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June 23rd, 2014

Peach Festival countdown begins

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The countdown is on!
Ruston’s annual Louisiana Peach Festival presented by Squire Creek is set for Friday-Sunday and is always one of my favorite weekends of the year.
Why? Let me count the ways (or reasons).
1.) The food. Who doesn’t love good old fashioned festival food? Funnel cakes, chicken on a stick, turkey legs — that’s some good eating. Throw in some cool lemonade on a hot summer day and some peach ice cream to cap it off and you’ve got the makings of some perfect summer treats. And don’t forget the reason the festival exists — our sweet peaches from right here in Ruston.

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More good news from the capitol

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A few weeks ago, I wrote about the good news and the bad news for domestic violence victims and service providers in Louisiana. In that column, I wrote about the good news of two new bills which had been introduced by legislators during this session, passed through the House and the Senate, and were signed into law by Gov. Bobby Jindal.
One of these laws allows for stricter penalties for domestic violence offenders. The other law bans an abuser under a protective order from possessing a firearm.

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June 21st

Technically challenged

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The Lincoln Parish Courthouse has served the area residents well since 1960, but many public officials and police jury members believe it is high time for an upgrade.
“I think it’s a good thing to pursue because our courthouse has aged-out,” Lincoln Parish Police Jury President Hazel Hunter said. “It’s just too old. It’s not up-to-date in terms of technology, heating and air, the elevator, space — everything.
Ruston’s own city court is an ideal model of what some believe to be an efficient and modern courtroom.

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Man faces false personation, firearm charges

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A Ruston man is out on bond today after being arrested Thursday on charges of false personation of a peace officer and possession of a firearm on the premises of an alcoholic beverage outlet.
Jason A. Yates, 43, was arrested by Grambling police following a complaint filed by the manager of 3Docs Brewhouse that a man in possession of a firearm and stating he was a law enforcement officer was asking about a female in the bar, the arrest affidavit states.

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Waynes set world record

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The Wayne family of Marion has set a new world record thanks to Hattie Wayne and Grambling State University. The family was named the “Largest Family to Attend the Same University” by the Guinness World Book of Records on April 29 of this year.
Hattie Wayne, daughter of Ollie and Henry Wayne of Marion, owns her own public relations firm in Dallas and said she was attending a Grambling alumni meeting in August of 2013 when she came up with the idea.

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Lacy emotional over Hall honor

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NATCHITOCHES — Venus Lacy cried a lot this weekend.
She can certainly be excused, too.
The tears she shed over a three-day period resulted from pure joy and appreciation for having been a member of the 2014 induction class for the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.
A 6-4 post player whose dominating demeanor in the paint helped Louisiana Tech University’s Lady Techsters win their last NCAA championship (in 1988 over Auburn), Lacy became the 51st representative from Lincoln Parish to receive the state’s premier honor in sports.

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2014 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Induction Photo Gallery

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Leader photos by T. SCOTT BOATRIGHT • Top left: Former Ouachita Christian and Houston Astros pitcher Shane Reynolds took his turn meeting the press on Thursday. Top Right: Former LSU and NFL offensive lineman Alan Faneca showed he’s now much leaner than he was in his football playing days. Bottom Left: Pictured is Lionel Washington during Thursday’s Class of 2014 press conference in Natchitoches.

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Here are seven parish HOF candidates

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Another well-deserving class was recognized with the state’s highest honor in sports on Saturday night in Natchitoches.
Among the honorees: former Louisiana Tech University women’s basketball star Venus Lacy.
Now, who’s next from Lincoln Parish to be inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame?
Here’s seven names worthy of consideration:
• PAT PATTERSON: The lovable native of Delhi made friends as if they grew on trees.

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Catalog triggers fishing memories

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Molido Creek ran cool and clear, meandering beneath the beeches and ancient oaks half a mile below our house.
Come summertime, I’d shuck my shoes, grab my fishing gear and head to Molido to lob a Hawaiian Wiggler next to cypress roots, hoping a bass would be fooled. I usually only caught jackfish, ugly as sin and outfitted with fierce teeth and most times when one bit, the sorry rascal would sever my fishing line and swim off with my lure.

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Macaluso inducted into State Sports Hall of Fame

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Versatility has been one of the hallmarks of a nearly 4 1/2-decade career in sports journalism for the Baton Rouge Advocate’s Joe Macaluso is the 2014 Distinguished Service Award winner by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
Covering a variety of sports, which also includes outdoors reporting as well as hosting a weekly television show, are the things that earned Macaluso the nod from among 17 candidates nominated for the Distinguished Service Award — the most prestigious honor offered to sports media in the state.

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