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April 26th, 2013

Benefits plenty at Farmers Market

Those who frequent the Ruston Farmers Market can tell you that there’s nothing quite like taking a bite of a juicy piece of fruit grown in a neighbor’s yard.
During the spring and fall markets, residents are given the chance to peruse items grown right here in Lincoln Parish. Patrons can then meet the individuals who toiled the earth to bring these ripe sweet and savory treats from their yards to your plate.
The Ruston Farmers Market kicks off its 2013 season at 8 a.m. Saturday, giving residents a chance to buy locally grown foods and handmade items.

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A lifetime of club memories

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Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941, dawned as an ordinary day in Dubach. Following church services and lunch, four teenage girls walked south, down Route 167 to the large bridge crossing over D’Arbonne Creek.
Normally there was little car traffic on this section of highway in northern Lincoln Parish, especially on an early Sabbath afternoon.
When the stranger stopped and rolled down his window with the news that the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor, the girls began screaming and running toward home.
Little did they know how much their lives and those of every other American had already changed?

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Is CISPA unconstitutional?

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If you are active on Twitter, you have probably seen #stopCISPA all over your feed in the past week, and like many other people, have no idea what it is about.
The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) is a bill recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, which would allow the federal government to monitor citizens’ Internet activity in hopes of preventing cyber threats.
The bill is awaiting a vote in the U.S. Senate after passing the House by a vote of 288-127.

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Mills: NFL stock up or down?

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Rise, fall.
Fall, rise.
Where will be the potential “blue chip” stock called Jordan Mills evolve over the remainder of the National Football League draft which kicked off with the first round on Thursday night?
It will depend upon whom you believe on the evaluation of the offensive lineman from Louisiana Tech University.
The good: When the 6-5 and 315-pounder was a late invite to the Senior Bowl, scouts and other front office executives didn’t quite know what to expect, but he wowed all of them with an outstanding week of workouts.

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Beckwith to lead Bearcats

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For the past two years, Bakari Beckwith has lived in Zachary.
He certainly won’t require any GPS to find his way to Ruston for a new job.
Beckwith, who grew up in Ruston and has family and friends living in the area, was announced today as the new head boys’ basketball coach at Ruston High School.
The announcement was made at a mid-morning press conference held in the teacher’s lounge of the school.
“I’m glad to be home,” Beckwith told the Ruston Daily Leader Thursday afternoon.

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Simsboro loses to Downsville, 15-2

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Simsboro High (7-20) had its 2013 baseball season come to an end on Thursday afternoon with a 15-2 bi-district Class B Louisiana High School Athletic Association round loss at Downsville High (23-4).
Cedar Creek (20-9) hosts Ascension Catholic (15-15) at 5 p.m. in Class 1A and Choudrant (20-9) hosts Avoyelles Charter (6-16) at 5:30 p.m. in Class B in bi-district round games involving Lincoln Parish teams today.

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Bearcats win over Byrd, 3-2

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Ruston High put the finishing touches to their regular season schedule on Thursday night with a 3-2 home victory over Shreveport Byrd High.
The Bearcats are now one win shy of 30, as they will take a 29-5 record into the Class 5A Louisiana High School Athletic Association playoffs that will begin next week.
For the second straight game, BJ Findley unloaded a home run for the Bearcats’ offense that also featured an RBI from Garrett Hipp, a double from Ivan Wilson, Jr., and a single each from David Michael Burkhalter, Cannon Brasuell and Sam Phillips.

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Tech reaches WAC tennis semifinals

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DENVER, Colo. — Louisiana Tech University used the doubles point and three straight set wins in singles to shut out the No. 6 seed Texas State, 4-0, in the quarterfinals of the WAC Tournament at the Gates Tennis Center.
The No. 3-seeded Techsters (15-4) advanced to today’s semifinals, where they will take on the No. 2 seed San Jose Spartans, who is also ranked No. 66 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings.

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Woods doubles up with wins for RHS

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Travis Woods doubled up for championship performances at the recent District 2-5A track and field meet.
Woods won both the boys’ 100-meter dash (11.08) and 200-m dash (22.42) to help pace the Bearcats to a title-winning total of 109 points.
Ruston High’s girls also captured their division with 131.5 points. Overall, Head Coach Jimmy Williams’ squads totaled 15 first places, including nine in the girls’ division.

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Tech, GSU Preview

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Weekend action for Lincoln Parish collegiate baseball and softball teams:
• TECH SOFTBALL: Home, vs. Texas-San Antonio, today, 5 p.m. (DH); Saturday, 1 p.m.; Records: Tech, 22-22, 7-8 WAC; UTSA, 23-21, 6-9 WAC; Quick fact: Lady Techsters lead WAC in hitting with .303 average.
• TECH BASEBALL: At Sacramento State, today, 5 p.m.; Saturday, 3 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.; Records: Tech, 14-28, 2-13 WAC; Sacramento State, 24-17, 8-7 WAC; Quick fact: The last time the Bulldogs won a WAC game was on April 5, 6-2, at San Jose State.

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