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May 9th

Bearcats bow out against Barbe

The Bearcats (25-11) left 10 runners on base and fell to the Buccaneers 5-1 at the Barbe High diamond.
With the win, District 2-5A champion Barbe (34-7) advances to the Louisiana High School Athletic Association state tournament in Lafayette later in the week; the Bucs will play West Monroe in the semi-finals on Friday after the Rebels advanced Monday afternoon with a 7-1 win over St. Paul’s.
Ruston loaded the bases in the first inning and had runners on second and

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Let’s work together for a clean city

Ruston had no competition on the district level, but the city still had to score 80 points out of 100 to win. Scoring is based on ten divisions: the approach into the city limits, public and/or municipal buildings, parks and recreation areas and cemeteries, business establishments, residential areas, streets and neutral grounds, vacant lots, community involvement, before and after pictures showing progress and the overall impression of cleanliness.

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Rocking for a real good cause

The four guys from the band Squint — Dane Adrian as lead singer, Matt Fredrickson on guitar, Christopher Oubre on bass and Tote on drums — are getting ready for this year’s Squintfest Thursday night at Rabb’s Steakhouse.
The cover charge is $10, but every bit of that money goes to the National Parkinson’s Foundation.

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GSU helps hurricane-ravaged areas

The group, which ranged from freshmen to graduate students, spent four days in south Louisiana and constructed 12 storage sheds to accompany 12 homes to be given to area families.
“It was a great learning experience,” Bedford said.
“Some students had never used a hammer or saw before going there.”
Rhoda Gwan, a senior nursing major, said the hands-on work was valuable.
”This experience was way more than I expected it to be,” she said.
"Not only helped me to be a better leader, but it helped me to be a better person overall.”

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May 8th

Bradshaw, Aggies outlast Zwolle

Friday against Runnels, a 2-1 upset winner over No. 1 state ranked Oak Hill on Saturday.
“It’s always fun going down there,” Bradshaw said. “It never gets old going to the state tournament.”
The Aggies (26-8) made this return trip of the nail-biting variety, seemingly in command going into the seventh and final inning with a 4-1 lead.
And with the ever reliable Bradshaw on the mound, it was just a matter of getting the three outs and start packing for Bringhurst.
Not too fast, though.

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A horse of a different color

I pulled up to the Equine Center and instantly regretted my choice in shoe apparel for the day.
(Sparkly slides plus dirt, grass, bugs, etc. equals less than carefree maneuvering.)
As I got out of my car, I ran into a friend who led me back to the shed where some women dressed in blue jeans, T-shirts and boots were at work grooming horses and shoveling stalls.
Camera and reporter’s notebook properly displayed, it wasn’t hard to pick one woman to interview.
Trista Anderson, a junior equine science major at Tech, was my first victim.

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Parish park a true gem

In the meantime, they will most likely tell other triathletes — as well as friends who might like to travel through Louisiana — about Lincoln Parish Park and the nice people of Ruston.
A lot of the credit for these type of events at the park goes to park director James Ramseur.
Ramseur is himself an avid outdoorsman which makes him a natural fit for insuring the parish receives the greatest benefit from the resources at Lincoln Parish Park.

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Animal auction bids on success

“We sold everything that we had,” Kennedy said. “Two animals (a bull and a heifer) were scratched from the sale, so we sold 62 all together. It was the best sale we’ve ever had — best attendance, strongest bidders and the highest grossing year we’ve ever had.”
He attributed some of the success of the sale to the students who helped bring it to life.
“The student help was probably the best we’ve had,” Kennedy said. “They helped with the setting up.”
During the sale student workers cleaned stalls, led animals into the auction arena or worked on a number of other activities.

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May 6th

Is Ruston clean enough?

“In the district competition, we just competed with cities of our population size in that district,” Simpson said. “In the state, it will be the cities of the same population size in the state.”
Garden clubs around the state sponsor the contest, but, Simpson said, each city has to agree to participate.
“Since 1958, Louisiana’s garden clubs have sponsored an annual statewide Cleanest City contest,” she said. “The purpose of the contest is to develop civic pride in citizens, take care of the environment and make our cities look presentable.”

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Gilbert’s work more than ‘academic’

Several phone book messages sit taped to her desk.
For Stacy Gilbert, assistant athletics director for academics, it’s a never-ending ‘job.’
“The people who work in Tech Athletics want to see success so much that they don’t just stick to the job description,” Gilbert said. “I don’t know anyone here who just works from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.”
But for Gilbert, better known to everyone as Stacy, it’s anything but a simple job, and she wouldn’t trade it for the world.
“I’ve never dreaded coming to work. I’ve enjoyed it every day for the past 10 years,” she said. “And I still love it.”

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