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July 28th, 2014

RPD thwarts robbery attempt

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Police stop Citgo holdup
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The willingness of an alert passer-by to make a 9-1-1 telephone call enabled law enforcement officers to quickly apprehend two suspects in a weekend armed robbery, Ruston Police Chief Steve Rogers said this morning.
Timothy Gray, 22, of 502 Jackson Ave., and Jamarcus Elmore, 20, of 305 Jack Anding, both in Ruston, face two counts each of armed robbery in connection with an incident late Saturday evening at the Citgo service station at 504 South Vienna St. Both men are also charged with resisting an officer by fleeing.

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Comic Book Hero Turns 75

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The Lincoln Parish Library held a special celebration for Batman’s75th birthday at 4 p.m. Saturday in the LPL’s community room.
Youth came to view paraphernalia, books, videos, apparel and other collectible items. Activities offered were Batman trivia and a costume contest and attendees enjoyed a bat-shaped cake. Pictured right is Mary Claire McFadden, who participated in the costume contest.

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Literary classics with a twist

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While some people can’t get enough of Shakespeare or Jane Austen, others might have wondered what would happen if the authors mixed a little science fiction or fantasy into those critically acclaimed pieces of literature.
To answer such questions, the Lincoln Parish Library is back with another installment of it’s Novel Night Out event on Thursday.

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Millsap joins Team USA

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Former Bulldog to play for hoops World Cup
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After producing an All-Star season in his first year with the Atlanta Hawks, former Louisiana Tech great Paul Millsap has received an invitation to join the Team USA basketball roster, it was announced Sunday by USAB officials.
Millsap’s addition takes the number of senior players in camp under Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski to 19. Of those 19, he will attempt to claim a spot on the final 12-man roster which will represent their country at the inaugural FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain starting Aug. 30.

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Learning the game of life

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Wilbert Ellis Camp teaches more than baseball

It’s designed as a free baseball clinic to teach area youth fundamental skills about the sport.
But the fifth annual Wilbert Ellis Baseball Camp, held Saturday at Ruston’s Fraser Field, was much more about teaching the game of life.

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Creek starts camps

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Cedar Creeks School’s football camps start today with the Hawg Wild Camp for sixth-12th grade linemen and the Elementary All-Star Camp for first-fifth graders.
The Playmakers Skills position camp for will be held Wednesday and Thursday.
For more information call Ben Haddox at 2445-2908.

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Haynesville’s Red Franklin: A living legend

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Former prep head coach continues legacy with Ark-La-Miss Museum of Champions
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Editor’s note: The following is a feature story O.K. Davis did on Alton “Red” Franklin two years ago.
By O.K. Davis
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“Red.”
Any North Louisiana football fan with a smidgen of knowledge about the history of high school programs should know the significance of that nickname.
As in Alton “Red” Franklin, the former top braintrust at Haynesville High School.
Franklin will be inducted in the Ark-La-Tex Sports Museum of Champions at 7 p.m. Satruday in the Shreveport Convention Center.

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Celebrate local parks, recreation

While it might be hot out, the summer’s extended hours of sunshine allow for the perfect opportunity to enjoy a walk, jog or visit to the park.
Since 1985, the United Stats has celebrated July as the official Park and Recreation Month. This year’s theme is “Out is In,” designed to focus on getting people to go outside, change their outlook and get involved in their community through parks and recreation.

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Pool party cool for dogs and owners

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There’s no denying it — I’m a dog lover.
Which means the upcoming weekend is a big one for me and my dog Gumbeaux.
At 9 a.m. Saturday many area dogs of different breeds, sizes and personalities and their humans will get together for the annual Ruston Parks and Recreation Department’s K9 Pool Part at the Municipal Pool.
It’s a great way to get your dogs out to do a little socializing with both fellow canines and humans.
That’s one thing the K9 Pool Party is great for.

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Surrounding DART’s children with love

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When writing this, I had just returned to the office after having spent the morning with a group of the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team’s children. It was one of Child Advocate Shelby Lowery’s weekly Main Events, activities provided for the children of the families who receive services from us.
Shelby has worked hard this summer to offer a variety of fun, creative days, including a tie-dye day, a few water activity days, a paint-with-a-twist day and a few outings to the movie theater.

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