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August 2nd, 2014

Ruston’s Thurman joins Razorback radio crew

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FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas — Former Razorback great Scotty Thurman will join the Razorback Sports Network as a color analyst on University of Arkansas men’s basketball games beginning this season.
Thurman, who starred at Ruston High School before moving on to play for Arkansas, will work alongside Voice of the Razorbacks Chuck Barrett who will handle play-by-play duties for a fifth consecutive season.

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August 1st

Civilians urged to help the war effort during WWI

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The exhibition at Louisiana Tech’s Enterprise Center marking the 100th anniversary of World War I devotes one section to home front efforts that supported the Allied Expeditionary Force the United States sent to Europe.
This article — the second in a series publicizing the anniversary and exhibit — surveys publications in the show that spotlight various civilian contributions to the war effort.

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Excitedly planning for trip to Hot Springs

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I’m taking a break from trying to decide what to take on my trip to Hot Springs, Arkansas. When you read this, that is where I’ll be. It’s a resort that Susan and Jonathan have chosen to get the family together. It should be lots of fun.
I spent this morning in the pool, trying to get in better shape to model my new bathing suit. There’ll be family there from Texas, Louisiana and Alabama, so that should create some interesting dynamics.

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Embracing your roots, wings

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In the past few weeks, I have had the wonderful opportunity to be with some of my closest friends from my childhood and teenage years. It has really been a reunion of sorts, as I had not seen one friend in more than 15 years.
Even though I was not in my hometown when we gathered, our time together in Texas felt like home — and we seemed to pick up where we left off the last time we all saw each other.

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Pigskins and Pearls a hit

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The annual Pig Skins and Pearls luncheon was hosted Thursday at Squire Creek Country Club by the Louisiana Tech University athletics department in efforts to not only raise money for the Louisiana Boys and Girls Clubs, but also teach ladies a thing or two about the football.Pictured above, from left, are BGC members Avery Bradford, Kaitlyn Woods, member of the local BGC board Connie Bradford, Timiyah Graham, Kamryn Bradley and Briley Speivey.

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Local artists’ work chosen for tour

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Local resident Maureen Hinton found out this morning that her stained-glass piece “Gone Fishin’” will be part of an exhibit traveling to several cities in Louisiana and Mississippi.
“I’m so excited I can barely sit down,” Hinton said after she got the results. “Talking to the judges, they really liked our design.”

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Puppy pool party planned

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Municipal pool to host K-9s

The Ruston Parks and Recreation Department will be holding the fifth annual K-9 Pool Party on Saturday and Sunday at the Municipal Pool on East Georgia Avenue.
Dogs of various shapes, breeds, sizes, colors and personalities are welcome to frolic in the pool from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday and 1-3 p.m. Sunday. Dog owners are also encouraged to join their pets in the pool.
All dogs must be current on their shots and aggressive dogs are not welcome.

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Bank scammed

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A Ruston man was arrested on bank fraud charges Thursday afternoon.
At 4:35 p.m. Tyrone Evan Beard, 37, of 812 E. California Ave., was arrested for bank fraud by the Ruston Police Department.
Sgt. Clint Williams said the RPD was contacted in September 2013 by a local bank in regards to new account fraud.
“This bank reported that a male, later identified as Tyrone Evans Beard, entered the bank and opened an account using a check made payable to him,” Williams said. “Beard was issued an ATM card, which he then had to activate.”

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RFD receives $24K grant

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The Ruston Fire Department has received a $24,304 grant from the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighter’s Program.
The money, along with a 10 percent match from the city, will be used to purchase physical fitness equipment and to pay for comprehensive physicals for all RFD employees, Chris Womack, RFD’s training officer, said Thursday.
The department plans to spend $14,456 for a multi-station gym for its physical fitness room, and $12,548 for the physicals. Womack said the goal is to thwart cardiovascular disease — the No. 1 killer of firefighters.

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House fire on Eastland Avenue

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At approximately 1:35 a.m. today the Ruston Fire Department responded to a house fire in the 1200th block of Eastland Avenue.
According to RFD District Chief Tommie Woods the residence is expected to be a total loss.
“The State Fire Marshall’s Office is on scene right now and the fire is still under investigation,” he said. “No one was home during the time of the fire.”
More information will be available as the investigation continues.

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