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April 20th, 2013

All in the Bulldogs’ family

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First-year Louisiana Tech University Head Coach Skip Holtz (right) and famous father Lou Holtz share a laugh prior to the Bulldogs’ recent “T-Day” spring game held at Joe Aillet Stadium. The elder Holtz, a former highly successful head coach at the collegiate level and now an analyst for the ESPN College Football Gameday program, watched his son send the ’Dogs through their spring-ending contest that attracted an estimated 2,500 fans. Tech will kick off its 2013 season on Aug. 31 at North Carolina State University.

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Burkhalter, offense key Ruston win

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PINEVILLE — David Michael Burkhalter and his Ruston High School teammates made sure they started off their District 2-5A weekend baseball series against Pineville High in the right way on Friday night.
Burkhalter went the distance on the mound — nine full innings —and six different players contributed hits to lead a 4-0 Bearcats’ victory.

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Turkeys: Love-hate relationship

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It all started 20 seasons ago for me. I was initiated into the royal order of turkey hunting and the activity has had its grip on me ever since.
Undoubtedly, my passion for the sport of chasing spring gobblers has something to do with the utter frustration I sometimes feel when things don’t go right. Like right now.
Case in point — I hunted turkeys in the hill country of Texas last week and until that final hour of my four-day hunt, my frustration led to despondency. In fact, my hunting partner commented I seemed depressed.

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Evans wins Fishers of Men tourney

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Coming off the heels of the Big Bass Open the previous week, the North Central Louisiana Fishers of Men team trail recently returned to the waters of Lake D’Arbonne for their third tournament of the series.
Though many of the anglers that fished the Open had great success, the rains and cooler weather in the intervening week dropped lake temperatures and threatened the success of the strategies used previously.

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RPAR FOCUS

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Amanda Aguilar and family
Spring soccer, 2013
U5 coach: Gummy Bears
U6 coach: Falcons
1: What did you enjoy about having your mom as your soccer coach?
Scrimmaging at the end of practice.
2: What is your mom’s favorite sport?
Basketball.
3: Why do you like being a kid?
We love to enjoy spending time with our family doing things like going hunting with our Pawpaw, reading about new things and just spending time together.
4: What does the Aguilar family love about the Ruston Parks and Recreation Department?

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Nitz to announce for Explorers again

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa. — The Sioux City Explorers have announced that veteran play-by-play broadcaster, Dave Nitz will return as the “Voice of the X’s” for the 2013 season.
The 2013 season will mark minor league baseball broadcasting year No. 32 and his fifth season for the Sioux City team for Nitz, who has been calling collegiate and professional athletic events for over 50 years.

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April 19th

Waters, Allen unite in matrimony

Meg Waters and Heath Allen, of Ruston, were united in holy matrimony in a 6 p.m. ceremony on April 6 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Ruston. The double-ring ceremony was performed by the Reverend Brian Mercer.

The bride is the daughter of Roy and Marlen Waters and she is the granddaughter of the late William and Elaine May, of Homer, and the late T.H. (Muddy) and Ruth Waters, of Hammond.
The groom is the son of Edward and Deborah Allen, of Kilbourne, and the grandson of Huey and Katie Allen and Frances Wylie, all of Kilbourne, and the late Clyde Wylie.

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Four generations gather for an Easter celebration

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Harold and Joan Berry celebrated Easter weekend with their family by attending First Baptist Church of Ruston. Pictured above are Harold Joseph Berry Sr., of Ruston, Harold Joseph Berry Jr., of St. Rose, Harold Joseph Berry III and Harold Joseph Berry IV, of Crowley, Texas.

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Dinner and dancing

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This has truly been one of the busiest and best weeks I’ve had in quite some time. I had something special happening every single day. I won’t bore you by telling you of all my adventures, but a highlight was the annual widow’s banquet the church deacons do each year.
This year we went to Allen’s Convention Center. Allen is one of the burroughs around Dallas, as is Richardson where we live. Each year the location is part of the fun, and this one was no exception.

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Girl Scout Troop 1346 to earn Silver Award

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As part of their Silver Award, Cadette Girl Scouts of Troop 1346 are having a drive to collect new hair care products. These products will be donated to the Methodist Children's Home. They are looking for donations such as shampoo, conditioner, hair dryers and any hair products. No aerosols are permitted. A donation box is located in the front office of the Ruston Daily Leader at 212 Park Ave., Downtown Ruston.
Pictured, from left to right, are Sarah Causey, public relations at MCH, Leader Shamik'a Hill, Christall Bates, ShaMonne Session, Aleczandria Fairley, Kieran Lee and Co-Leader Marianne Colvin.

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