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May 16th, 2016

Residents ride in Ruston

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More than a dozen Ruston residents braved this morning’s rain and rode their bicycles to work as part of the city’s inaugural Bike to Work Week. The bikers, led by Mayor Ronny Walker, rode from The Bridge Church on North Trenton Street to City Hall. Here, Walker, in the black shorts, and 10 of the riders make the last turn off North Trenton into the City Hall parking lot. Bike Week events are scheduled daily. A trail planning forum, during which residents get their say about where bike paths should be, is scheduled for noon Tuesday at the Historic Fire Station.

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Bank of Ruston demonstrates appreciation

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The Bank of Ruston served more than 100 Lincoln Parish first responders for the seventh annual First Responder’s Day Friday held at the Bank of Ruston.
Misty Womack, Bank of Ruston relationship banker, said the bank served the city of Ruston police and fire departments, Choudrant police and fire departments, Lincoln Parish police and fire departments, city of Grambling police and fire departments and Pafford EMS.
“We had a great turnout and (the first responders) were very appreciative that we did this for them,” she said. “They look forward to it on an annual basis.”

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Tech drops series finale at No. 16 USM

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Louisiana Tech stranded 10 runners on the base paths as No. 16 Southern Miss won the final game of the weekend, 2-0, over the Bulldogs to take the series Sunday afternoon at Pete Taylor Park in Hattiesburg.
Southern Miss needed just two runs on offense after the Golden Eagle pitching staff posted their fourth shutout of the season by holding Tech to six hits on the day.
The Bulldogs fell to 34-16 overall on the season with a 16-11 mark in Conference USA action, while Southern Miss improved to 36-15 and 20-7 in league play.

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Bulldogs tee off at NCAA Regionals

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TUCSON, Ariz. — Why not us? That was the mantra Louisiana Tech’s golf team lived by at the Conference USA Championship when the Bulldogs, then ranked 140th in the country, upended No. 38 UAB in the championship match for the school’s first conference title in 36 years.
That same mantra — taken from the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary “Four Days in October” — continues in the southwest American desert as the NCAA Regionals begin play Monday morning at The Gallery Golf Club in Tucson.
Tech opened play at 10:15 a.m. today paired with Georgia State and North Texas.

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Tech diamond teams sparkling this season

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Louisiana Tech University’s diamond teams have been sparkling this spring.
And it’s not just because of the ‘’face lifting’’ that J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park and the Lady Techsters’ Complex underwent during the off-season.
More significantly for followers of the Bulldogs’ and Techsters’ fans, it’s because of their on-the-field success.
Baseball
In only his second season as head coach, Greg Goff has proven to be the right answer and much more for the ‘Dogs.

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Camp sign ups happening

With the end of school just around the corner, parents may be looking for a way to keep little ones busy this summer.

Well, thanks to the North Central Louisiana Arts Council and Bricks 4 Kids, families will have several creative choices for summer camps for their children.

NCLAC will host three different summer camps.

Beginning on June 27, the Northern Louisiana Arts Council will kick off their first Summer Arts Camp in Ruston.

Jessica Slaughter, executive director of NCLAC, said there would be three camps this year.

• Ruston Camp 1 — June 27-July 1

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Time to turn off the rain

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If April showers bring May flowers, Lincoln Parish should be looking good for the next few months.
That’s if we don’t float away.
The incredible weather we enjoyed over the weekend inspired me to buy a bunch of plants Sunday afternoon to help beautify our deck with a hanging/potted plant garden that we like to create every year.
For me, gardening is a very relaxing activity, allowing me to create a space we love to spend much time in during the summer months, especially before Mother Nature turns up the heat.
But first, she’s got to turn off the rain.

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Cedar Creek opens building

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John Hood, center, cuts the ribbon to Cedar Creek School’s Hood Academic Center, a $2.2 million academic center on the campus, with head of school Andrew Yepson, right, presiding over.

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DART updates community on children’s building

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With the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team’s radiothon behind us, we are able to take a breath, look around, and notice some very good things which are happening at our shelter.
I wrote in March that our Children’s Activity Building had been delivered to the shelter.
The funding for this building was our goal for last year’s radiothon.
We have used those funds to pay for a modular building with a handicap-accessible bathroom included.
The latter was very important, since our former Children’s Room did not have a bathroom.

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Local church welcomes new pastor

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New Hope Missionary Baptist Church of Ruston will welcome Don and Marilyn Taylor to the New Hope B.C. family and Ruston community.
Taylor is a native of Mer Rouge and graduated from Delta High School. Taylor received his Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctor of Theology Degrees from Andersonville Baptist Seminary in Camilla, Georgia. Taylor has been in the ministry for 28 years. He has been employed with the Morehouse Parish Sheriff Department for nine and a half years.

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