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May 27th, 2014

Ellis set to hit road to Ole Miss

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Former GSU coach to direct NCAA Baseball Regional tourney
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June is almost here, the time of summer vacation fun, swimming pools, hot dogs and Wilbert Ellis packing his suitcases.
While the 2014 college baseball season has started winding down, it’s only getting started for Ellis, former longtime baseball coach at Grambling State University and College Baseball Hall of Famer.
As he’s done for 18 years now, Ellis will again serve as director of NCAA regional and super regional tournaments this postseason. He begins his tourney action this weekend as director of the Mississippi Regional hosted by Ole Miss in Oxford, Mississippi.

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The cool, wet spring wasn’t kind to plants

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This spring season there has been no shortage of cool weather and rainfall. These environmental conditions are conductive to disease development.
In the recent weeks many gardeners have brought samples of leaves, flowers and plants with various disorders which are indicative of a cool, wet spring. The visual evidence of a disease or symptoms of disease are the plant’s reaction to the causal agent. These can appear as cankers, leaf spots, leaf distortion, necrosis (dead tissue), stunting, wilting, mosaic coloring or other plant abnormalities.

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Club News: Caney Lake Good Sams Club

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Lincoln Parish Park is such a beautiful place to camp in the springtime.
That’s just what the Caney Lake Good Sammers wanted to do for their April 22-24 campout. Hosts Nellie and Emory Ambrose and Mary and James Dugdale invited the campers to bring their brown bag lunches and share a dessert Monday evening.
Being close to town gave the club a great variety of choices for Thursday’s noon meal. They chose to don their red jackets and go to Log Cabin.

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Thanks to Roaf for spotlighting Tech, Ruston

As an All-American offensive tackle for Louisiana Tech University and a first-round NFL draft selection of the New Orleans Saints who went on to become a Pro Football Hall of Famer, Willie Roaf has long been putting Ruston on the national sports map.
Now the big man has done it again.
It was announced last week by the National Football Foundation (NFF) that Roaf will be enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame 2014 Induction Class.

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Facts about lawn maintenance

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Many dread the task of maintenance of their lawn such as mowing and watering. In this article are tips that will help you maintain your lawn, keep it in a good healthy condition and have your neighbors envious of your lush green lawn.

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May 26th

Parish observes Memorial Day

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In observance of Memorial Day, Forest Lawn Cemetery is hosting their annual “Field of Flags” display, which began at 8 a.m. and will close at 5 p.m. today.
This event features 80 original veteran’s burial flags lining the drives and walkways of the cemetery to recognize the sacrifice these veterans made for this country. The large burial flags on display were on loan fro the families of veterans laid to rest in the cemetery. Small flags were also displayed on the grave of each veteran buried in the cemetery.

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A summer of progress

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Construction on athletic facility at Tech to continue
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As the school year wraps up and students leave for summer, the preparation for a new athletic facility is under way.
As students and local residents might have seen from the construction equipment at the stadium, the workers are now removing the bleachers from the south side of the stadium.
The workers have also brought in equipment to start the excavating of the hill that the new facility will soon occupy.
“We have set a target date for the project to be completed in the summer of 2015,” said Tommy McClelland, Tech athletics director.

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Honoring Gibbs’ passion for MedCamps

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Virginia Gibbs, of Monroe, pauses at the waterfall in the new pavilion and memorial garden located at Camp Alabama in Choudrant, and named after her late grandson, Larkin Gibbs. Dedication ceremonies for the Larken Gibbs Memorial Pavilion and Garden, built by Louisiana Tech University School of Architecture Design Build program students. were held Friday. Camp Alabama is the site of MedCamps of Louisiana’s summer camping program. The barrier-free pavilion is designed to facilitate camp activities. Larkin Gibbs was a MedCamps counselor. He died in 1999.

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Bearcat baseball team honored

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Ruston High School held its annual baseball banquet last week to honor the Bearcats for their outstanding season and Class 5A playoffs run. Pictured above from left to right are Gage Heard and Garrett Hipp, who shared the Bearcat Award, Ben LeBlanc, who won District 5A Player of the Year Award, and David M. Burkhalter, who was named the Brearcats MVP Award for the 2014 season. Pictured below is Assistant Coach Dan Gressett presents the Coaches Award to Shane Giddings.

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Take time to honor fallen soldiers

Today is Memorial Day and events are taking place across the parish to honor our deceased service men and women.
But what are the origins of Memorial Day? Why on this day, the last Monday of May, do we take a special time-out to for our veterans?
Memorial Day began after the Civil War to honor fallen soldiers from both the Union and Confederate armies.
The reason it is called “Memorial” Day is because the day was meant as a time to visit the grave of a passed soldier and place flowers, or something else considered sentimental, on the grave — hence, a memorial.

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