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April 25th, 2016

Winners announced in TOP DAWG competition

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The winner of Louisiana Tech University’s TOP DAWG New Venture Championship and $4,000 funding was EZ Read Monitoring.
EZ Read Monitors are easy-to-use devices that can wirelessly transmit water level data to customers.
The EZ Read Monitoring team includes Tech students Ryan Frick, Rhodes Moran, Fran Ewing and Vincent Moore.
Moran said the idea came from the work of all four team members.
“We were so relieved to win,” he said. “We worked long nights to get this idea going.”
Frick said the EZ Read Monitors work through sonar.

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Prep baseball playoff brackets set

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Five Lincoln Parish teams join Union Parish High School in postseason play as the Louisiana High School Athletic Association released its prep baseball playoff brackets Sunday afternoon.
Many of our area teams will begin playoff play against familiar foes, including Ruston High School, seeded No. 26 in Class 5A, headed east along Interstate 20 to take on District 2-5A rival West Monroe, a No. 7 seed.
Cedar Creek is the No. 9 seed in Class 1A and will host 24th-seeded Block.

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Diamond ’Dogs down ODU

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Louisiana Tech needed just seven innings to put up 12 runs on 14 hits as the Bulldogs clinched their third Conference USA series in a row with a 12-0 shutout victory over Old Dominion Sunday at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park in Ruston.
Tech moved back into a tie for fourth place with Marshall in the league standings following Sunday’s series-clinching victory over Old Dominion. The Bulldogs are now 10 games over .500 with a 23-13 overall record and 10-8 mark in C-USA games.

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Bearcats sweep Chiefs

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Noah White, pictured sliding safely home in game three against Natchitoches Central, and the Ruston High School Bearcats will have plenty of momentum in the Class 5A playoffs after completing a three-game District 2-5A sweep over the Chiefs this weekend. The Bearcats won the first game 6-2, the second game 7-1 and the final game 10-2.

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Stoehr: Ideal choice to lead Lady Techsters

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Mom has come to the Lady Techsters’ rescue.
And if anyone can, Brooke Lassiter Stoehr is that person.
The former Louisiana Tech University backcourt leader has returned to her alma mater and at the perfect, much needed time.
There’s no need to rehash the unfortunate events that have surrounded the program in recent weeks.
It’s time to move on.
Stoehr is just the right person for guiding the Lady Techsters in that direction.
If her two children (Aubrey, Cooper) lovingly and regularly call her “Mom,” then Techsters’ Nation should embrace her with similar affection.

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Expo Center contributes to community

Each year hundreds of people flock to Ruston and Lincoln Parish for the many events the city and parish hosts.

Some of these include Louisiana Tech University athletic events, or for prospective students to check out the university.

Others may visit Lincoln Parish Park for a camping adventure or to compete in a triathlon.

Some people may come into town for Louisiana Peach Festival activities, such as the Peach Rodeo — which is held at the North Louisiana Expo Center.

The Expo Center, which has been operational since the early 2000s, is an essential part of our community.

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TOPS questions remain for Legislature

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To stay on TOPS or not, that’s the question Louisiana is facing.
And it looks like deserving college students will get their chance.
The Louisiana Legislature is dealing with how to fund the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students.

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Getting ahead of the curve

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I write today on the continued reluctance of the far-right legislators in our state to accept the reality that if taxes aren't raised, or an additional revenue stream created, this state which is already in a fiscal crisis will be destroyed from within. And all because not one of these hardliners are willing to come to terms with the fact that this is the 21st century, not the turn of the 20th century.

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Radiothon involves entire community

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By the time this column goes to print, we will be 10 days away from Domestic Abuse Resistance Team’s 15th Annual Radiothon.
As usual, this event involves not only Lincoln Parish but all of our parishes, and not just DART, but the entire community.
This wide spectrum of contributors and partners is needed.
The Radiothon is DART’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and proceeds of it are used to pay for needs not covered by our existing grants.
This year, DART’s Radiothon goal is $50,000.
The money will be used to meet three important needs.

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Building named for W.A.J. Lewis II at Methodist Children’s Home

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Following the Spring meeting of its board of directors, Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home held a ceremony on April 12 to name the W. A. J. Lewis II Building.
W. A. J. “Billy” Lewis II of Ruston, served for decades on the Home’s Board of Directors, holding various offices, including that of board president.
Lewis’ foresight in the 1980’s guided the home into serving children whose needs could not be met in less intensive treatment centers.
He led the home to the construction of a 24-bed emergency shelter care and diagnostic center for adolescents which was completed in 1989.

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