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Library Historical Happenings to discuss ‘Planning the Air War of WWII’

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Dan Simonsen a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force, will present “Planning the Air War of WWII” at the July Historical Happening lecture at 6:30 p.m. today in the Lincoln Community Room.
The air war plan the United States started with during World War II was written in nine days. It was the first plan of its type. It was reportedly considered ground breaking in that not only did it outline the type and number of aircraft required for winning the war; it also identified independent missions for the Army Air Forces. Simonsen will also discuss the U.S. B-17 and B-24 bombers and will answer questions about the airplanes used in the war.

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Final suspect sentenced

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The final sentence has been handed down to the third of three Shreveport men responsible for burglarizing several vehicles and the shooting of a Ruston Police Department officer in September 2010.
On July 10, Deandre Wayne Thomas, 32, of Shreveport, was sentenced to 12 years of hard labor for each of four counts of simple burglary, 12 years hard labor for obstruction of justice, six years hard labor for attempted simple burglary and five years hard labor for conspiracy to commit simple burglary. These sentences will run concurrently with each other. Thomas pleaded guilty to the charges on April 10.

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Store features unique items

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A woman who previously owned a business in Farmerville has opened a vintage-inspired shop in Ruston with a focus on unique items.
Ann Jeselink allowed another individual to take over The Fancy Flea in Union Parish, and in April she opened The Vintage Veranda inside the former location of Ruston Sign Company on Louisiana Highway 33.

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Island plans raise concerns

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Area land developers are seeking a permit from the Army Corp of Engineers to construct the proposed “D’Arbonne Island Subdivision” on two islands located on the south side of the Mixing Hole on Lake D’Arbonne.
However the Bayou D’Arbonne Lake Watershed District expressed concern over the proposal at its monthly meeting Monday night at the Courthouse Annex.
“We want to make sure we are doing our part to protect our ecosystem,” Lake Commission president Noel James said.

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Grambling continues on wells, road projects

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GRAMBLING — Grambling officials met July 12 at their monthly council meeting to discuss the town’s plans for finishing two ongoing projects meant to leave Grambling with four working water wells instead of two.
With two wells currently working — wells No. 5 and 6 — the town updated the status on wells No. 4 and 7, with some positive news for the Grambling community. Although the town has been operating on two wells, at least three are necessary to serve a community the size of Grambling without putting strain on the wells.

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‘A Musical Potpourri’ slated

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“A Musical Potpourri” will be performed by Jon Barker, Elizabeth Haynes Drewett and accompanist the Rev. Micky Cloud. There will also be a special performance by Carlie Toliver. The performance will take place at 10 a.m. Friday in the Library Events Center.
Barker is Smith Professor of Music Emeritus from Louisiana Tech University, retiring in 2006, after 37 years. He received his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University, master’s from Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and a B.A. in music education from University of Louisiana at Monroe. Barker was a member of the United States Army Band and Chorus in Washington, D.C. for three years and has served as minister of music for three churches in Ruston, as well as other churches in Fort Worth and Virginia. Barker has presented a number of recitals in North Louisiana, Maryland, Texas, Virginia and Washington D.C.

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Jury money a plus for area municipalities

With the economy resulting in residents and businesses shying away from spending, local sales tax collections have taken a hit in recent years. As a result governmental entities have been receiving less financial support.
Consequently, some have had to make due with less, whether it is not refilling open positions, delaying road projects or holding on to old equipment until it’s on its last leg.

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Everyone has a hero inside

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A small boy who nearly drowned is alive because a group of bystanders took it upon themselves to get involved.
The day was July 7, and the setting Lincoln Parish Park.
A 5-year-old was playing with his sister in the lake, when he reportedly decided to be adventurous. According to a witness, the child traveled through the lake past the buoys — where swimmers are not supposed to go — and a current pulled him under.

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Loan studies and students

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Families these days are implementing more cost-saving strategies to cut college spending in the past academic year. They are choosing less expensive schools and finding more economical ways for students to attend. A shift toward two-year colleges also was evident for a second straight year.

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Boxing's Hagler-Hearns revisited?

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I will never forget “The War” between boxers “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler and Thomas “Hit Man” Hearns fought on April 15, 1985. I watched it at a closed-circuit big screen TV location.
The bell rang and Hearns unleashed holy hell on Hagler. He threw the kitchen sink at him and opened a vicious cut on Hagler’s forehead that rained blood down his face. The two gladiators abandoned any pretense of “boxing” and stood in the ring unleashing devastating blows at each other. Hagler was rocked by the “Hit Man’s” solid shots.
While Hearns retreated in near exhaustion to his corner, Marvin Hagler — covered with blood — stood in the center of the ring and glared at him until Hearns slumped to his stool.

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