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July 30th

Tech continues upgrade in athletics’ facilities

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In addition to Louisiana Tech’s “Quest for Excellence” campaign, many more athletic facility improvements are taking place this summer on the Tech campus.
The most noticeable improvement is what is happening at the Lady Techster Soccer Field. In preparation for the 2010 Western Athletic Conference soccer championships to be hosted by Tech Nov. 4-5 and Nov. 7, permanent bleachers are being installed along the south side of the field. A press box is also being installed atop the bleachers as the additions are on schedule to be completed by the Lady Techsters’ first home game on Aug. 27.
“The team had been looking forward to having a ground of their own, and it is exciting for everyone involved to see it grow,” said Tech soccer head coach Kevin Sherry. “The grounds staff has done such a great job on giving the team a fantastic playing surface to play on, and now with the inclusion of a bleacher and press box we have something to show our visiting recruits and call home.”

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District 5 team already a big winner for Ruston

Ruston’s District 5 Big League baseball team has already scored one big win for Lincoln Parish.
Now let’s cheer them on to a national championship.
For the past three summers, J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park has been the home of the Big League Southwestern Regional tournament, luring baseball fans from as far away as Colorado to stay — and spend money — in Ruston while watching their teams compete.

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July 29th

Batter’s up

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District 5 set to start championship chase
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Forget about any formal introductory proceedings for Louisiana’s District 5 team at the 2010 Big League World Series.
Anyone who lives in Easley, S.C., and is familiar with the late summer 16-18 divisional national tournament should know about the boys from the Bayou State.
“Other than the host team, we’ve been here more times than anybody,” said District 5 manager Eddie Parkman. “They’ve had the tournament in Easley 10 years now and we’ve been in it seven times.”

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Fire destroys an abandoned house

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Firefighters with the Lincoln Parish Fire Department responded to the scene of an abandoned structure fire in the southwest corner of the parish Wednesday evening.
The fire destroyed an abandoned house, which was probably 70-80 years old, said Fire Chief Dennis Ford.
The house, which was an all-wooden structure, was located at the 2400 block of Mondy Road, near La. Hwy 563, between Grambling and Simsboro, Ford said.

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Technical college holding steady

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Budget cuts won’t have major effect at LTC’s Ruston branch

While the Louisiana Community and Technical College System has taken a $2 million budget hit for the upcoming 2010-11 academic year, the Ruston branch of Louisiana Technical College will not be majorly affected.
“We’re looking stable — we’re holding our own and didn’t suffer any losses,” Ruston LTC branch Dean Doug Postel said Wednesday. “Our increased enrollment here in Ruston the past couple of years helped balance things out. The reduction came to the system as a whole, but we’ll get a little more than we have been getting because our enrollment numbers have been up, and that will help balance things out as far as the budget goes.”
Actions taken last week by the LCTCS Executive Committee included approval of the 2010-11 budget allocation of state funds to member institutions. LCTCS colleges received a state-funded appropriation of $174,861,853. The budget incorporates an additional $4 million in growth funding that was provided to LCTCS colleges at the end of the 2010 Legislative session through the Board of Regents funding formula. Additionally, the college budgets reflect recent reorganization changes that include the transfer of several technical college campuses to community colleges.

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Man jumped off bridge, police say

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A 68-year-old Ruston man is dead after a witness saw him jump off the Bonner Street Bridge Wednesday evening, said Ruston Police Chief Steve Rogers.
Rogers said the man was identified as John Kimble of Ruston.
“Right now we have a motorist who drove by and observed what happened. That person called the authorities,” Rogers said.

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Math Fair adds up to fun

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“Some kids come dragging in because Mom and Dad said that they had to. But when they leave they say ‘That was fun. I want to come back tomorrow. Are they doing it again?’” Holmes said.
Holmes, who made her comments during the fair, pointed to two girls in the corner of the room, as an example of this phenomenon.
“Those two little girls stood behind their mom as she filled in the registration form. But, look and see now — they have smiles on their faces. When they heard that they were going to a Math Fair, they probably thought they were going to do something boring,” Holmes said.

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Suspect charged in church burglary

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A 25-year-old suspect faces felony charges after deputies arrested him this week for allegedly burglarizing a church.
If convicted, James Tomlinson IV, of 512 Pea Ridge Road, would serve a minimum of two years in jail.
Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Stephen Williams said his office received a call on Tuesday morning reporting the burglary of Mt. Harmony Church — which doubles as a daycare facility — off of La. 33.

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Adams joins West Monroe staff

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Longtime Cedar Creek coach to assist in football, softball
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Joey Adams is returning home.
He’s going back to his hometown of West Monroe, where he has joined the staff at West Monroe High School as an assistant coach for football and softball.
Adams, who has been with the athletics’ staff at Cedar Creek High for the past 15 years, will serve as the running backs coach for the Rebels as well as being an assistant for the softball program.

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District 5: Winning colors in Easley?

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Louisiana team will wear silver, blue for BLWS action
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Can the Dallas Cowboys’ famous silver and blue help Louisiana win the 2010 Big League World Series championship?
Eddie Parkman is certainly hoping so.
For the second consecutive year, his District 5 team will wear the same colors of “America’s Team” at the BLWS, where they will begin play tonight with a 6:30 p.m. (CDT) meeting against the Central United States champions (Illinois).

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