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July 17th, 2014

Giving a chance for a change

Ruston native Preston Ponder is just one of thousands of young people in Louisiana who have been able to turn their lives around thanks to a program sponsored by the Louisiana National Guard and supported by U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu.
The National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program is seen as a preventive program. It’s participants are usually viewed as those who are on a dangerous path, but still have the potential to be and do great things, if given a chance. Participants are usually unemployed, drug-free high school dropouts.

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Standing for something not Obama’s M.O.

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I wish the leader of the free world would act like it. At this point, I’m not even sure I care exactly what he does about the thousands and thousands of illegal immigrants flooding into our borders. I just wish he would do something — anything.
“Leadership is not about giving a good speech. Leadership is not about playing politics ... Leadership is about making a difference.”
That was Texas Gov. Perry’s answer when Sean Hannity asked him Saturday what he thought of Obama’s response to the border crisis.

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July is Smart Irrigation Month

The State of Louisiana has proclaimed July to be Smart Irrigation Month to draw attention to the importance of using water efficiently.
July is traditionally the month of peak demand for water for lawns, gardens and landscapes in North America. The Irrigation Association named July as Smart Irrigation Month to increase public awareness about simple practices and innovative technologies homeowners, businesses and property managers can use to:
• Save money on utility bills.

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Local publishes book

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“Louisiana Grassroots,” written by May Shadoin, a native of West Carroll Parish and long-time resident of Ruston, is now out. Published by LifeRich, an imprint of Reader’s Digest, the book is a first-hand account of life during the Great Depression and World War II. The book provides a picture of life in the Depression and on the homefront during World War II and provides a look at the war through experiences of some of the men who fought to protect the nation.

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EMMS group learns about saving money

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The Community Trust Bank of Ruston trained the Ethel Mae Movers and Shakers Youth Group to open savings and checking accounts recently.
On June 21, more than 25 students from the surrounding community gathered at the Mt. Olive Outreach Church in Ruston to learn banking skills from Tim Everett, supervisor at Community Trust Bank.

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GUNAA convention begins on Friday

ULS System President Sandra Woodley and Grambling State University Interim President Cynthia Warrick are among the many supporters, fans and alumni expected to participate in the Grambling University National Alumni Association Convention slated for this weekend at the Clarion Hotel in Shreveport.
Hosted by the Shreveport Alumni Chapter, the three-day event will feature several meetings, programs, seminars and sessions, including its Coaches Luncheon, Life Membership Recognition Breakfast and Black and Gold Banquet and Gala, which are open to the public.

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Fellowship clubs collect fans

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The GSU Tiger Men’s Fellowship group teamed up with the Birthday Fellowship Club to collect $700 for the fan drive during the month of June. The fans will be donated to the Lincoln Parish Christian Community Center for persons in need of fans. Pictured, left to right, are Bobby Rabon, Felton Evans, Ben Williams, Jack Elam (squatting), Frank Kelley, Richard McKeever, Grambling Mayor Edward Jones, President Joseph Capers, A.P. Butler, Flynn Ludley, Edward Mason and Willie Young.

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Tech journalism students, staff earn several awards

Faculty, staff and students from Louisiana Tech University’s journalism department shined in three competitions this summer.
Overall, students received six awards from the Associated Press Media Editors competition and eight awards from the Louisiana Press Association. Faculty and staff, who also work part time for The Ruston Daily Leader, received two awards from LPA, 15 awards from APME and one award from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.

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July 16th

Local teen benefits from Youth ChalleNGe

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Ponder works to inspire others
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The Louisiana National Guard Youth ChalleNGe program is turning young people’s lives around and Ruston native Preston Ponder is living proof of that.
“I had some problems I had to stand up to and not run away from,” Ponder said. “I went to Youth ChalleNGe for six months mainly because I thought it was the best choice.”
Last summer, right before the start of his senior year in high school, Ponder was arrested for selling marijuana. He spent three days in jail, where he said he had time to reevaluate his life choices.

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Man faces battery, drug charges

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Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies made an arrest early this morning after a pregnant woman was reportedly beaten.
At 1:54 a.m., LPSO deputies traveling down Louisiana Highway 145 witnessed a woman in distress at East Emory Road.
The deputy reportedly made contact with the victim and noticed she had blood on her right arm, along with several bruises on her face, neck, arms, back and a swollen left jaw.
She reported to police she wanted to seek medical attention because she is three months pregnant.
The victim told police her boyfriend, Charles Bradley Jr., had beaten her.

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