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June 30th, 2015

Legislation allows more students

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More students will now have the opportunity to attend Grambling State University thanks to two pieces of legislation recently passed by the Louisiana Legislature.
HB 129 and HB 171, sponsored by state Rep. Patrick Jefferson and state Sen. Rick Gallot Jr., are aimed at helping increase enrollment at historically black colleges and universities in Louisiana by recruiting out-of-state students and students taking remedial courses.

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Mayor honors veteran for service

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Ruston native Alvie L. Brewer was recently honored by the city of Ruston and Mayor Ronny Walker for his service in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Walker honored Brewer with a proclamation and declared June 11 Major Alvie L. Brewer Day.
Brewer was also honored by the Ruston VFW on the same day.
Brewer said he was drafted into the service in 1944.
“I was drafted,” he said. “I got a telegram welcoming me to the force. ‘Greetings from the president’, it said. I was 18 when it happened.”
One year after being drafted, Brewer was sent to fight in WWII.

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Ruston water deemed good

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Ruston’s drinking water is top notch. That’s the finding of an annual assessment that tests levels of various potential contaminants in the city’s potable water.
The 2014 water source assessment released this month found no violations for the 14 substances the assessment routinely checks. The assessment was complied by the state Department of Environmental Quality.
“Our treated drinking water we produce is the best quality you can get,” Keith Jeselink, Ruston’s utilities water manager, said.

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Tech historian shows work

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Stephen Webre, Louisiana Tech University professor of history and interim associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts, was one of 33 scholars from four countries selected to present his research at an international conference in Mexico City last week.
Sponsored by the Directorate of Historical Studies at Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History, this year’s first international colloquium focused on the experience of Roman Catholic missionaries in the Maya region and adjoining territories.

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Heard and Orren take first place

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Residents of Lincoln Parish along with family and friends held their first Peach Dessert Cooking Contest. A special thank you to the guests’ and all who participated. Judges for the contest were Joe Mitcham from Mitcham’s Peach Orchard, Brother Dale Oden from Temple Baptist Church and James Austin from The City Operations Department of Ruston. First place winners were Lou Heard and niece Barbara Orren. Second place was Wade Greene and daughter Debbie Pender and third place was Melba Smith and daughter-in-law Lou Ann Smith.

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Ruston FFA takes home four championships

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The Louisiana FFA Association held its 86th annual State Convention from June 1-5 at the Monroe Civic Center.
This year the FFA’s goal was to get students to “Go All Out” in their career studies, their agricultural experiences and their everyday lives.
Ruston High School FFA, with help from their advisors, Mark Milstead, Jamie McCullin are Landon Wade, accepted the challenge of “going all out” at this year’s Convention by taking a total of 23 students and bringing back to Ruston eight career development event banners, six state proficiency awards and four State FFA Degrees.

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PG Derric Jean to play for Bulldogs

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Following the graduation of Louisiana Tech’s all-time career assists and steals leader in program history, Kenneth Smith, new head coach Eric Konkol realized filling that position was of utmost importance.
Derric Jean of Miami had signed last fall to play for the Bulldogs, but after former Bulldogs head coach Michael White and staff left late this spring to take over the program at the University of Florida, Jean asked for his release the day Konkol was named as Tech’s head Dunkin’ Dogs.

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Morris captures history in a lens

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Although he has made his living through a variety of avenues over the years, Tom Morris has developed a reputation for his ability to capture some of the top moments in Louisiana Tech Athletics history through a lens.
A 1976 graduate of the Louisiana Tech journalism department, Morris — or Teemo as all of his friends call him — has been a mainstay on the sidelines of Bulldog and Lady Techster sporting events for the past 40 years. He has the pictures to prove it.

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Tech football opener should be sight to see

In less than two months — on Sept. 5 — the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs football team will open the 2015 season at home against Southern University at Joe Aillet Stadium.
And oh what a sight it will be for the Bulldog Nation.
The highly-anticipated and widely-publicized construction of the $20 million-plus South End Zone project has been the focal point of the new additions to Joe Aillet Stadium since construction began more than a year ago.
But there will be even more new and exciting things to see than that state-of-the-art facility.

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June 29th

Therapy dog helps senior citizens

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Service dog, Wolfie, bring joy to Alpine Guest Care Center residents
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Wolfie strolls down the wide hall at Ruston’s Alpine Guest Care Center, glancing in each room she passes. She turns her head, stops and walks up to man sitting in a wheelchair.
His hand brushes Wolfie’s salt-and-pepper fur. Her wings — Wolfie is dressed as a fairy, complete with pink satin skirt — go a bit askew. But neither Wolfie nor her new friend seems to care.
The man speaks, his words jumbled. His hand talks for him, as he continues to run his fingers through Wolfie’s thick coat. Both Wolfie and the man are content.

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