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June 14th, 2014

These athletes made worthy impact, too

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Not everybody can be in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, which is closing in on yet another induction ceremony this month — Saturday in Natchitoches.
But through the years, and despite not being accorded the state’s ultimate honor in sports, there have been plenty of athletes who stamped an indelible mark on diamonds, courts, gridirons and tracks.
This is particularly true in Lincoln Parish, whose 51 representatives is the most of any parish in the state on the Hall’s membership roll.

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Ruston High nets new team

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School preparing to add volleyball as new girls’ sport
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If you build it, they will come.
The concept worked for baseball in the movie “Field of Dreams,” and officials at Ruston High School are hoping the same will hold true for volleyball.
RHS teacher/coaches Mandy Cauley and Stephanie Wardach conducted a volleyball clinic last week in preparation to begin building a volleyball program from scratch.
Plans are to implement the formation of a Lady Bearcats volleyball team in three phases, with the first coming at the start of the 2014 school year.

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Cox 15th at NCAA meet

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Joshua Cox recorded a top-15 finish in his first appearance on the national level as the NCAA Championships came to a close Saturday at Heyward Field in Eugene, Oregon. Cox set a mark of 213-4 (65.03m) to place 15th in the javelin, edging out Kansas State’s Ivan Hartung by more than a foot. A native of Rustonand product of Cedar Creek High School, Cox entered the national meet ranked 14th. By placing in the top 16, Cox will receive second team All-America honors, which will be formally announced Monday.

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Tickets for ‘Pigskins and Pearls’ on sale now

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Tickets for the annual Pigskins and Pearls Women’s Clinic and Luncheon are on sale with the 2014 event’s date set for July 31 at Squire Creek Country Club.
This year the women’s football luncheon and clinic will begin at 11:30 a.m. with registration starting at 11 a.m.
All proceeds will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club of North Central Louisiana.
In order to secure your seat, please fill out the attached registration form and return it to the Tech Football Office (P.O. BOX 3156, Ruston, LA 71272) along with your payment.

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Residents celebrate heritage

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Pictured above is Grambling’s Thelma Williams, grand marshal of the city’s 2014 Juneteenth Parade which rolled on Saturday. Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. Pictured below is Analicia Spivey (at right) selling some of her handmade jewelry.

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Man charged after burglary

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At approximately 12:37 p.m. Friday, Lincoln Parish deputies arrested Paul Gardiner Lathan III, charging him with simple burglary relative to an offense that occurred in Lincoln Parish between the dates of June 2 and June 6.
Lathan was also charged with an outstanding warrant, charging him with a probation violation.
At the time of his arrest, Lathan was operating a tan Ford pickup.
Lathan remains a possible suspect in numerous thefts in Lincoln Parish with those matters remaining under investigation.

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GUNAA receives $50K

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The Ruston Alumni Chapter of the Grambling University National Alumni Association celebrated in a big way at the third annual scholarship gala Saturday night.
The black tie event was held in the Black and Gold room on campus and alumni from various chapters and organizations, as well as public officials and school administration tuned in to this year’s theme: “Sowing Seeds for Scholars.”

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VFW, scouts honor Flag Day with retirement ceremony

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It was a solemn ceremony — a funeral filled with deserved honor and recognition certainly fitting for the occasion as Old Glory was laid to rest on Flag Day.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3615 joined Boy Scout Troop 45 and Cub Scout Pack 45 Saturday for their third annual Flag Retirement ceremony held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.
The scouts converged on the VFW Post last weekend to cut the flags into strips, which were tossed into a fire in a flag grave donated by Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home for the annual occasion.

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Juneteenth photo gallery

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Top left: Rhikale Fields enjoyed getting her face painted during Saturday’s celebration.
Top right: Pictured is Ruston High School student Tim Robinson trying his hand at a hammer smash game during Juneteenth festivities.
Middle left: Shakerrian Perry catching beads and candy during the Juneteenth parade.
Middle right: Ruston’s Robert Williams participated in the annual Juneteenth Car Show.
Bottom: Juanita Bobo sold barbecue chicken during the celebration.

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Sparta supporters shoot up the ranks at annual event

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From top left, clockwise:
The top overall team was Bayou Swabbing, consisting of (from left to right) Matt Cheatwood, Madison Cheatwood, Brandon Kelly, Cade Kelly and Jason Dauer.
Jace Duncon took the top prize for best shot at the Third Annual Sparta Shoot Sporting Clays Competition held June 7 at the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office Rifle Range in West Monroe.
The second-place team was Frost Trailer Parts, made up of Mike Axen, Kent Skains, Mike Epler, Ernest Green and Skip Moore.
The top Youth Shooter for the event was Cade Kelly.
The top Female Shooter was Gail Smith.

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