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June 20th, 2014

Explosion kills two

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Fatalities result after well site incident

Two Texas men are dead and third injured as a result of an accident at a Wild Horse drilling rig in Lincoln Parish.
Ryan Hinson, 36, of Longview, Texas, and Thomas Samuel, 40, of Nacogdoches, Texas were pronounced dead at the scene in the Joe Road area of Western Lincoln Parish. The third victim was treated and released at Northern Louisiana Medical Center.
Investigators believe that tremendous pressure built up in some of the equipment causing some components to give way, thus releasing the pressure, Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Department spokesman Maj. Chad Alexander said.

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Local artists show off

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The North Central Louisiana Arts Council invites local art enthusiasts to enjoy The Dog Days Art Crawls, which feature sculptors, painters, printmakers, jewelry artists, photographers and more at different businesses in the downtown area. Pictured are Ruston residents Greg Lyons and Irene Casas looking at art inside the Makers Union store during Wednesday’s first crawl.
Other hosting businesses include Fine Line Art Supply and Print Lab, Stitchville, PAIR gallery, NCLAC, Dixie Center for the Arts, Frame of Mind, Pastry Moon, Studio 301, Kelly Moore Bags and Main Street Exchange.

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Your best peach forward

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Annual Peach Cookery Contest on the brink
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In true Peach Fest fashion, it’s time again to grab the flour, sugar, and, of course, the best peaches around because the 2014 Peach Cookery Contest is almost here. The contest is an annual Peach Fest event with past winners as young as 6 or as old as 71, so everyone is encouraged to throw on an apron and get creative with Ruston’s favorite fruit.
The contestant who enters the best dish will receive a two-night stay at the Intercontinental Hotel in New Orleans, courtesy of Louisiana Life Magazine.

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GSU alumna gives back

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Dr. Janet Duncan Barnes has made a matching donation of $25,000 for an endowed scholarship named after her father, James Wicks Duncan Sr. better known in the Grambling community as “Coach Duncan.”
President of the Ruston Chapter of the Grambling University National Alumni Association Liz White said she and the entire GUNAA organization were grateful for the contribution Barnes made to the school.
“Dr. Barnes shared a piece of her heart and a hefty piece of her checkbook,” White said. “This gift proved her tiger pride in GSU.”

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BESE lenient on promotions

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The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is making it easier for local fourth and eighth graders who did not pass the LEAP and iLEAP tests to advance to the next grade level thanks to a newly approved waiver authored by the Lincoln Parish School District.
“Prior to this year, it was almost impossible for a fourth grader to get a waiver,” LPSD Testing Coordinator Donna Doss said. “Now, they can get an AB/AB and be promoted and they can get an AB/Unsat and still be promoted.”

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La. Sports HOF class meets the press

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2014 Induction ceremony set for Saturday night in Natchitoches
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NATCHITOCHES — Emotions from the 2014 induction class during Thursday’s press conference to kick off Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame festivities ran the gamut — from laughter to tears, from elation to lingering bitterness.
Former Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters center Venus Lacy showed emotions as powerful as they play she turned in during her basketball career, bouncing between tears and laughter as she met the press.
“I never thought I’d be here … I played basketball because I love it,” Lacy started.

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Bayou Classic shows support for Grambling

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It appears Grambling State University’s spot in the Bayou Classic is safe.
The general manager of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome said in a Thursday statement that Grambling State and Southern have full support in continuing the annual Classic football game.
That news came after a Wednesday meeting of the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District board, where concerns were raised about the Bayou Classic, an annual football matchup between two historically black universities and the only HBCU football game aired on national television.

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Local youth sports broadcasting camp set for July 24-26

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Two of north Louisiana’s award winning radio broadcasters will hold a camp designed for area youth who are interested in sports radio broadcasting.
Louisiana Tech’s Malcolm Butler and ESPN 97.7/University of Louisiana-Monroe’s Nick White will team up for the inaugural Live Mic Sports Broadcasting Camp presented by Barry Ricks M.D. Pediatric Associates July 24-26 at the Thomas Assembly Center in Ruston.
The camp is for boys and girls entering grades 7 through 12 this fall who are interested in gaining real-life knowledge and first-hand experience of the sports broadcasting business.

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Arts scene bustling in June, July

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There are so many activities going on in the NCLAC office right now.
Yesterday was the Peach Art Exhibit drop-off, and we received so many wonderful entries for the art exhibition this year.
Sunday will be the Peach Art Exhibit reception from 3-4 p.m. Come by the Ruston Civic Center to view this year’s community art show, and see the award-winning pieces. The exhibition will be on display throughout the Louisiana Peach Festival.

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Ruston Lions Club hosts Walker

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Lincoln Parish Police Juror and Ruston mayoral candidate Ronny Walker was a recent guest of the Ruston Lions Club. Walker spoke about some of the issues and concerns facing the next mayor of Ruston.

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