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May 30th, 2014

Tech announces spring graduation list

Louisiana Tech University’s spring quarter commencement exercises were held May 24 with diplomas awarded to 957 graduates. Commencement marked the close of the spring quarter and 2013-14 academic year at the university, with summer quarter classes to begin Wednesday.
Area graduates — listed by parish, city and degree — are as follows:
Arcadia
Logan J. Blackwell, bachelor of science; Lindsey B. Holtzclaw, bachelor of science health informatics & info management; Justin T. Perritt, associate of science nursing; Cecily Anne Stevenson, bachelor of fine arts photography.
Athens

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May 29th

New facility nearly complete

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The finishing touches are being made to the five-year project that is the new Lincoln Parish Sherriff’s Office facility.
The complex, located on 161 Road Camp Road in Ruston, has cost more than $5 million and Sheriff Mike Stone believes it will be worth every penny when it comes to the protection of the citizens of Lincoln Parish.
“This is a game-changer,” Stone said. “For the first time ever, we’ll have a facility equal to any in the state and everything we do will be working for the protection of citizens in Lincoln Parish.”

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Suspects arrested

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Two charged in Wednesday’s hit and run on Interstate 20
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The driver suspected of fatally striking a pedestrian early Wednesday morning on Interstate 20 has been charged with felony hit-and-run.
Whitney Janay Gaston-Loyd, 21, of Shreveport, was arrested shortly before noon Wednesday in connection with the death of Coty Willis, 32, of Ruston. Brandy Adams, 22, also of Shreveport, and a passenger in Gaston-Loyd’s vehicle, was charged with accessory after the fact.
Both Gaston-Loyd and Adams remained in the Lincoln Parish Detention Center this morning.

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Saying goodbye after 25 years

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Ruston Police Department Deputy Chief Tim Parker, second from left, looks at a shadow box containing insignia and other memorabilia from his 25 years with the department during a recent retirement reception in his honor. The shadow box, along with congratulatory letters from former President George W. Bush and Louisiana Sen. David Vitter, were presented to Parker on behalf of his friends and family by long-time friend Ghost Cheatham, right. Looking on is Parker’s mother, Mary Parker, of Ruston.

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Help keep the Arts Afloat

Area residents have an opportunity to Keep the Arts Afloat for the coming year, plus the chance to win $5,000. The North Central Louisiana Arts Council (NCLAC) is pleased to announce this annual campaign that provides funding for the council as it offers support for visual, performing and literary arts in the region.
Only 250 donations will be accepted at $100 each to go into the “pot” for the chance to win $5,000. The winning donor’s name will be drawn at the Peach Art Exhibit reception on Sunday, June 22 from 3-4pm.

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Help keep the Arts Afloat

Area residents have an opportunity to Keep the Arts Afloat for the coming year, plus the chance to win $5,000. The North Central Louisiana Arts Council (NCLAC) is pleased to announce this annual campaign that provides funding for the council as it offers support for visual, performing and literary arts in the region.
Only 250 donations will be accepted at $100 each to go into the “pot” for the chance to win $5,000. The winning donor’s name will be drawn at the Peach Art Exhibit reception on Sunday, June 22 from 3-4pm.

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JA selects 2014-15 Board Members

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New board members pictured from left, back row: Sandi Stephens, public relations chair; Kristy Lumpkin, hours chair; Christol Sterling, vice president. Pictured from left Front Row: Kristy Burton, recording secretary; Sadie Watts, assistant treasurer; Summer Hammons, website chair; Erin Rockett, finance chair; Lana Bullock, president; Jodi Wood, education chair; Lindsay Kennedy, treasurer. Not Pictured; Melissa Salter, projects chair.

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Crocker Museum picks Hooshang floral work

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A floral painting by Hooshang Khorasani, of Ruston, is part of an exhibit and auction at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California.
The exhibit began May 22 and will run through June 7, when the 36th annual Art Auction will begin at 5:30 p.m.
Hooshang’s piece is “Picked from the Garden,” a 24-by-30-inch acrylic on canvas.
Events June 7 will feature the work of more than 100 artists in both live and silent auctions, followed by a gourmet dinner.

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Sci-Port brings Gee Whiz Carnival to Lincoln Parish

Events for grades preschool through eight

This summer the library can be a laboratory as children, teens and adults explore a science themed reading program.
As part of the events for the summer, Sci-Port, Louisiana’s Science Center, is coming the Lincoln Parish Library.
Sci-Port’s traveling Gee Whiz Science Carnival will be at the Library Events Center from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday. Up to 60 participants at a time can actively engage in the interactive stations. Each session will last approximately an hour.

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Keep arts alive in Lincoln

For a place the size of Ruston and Lincoln Parish, the community has a thriving arts scene, and this summer offers a variety of ways for individuals young and old to enjoy the arts.

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