The shocking headline of the July 16 Ruston Daily Leader caught my attention right away. “Man faces battery, drug charges ­— Suspect allegedly beat pregnant girlfriend.”
The story told of Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s deputies traveling down a local road and noticing a woman “in distress.” When they stopped her, they saw that she had blood on her right arm, bruises on her face, neck, arms and back, as well as a swollen jaw.

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CIS program builds lifelong skillsets

Editor’s Note: This is the second article in a six-part series highlighting academic programs at Louisiana Tech University that are having significant impacts on the region and whose graduates are contributing to the growth of the economies, communities and competitiveness of north Louisiana.
College is just the beginning.
For students majoring in computer information systems (CIS) at Louisiana Tech University, what they learn in college will help them continue learning in the future.

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Dixie hosts Stephens’ work

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The North Central Louisiana Arts Council announces a new exhibition by the artist Nina Stephens. Receptions will be held during the Dog Days of Summer events on from 7-10 p.m. July 30 at the Dixie Center for the Arts.
Stephens was born in Delhi, but spent most of her life in Natchez, Mississippi. Upon moving back to Northeast Louisiana Stephens pursued her passion for painting and began to make a collection of work.

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Tech tennis adds two

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Louisiana Tech tennis head coach Chad Camper has announced the addition of Haley Ballinger and Tarrannum Handa to the Lady Techster squad.
One more signee will soon be announced to round out the eight-person roster for the team.
Ballinger, who prepped at Ouachita Christian in Monroe, will provide depth for a LA Tech team who is coming off a 15-7 overall record and a seventh-place finish in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division I southern region rankings, second highest among all Louisiana programs.

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