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August 12th, 2014

TEA Party hosts candidates

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Ruston mayoral candidate Bill Elmore and U.S. Senate candidate Bob Maness took their campaigns to the North Central Louisiana TEA Party on Monday night.
The two men talked about jobs, their philosophies and what they believe sets them apart from their respective opponents. Elmore, a Republican, is running for the post being vacated by retiring Mayor Dan Hollingsworth.
Maness, also a Republican, wants to unseat long-time Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Democrat.

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GSU professor named LRA Educator of the Year

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Loretta Walton-Jaggers, a seasoned educator at Grambling State University was recently named Louisiana Reading Association’s Educator of the Year. Jaggers is a professor of Education Curriculum and Instruction and is the founder and coordinator of the annual Spring Reading Conference promoting university, school, and community partnerships at Grambling State University since 1995.

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Late summer brings crape myrtle problems

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It is getting late in the growing season and many ornamental plants are showing the effects from diseases, insects and environmental conditions. Leaf spots, leaf discoloration, ragged appearances are all symptoms of adverse conditions.
One plant that annually shows signs of the times is the crape myrtle. In late summer, Louisiana crape myrtles start having leaf spots. While rainfall varies considerably around the state, this summer in our region rains events have been common, making the crape myrtle prone to leaf spots.

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Show support for area teams

As area schools begin to gear up for the new academic year, their football teams are doing the same.
And several are looking for your support to help kick things offs.
Ruston High School, Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University are all set to hold football meet-and-greet sessions Saturday to allow fans and friends to come out and personally get to know the teams they’ll be cheering for this season.
Grambling State will kick things off with its annual Football Fan Day featuring food, music, face-painting and giveaways.

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Tech dodges Mother Nature

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Weather doesn’t stop football team from finally starting two-a-days

Lightning canceled on session of Louisiana Tech’s two-a-day football practices on Saturday, but on Monday the only thing that the rain and lightning affected was the temperature.
Tech completed its first set of two-a-days Monday with a morning session on the Tech Practice Fields and an evening session at Joe Aillet Stadium.
The focus throughout the double session was polishing and speeding up what was learned during the main installation days of the first week of camp.

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Finding a ‘comfort zone’

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DL Bates feeling at home as new Bulldog
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Fifth-year senior Houston Bates, a transfer who graduated from the University of Illinois in May, has already made a home for himself as a big part of Louisiana Tech’s defense.
That’s only fitting for the Covington native, who has returned home to Louisiana to close out his college career.
Bates and Louisiana Tech are no strangers— the Fighting Illini played Tech when Bates was a sophomore, but he didn’t play due to an ankle injury.

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Diamond ’Dogs add assistant coach

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Louisiana Tech head baseball coach Greg Goff announced last week the addition of J.D. Hulse to his coaching staff as an assistant coach for the Bulldogs for the upcoming 2014-15 campaign.
Hulse, who spent the last two seasons at Birmingham-Southern, joins Goff’s first-year coaching staff, which is comprised of Rick McCarty and Jake Wells, who were hired as assistants earlier this summer.

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August 11th

Crowning Beauty

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On Saturday afternoon, local young ladies competed for the coveted crowns of Miss Dixie Gem Peach and Miss Spirit of Ruston. Pictured, from left to right, are Miss Dixie Gem Peach Teen Princess 2015 Caroline Colvin, Miss Dixie Gem Peach’s Outstanding Teen 2015 McKay Crews, Princess Peach 2015 Emmersyn Nations, Miss Dixie Gem Peach 2015 Kelly Ann Bernard, Miss Spirit of Ruston 2015 Julianne Tippen and Miss Spirit of Ruston’s Outstanding Teen 2015 Macie Bell McCoy.

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2 sisters face drug charges

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Two sisters, Wendy Ann Swanson and Bobbie Joe Vandenburg were booked on several drug charges at 303 Lamar St. in Ruston at approximately 10:30 p.m. Friday.
The Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office received information that Vandenburg was possibly selling methamphetamine at her residence at 303 Lamar Street. Drug enforcement agents went to the residence to contact Vandenburg and, according to the arrest report, observed a foil pipe in plain sight by the door. In the report, officers said the pipe smelled like burned marijuana.

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Woman accused of ramming vehicle

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Report: Suspect resisted arrest, battered officers
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Ameenah Williams, of 159 Nutmeg Drive, was arrested for aggravated criminal damage to property, reckless operation of a vehicle, resisting an officer and two counts of battery of an officer early this morning.
At approximately 1 a.m., Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s deputies responded to 404 Chandler Road in reference to a disturbance. During the response, a complainant called and stated the suspect, Williams, had left the scene, according to the arrest affidavit. A deputy continued to the scene as other deputies searched the area for William’s vehicle.

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