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June 5th, 2015

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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Learning from Caitlyn Jenner

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Vanity Fair released a preview of their July issue on June 1, featuring Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, on the cover.
Sixty-five-year-old Jenner recently underwent a public gender transition that has placed him back in the spotlight and has caused all kinds of reactions from the public, from praise to scrutiny.
Whether or not you agree with Jenner’s transition from Bruce to Caitlyn, one thing is certain — there is much to be learned from this public figure.

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Ellis directing super regional

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Hall of Fame baseball coach overseeing Florida-Florida State matchup
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Wilbert Ellis is spending his weekend serving as director of the Florida Super Regional baseball series pitting Florida State and the University of Florida.
But part of his heart will still be home in Louisiana.
“I was hoping I would get the Baton Rouge Super Regional,” Ellis said early this morning via phone from Gainesville, Florida. “That LSU (vs.) Louisiana-Lafayette matchup is really going to be something special. I’ve talked to people with ULL and they can’t get enough tickets. That one could draw enough fans they should probably hold it in the Superdome.”

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June 4th

LSU golf team takes NCAA title

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Ruston native Chuck Winstead coaches Tigers to fifth national championship
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BRADENTON, Fla. — Ben Taylor handled the pressure Wednesday, sinking a nine-foot par putt on the 18th hole to give LSU its first NCAA golf championship in 60 years.
The Tigers beat Southern California 4-1 at The Concession Golf Club for their fifth team title and first since 1955.
Ruston High School product and former LSU golfer Chuck Winstead won his first national title as a head coach in the process.
“To finally get it done is something very special.” Winstead said.

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Tech season ticket deadline near

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Louisiana Tech Football season ticket holders are reminded that the June 15 deadline for renewing season tickets for the 2015 season is quickly approaching.
After the June 15 deadline passes, all season tickets not renewed will be released to the general public and will be available for purchase.

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Tech coach earned three national titles

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Consecutive national championships — it’s a feat rarely accomplishments in the world of collegiate football over the past century.
But former Louisiana Tech University head football coach Maxie Lambright did it from 1972-74 as he led his Bulldogs to three straight NCAA Division II national titles.

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‘Ruston Rifle’ turned dream into reality

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Bertram Hays Jones knew exactly what he wanted to be in the first grade.
When other classmates picked such future jobs as policeman, teachers, doctors and lawyers, he was focused on one task.
“I am going to be a professional football player like my daddy,” Jones said, referring to former Cleveland Browms’ great W.A. ‘Dub’ Jones.
The younger Jones made good on his promise.
He not only played the sport at its highest level, but excelled at it, just as he did at Ruston High and LSU.

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Desegregation case continues

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The Justice Department announced the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Louisiana approved a court-ordered agreement with the Lincoln Parish School Board to desegregate classrooms at four elementary schools servicing students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade in Ruston.
The board and the department jointly filed the consent order, according to documents obtained.
Under the consent order, the board will implement:

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Tech researchers contributing to noise safety standards for electric vehicles

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The Professional Development and Research Institute on Blindness at Louisiana Tech University is conducting human trials to determine if electric and hybrid electric vehicles traveling at low speeds provide sufficient sound to be safe for pedestrians, especially those who are blind and visually-impaired.
The World Blind Union, in partnership with the National Federation of the Blind, is working with the United Nations to develop an international minimum sound standard for electric and hybrid electric vehicles.

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