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June 5th, 2014

Ellis to direct Oklahoma State Super Regional

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College Baseball Hall of Famer Wilbert Ellis takes his knowledge of the game westward this week as he prepares to serve as director of the Oklahoma State Super Regional in Stillwater, Oklahoma. California-Irvine (38-23) will take on Oklahoma State (48-16) in the best-of-three series starting with a contest at 9:30 p.m. Friday at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.

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Local beauty wins pageant

Lincoln Parish has another reason to celebrate this week as our own Miss Dixie Gem Peach Outstanding Teen Megan Crews was selected as the statewide winner.
Donna Kay Thompson, Dixie Gem Peach Scholarship Organization board member, said in the wake of the win, the organization is proud of Meagan’s accomplishments.

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The Union/Lincoln bond

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Most anyone who knows me knows I’m from Union Parish — and proud of it. Sure it has it’s quirks and, yes, even its cliques like any other small town does, but it’s actually a pretty great place.
Lincoln Parish is too. This is my second time to live in Ruston and I really like this parish too, for completely different reasons. But, it seems to me there’s always been a little competition between Lincoln and Union — at least for as long as I can remember. The culture is the same but the mindsets are different.

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June 4th

Sweet, juicy peaches on horizon

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Plenty of cool weather and rain is going to make for a tasty Louisiana Peach Festival season according to local peach growers.
“We have started picking already,” Joe Mitcham, owner of Mitcham Farms, said. “We’ve got a good crop.”
The season, Mitcham said, is actually about 10 days later than average, even though last year’s season was similarly late.
“We had a lot of cool nights early on in the spring,” Mitcham said. “It takes warm weather and sunshine. We had over 1,200 chill hours, which is good. As long as we get over 800 to 900 chill hours, it’s good.”

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School board honors 2013-14 retirees

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The Lincoln Parish School Board held a special dedication ceremony during the monthly meeting Tuesday night to honor all of the retirees of the 2013-14 school year.
“There is a sense of regret as we are losing all of these great employees,” Superintendent Danny Bell said. “They have committed themselves and we appreciate their many years of service.”
Out of the 33 retirees a total of 879 years was dedicated to the LPSD.
“On behalf of the entire board, we would like to congratulate all of you on the milestone you have reached,” LPSB President Otha Anders said.

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Crowe follows footsteps

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During the LPSD meeting, a special recognition was given to Charles Owens, left, who will be retiring as director of auxiliary services this year. Superintendent Danny Bell said Owens has always enhanced and embraced the Lincoln Parish School District in his 42 years of service.
Taking Owens’ place will be David Crowe. Crowe has served as coach, teacher and assistant principal for the LPSD for 36 years and said he is honored and humbled to have the opportunity for the position.
This is not the first time Crowe has filled Owens’ shoes.

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Elmore rallies community

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Ruston mayoral candidate Bill Elmore said Tuesday he’s running for office because of “what’s right with Ruston, not what is wrong.”
Elmore, one of two declared contenders for the city’s top job, kicked off his campaign with a late-afternoon rally attended by approximately 125 people.
He applauded the administration of retiring Mayor Dan Hollingsworth and pledged to continue much of the work that’s begun during Hollingsworth’s nearly16 years in office.
“We’re going in the right direction,” Elmore said.

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Ruston man arrested

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A Ruston man faces charges of aggravated assault, aggravated battery and second-degree cruelty to a juvenile today following an argument with his girlfriend earlier this week.
Police say Michael Leon Williams, 56, of 814 East California Avenue, had apparently gotten into a disagreement with his girlfriend on Monday that led to a physical altercation and an alleged injury to a 2-year-old child being cared for at the victim’s residence.

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Tech’s Lange named All-Louisiana

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Louisiana Tech sophomore Victor Lange was honored by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association as South Africa native was named second team All-Louisiana.
Lange received second team honors along with Eamon Bradley (Southeastern Louisiana), Fernando Cruze Valle (UL-Lafayette), Curtis Thompson (LSU) and Haraldur Magnus (UL-Lafayette).
He was also named second team All-Conference USA, C-USA All-Tournament and Bayou City Collegiate Championship All-Tournament during the season.

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12 Bulldogs selected as preseason All-CUSA

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — Highlighted by running back Kenneth Dixon and Illinois transfer and defensive end Houston Bates, Louisiana Tech placed 12 players on the Preseason All-Conference USA Teams as announced Tuesday by Phil Steele’s 2014 College Football Preview.
Dixon and Bates were Louisiana Tech’s first-team honorees while cornerback Le’Vander Liggins and kicker Kyle Fischer garnered second-team honors.

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