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May 24th, 2014

Gallot repays expenses to campaign account

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State Sen. Rick Gallot has repaid his campaign more than $3,000 in expenses incurred for a 2012 trade mission to Panama.
Gallot, D-Ruston, was one of five legislators singled out by several New Orleans news organizations for allegedly double-dipping by keeping state reimbursement funds that should have gone into their campaign accounts.

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Harris duo leads FOM race with win

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Anglers with the North Central Louisiana division of the Fishers of Men returned to the waters of Lake D’Arbonne on May 10 for the next to last tournament of the season.
With only two tournaments remaining, the race for the season points championship was at the forefront of everyone’s minds as the field of 34 teams launched from Ludwig Brothers Marine as daylight broke over the waters.

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Buddy's Blog

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Pardon me while I shy away from all things sports with today’s blog.
But I just had to write something about the good time I had last weekend attending the reunion of our 1964 Ruston High School graduation class.
If you are keeping score at home, that’s reunion No. 50.
Holy diploma! Where does time go?
The reunion was held over three days, starting with a casual gathering at the old Ruston Fire Station on Friday, then a supper at the Squire Creek Country Club in Choudrant on Saturday and winding up with a breakfast at the home of Rosie Bromell on Sunday morning.

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The Murph Challenge slated for Monday

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Area workout enthusiasts will get the opportunity to show their stuff on Monday as The Murph Challenge is held starting at 9 a.m. Monday at CrossFit of Ruston.
Lt. Michael Murphy, a Navy SEAL, was the officer-in-charge of a four-man SEAL element in support of Operation Red Wings, tasked with finding a key anti-coalition militia commander near Asadabad, Afghanistan.
Murphy, known as The Protector, was killed in action protecting his team on October 27, 2007.

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Time to give ‘whisker-fish’ a try

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With the conclusion of spring squirrel season today, outdoorsmen and women are left with no more species to hunt until September when doves become legal fare. For most of us, it’s difficult to just quit cold turkey knowing we won’t be picking up a shotgun for another three months.
My good friend and fellow outdoor writer from Little Rock, Arkansas, has a suggestion as to what we can do to fill the days and week until hunting becomes legal again. Go catfishing, he says.

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Free fishing weekend set for June 7-8

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries invites Louisianans of all ages to fish for free the first weekend in June without a fishing license on any of the state’s public waters.
Louisiana offers miles of shoreline and a myriad of freshwater lakes, marsh, and bayous to take opportunity of during this annual event.
The Department hopes the weekend will introduce newcomers, visitors and people with rusty skills to one of Louisiana’s most popular sports. If you already have a fishing license, consider taking a friend or family member who has never been fishing.

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LDWF to hold kid’s fishing camp June 9-12

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is hosting a Kids Fishing Day Camp for children 10 to 15 years of age at Woodworth Outdoor Education Center from June 9 - 12.
The Monday through Thursday day camp will provide activities from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the education center located at 661 Robinson Bridge Road in Woodworth, south of Alexandria. The camp is designed to create responsible anglers by providing campers with an appreciation for the sport of fishing and the basic skills needed to enjoy this outdoor recreation activity.

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Honor those who have made the sacrifice

With Memorial Day only hours away, many residents in Lincoln Parish have done their part to ensure the day is a special one for veterans and their families.
On Friday evening, the Grambling American Legion Post 593 placed flags on the graves of veterans buried in Grambling Memorial Gardens and then followed up with visits to several more cemeteries including New Rocky Valley Baptist Church, Harmony Baptist Church and Fellowship Baptist Church cemeteries.
A recognition service to honor veterans will also be held today at 5 p.m. at Grambling Memorial Gardens.

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Don't let us forget Korea

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How can war be forgotten? The thought is horrific.
War is sometimes necessary. Sometimes  results can be futile if there is no “winner” as such. Wars have been fought over very important issues; sometimes the issues were not as important, at least in retrospect.
Tomorrow is Memorial Day. This is a day set aside to remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice with their lives. We also remember the living veterans, although they will tell you that this special day is to remember those who were killed in the horror of war. It is a day of nearly sacred nature.  

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Stand in the gap for education

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My friend James Skinner and I were recently talking with several folks about a summer long ago when we worked together. We were both just out of high school and had been hired at Marbury Rexall Drugs, a wonderful opportunity for each of us. However, there would come a time when the stakes would be high and we would both come to realize what it truly means to step up and support another person.

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