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July 6th, 2015

A piney hills perspective of Lincoln Parish sports

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FIVE FAVORITES
(Sports Version)
My five favorite Major League Baseball outfielders who had great reputations for their throwing arms:
1: Roberto Clemente
2: Ichiro Suzuki
3: Carl Furillo
4: Al Kaline
5: Willie Mays
(Non-sports Version)
My five favorite Clint Eastwood movie lines, with a special dedication to Daily Leader pressman and devoted Eastwood fan Shawn Conley:
1: “Go ahead. Make my day.” (“Sudden Impact”)

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July 4th

Local churches salute the fourth

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Top photos show Temple Baptist Church presentation of its annual fireworks show Friday along Interstate 20. The bottom left photo shows the Wesley Chapel United Ministry Church celebrating the Fourth of July by placing United States flags around the fence surrounding the church grounds.

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Alderman to talk highway project

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Ruston’s Board of Aldermen will be asked on Monday to set in motion a highway construction project that Mayor Ronny Walker said will not only spur economic development, but also ease traffic congestion on part of Cooktown Road.
The proposed improvements, which include a turn lane onto the westbound Interstate 20 service road, are among the items aldermen will consider during their regular monthly meeting. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.
Also on Monday’s agenda:
• A request to enter into a contract to extend Reynolds Drive through to Celebrity Drive;

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Trail maps now available

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Dora Ann Hatch has worked to expand the scope of her job as statewide director for agritourism for the LSU AgCenter.
After all, there likely aren’t many people who would come to Louisiana on vacation to tour a corn or cotton farm.
By adding ecotourism to her responsibilities, Hatch has opened up areas of Louisiana to travelers who, according to Webster’s Dictionary, go “ ... to beautiful natural places for pleasure in a way that does not damage the environment.”

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Lincoln Lookback: Ticket office at Louisiana Tech

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Flo Miskelley is pictured above in the Louisiana Tech University Ticket Office in 1972.

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Construction means growth for Ruston

Ruston seems to be expanding by welcoming many new constructions and businesses to the area.
Construction has begun on a Walmart Neighborhood Market, Courtesy Chevrolet and a new hotel. The Family Dollar on Louisiana Highway 33 also looks as if it will open soon.
There are also several new businesses that have already opened such as the Paradigm Gym, located at 146 Shaman Lane. This gym was opened specifically for young children to practice gymnastics, dance and cheerleading, among other specialized sports.

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Hats off to the Peach Festival

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As a political novice, I had no idea as to what to expect when I entered a float into Saturday’s Peach Festival Parade.
I was thoroughly impressed with the Ruston Rotary Club and the overall organization of the event. Everything from the float lineup to the actual parade itself was perfectly executed and a fun occasion to be a part of.
The city of Ruston should be proud of its community for creating a friendly and inviting crowd. All in all, the event was a pleasure to be a part of and a positive note for the community.

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Time to bless America again

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God bless America.
How many times did we all say and think that over the past few days, especially yesterday? I suspect often.
As we just celebrated Independence Day, with fireworks, family, friends and remembering, one can stop for yet another moment and wonder where we are as a nation.

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Twisting of definitions is meaningless

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“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.”
— William Shakespeare,
“Romeo and Juliet”
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. I get that — I do. There is no way words can depict the feelings behind some photographs.
But by the same token we have words for a reason.
William Shakespeare knew what he was talking about in “Romeo and Juliet.” There will never be another word for a rose.
While beautiful, a daisy will never be a rose — neither will a tulip.

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Donation made to DART

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The Domestic Abuse Resistance Team recently received a $1,000 donation from Esther Grand Chapter Order of Eastern Star, PHA and Louisiana Jurisdiction.
15th District Deputy Grand Matron Christene J. Williams, left, presented the donation to DART’s Rural Advocate Jackie Hill, center. Also present was Shirley Clark, right, Worthy Matron of Mt. Vernon chapter No. 102.

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