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June 6th, 2015

Simsboro Elementary: Honor roll released

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‘A’ honor roll
First grade: Angel Bautista, Melissa Bautista, Mackenzie Becks, Aimsley Brown, Olivia Cole, Ivy Collinsworth, Morgan Crowe, Jolee Dison, Tate Hammond, Jacob Miller, Max Milton, Rayanna Pesnell, Stormie Popwell, Breanna Russell, Hailey Tolbert, Kylar Witherspoon, Kira Wright and Adlee Young.
Second Grade: Jessica Bautista, Anabel Dison, Aeja Franklin, Aaliyah Goodwin, Dillon Kitchens, Gabriel Lloyd, Faith Milton, Kayla Mitchell, Hayden Rabo, Iva Sibley and Justin Terrell.

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Ignite Ruston Event In Ruston

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Presentation made about civil rights
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New Tech @ Ruston students recently hosted the second annual “IGNITE Ruston” event in the Ruston High School Auditorium. Under the direction of instructors Dustin Whitlock, Lane White and Susan Williams, the sophomore students prepared five-minute power talks crafted around a topic of their choice as part of the honors component for their course. Driven by in-depth research, the often dramatic speeches were made to the audience without notes while accompanied by a multi-media presentation that was timed to accurately correspond to specific talking points.

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Ruston Elementary students donate books to Detention Center

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Ruston Elementary School students, left to right, Asa Boyce, Cole Maestrini and R.J. Brown show some of the books purchased using profits from their class Lemonade Day project. After completing their business plan and covering all expenses, the students in Amy Pilgreen’s class invested half of the profits back into their school with the other half going to provide books for the Lincoln Parish Detention Center as their class-selected philanthropy. The students personally shopped for the books before delivering them to the detention center for general use among the detainees.

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June 5th

Burglary suspects arrested

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Two suspects have been apprehended in a string of burglaries that spread throughout three parishes.
Maj. Chad Alexander, with the Lincoln Parish Sheriff Office, said LPSO responded to a residence on Hammons Road in reference to a residential burglary on May 7.
“Deputies observed forced entry into the residence by breaking out a rear window,” he said.

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Larkin selected as leader

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The University of Louisiana System Board unanimously named Willie Larkin as Grambling State University’s next president.
“I’ve got a big job ahead of me, and I really owe it to a lot of people who have paved the way,” Larkin said. “I will do my very best every day to make sure that this board’s selection of me as the president was a wise decision, and I will validate that they were right in selecting me.”
Larkin is currently the chief of staff in the Office of the President at Morgan State University, but will fill his duties as GSU president for the 2015-16 school year.

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Local veteran speaks about D-Day

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Nobody told Sgt. James “J.P.” Turner he was about to be part of one of the largest amphibious military assaults in history. But the soldiers of the U.S. Army’s 746th Tank Battalion had a feeling something was astir.
“We were working on our trucks and three (German) U-boats eased in there and killed 644 men,” Turner, of Ruston, said. “Two weeks after that we loaded on the boats and headed to Normandy.”

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Grambling appoints committee

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The Grambling City Council approved to appoint a historic preservation study committee to establish Grambling as a certified local government within the state in order to create historic and culture districts in the town.
Grambling’s special projects coordinator Phyllis Miller said, for now, the members are committed to selecting landmarks for the city’s historic district.
“The committee will review the state and federal regulations for historic districts and come up with a plan,” she said.
Having a historic district will make Grambling eligible for new grants, Miller said.

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Union Museum of History and Art – a place of discovery

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When Farmerville’s first-ever museum opened its doors in December 2014, little did we know it would be a beautiful opportunity for serendipity. Not just the first day, but every day. Visitors enter the Union Museum of History and Art to see objects, photographs and artwork. While there, however, something unexpected happens.
They discover themselves.

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Birthday Fellowship celebrates dad

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The Birthday Fellowship Club celebrated their 11th year anniversary in February and came together to celebrate Father’s Day. Pictured from left to right in the front row are Anthony Smith, Colin Campbell, Bobby Gray, Billy Graham, Joseph Capers Sr., Roderick Loud, Leo Walker, Lester Woods. In the back row from left to right are FrankKelley, Winfred Jones, A.P. Butler, Frank Patterson and Richard McKeener.

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Peach Fest time has arrived

Peach trees have bloomed and the time of year that has put Ruston on the map has come.
In three weeks time, Ruston will become a haven for area residents and visitors from all over for the 2015 Louisiana Peach Festival.
The Festival will kick off at 5:30 p.m. June 25 and events will be hosted throughout the downtown area until 10 p.m. June 27.
To really get in the Peach Fest spirit attending the festival parade at 9 a.m. is a must.
This year’s parade is sponsored by PetStar Animal Care and produced by Ruston Rotary.

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