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April 23rd, 2016

TSU evens series with Grambling

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HOUSTON — A slow start bit Grambling State University as Texas Southern University pulled off a 5-3 victory Saturday at McGregor Park, tying the weekend series at one each.
TSU (16-19, 10-10 Southwestern Athletic Confeence) closed Grambling State (19-19, 12-5 SWAC) out in a ninth inning that saw the G-Men get a chance at tying the game up.
First, GSU left fielder Nick Wheeler was hit by a pitch. Next, an unsuccessful pick off attempt at first base allowed Wheeler to steal second, but he kept going and was finally tagged out sliding into third.

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Cedar Creek heads to quarterfinals

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Gabie Turner, pictured sliding safely home, and the No. 2 seeded Cedar Creek Cougars advanced to the Class 1A softball quarterfinals Friday with a 15-0 win over Grand Lake. The Cougars will take on seventh-seeded Vermilion Catholic in quarterfinal play this Friday in Sulphur.

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Arkansas’ Gaston’s Resort has it all

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I was on an outing last week with a group of folks from states all around the country. A new friend, Bill Cooper, has a fine outdoor media business going. I’m sure I couldn’t quite hide my quizzical look when I asked him where he is from.
“Muh-zur-RUH,” he said.
Hmm ... I thought it was pronounced Muh-zur-EE. Because he lives there, I guess he knows better than I do the pronunciation of his state.
He probably thinks the pronunciation of my home state is LOUISE-e-anna.

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NCLAC to host Spring Art Crawl

Eight galleries and art businesses will be participating in Ruston’s Spring Art Crawl from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in downtown Ruston.
The public can expect fine art, design, refreshments, friends and fun.
All of the spaces are nestled conveniently in downtown Ruston for a walking crawl.
Participating locations and artists include:
• Frame of Mind — mixed media paintings by Joey Slaughter
• Gallery 203 — paintings and drawings by Emily Ezell, with a 6:30 p.m. artist’s talk
• WAG Studio — works by the 12-member Women’s Art Group, including paintings, drawings, ceramics and more

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Lewis’ celebrate 60 years of marriage

More than 100 friends and family attended the 60th wedding anniversary dinner party of Richard B. Lewis and MaryJane Lewis, of Ruston, held April 9 in the Temple Baptist Church Fellowship Hall in Ruston. The couple were wed April 6, 1956. The celebration was hosted by their two sons — Rick and Jon — and grandchildren — Andrea, Sydney, Bryn, Tucker and Joshua — with help from Ruston friends.

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DART receives donation

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Chancee Catonese, left, philanthropy chair for Alpha Chi Omega Beta Psi at Louisiana Tech University, presents the proceeds of the sorority’s April 2 benefit for the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team — “Walk a Mile in Their Shoes” — to DART Community Advocate Terrie Queen Autrey.
The group raised $6,500 during the event.

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‘Murder’ entices crowd, laughs

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A large crowd gathered for the opening night of Ruston Community Theatre’s “Monday Always Leads to Murder” at the Dixie Center for the Arts.
As the curtains parted, the murders begin, as do the laughs.
This production is a mix of comedic characters, unexpected murders and an enthusiastic private eye.
The synopsis in the production’s program states that “Monday Always Leads to Murder is a fast-paced, clue-strewn mystery comedy play with an effort to solve some murders that took place some 20 years ago and some even just to days ago.

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A gracious warning

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Several years ago while returning from a fishing trip to Arkansas, I was pulled over by a police officer.
Before you think ill of me, please let me explain.
The officer informed me that one of my headlights wasn’t working.
After I assured him that the light would be fixed upon my return home, he graciously let me off with a warning ticket.
It may seem strange for me to say this, but in recent weeks I have begun to notice many other vehicles on the road that have a similar mechanical issue that I once had — a headlight that has burned out.

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Piney Hills Harmony earns growth, marketing awards

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Ruston’s Piney Hills Harmony Chorus was presented the Membership Growth Award at its regional competition held in Houston this spring, along with a citation for its marketing achievements.
The singers also improved their competition score by 25 points over last year’s results.
Piney Hills Harmony is a women’s a cappella group that’s part of the world’s largest singing organization for women, Sweet Adelines International.

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Tech to support enrollment growth, student life with new Greek organizations

As a result of the significant enrollment growth at Louisiana Tech University, four new Greek organizations have been approved to create chapters on the school’s campus.
The four new organizations that were invited are Delta Delta Delta sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, Zeta Phi Beta sorority and Phi Beta Sigma fraternity. The National Panhellenic Conference, which oversees 26 national groups, invited Delta Delta Delta to create a chapter this fall and for Kappa Kappa Gamma to do so no earlier than 2019 and no later than 2020.

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