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March 1st, 2013

Bulldogs on All-Decade hoops’ teams for SLC

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The Southland Conference, as part of its year-long 50th Anniversary commemoration, has announced its 1970s and 1980s All-Decade men’s basketball teams which includes 10 former Louisiana Tech greats.
A total of 20 student-athletes were selected for each decade, and four Bulldogs made the list for the 1970s All-Decade Team in Mike Green, Victor King, Mike McConathy and Lawrence “Lanky” Wells.

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Bearcats now 4-1

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Ruston High’s baseball team increased its early season record to 4-1 Thursday night with a 6-2 win over St. Amant in the Trey Altick Classic.
David Burkhalter was the winning pitcher, Jacob Cobb registered a save and Lain Kranz, Ivan Wilson and B.J. Finley each had a hit for the Bearcats.
Ruston hosts St. Charles today at 5 p.m. and has Saturday contests against Walker (9:30 a.m.) and Belle Chasse (5 p.m.) in the tournament.

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The many contributions of women

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As we enter Women’s History month, it’s hard to believe less that 93 years ago women did not have the right to vote. Fed-up with being labeled as less than equal citizens, a group of women, a 100 years to the date on March 3, gathered in Washington D.C. for the Women’s Suffrage Parade.
That famous event, along with so many others, gave way to the freedoms enjoyed by women today. However throughout this struggle, history has not only proven that the contributions of women not only effected the same gender, but all of mankind.

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The left-handed lifestyle

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I have always admired left-handed athletes.
To be successful as a pitcher in the Major Leagues all you have to do is be alive and left-handed. A soft throwing lefty with a sweeping, commanding curve ball can demand the big bucks.
A long 3-pointer from behind the line, by a left-handed jump shooter, is string music. Chasing a left-handed quarterback is as much fun as driving on the wrong side of the road in England.
To me, left-handed golfers have the sweetest and smoothest swing on the links. Seeing Phil Mickelson follow through with that high arching, swoosh is intimidating.

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Viola Brewster Pardue

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Funeral services for Viola Brewster Pardue, age 81, of Chatham, LA, will be held Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 3:00 PM at Alabama Presbyterian Church in Sibley, LA. Officiating the service will be Dr. Michael Hawley, Rev. Author Robinson, and Rev. Bill Willis. Interment will follow at Sibley Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Ruston.

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February 28th

A change of management?

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Committee advises commission or sheriff takeover
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Things could be very different soon at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center if the commission in charge of running it takes the advice of a committee designed to advise them on the future of the facility.
On Tuesday, the commission — which consists of Lincoln Parish Sheriff Mike Stone, Ruston Police Chief Steve Rogers, District Attorney Bob Levy and Lincoln Parish Police Jurors Joe Henderson and Skip Russell — voted unanimously to table the issue until they can further study the full report.

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Davison to speak to Tech grads

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Louisiana Tech students will become Louisiana Tech alumni as they receive diplomas at the university’s winter commencement.
Steve Davison, a 1989 graduate from Ruston, will serve as keynote speaker.

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School bus fight leads to arrest

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A 19-year-old male was arrested for aggravated assault and carrying a weapon on school transportation yesterday afternoon, following an incident that resulted in a 911 call.
According to reports, Demarcus Dewayne Mattox, of 102 Terrill, tried provoking a fight with others on the bus, when the bus driver pulled over and removed Mattox from the bus. Mattox then allegedly pulled a knife and began hitting the bus.

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Parish NAACP works for residents

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Members say joining offers guidance, chance at scholarships

Editor’s note: This is the fourth and final story in a series of features running in February in recognition of Black History Month.
As February draws to a close, so does the national celebration of African-American History.
However, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, both nationally and locally, continue observing, learning from and protecting the history and rights of all African-Americans throughout the year.
February serves as the organization’s big push for new members, but that doesn’t mean its too late for residents to join the local branch.

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Battling stress at work

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Most all of us feel a certain amount of stress at work. It could be your workload, long hours, swing shifts, difficult co-workers or just a demanding boss.
Regardless of the type of work you do, at some point you will encounter stress on the job.
Situations arise in the work environment, just as they do in life. There are many aspects of your work environment that you have no control over — but you can take action to manage work-related issues as a result of that stress.

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