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April 23rd, 2016

Tech’s McDonald, Hicks shine at LSU Alumni Gold track meet

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BATON ROUGE — Janiel recorded her second win in as many weeks and Jermey Hicks ran the nation’s ninth-fastest 100m dash time as Louisiana Tech posted 27 top-10 finishes at the LSU Alumni Gold meet Saturday.

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Dunkin’ Dogs add power forward

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Addition crucial following transfer intentions of former Tech F Merrill Holden
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Louisiana Tech’s men’s basketball beefed up in the post Friday, just in the nick of time.
Tech announced the addition of power forward Omar Sherman during the late signing period, a much-needed move after former Dunkin’ Dogs starter Merrill Holden, along with teammates Dayon Griffin and bench player DaShawn Robinson, requested releases from the program in order to transfer.
The 6-8, 250-pound Sherman played as a freshman at the University of Miami (Florida) in 2014-15 while Tech head coach Eric Konkol was an assistant coach for the Hurricanes.

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RHS girls take District 2-5A track and field title

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Walter’s three first-place finishes helps Bearcats boys to third-place showing
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A two-day rain delay didn’t prevent the Ruston Bearcats girls track and field team from taking the District 2-5A championship this week at L.J. “Hoss” Garrett Stadium.
Starting on Wednesday, the meet was finalized on Friday with the pole vault competition as Ruston totaled 133.5 points, edging past Natchitoches Central (129).
Alexandria (115), Ouachita Parish (73) West Monroe (59) and Pineville rounded out the girls’ competition.

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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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