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April 1st, 2013

Miss Louisiana Pageant to celebrate 50 years

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The Miss Louisiana Pageant will celebrate its’ 50th year in Monroe on June 26 – 29 at the Monroe Civic Center’s W.L. “Jack” Howard Theater. The pageant and will feature 37 contestants from all over the Bayou state vying for the title of Miss Louisiana. Preliminary competition will be held on Wednesday and Thursday evening and the live statewide telecast will be held on June 29. This year’s show will feature over 30 former Miss Louisiana’s in the 50th annual pageant as well as current Miss Louisiana 2012 — Lauren Vizza.

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DOTD accepting student applications for program

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) recently announced that applications are being accepted for the Engineering Summer Program. This program provides students the opportunity to work in construction, maintenance, road and bridge design and other transportation-related areas, gaining valuable work experience.

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Med-Camps deserving of our support

As flowers begin blooming and grass springs up on our lawns, the coming green summer is being foreshadowed for Lincoln Parish.
For many children, that means days out of school in the sun, playing as the thought of classrooms fades into distant memories during three months of freedom.
But for some others, the reality of physical impairment or other such disabilities stands as a roadblock in the path of such fun. Med-Camps of Louisiana, locally operating out of Camp Alabama near Choudrant, has long been looking to knock those obstacles aside, at least temporarily.

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Reality television for the birds

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I’m really not one for television, although I have found Netflix to be guilty pleasure. Even then, I keep my viewing preferences to scripted shows or documentaries. But nothing, and I mean nothing, is more obnoxious to me than reality television. My disdain for those types of shows is greater than that of pumping gas, over-priced merchandise and inconsiderate people.

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Bulldogs stumble to UTA, 11-0

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Louisiana Tech University’s Western Athletic Conference baseball season has just practically started and it already feels long.
That’s what happens when you’re 1-5 in league play after six games.
Making for such a dismal start, too, is this fact: all of the Bulldogs’ conference appearances have been on their own diamond.
The struggles continued on Easter Sunday when the University of Texas-Arlington (15-12, 5-1) completed a three-game heist of the ‘Dogs at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park with an 11-0 victory in front of an estimated 200 fans.

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Grambling drops finale to TSU, 10-6

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GRAMBLING — Grambling State University dropped the final game of a three-game Southwestern Athletic Conference baseball series against Texas Southern University with a 10-6 loss on Saturday night at Wilbert Ellis Field at R.W.E. Jones Park.
The Tigers (10-16, 4-6) had split a doubleheader with the Texas on Friday, winning 4-3 and losing 8-7.
In the 10-6 defeat, Grambling had 13 hits, but allowed four TSU runs in the eighth inning.

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Can Dykes have Cal smelling roses?

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Jeff Tedford took possession of a dilapidated and unlivable house on college football’s skid row in 2001. Sonny Dykes this winter moved into a nice home in a posh neighborhood that needs some minor interior renovations.
Sure, Cal went a dreary 3-9 last season, its second losing season in three years, which got Tedford fired. But he took over a program that went 1-10 in 2001, played in a crumbling stadium that averaged 30,000 in attendance and featured some of the worst facilities in major college football.

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Richardson has No. 7 finishes

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Tech sprinter has solid showing at Texas Relays

Dennis Richardson raced to a pair of seventh-place finishes, as action wrapped up at the annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays Saturday afternoon at Mike A. Meyers Track in Austin.
Richardson, a junior, led off the day by running 10.53 in the 100-meter dash finals to place seventh overall.
The Pride native followed that performance by running the first leg of the 400-m relay that also placed seventh. Richardson teamed up with Trey Hadnot, Niko Richey and John Franklin to run 40.39.

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Choudrant gains two baseball wins

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CHOUDRANT — Choudrant High School’s baseball team struck for no fewer than eight runs and took two recent victories to improve its record to 13-9 recently.
The Aggies got past Holden 10-5 and was an 8-0 winner over Maurepas.
Ethan Barr had a perfect day at the plate in leading the victory over Holden, as he totaled three hits in three at bats and drove in four runs. John Paul Hancock had three hits in four plate appearances and Matthew Younse got credit for the pitching decision.

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Ernest C. Smith

Funeral services for Ernest C. Smith, 87, will be held on April 2, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. at the Rose-Neath Funeral Home Chapel in Arcadia. Officiating will be Rev. Jerry Martin, pastor of Pine Grove Baptist Church in Saline.  Burial will follow at the New Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery in Arcadia.

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