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May 29th, 2015

Council invites area artists for art exhibit

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Summer has officially begun in Ruston, bringing us sunshine and fun times. We are kicking off a summer of art with two new gallery exhibitions. Gary Zumwalt’s colorful landscape and wildlife photographs are on display at Parish Press through July 21. The Dixie Center for the Arts will be showcasing a retrospective of posters of various productions from Ruston Community Theater.

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Womack talks operations

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Recently appointed Ruston Fire Chief Chris Womack, spoke to the Ruston Kiwanis Club about the state of the Ruston Fire Department and future operational changes.

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Cosmos Club holds meeting

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The Cosmos Club ended their yearly meetings with a luncheon in the Ropp Center at Louisiana Tech University. An induction ceremony, with a gardening theme, was held for the incoming officers. New officers inducted were:  (Left to Right) Jan Taylor, treasurer; Mytris Orr, corresponding secretary; Marlen Jimerson, recording secretary; Pam Webb, second vice president and Mary Alice Moore, president. Not present was Vickie Benefield, first vice president.

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Event honors school system

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Following another year of spectacular performances, the Lincoln Parish School District rolled out its seventh annual “Celebration of Champions,” an event designed to shine the spotlight on the best of the best among efforts throughout the system.

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Osteoporosis awareness

Each month we set aside time to raise awareness on topics that affect a large portion of our area in one way or another.
May has been dubbed National Osteoporosis Month, and while osteoporosis is a silent disease, there are certain symptoms to look for as well risk factors that span all areas.
Osteoporosis causes bones to become weak and brittle — so brittle that a fall or even mild stresses like bending over or coughing can cause a fracture. Osteoporosis-related fractures most commonly occur in the hip, wrist or spine.

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We must fight ISIS with our troops

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I served two years in the Vietnam War. I did not want to be there, but I did the best I could in each assignment. More than 58,000 young Americans died and twice that number sustained wounds that diminished their lifestyle forever. President Richard Nixon backed the U.S. effort out of that war due to the unrest at home provoked by the National News media.

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Nebraska abolishes death penalty

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On Wednesday, Nebraska became the 19th state to abolish the death penalty.
Nebraska’s landmark decision as a conservative state gives me hope that one day other conservative states will follow suit. And eventually, perhaps, the death penalty will be abolished altogether.
Unfortunately for now, 31 states still have the death penalty, including Louisiana, according to deathpenaltyinfo.org.

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May 28th

Konkol adds McMahon to program

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Louisiana Tech Univeristy head coach Eric Konkol is now halfway home to completing his staff as he announced on Wednesday the addition of Matt McMahon as associate head coach of the Bulldogs.
The announcement comes one day after Konkol added the first piece with Tony Skinn filling one of the positions as assistant coach.
“Matt McMahon is an experienced and respected coach with a relentless work ethic,” Konkol said. “He has played and coached in the NCAA Tournament and is a tremendous recruiter.

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Tech to begin NCAA Prelims today

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Qualified Louisiana Tech student-athletes continue their drive to Eugene and the NCAA Championships beginning Thursday as the NCAA East Preliminary Championships begin at Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida.
The top 48 individuals and top 24 relays in the East qualify for the preliminary round on May 28-30 in the event hosted by North Florida with a chance to advance to the NCAA Championships on the line. The top 12 in each event will move on to Eugene, Oregon.

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Downsville trio named Class C All-State

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Hackberry won the Class C state softball title for the fourth straight year. And for the first time since 2001, Elizabeth reigned supreme on the baseball diamond.
Those two reigns now have led to two others. Hackberry and Elizabeth highlight the Class C All-State baseball and softball teams selected by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
The Downsville Charter trio of junior Seth Powell (.451), senior Dillon Ridgway (.553) and junior Nick Clark (.505) were all named to the Class C All-State team.

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