Odds and ends from around the parish

By Wesley Harris

Next year Lincoln Parish will celebrate the 150th anniversary of its founding. Ruston and Lincoln Parish have commemorated milestones in the past. Perhaps the biggest occurred in 1959 marking Ruston’s 75th anniversary. The Diamond Jubilee celebration featured a parade, a play, a beard growing contest, a small book on the city’s history, and other activities. 

Next up was the parish centennial in 1973 followed by the American Bicentennial 1976. In 1984 Ruston celebrated its centennial with a play called Russ Town, USA!, an antique car show, a patriotic musical, art exhibit, the minting of a centennial coin, and a series of concerts, speakers, and dinners. 

We have an opportunity in 2023 to surpass them all, celebrating not only the history of our parish and each of its communities, but its institutions, significant events, and the men and women who have made our community great.

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If you intended to take in a Louisiana Tech baseball or softball game this season, you are quickly running out of opportunities. The Lady Techsters have just one three-game series remaining on the schedule. Coach Josh Taylor’s squad will take on Southern Miss May 6, 7, and 8 to wrap up the regular season. 

Bulldog baseball’s remaining home schedule is down to a face-off against ULM on May 3 and two 3-game conference series on the weekends of May 6 and 13.

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Fine Line Supply isn’t going anyway, according to owner Henry McCoy. A change announced earlier this year may have confused some customers, McCoy says. The art supply side of the business is going to Creative Exchange at 112 W. Alabama Ave. in June. Fine Line will continue at its current location at 207 N. Trenton, concentrating on the service side of its business, including photo printing, laser engraving, photo restoration, and framing.

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Lincoln Parish ranked 19th out of 64 parishes in the number of wild turkeys harvested in 2021 with 47 birds taken. Claiborne Parish topped them all with 173 of the 1,886 harvested last year.

In our immediate area, this year’s season runs from April 2 – May 1.

My father and grandfather, who both lived in Lincoln Parish their entire lives when much of the land was under cultivation, never saw a turkey. I spot them on White Lightning Road at least once a week on my way to work. The bird Benjamin Franklin wanted to designate as the national symbol has made a huge comeback in north Louisiana.