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June 27th, 2014

GSU gets funding approval for new health/wellness facility

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GRAMBLING — Grambling State University students will once again have a campus facility where they can work out, attend exercise sessions and swim in a building of their own.
GSU President Frank G. Pogue announced that the institution has received final, official approval to renovate a 33,279-square-foot building constructed in 1993 and a natatorium.

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2014 Peach Festival Baby Contest winners named

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Categories include funniest, most serious, photogenic
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Barnes Portraiture has released the names of the winners of their annual Peach Festival Baby Photo contest. The winners are:
Most Photogenic 0-6 months
First place — Ryan Wyatt, daughter of Ashley and Justin Wyatt, of Jonesboro.
Second place — Samuel Frost III, son of Erica Spencer and Samuel Frost Jr., of Grambling.
Third place — Braleigh Burch, daughter of Betsy Doyle and Gilland Burch, of Ruston.
Most Photogenic 7-12 months
First place — Emily Walker, daughter of Katherine and Jason Walker, of Ruston.
Second place — Avery Moss, daughter of Alexis Moss, of Arcadia.

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Scholarship awarded to senior

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RHS student receives annual J.P. Fitzmorris award
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The J.P. Fitzmorris Memorial Scholarship was recently awarded to Ruston High School senior, Taylor Brazzel. This scholarship is given in memory of J.P. Fitzmorris, a 1999 honors graduate of Ruston High School who lettered in academics, baseball, football and track.

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Rolling through disaster relief

Rolling Hills Ministries in Ruston is much more than a thrift store. For some, it’s a lifesaver.
Since the late ’90s, associates of the ministry have been involved in disaster relief programs. Since the Rolling Hills complex was opened in the early 2000s, it has become a hub for disaster relief supplies, facilities and training.
There are more than 1,000 volunteers in North Louisiana involved in the Rolling Hills disaster relief ministry.

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Breast-feeding a healthy choice

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Being out of pocket for the past six weeks has given me an unearthly amount of time to browse the Internet via my phone at all hours of the day and night.
Starting with Facebook as most people do, I stumbled upon numerous mothering or parenting articles that had to do with breast-feeding — the benefits, how it has become almost taboo, indecency and even how Facebook itself has lifted the ban on breast-feeding photographs.

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Can comedy be an act of war?

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Apparently North Korea’s Leader Kim Jong Un doesn’t have much of a sense of humor.
Funnyman Seth Rogen’s “The Interview,” is set for release in October and according to North Korea, this will be an “Act of War.”
The movie, which features Rogen alongside James Franco, pits the two actors as celebrity journalists who land an interview with the North Korean President Kim Jong Un.
This prompts the Central Intelligence Agency to recruit the wannabe journalists to assassinate North Korea’s leader.

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June 26th

Hitting the books

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Ewings, AT&T help fund reading camp
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The Rosemary Ewing Foundation and AT&T are making learning fun again at the Lincoln Parish Summer Literacy Day Camp.
Former Sen. Randy Ewing said the program started as a tool to hone reading skills of local students in the early stages of their education.
“We are delighted to be a part of this program,” Ewing said. “The development of a child’s self-esteem is crucial and there needs to be innovative and imaginative approaches that appeal to them.”

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Peachy sweet

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Peach ice cream to be available at festival
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Each June, people jump in their cars and travel from all over the place with one thing in mind — several good licks of some sweet Ruston peach ice cream.
The Eta Omicron chapter of Beta Sigma Phi has been serving up the sweet treat during the Louisiana Peach Festival for more than 30 years.
Diane Zumwalt, chairperson for this year’s event, said the ice cream being served at the festival is an exclusive treat.

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Rolling Hills one of largest disaster relief units in state

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Many folks may know that Rolling Hills is a thrift store and a ministry. What they may not know is that the store fronts what is one of the largest disaster relief units in the state.
“We have been involved in disaster relief since the 1990s,” Director David Abernathy said.
“We have about 1,000 trained volunteers all across North Louisiana.”
Rolling Hills serves as a hub for the numerous volunteers across North Louisiana. The organization conducts training sessions for new volunteers and refresher courses for those who have already been taught disaster relief skills.

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Six Tech walk-ons get scholarships

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All saw playing time for Bulldogs last football season
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Louisiana Tech head football coach Skip Holtz announced Wednesday that six walk-on football student-athletes have been placed on scholarship beginning this summer.
The six players — C.J. Cleveland, Kyle Fischer, Ricky Jones, Marlon Seets, Conner Smith and Darrell Travis — have all been significant contributors on special teams and on the scout team.
“These young men have all contributed to the team in various roles,” explained Holtz. “They have all had great attitudes in every aspect in our program.

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