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April 22nd, 2017

Staying fortunate in the parish

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The International Technology and Engineering Educators Association recently held its Annual Conference in Dallas. One of the highlights was the science, technology, engineering, mathematics showcase — two hours where the expo hall was filled with selected exhibits it felt represented models of best practice for STEM integration and implementation. Incredibly, I found myself manning one of those exhibits and welcoming a global audience to view and discuss the acclaimed eco-car program housed on the Ruston High School campus.

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Contributing to budget issues

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It never seems to change.
Year after year of the same thing — asking our state higher education and health systems to take budget cut after budget cut. But you know who won’t accept suffering the same fate? You guessed it — the ones doing the asking.

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Tree could grow future for peaches

Think Ruston. Think peaches. Artistic likenesses of the succulent summer fruit mark city street signs and are part of Ruston’s official logo.
The Ruston peach and its impact on the local economy is the reason city leaders founded the Louisiana Peach Festival over six decades ago. But sadly, the days of peach as king of the local fruit crop have waned.
Even for Mitcham Farms, the parish’s largest surviving orchard, times have changed. Blame the weather. Blame the transformation of the wholesale market. Blame Armillaria root rot.

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Arkansas trip features bit of everything

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I’ve made this trip at least half a dozen times over the years and each time, my senses receive a fresh charge. This year’s venture to Gaston’s Resort on the White River in north Arkansas was no exception.
Fishing? If you want to fish a body of water where you’re practically guaranteed to catch fish, the White River is a slam dunk. The river is teeming with rainbow trout with the supply of fish replenished regularly from the hatchery located in the area and they’re just waiting for a morsel to float by. Should that morsel be impaled on a hook, a spirited fight ensues.

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April 21st

LPL hosts Money Smart Week

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If there’s one thing everyone needs to know and learn more about, it’s definitely money and how to take care of it.
The Lincoln Parish Library hopes to provide the community with some of those tips through its upcoming Money Smart Week — a national initiative between the American Library Association and the Federal Reserve Bank.

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Water group to lobby lawmakers

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Members of the Union Lincoln Regional Water Supply Initiative will go to Baton Rouge in May to continue to make their plea for state dollars for a project aimed at reducing the draw on the Sparta Aquifer.
Though the group has $3.8 million in Priority 5 of the capital outlay bill, it hopes to convince lawmakers to begin moving some of that money up to a spendable category.
“Every year, you have to go back and discuss it with them,” Richard Durrett, director of North Louisiana operations for Waggoner Engineering, the firm that’s been advising the ULRWSI, told the group Thursday.

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Police book local men involved in shooting

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Ruston police have arrested two men allegedly involved in a Monday evening shooting that was caught on amateur video.
Troydarious Keunte Grimsley, 18, of 172 Sandbed Road, in Ruston, is charged with attempted second-degree murder. Lawrence Williams, Jr., 19, of 131 Madden Road, in Arcadia, is charged with illegal carrying of weapons.
Both men were arrested Thursday evening on warrants that were issued earlier in the day. Grimsley and Williams are being held in the Lincoln Parish Detention Center.

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RHS puts hopes in new basketball coach

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Ruston High School has tabbed a familiar face to take over the Bearcats’ boys basketball program.
Principal Ricky Durrett introduced Adrian Hester this morning at the school auditorium as the new head coach of the Bearcats.
“This really is a dream come true,” Hester said of taking over the Bearcats program.
“It’s what you dream about when you leave high school and get into college and consider coaching,” RHS Athletics Director Jerrod Baugh said. “You always want to come home and make a difference in the community you were raised and grew up in.”

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BPCC to present Goldilocks auditions

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The BPCC Communication and Performing Arts Division and the Cavalier Players announce the cast for the upcoming children’s show Goldilocks and the Three Heberts, directed by Ray Scott Crawford. Show dates are at 7 p.m. today and April 28 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Monday and April 29 and 30 in the BPCC Performing Arts Theatre (Building C), 6220 East Texas St. in Bossier City.

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Walk-A-Mile event set

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Nick Lawton breaks through the finish line during last year’s Walk-A-Mile event. This year the event will begin Trinity United Methodist Church on Saturday with registration beginning at 9:15 a.m. and the walk starting at 10:15 a.m. The fee is $20 and it comes with a T-shirt and lunch.

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