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June 11th, 2014

Faneca preparing for State HOF induction

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An exceptional college and pro football career put offensive guard Alan Faneca on the fast track to the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.
As if to remove any doubts about his worthiness, the former LSU Tiger and Pittsburgh Steeler slipped in one more extraordinary accomplishment between election and induction.

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June 10th

Warrick recommended as GSU chief

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Current President Frank Pogue promises easy, helpful transition
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GRAMBLING — University of Louisiana System President Sandra Woodley will recommend the UL System Board of Supervisors appoint Cynthia Warrick to serve as Interim President of Grambling State University effective July 1, 2014. Warrick’s appointment will be considered by the Board at its June 27 meeting in Baton Rouge.

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Local volunteer to be honored by A+PEL

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Ruston resident Janie Humphries is among 26 school volunteers statewide being recognized today in Baton Rouge as winners of the Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana Volunteer of the Year awards.
Winners will receive their awards during an afternoon reception at the Governor’s Mansion.
Humphries, retired coordinator of early childhood education at Louisiana Tech University, was nominated for the volunteer award by the Lincoln Parish school district.

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Step by step

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Hill devotes life to helping fellow blind community
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Imagine walking up and down the rugged concrete sidewalks that blanket downtown Ruston.
Imagine the sounds of the seemingly endless construction obliterating any chance of enjoying the whispers of a Louisiana summer breeze.
Step by step, air-conditioning becomes an almost antiquated and fleeting memory. Imagine being taught to do this with a blindfold.
Arlene Hill doesn’t teach people to find their way around town. She teaches them to find their way. Hill is a cane travel instructor at the Lousiana Center for the Blind.

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Power outages across parish

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Lincoln Parish residents who lost power during Monday night’s thunderstorm should have their electricity back on by the end of today, representatives of area utilities said this morning.
Several hundred customers scattered throughout the parish were left in the dark late Monday night and early this morning when heavy storms packing intermittent high winds and lightning moved through the area.
Roderick Worthy, customer service manager with Entergy, said about 2,000 customers across the utility company’s North Louisiana region lost power.

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Man charged with false imprisonment

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Report: Officers used a Taser
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A Ruston man was arrested and charged with two counts of simple battery, one count of false imprisonment and one count of resisting an officer late Monday night, according to the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office.
According to the arrest affidavit, two officers arrived at 11:30 p.m. Monday at 171 Larrance Orchard Road in reference to a battery complaint.
Officers then made contact with the victim who reportedly stated that she was being forced to leave the residence by Kenneth Hensley, 43, of 179 Downs Road, according to the report.

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Enjoy some of ‘Grandmother’s old-time flower’

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Azaleas and many other spring flowering plants have had their days of glory, now is the time for the long-time favorite hydrangea to present its showy floral display. In America they have long been a popular flowering shrub and by many considered “Grandmother’s old-time flower.” The name “hydrangea” comes from the Greek word meaning “water vessel.”

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Hood speaks to Kiwanis

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Donna Hood, head of the Louisiana Tech University nursing program, recently spoke to the Ruston Kiwanis Club about the student composition of the program and job placement of graduates.

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NELA food bank announces board

The Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana announces its board of directors.
• Rosie Brown, Lake Providence Community Action Center.
• Ken Dorsey, Thomas & Farr Insurance.
• Shawn Hornsby, First United Methodist Church of West Monroe.
• Chris Hyde, City of West Monroe.
• Kristy LaCroix, CenturyLink.
• Justin Larsen, Walmart.
• Pam Lavender (Secretary), Kilpatrick Funeral Home.
• Roger Parker (Treasurer), Parker & Company.
• Esther Phillips, KTVE NBC 10/KARD FOX 14.
• Stewart Robinette, The Assembly South.
• Annmarie Sartor (President), CenturyLink.

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Burkhalter named All-State

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Three Bearcats, two Lady Bearcats earn honorable mention
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Two players who helped lead their teams to state titles, Ouachita pitcher Kat Lee and Barbe shortstop Kennon Fontenot, headline the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class 5A All-State teams for baseball and softball.
Ruston pitcher David Michael Burkhalter, who signed Sunday with the Milwaukee Brewers after being drafted n the sixth round of the First-Year Major League Baseball Draft Friday afternoon.
Burkhalter posted a record of 87-3 wiht a 0.70 ERA and 104 strikeouts as a senior.

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