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June 30th

Leader staff earns press awards

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The Ruston Daily Leader won 28 awards in the Louisiana Press Association’s Better Newspaper Editorial Competition and Better Newspaper Advertising Competition for 2015.

The honors include first-place awards in several news, sports, layout and advertising categories.

“The staff of the Ruston Daily Leader strives daily to produce a quality hometown newspaper for the good people of Ruston and Lincoln Parish. These awards are well deserved and a good indication of our continued service to this community,” Daily Leader Publisher Rick Hohlt said.

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Tech students to hold Orlando massacre vigil

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A vigil for the victims involved in the Orlando massacre will take place from 8:30-9:30 p.m. today at Louisiana Tech University’s Lady of the Mist.

Mallory Garza, a counseling psychology doctoral student at Tech, said members within the doctoral program, including faculty, met shortly after the massacre to address the event and its consequences on the community.

Mercedes Gremillion, a doctoral student, and Garza took the initiative to suggest a proposed vigil by their colleagues. The vigil then came into fruition.

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Local farm family reaps state honor

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John Paul Collins grew up listening to his grandmother tell stories about life on the family farm.
“She’d tell me it was hard,” he said.
“And it was,” Collins’ father, John Collins said. “Burgessville Road wasn’t even a road.”
The Collins family knows a considerable amount about farming. They’ve been doing it in the same location on Burgessville Road for more than 100 years. On June 24, Louisiana’s Department of Agriculture recognized the Boddie Collins Farm as a Louisiana Century Farm.

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Ellis revels in return to CWS clinic

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College Baseball Hall of Fame coach Wilbert Ellis said this morning he knew where he’d be at noon today — parked in front of his television watching the championship game of the College World Series.
Ellis just returned from Omaha, Nebraska, where he helped conduct a youth clinic in conjunction with the College World Series, something he has done for 20 years now.
“We had about 440 kids out and had a great time teaching them about the game baseball, and the game of life, too,” Ellis said.

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Two locals represent community well

Not many parishes can say they are home to a finalist in a national education competition and will be represented in the in the Miss America pageant.

But Lincoln Parish can after Jonathan Gunasekaran, an I.A. Lewis sixth grader, placed second runner up out of 39 at the 2016 National You Be The Chemist Challenge and Justine Ker, of Choudrant, was named Miss Louisiana.

Jonathan received a $2,500 scholarship and a trophy for placing third in the competition.

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GSU seeks new optimistic leader

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History repeated itself at Grambling State University.
Days before GSU president Willie Larkin would hit a year from his promised eight-year tenure, he resigned in front of the University of Louisiana System Board at their June meeting.
Rumors of Larkin’s departure began circulating earlier last week after hbcudigest.com, a news site dedicated to Historically Black Universities and Colleges, wrote that multiple sources within and around the UL System Board of Supervisors confirmed that Larkin would resign or be fired.

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Winners of Peach Festival Photo Contest announced

Barnes Portraiture recently announced the winner of the 2016 Peach Festival Photo Contest.
Most Photogenic

0-6 months

First place — Karter Huey, daughter of LaOuasha and Carlton Huey

Second place — Kegan Carnahan, son of Payton and Kyle Carnahan

Third place — Charleigh Gatlin, daughter of Emaleigh and C.J. Gatlin

Most Photogenic

7-12 months

First place — Corbin Canterbury, son of Angela and Clark Canterbury

Second place — Payton Lancaster, daughter of Jennifer and Will Lancaster

Third place — Jersey Kate Corley, daughter of Jamie Corley

Most Photogenic

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FNB donates to CCA

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First National Bank’s employees contributed money and purchased food items to assist Rotary of Lincoln’s efforts to stop the recurring summer food shortage at Christian Community Action.

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June 29th

Sanders to handle GSU operations

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Leon Sanders has been appointed to handle operations by the University of Louisiana System at Grambling State University beginning Friday.

GSU’s vice president of finance and administration will take over following former president Willie Larkin’s resignation June 23 at the University of Louisiana Board of Supervisors meeting.
Larkin’s resignation is effective starting Thursday.

Sanders will coordinate with the UL System on all personnel, academic and financial decisions.

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Parade float winners announced

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Paige Volentine Family Dentistry’s float, pictured above, won first place for best design during the Louisiana Peach Festival’s “A Peach of My Heart” parade float contest. Second place went to the Bank of Ruston and third place went to Fairfield Inn and Suites.

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