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July 28th

District 5 opens pool play Thursday

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Parkman’s club has meeting against Central region champs
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Eddie Parkman and his Louisiana District 5 team wouldn’t mind having a winning streak still going when this 2010 summer season ends.
If they do win out, then it would mean a first-ever championship in the Big League World Series, which begins today in Easley, S.C.
The “5” crew won’t open play until Thursday with a 6:30 p.m. (CDT) pool play contest against the champions from the Central United States.

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Tech sets luncheon for female fans

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Inaugural ‘Pigskins and Pearls’ event to be held at Squire Creek

Continuing to reach out to the northern Louisiana community, Louisiana Tech head coach Sonny Dykes, along with his wife Kate, is creating the “Pigskins and Pearls” women’s football clinic and luncheon.
The inaugural event is set for Thursday at the Squire Creek Country Club with a registration cost of $40 and all proceeds going to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana.
Participants will take part in a luncheon and events that include Coach Sonny Dykes speaking to the group and select players demonstrating how to use equipment and other interactive learning opportunities. Coaches and players will teach the basics of football during the clinic.

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Bulldogs’ Oliverson honored scholastically

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Louisiana Tech University forward Shawn Oliverson, recently received his latest academic accolade by earning his way into the 2009-10 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court.
“I am very proud of Shawn being honored by the NABC as an outstanding student/athlete,” head coach Kerry Rupp said.
“Shawn is truly one person who has made a difference to his team and to our program by giving his best effort in all his endeavors here at Louisiana Tech University.”

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Community Trust Bank named title sponsor for Tech-GSU game

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LATech Sports Properties announced today that Community Trust Bank is the title sponsor of the inaugural Port City Classic, which will have Louisiana Tech playing Grambling in Shreveport Sept. 4.
Mason Ellenberger, general manager for LA Tech Sports Properties, said that CTB is expanding their support of both Louisiana Tech and Grambling State with this commitment.
This will be the first time the two schools will face each other in Tech’s 108-year history of intercollegiate football.

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July 27th

Cowboys, girls kick up wins

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Saturday morning brought horse lovers from around the South to the North Louisiana Exhibition Center for the Cotton Country Association’s final open horse show of the year.
Peggy Bailey, association secretary and treasurer, said riders came from places such as Texas, Mississippi and central Louisiana for the fourth and final show of the season. The show brought more than 50 horses and riders, both amateur and professional, to the area.
“That’s a good turnout, especially with it being as hot as it was,” Bailey said.

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Jobless rate up

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Norris: Increase positive and negative

The unemployment rate in Lincoln Parish has increased from almost 8 percent in May to almost 10 percent in June, according to statistics that the Louisiana Workforce Commission released last week.
Exactly 7.8 percent of Lincoln Parish residents were unemployed in May. That percentage increased to 9.9 percent in June, according to the LWC.
The LWC counted exactly 1,961 Lincoln Parish residents as unemployed in June. Exactly 17,849 Lincoln Parish residents were employed last month, according to LWC numbers.

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‘Dixie Swim Club’ opens this week

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Billy Chandler, director of Ruston Community Theatre’s last production of the season, “The Dixie Swim Club,” thinks the play will make a splash in Ruston. The story will be brought to life on the Dixie Center for the Arts stage from Thursday through Sunday.
“We chose the play for its southern roots and content,” Chandler said. “It’s a lot like ‘Steel Magnolias.’ It’s got a lot of comedy in it, but it’s also got some real touching scenes. We thought it’d be a great play for this area that people would enjoy.”
Written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten, the play is a comedic drama about the friendships of five southern women who meet in college on their school swim team. Every year they gather for a weekend at a North Carolina beach house to catch up and meddle in one another’s lives. The story about friendship, love and teamwork spans 33 years.

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Second area plant catches on fire

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Firefighters with the Lincoln Parish Fire Department and the Ruston Fire Department responded to a fire at the Duraflake plant in Simsboro early this morning.
Lincoln Parish Fire Department officials were unavailable for comment this morning, but officials with the Ruston Fire Department received a call for assistance at exactly 4:42 a.m., said Eric Brazzel, spokesman for the RFD.
“We arrived to find a fire in one of the high rise dryers near a conveyer belt that required multiple ladder trucks to access that particular fire, which was very high up,” Brazzel said.

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Much for kids to learn in summer

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One thing I’ve noticed this summer, and over the course of many summers that I’ve lived here — children in Lincoln Parish have plenty of opportunities to prosper even when school isn’t in session.
Both Louisiana Tech and Grambling State University have played big roles in that fact.
GSU brought in more than 20 of the top high-school students from around the nation for its recently completed Summer High Ability program.

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An education in Sparta should start as early as possible

Everyone enjoys the convenience of walking to their kitchen sink and turning on the faucet when they need a drink during the hot summer months. In Lincoln Parish, that water comes from the Sparta Aquifer.
Most people are aware that there is a problem with the aquifer, which is the main source of potable water for 16 parishes, including Lincoln. Due to overuse, the aquifer is depleting one to four feet per year.
Lately, there has been a push to make sure children understand this as well as, if not better than, their parents.

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