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April 4th, 2015

Dodgers due to face Tigers in World Series

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Two teams who have sat on the championship throne of their divisions in recent years could be in a repeat mode this season.
At least that’s my size-up of how the 2015 Major League Baseball races could wind down in October.
Our choices to collide in the World Series?
The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Detroit Tigers.
Strong pitching staffs are reason No. 1 for making this pick.

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Grambling Fab 5 loaded with talent

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the 50 Greatest Players in NBA history.
Bob Hopkins once held the NCAA Division II record for most points scored in a career.
James Jones was on a list of the 10 most underrated players in professional history.
Larry Wright was a Most Valuable Player both in the U.S. and in Europe.
Aaron James was the first player ever drafted by the Jazz.
Thus is the impressive makeup of our All-Time Fab Five starting lineup for men’s basketball at Grambling State University.

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Bald eagles making comeback

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When I was growing up, the only bald eagles I saw were in photos in magazines. It wasn’t because I was leading a sheltered life outdoors, the reason was there were no eagles to be seen in my part of the world.
“When we were kids,” said Kelby Ouchley, a retired biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, “there were no resident eagles in Louisiana except along the coast.
“Today, sightings of bald eagles in northern Louisiana are fairly common. We now have birds migrating from the north for the winter as well as resident birds that are doing quite well now.”

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Turner lands big bass

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Kay Turner, who works with Walpole Architect firm in Ruston, was fishing with her husband last week on Lake Claiborne when she hooked and landed a 12 pound bass. She caught the fish on a Rogue lure.

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Churches together in service

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In order to solve all the ills of a city, it takes more than one person or group to successfully cure the illness, James Skinner, elder pastor of outreach and connection at The Bridge Community Church, said.
This is why six churches — First Baptist Ruston, South Parkway, Calvary Baptist, St. David Missionary Baptist, Emmanuel and The Bridge — joined together March 22 for a combined worship service.

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Children hunt for Easter eggs

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Easter activities were plentiful in Lincoln Parish Saturday. Pictured above Yheley Borjas feeds ice cream to her daughter Ximena, 2, who sits in the arms of her father, Jesus Borjas. The Borjas were among several hundred families who participated in the annual Easter in the Village event in Choudrant. At left, Kaliyah, 2, and Aleigh, 3, showing off their loaded Easter baskets at the fifth annual Ruston citywide Easter egg hunt at Greenwood Park playground.

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Local garden showcasing in Jolie Jardins Garden Tour

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Gardener Jean McWeeney, a recently retired software development manager, will be showcasing her garden at the Jolie Jardins Garden Tour on April 25.
McWeeney is one of three gardens on the tour.
McWeeney, president of North Louisiana Farm Fresh, the nonprofit corporation that oversees the Ruston Farmers Market. She is also a speaker at garden events, a garden coach, blogger and garden writer.

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Safety tips for a fun Easter weekend

Easter weekend is a time for family, fun and tradition. Children will hunt dozens of colored eggs. Families will attend church services and share large meals. It is a time of great relaxation and custom.
However, there are many safety concerns to be aware of during this holiday.
With families gathering from all over the state to celebrate, Easter is also a time of heavy traffic and increased accidents.

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Kiwanis serving children

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The Kiwanis Club of Ruston presented Earvin Ryland Youth Art Festival the week of March 2 in the lobby of the Community Trust Bank Financial Center. This was the ninth annual presentation of the festival, but it was special in that the club honored longtime member Earvin Ryland, who came up with the idea to present a forum for students to showcase their talent. Despite the continuing obstacles presented by the winter weather, 54 art pieces got delivered and judged on time.

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Registering to vote

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It’s not every day you receive a panicked phone call alerting you that someone of importance will be in town in a few short hours.
Well, that is what happened to me earlier this week.
If you pick up the paper regularly, you know Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler was in town.
He spoke with a group of about a dozen area residents about elections and voter turnouts.
One thing that he said that struck me deep to my core was that while Louisiana does have the highest percentage of registered voters, the smallest category goes to those between the ages of 18 and 26.

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