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June 23rd, 2014

Leader, Tech earn LSWA awards

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NATCHITOCHES — Lincoln Parish scored big at the Louisiana Sports Writers Association awards ceremony Sunday with representatives from the Ruston Daily Leader and Louisiana Tech University all bringing home honors.
Ruston Daily Leader executive sports editor O.K. “Buddy” Davis earned a second-place award in the Class II Pro Column category for his piece on Benny Anders and was also honored with a lifetime achievement award during the ceremonies.
The Leader’s T. Scott Boatright took home Class II Prep Event second-place award for his coverage of a Ruston High School football game.

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All-Louisiana collegiate baseball team released

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Louisiana-Lafayette and LSU had a combined 19 players selected to the first and second teams of the 2014 All-Louisiana College Baseball Team selected by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
The two schools also had four of five special awards announced by the LSWA.
Louisiana-Lafayette led the way with 10 players named to the first and second teams, as well as picking up two of the five special awards given each year. The Cajuns ended the season with an overall record of 58-10 and reached the NCAA Super Regionals before falling to Ole Miss in a best-of-three series in Lafayette.

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Wayne family reflects legacy

The Wayne family can say something not many people will ever get to say — that they are in the Guinness Book of World Records.
The family was notified two months ago that their bid would be included in the Guinness Book of World Records. Of the 86 family members that attended Grambling State University, 40 graduates were accepted.
The official record was the “Largest Family to Attend the Same University.”
The family was honored last weekend in Dallas, complete with a professional photo shoot.

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Peach Festival countdown begins

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The countdown is on!
Ruston’s annual Louisiana Peach Festival presented by Squire Creek is set for Friday-Sunday and is always one of my favorite weekends of the year.
Why? Let me count the ways (or reasons).
1.) The food. Who doesn’t love good old fashioned festival food? Funnel cakes, chicken on a stick, turkey legs — that’s some good eating. Throw in some cool lemonade on a hot summer day and some peach ice cream to cap it off and you’ve got the makings of some perfect summer treats. And don’t forget the reason the festival exists — our sweet peaches from right here in Ruston.

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More good news from the capitol

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A few weeks ago, I wrote about the good news and the bad news for domestic violence victims and service providers in Louisiana. In that column, I wrote about the good news of two new bills which had been introduced by legislators during this session, passed through the House and the Senate, and were signed into law by Gov. Bobby Jindal.
One of these laws allows for stricter penalties for domestic violence offenders. The other law bans an abuser under a protective order from possessing a firearm.

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June 21st

Technically challenged

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Parish courtroom in need of upgrades
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The Lincoln Parish Courthouse has served the area residents well since 1960, but many public officials and police jury members believe it is high time for an upgrade.
“I think it’s a good thing to pursue because our courthouse has aged-out,” Lincoln Parish Police Jury President Hazel Hunter said. “It’s just too old. It’s not up-to-date in terms of technology, heating and air, the elevator, space — everything.
Ruston’s own city court is an ideal model of what some believe to be an efficient and modern courtroom.

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Man faces false personation, firearm charges

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A Ruston man is out on bond today after being arrested Thursday on charges of false personation of a peace officer and possession of a firearm on the premises of an alcoholic beverage outlet.
Jason A. Yates, 43, was arrested by Grambling police following a complaint filed by the manager of 3Docs Brewhouse that a man in possession of a firearm and stating he was a law enforcement officer was asking about a female in the bar, the arrest affidavit states.

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Waynes set world record

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Named biggest family to attend same university — GSU
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The Wayne family of Marion has set a new world record thanks to Hattie Wayne and Grambling State University. The family was named the “Largest Family to Attend the Same University” by the Guinness World Book of Records on April 29 of this year.
Hattie Wayne, daughter of Ollie and Henry Wayne of Marion, owns her own public relations firm in Dallas and said she was attending a Grambling alumni meeting in August of 2013 when she came up with the idea.

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Lacy emotional over Hall honor

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NATCHITOCHES — Venus Lacy cried a lot this weekend.
She can certainly be excused, too.
The tears she shed over a three-day period resulted from pure joy and appreciation for having been a member of the 2014 induction class for the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.
A 6-4 post player whose dominating demeanor in the paint helped Louisiana Tech University’s Lady Techsters win their last NCAA championship (in 1988 over Auburn), Lacy became the 51st representative from Lincoln Parish to receive the state’s premier honor in sports.

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2014 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Induction Photo Gallery

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Leader photos by T. SCOTT BOATRIGHT • Top left: Former Ouachita Christian and Houston Astros pitcher Shane Reynolds took his turn meeting the press on Thursday. Top Right: Former LSU and NFL offensive lineman Alan Faneca showed he’s now much leaner than he was in his football playing days. Bottom Left: Pictured is Lionel Washington during Thursday’s Class of 2014 press conference in Natchitoches.

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