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May 28th, 2014

Mayoral race is heating up

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Businessman Bill Elmore’s entry into the Ruston mayor’s race adds a new dimension to the campaign for the city’s top job.
Ronny Walker, who for all practical purposes has been the lone candidate in the race for almost a year, now has competition in his quest to succeed retiring Mayor Dan Hollingsworth. Last fall, Alderman Jim Pearce announced he was running, too, but he did little campaigning and pulled out of the race in January.

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Troubled times

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Money woes, declining talent plague HBCU football
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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Years before Jackie Slater was a Hall of Fame offensive lineman, he was playing for Wingfield High School in Jackson, Mississippi, and hoping to attract the attention of college scouts.
This was in the early 1970s — about the time Southeastern Conference football teams were just beginning to recruit black players — so this massive teenager was mostly ignored by the big schools. But Jackson State welcomed him.
“It was where I was wanted,” Slater recalled. “And it’s where I could excel.”

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Tech’s End Zone Project underway

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Site work is underway on Louisiana Tech’s 70,000-square-foot South End Zone Facility, which will enclose the south end of Joe Aillet Stadium. The $20 million facility is expected to be open in time for the kickoff of the 2015 football season.

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Woman faces cruelty charges

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A Ruston woman faces cruelty to juvenile charges after she allegedly whipped her daughters with rubber tubing from an oxygen machine.
Natrina Womack, 26, of 272 Clinton Circle, was booked into the Lincoln Parish Detention Center Monday after police noticed red marks on both of her daughters.

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May 27th

Veterans remember

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Stevens tells stories of Vietnam war
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Ernie Stevens did something Monday that he doesn’t like to do. He talked about his tour of duty in Vietnam and five buddies he watched die.
“One thing common about most veterans is we’re uncomfortable talking about the horrors of wars, unless we’re talking among ourselves,” Stevens, a former Marine who’s now director of the Louisiana Military Museum, said. “But today I want to.”

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Working out in remembrance

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Top: Evan Derveloy, owner of Crossfit Ruston, and Adam Reid were participants in the annual MURPH Challenge on Monday. The event honors Lt. Michael Murphy, a Navy SEAL, who while serving in Asadabad, Afghanistan, gave his life to protect his team. Upon being attacked by a group of Taliban soldiers with much higher numbers, Murphy sacrificed himself in order to get in a call for help to save his men. Those measures put him in the line of fire and he died soon after in June of 2005. Now, on Memorial Day, Crossfit honors his sacrifice by doing Murphy’s favorite workout.

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Heart of the Expo Center

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Angela Manning walks across the cool, damp dirt in the livestock stalls at the North Louisiana Exhibition Center. In four days, sounds of pounding horse hooves and cheering spectators will fill the arena.
But now, the ring is quiet, save for the conversation between Manning, the center’s director, and the Lincoln Parish Detention Center work-release crew that helps maintain the facility.
“When you going to power wash?” she asks inmate Leonard Watkins.
“Tomorrow,” he answers, as together they tick down a list of everything that has to happen before Saturday’s show time.

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Ellis set to hit road to Ole Miss

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Former GSU coach to direct NCAA Baseball Regional tourney
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June is almost here, the time of summer vacation fun, swimming pools, hot dogs and Wilbert Ellis packing his suitcases.
While the 2014 college baseball season has started winding down, it’s only getting started for Ellis, former longtime baseball coach at Grambling State University and College Baseball Hall of Famer.
As he’s done for 18 years now, Ellis will again serve as director of NCAA regional and super regional tournaments this postseason. He begins his tourney action this weekend as director of the Mississippi Regional hosted by Ole Miss in Oxford, Mississippi.

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The cool, wet spring wasn’t kind to plants

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This spring season there has been no shortage of cool weather and rainfall. These environmental conditions are conductive to disease development.
In the recent weeks many gardeners have brought samples of leaves, flowers and plants with various disorders which are indicative of a cool, wet spring. The visual evidence of a disease or symptoms of disease are the plant’s reaction to the causal agent. These can appear as cankers, leaf spots, leaf distortion, necrosis (dead tissue), stunting, wilting, mosaic coloring or other plant abnormalities.

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Club News: Caney Lake Good Sams Club

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Lincoln Parish Park is such a beautiful place to camp in the springtime.
That’s just what the Caney Lake Good Sammers wanted to do for their April 22-24 campout. Hosts Nellie and Emory Ambrose and Mary and James Dugdale invited the campers to bring their brown bag lunches and share a dessert Monday evening.
Being close to town gave the club a great variety of choices for Thursday’s noon meal. They chose to don their red jackets and go to Log Cabin.

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