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March 4th, 2013

Pet of the week

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Goldie is a small golden retriever/golden lab mix, only about 40 pounds. Goldie is about 4 years old and because of nothing she has done she has been with the rescue almost all her life. Her adoption fee is $65. Call 251-DOGS for more information. Those interested in adoption may also come see all adoptable dogs at the new office located at 290 Rodeo Road, just south of Tech Farm Road. The office is open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or one can call for an appointment.

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State funding crucial for DART

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One look at a recent report on domestic violence in Louisiana gives a chilling picture of the very real and very persistent problem that is afflicting families and communities throughout our state. Let me share some of the facts with you.
• Louisiana has the fourth highest rate of female homicide in the nation. Even worse than that appalling statistic is the fact that 97 percent of these women knew their assailant, and 70 percent were wives, ex-wives or girlfriends of their assailant.

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Blue Star collects food for homeless veterans

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The Blue Star Mothers of Louisiana Chapter 5 collected 42 large cans of food for the Veterans’ Homeless Shelter at their February meeting. Pictured from left to right are Angie Sanders, Cynthy Bissell, Angela Caraway, Linda Richardson, JoAnn Barr, Collette Minnifield, Mae Elliott, Rose Mac Daniels and Sue King.

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A walk with man’s best furry friend

Ah, springtime. Clear skies, gentle breezes, Saturday mornings that are the perfect time for a walk in the park with your favorite canine companion.
Yep, it’s time to start limbering up those lazy winter muscles, because the seventh annual Ruston Parks and Recreation Furry Fun Walk is just around the corner. The event, set for 9:30 a.m. March 16 at the J. C. Love Softball Complex on Ball Park Road, is the perfect opportunity for dogs and their pet parents to get outside and shake off those cold-weather doldrums.

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Visiting an old, familiar place

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Growing up, most children visit a library at least once a week, mostly during the school year. However, for those kids from Farmerville making the long bus ride to and from Cedar Creek five days a week, the library becomes almost like a second home.
Like so many school kids before me and many more after me, I made that trip every day until my older sister earned her driver’s license. In the morning, it was always a mad dash to get to the bus before it pulled away from its centralized pick-up location of the Union Parish Library.

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Simsboro, Dubach on to finals

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Last week, their teams went west.
This week, head coaches Theodis Johnson of Dubach High and Lance Waldron of Simsboro take their squads east.
And for the big prize in the annual Louisiana High School Athletic Association basketball playoffs, no less.
The Waldron-guided Tigers will meet Madison Prep Academy for the boys’ state championship in Class B at 8 p.m., Wednesday, at Fant-Ewing Coliseum on the campus of the University of Louisiana-Monroe.
On Friday, the Johnson-directed Lady Hornets will collide with Saline for the girls’ Class C title at noon.

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Dykes making big bucks with Cal pact

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Sonny Dykes shouldn’t have any problem dealing with the high cost of living in the Bay Area of California.
The former Louisiana Tech University head football coach will be compensated extra nicely for being assigned the task of moving the University of California program in the right direction.
Details of Dykes’ contract with the Bears’ Pac-12 program were revealed this weekend.
The numbers are in favor of the Dykes family, for sure.
He will have a five-year contract that is valued at $9.7 million or an average of $1.94 million per season.

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Cedar Creek softball team off to 8-0 start

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Cedar Creek High’s softball team is off to a perfect start to its 2013 season.
The Lady Cougars went 3-0 in their own Caroline Menzina Memorial last weekend to improve to an overall record of 8-0.
Victories by Cedar Creek in the tournament were achieved against Quitman, Harmony Grove, Ark. and Bastrop.
Capsuling the games:
CEDAR CREEK 7, QUITMAN 6: Leading offensive performers for Lady Cougars: Haile Robinson, Mary Terral, two hits each; Lauren Wade, two runs batted in, one hit; winning pitcher: Caley Pyles; eight strikeouts, five bases on balls, six hits; season record, 4-0.

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Tech golfers at Lafayette tourney

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LAFAYETTE — Fresh off its fourth-place finish at the Bayou City Collegiate Championships last weekend, the Louisiana Tech Bulldog golf team will head south to compete in the annual Louisiana Classics starting today.
Head coach Jeff Parks’ Bulldogs will compete in the 14-team field that includes six Top 50 ranked teams and a total of 10 Top 100 ranked programs during the 54-hole event that will be held at Oakbourne Country Club in Lafayette (6,898-yard, par 72).

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Ruston perfect in Altick Classic

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Ruston High’s baseball team improved to an early season record of 7-1 with a 10-7 victory over Belle Chasse in the final game of the annual Trey Altick Classic Saturday.
The win left the Bearcats with a perfect 4-0 mark in the three-day tournament that featured teams from throughout the area.
Doc Wilkerson and Peyton Spangler pitched for Ruston and David Burkhalter and Ben LeBlanc led the balanced offensive attack. Burkhalter had three hits and LeBlanc two hits.
Adding on one hit each were Cannon Brasuell, Caden Doga, Ivan Wilson and B.J. Findley.

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