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April 18th, 2018

Simsboro tops Negreet, 5-1

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SIMSBORO — Gracie Watts provided plenty of offense and defense Tuesday afternoon for the Simsboro High School softball team.
Watts used a perfect performance at the plate while shutting down Negreet’s offense with her pitching to help propel the Lady Tigers to a 5-1 win in the first round of the Class B playoffs at the SHS softball field.
It was Watts who got things started for Simsboro as her RBI singleS put the Lady Tigers on top. Watts finished with two runs batted in.

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Loggers, jury still at impasse over ordinance

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While people involved in the timber industry in Union Parish are engaged in an ongoing dialogue about an ordinance proposed by the Union Parish Police Jury to require permits for companies involved in timber harvesting and transporting, a state representative is engaged in “an end run that one parish attorney says is so bad it shouldn’t even be considered.”

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‘It’s a gathering place’

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Ruston resident aims to start local men’s shed

Beulah Laster wants to make sure men in Ruston are healthy, happy and have something to do that allows them to turn off the world and relax.
To that end, she’s determined to open a men’s shed here. Men sheds are similar to the man caves — the part of a home regarded as an all-male refuge — only larger. The sheds are places were men can gather to work on projects; play cards, dominos or other games, talk together and, in the process, improve their well-being.

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April 17th

Aunt Grace explains common texting acronyms

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Have you ever gotten an email, a text message or read something and wondered what it meant?
I’m talking about acronyms.
These are like anagrams to me.
I’ve never been very good at deciphering them.
Here are a few of the list of 50 acronyms I found on the internet:
• AFAIF — As far as I know
• C&P — Copy and paste
• FWIW — For what it’s worth
• HF — Have fun
• HTH — Hope this helps
• IDK — I don’t know
• ILY — I love you
• IMHO — In my humble opinion
• ICYMI — In case you missed it
• DGMW — Don’t get me wrong
• NNTR — No need to reply
• NM — Never Mind

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School discipline important for parish education

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OK, time to set the record straight. After my last two columns reflected a darker tone with respect to Elvis, one too many folks have asked if I still liked him.
Come on now, how could I not? Just because the story isn’t perfect doesn’t mean it’s still not great. Besides, when you like something or someone you have to be willing to accept the good with the bad.

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Delineating our epochs with deliciousness

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Last week our minister gestured to the table at the back of the classroom. “We’ve got two kinds of doughnuts,” he said, managing to be nonchalant and gracious at the same time. “Help yourself.”
Inwardly, I kind of turned up my nose at the suggestion. It was 7 p.m., and I had long ago made a pact with myself that if I really didn’t fancy a particular sweet at any particular moment, I’d pass it by.

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Proud of our student athletes

Lincoln Parish has long been known for sending high school student athletes off to college on athletic scholarships.
But our 2018 student athlete graduates have raised the bar, at least for the standard set in recent years.
There are 15 student athletes from Lincoln Parish who have signed college athletic scholarships since the fall, a fact of which the Ruston Daily Leader is proud of.
Statistics say that only a little more than 7 percent of all high school athletes 9 go on to play a varsity sport in college, and less than 2 percent go on to compete at NCAA Div. I schools.

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Ferguson highly underrated on NFL quarterbacking list

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It’s a given that Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Tom Brady are among the NFL’s top ranked quarterbacks in NFL history.
But what about those QBs who succeeded despite being regarded as underrated?
I am referring specifically to Joseph Carlton Ferguson.
The former Shreveport Woodlawn High and University of Arkansas star was a third round selection — 57th overall — in the 1973 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills.

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Lincoln Prep’s Beard signs with Langston

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Lincoln Preparatory School senior Zach Beard signed a scholarship last week to join the Langston University track and field team.
“I just felt like looking at the circumstances, (Langston) just provided me the best opportunity to be able to go to school and surround myself with the right people,” Beard said of his decision.
Beard, a sprinter, said the one thing he knew when looking at schools was that he wanted to attend a Historically Black College or University.
“I’m joining a winning program and it’s a bigger school for a HBCU,” Beard said.

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RHS girls soccer duo inks to play at LC

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A pair of Ruston High School girls soccer players scored the biggest goals of their lives Monday morning as midfielder Cameron Brown and midfielder/defender Julie Vandenberg signed on to continue their athletics careers playing for Louisiana College.
First-year RHS girls soccer coach Lauren Prescott said it was the thrill of a lifetime. Prescott was a four time first-team All District player at Ruston High School before moving on to play collegiately at Mississippi College.

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