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June 14th, 2014

GUNAA receives $50K

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The Ruston Alumni Chapter of the Grambling University National Alumni Association celebrated in a big way at the third annual scholarship gala Saturday night.
The black tie event was held in the Black and Gold room on campus and alumni from various chapters and organizations, as well as public officials and school administration tuned in to this year’s theme: “Sowing Seeds for Scholars.”

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VFW, scouts honor Flag Day with retirement ceremony

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It was a solemn ceremony — a funeral filled with deserved honor and recognition certainly fitting for the occasion as Old Glory was laid to rest on Flag Day.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3615 joined Boy Scout Troop 45 and Cub Scout Pack 45 Saturday for their third annual Flag Retirement ceremony held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.
The scouts converged on the VFW Post last weekend to cut the flags into strips, which were tossed into a fire in a flag grave donated by Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home for the annual occasion.

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Juneteenth photo gallery

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Top left: Rhikale Fields enjoyed getting her face painted during Saturday’s celebration.
Top right: Pictured is Ruston High School student Tim Robinson trying his hand at a hammer smash game during Juneteenth festivities.
Middle left: Shakerrian Perry catching beads and candy during the Juneteenth parade.
Middle right: Ruston’s Robert Williams participated in the annual Juneteenth Car Show.
Bottom: Juanita Bobo sold barbecue chicken during the celebration.

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Sparta supporters shoot up the ranks at annual event

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From top left, clockwise:
The top overall team was Bayou Swabbing, consisting of (from left to right) Matt Cheatwood, Madison Cheatwood, Brandon Kelly, Cade Kelly and Jason Dauer.
Jace Duncon took the top prize for best shot at the Third Annual Sparta Shoot Sporting Clays Competition held June 7 at the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office Rifle Range in West Monroe.
The second-place team was Frost Trailer Parts, made up of Mike Axen, Kent Skains, Mike Epler, Ernest Green and Skip Moore.
The top Youth Shooter for the event was Cade Kelly.
The top Female Shooter was Gail Smith.

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Taking time for our fathers

Pope John XXIII said “It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father.”
As we prepare to celebrate Father’s Day today, we must always remember that being a father is a privilege, not some innate ability to simply create a human being.
Being a real father, like the one Pope John XXIII was referring to, entails a plethora of responsibilities of which seem never ending.
A father’s impact in a child’s life is immeasurable.

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In the ways that they should go

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Scripture states: “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6) I often wonder how I’ve done.
More than a birthday or Christmas, Father’s Day is my favorite day of the year. It stirs feelings of gratitude, love, challenge, admiration and humility.
Now I am sensitive that this is a day that is not always joyous to some. A father might have lost a child; a child might have lost a father; there might have been a family dissolution. There are other melancholy scenarios, but I wish to focus on the joyous aspects of fatherhood.

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Help for the hopeless, homeless

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Pineville and Ruston have a lot in common. So, like many kids who grew up in Ruston, I never saw a homeless person (or at least not someone I realized was homeless) until I took a trip to Washington D.C. in 10th grade.
I’ll never forget that first time. My heart broke. The idea that these people were living on the streets blew my mind. Some were selling little trinkets, some were just asking for donations.

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Remembering a fallen soldier

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In April of 1968, I was asked to escort the body of a fallen sailor to his home in Ruston. I can’t ever recall anyone being ordered to perform such a duty. The escort must be motivated, sensitive and able to communicate effectively with the family of the deceased. He should also be a military model who reflects pride in his uniform and the duty he is to perform. Needless to say, I considered the request to be an honor and I approached it with seriousness and dedication.

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Flag retirement ceremony held

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Pictured above is William Sproule of Ruston playing “Taps” during Saturday’s flag retirement ceremony at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Pictured below is the headstone for the grave used to burn pieces of old American flags.

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Act now to avoid inheritance problems

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Question: I am very concerned that when I die, my children will have a fight over my estate. Everyone gets along so well now. What can I do to prevent a big fight from happening after I am gone?
Answer: Many adult brothers or sisters are not speaking to one another today due to the way they behaved towards one another when Mom or Dad died.
I’ve heard countless stories from clients about siblings who skipped the funeral so they could rummage through a deceased parent’s effects before the other kids got a chance.

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