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April 1st, 2013

Can Dykes have Cal smelling roses?

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Former Tech head coach hopes to lead Bears to success
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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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March 30th

Searching in the rain

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Children flock to festivities despite wet weather
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Area children didn’t let a little rain dampen their holiday spirit Saturday as they made like Peter Rabbit and got an early jump on this year’s Easter celebration.
The rain didn’t prevent an egg hunt at Choudrant’s Easter in the Village festivities, nor did it stop an egg hunt sponsored by First Baptist Church and held at Ruston’s Woodland Park, although Mother Nature didn’t make things easy.

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Peach crop questionable

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Growers unsure of damage after freezing temperatures
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Only time will tell, but Mother Nature may have taken a bite out of this year’s peach crop.
Last week’s cold spell that dropped temperatures below freezing for three straight nights “definitely damaged” some the peaches said Joe Mitcham of Mitcham’s Peach Orchard.

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Women's History Month

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Spotlight on Cathy Brewton
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Name: Cathy Hildebrand Brewton
Number of years lived in Lincoln Parish: 10 1/2 years
Profession: United Methodist Minister Order of Deacon and Spiritual Director
Clubs/organizations/professional affiliations: LifeHouse Ministries, founder and executive director; Trinity United Methodist Church, volunteer confirmation leader and worship liturgist; Ruston Area Ministerial Alliance, president; United Methodist Women, member; Order of Deacons of the United Methodist Church, provisional member; Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church, provisional member Academy of Spiritual Leadership of the Louisiana Conference of the UMC; Spiritual Directors International, member; Ecumenical Weekly Lectionary Bible Study; affiliated with The Yoga Room, Sharon Jackson’s Women’s Fitness Revolution and CrossFit Ruston; Random Houses Book Club; Companions in Christ Small Group and Bunko Social Club

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Cox set on making miracles

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Miss Dixie Gem Peach helps raise money for CMN
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Although the Miss America Organization has made Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals its official platform, Miss Dixie Gem Peach 2013 Mallory Cox has a personal connection to the cause.

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NLMC, Wiggin’ Out donate to Pilot for Patients

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Wiggin' Out was recently able to donate $2,000 to Pilots for Patients. Funds will go toward patients who need to flown to seek treatment for cancer. Pictured in the photo, from left to right, are H.M. Butler, of Pilots for Patients, Tami Davis, Elizabeth Turnley, Philip Thomas, with Pilots for Patients, Sharon Thomas, also with Pilots for Patients, Vicki Caskey and Jessica Haynes.

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Easter holiday heralds season of life, possibilities

Today is Easter Sunday, the most important and oldest festival of the Christian church, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ three days after his crucifixion.
For others of the world’s religions, the week that led up to today had special significance: Passover for the Jewish community, and for others, various observances tied to their traditions. But whether the context is secular or sacred, the concept of rebirth runs through all of the celebrations.

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