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February 18th, 2013

Tech to host Gaines speaker

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Presentation on La. author open to public

Fans of award-winning novelist Ernest Gaines will have an opportunity to attend a presentation at Louisiana Tech University about the south Louisiana author’s legacy.

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St. Andre donates hair for children in need

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For the second time, Preslea St. Andre has donated her hair to Pink Heart Funds of Long Beach, Miss. She donated 12 inches the first time and 10 inches this year on Feb. 1. This organization provides free wigs to children nationwide for most types of hair loss. Also pictured is Adrienne Russell, of La Bella Salon, who helps facilitate the process by sending off the individual pony tails and paperwork to Pink Heart Funds. Those interested donating must have 10 inches of hair and may learn more about all the many services they provide by going to www.pinkheartfunds.org.

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Pet of the week

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Snickers is a black lab, about 3 years old and has been with 4 Paws more than two years. She gets along with other dogs and loves everyone. 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 call for an appointment.

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Parish hoopsters open playoffs

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Ten teams seek advance to Monroe-hosted state event
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One and done.
That’s what 10 teams from Lincoln Parish and the rest of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association postseason basketball crew start facing this week.
One loss and this 2012-13 campaign is history.
There’s no tomorrow.
Win and it’s all about moving on to the next round and remaining alive for what teams in seven different classifications hope is a final landing site located at Ewing Coliseum in Monroe later this month and in early March.

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Ewing arena: Final stop in playoffs

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Where the semifinals and finals of the 2013 Louisiana High School Athletic Association girls’ and boys’ basketball payoffs will be held:
• Semifinals (both divisions): Feb. 28-March 2, CenturyTel Center, Bossier City; Lake Charles Civic Center, Hammond; Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond.
• Finals (both divisions): March 6-9, Ewing Coliseum, Monroe.

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Gatlin signs with Choctaws

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Ruston High School’s C.J. Gatlin (seated) recently signed an NCAA national letter-of-intent to play football for the Mississippi College Choctaws of Clinton, Miss. Observing the signing ceremony were (standing, from left) Billy Laird, athletics director at RHS; Christine Gatlin, C.J.’s mother; and Chris Gatlin, C.J.’s father. Gatlin was a first-unit All-District 2-5A selection and honorable mention Class 5A Louisiana Sports Writers Association pick for 2012 after he completed 83-of-156 passes for 1,107 yards and seven touchdowns and rushed 51 times for 298 yards and five touchdowns.

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Tech, GSU Roundup

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Jones hurls no-hitter in Techsters’ victory

Senior Michelle Jones tossed her first career no-hitter and her third complete-game shutout of the season to lead Louisiana Tech University to a 10-0 win over Alcorn State Sunday at the Cowgirl Classic hosted by McNeese State in Lake Charles.
Tech (5-4) completed the weekend tournament with a 4-1 record, while outscoring its opponents 35-7 with three of the victories being shutouts. Four of the five Lady Techsters’ wins this season have been shutouts, with Jones tossing three of them.

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Grambling men place No. 2

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Quartermiler Akeem Williams and the distance medley relay team helped lead Grambling State University’s men to a No. 2 finish at the 2013 Southwestern Athletic Conference indoor track and field championship meet that concluded Sunday afternoon at the Birmingham Complex.
The Tigers finished with 89 points to place behind champion Prairie View A&M, which totaled 132 points.
In the women’s division, Grambling finished No. 9 out of the nine participating schools with 10 points.
Williams was the champion of the 400-meter dash with a time of 47.33.

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RHS ‘Derby’ set as fundraiser

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A “Home Run Derby” will be held by Ruston High School’s baseball team today as a fundraiser for the 2013 season, which will begin later this week.
The “Derby” is set to start at 5:30 p.m. at the Bearcats’ diamond located on Ball Park Road and will have members of the RHS squad at the plate vying to register the longest hit.
Donations can be made for the “Derby,” which will include members of the varsity, junior varsity and first-year RHS teams.

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Treatment for the anxious

Looming deadlines, sick family members, daily chores and other responsibilities can get the best of everyone at times.
However, for approximately 18 percent of Americans, worrying about life’s hassles can have serious negative implications on their life.

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