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April 28th

Downtown businesses eligible for grant

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Ruston Main Street is soliciting Redevelopment Incentive Grant applications from downtown commercial building and/or business owners.
The Louisiana Main Street program is able to offer two types of competitive grants — a $10,000 grant for major projects and a $2,500 grant for minor projects.
Grants are available for either interior or exterior rehabilitation projects.

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Vitter named ‘Conservationist of the Year’

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Louisiana senator awarded by Center for Coastal Conservation for his efforts
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U.S. Sen. David Vitter was recently named the “Conservationist of the Year” by the Center for Coastal Conservation (CCC). CCC noted Vitter’s efforts on fighting for sound science for marine fisheries, his Billfish Conservation Act and Rigs to Reefs.
“Making sure our fisheries are properly managed will remain a priority, along with restoring the Gulf Coast,” Vitter said. “I live in the ‘Sportsman’s Paradise,’ it’s natural to support our close-knit relationship with the marine resources that make our state so great and unique.”

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Tech students pass fee for campus enhancements

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Students at Louisiana Tech University have passed a new student fee and renewed a previous fee that will support the construction and improvement of several campus facilities, and provide for new recreational and outdoor classroom spaces.
The assessment was voted on during Louisiana Tech’s annual Student Government general elections held recently, with 84 percent of students who voted approving the $50 quarterly fee.
“This is a multifaceted fee that will impact numerous programs across our campus,” said Jim King, vice president for student affairs at Tech.

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MOD secures Blue Cross of La. funding

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana has approved funding for $30,000 to March of Dimes Louisiana Chapter allowing Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana to be a statewide sponsor for the 2012 March for Babies.
The nation’s premier walking event, March for Babies, is held in 900 communities across the country and involves more than 7 million people each year. This year 16 walks are being held across the state of Louisiana.

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La. Tech’s Cyber Discovery to serve as national model

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Louisiana Tech University will partner with the Cyber Innovation Center (CIC) in Bossier City to demonstrate the portability of Cyber Discovery — a highly integrated, team-based model for educating, motivating and retaining student interest in cyberspace, cyber-citizenship, information technology and security.
Cyber Discovery works by empowering individual teachers through advanced and innovative curricular designs that make use of team-based learning in five core academic areas: engineering, liberal arts, mathematics, science and technology/cyber.

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Could ’Dogs be Boise State of 2012 season?

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Serving up a cornucopia of sports items on this last Sunday morning of April:
• Given the talent they have returning and the confidence resulting from a Western Athletic Conference championship in 2011, Louisiana Tech University’s football team is expecting big things this season.
So much that a sports-loving friend of mine who I bumped into at Walmart Saturday believes the Bulldogs could be “the Boise State of 2012.”

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Creek trips Crusaders

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Cougars start playoffs with 6-1 win
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Cedar Creek High took its first step Friday toward reaching the annual Class 1A Louisiana High School Athletic Association baseball tournament that will be held in its own “backyard” next month.
The Cougars (22-7) opened postseason competition with a 6-1 victory over Baton Rouge Christian Life.
With the win, traditionally strong Creek (22-7) will move on to a second-round test at home Tuesday against Opelousas Catholic starting at 5 p.m.; admission is $7.

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’Dogs stop Hawaii twice

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Maybe Louisiana Tech University’s baseball team is on life support in the Western Athletic Conference, but they’re starting to breathe a little easier.
The Bulldogs (20-23, 3-9) made a move to squirm out of its lower echelon situation in the seven-member league this weekend at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
After being edged 4-3 in the series opener against Hawaii Thursday night, Tech bounced back with a 5-3 win Friday and then a 4-1 triumph Saturday.

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Haddox tied for No. 4 at Hurst tourney

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Mitchell Haddox is in the thick of the chase for the boys division title of the Under Armour/Vicky Hurst Championship that will conclude at the Squire Creek Golf and Country Club course in Choudrant today.
After Saturday’s play, the Ruston product shared fourth place with Kyle Hodges of Argyle, Texas, with an even-par score of 72.

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Creer, Cole: No draft call

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Former Louisiana Tech University stars Adrien Cole and Lennon Creer are due to go the free agent route in pursuit of their professional dreams after not being selected in the seven rounds of the National Football League draft that ended Saturday.
Creer led the Bulldogs in rushing and Cole was the team’s top tackler, as the Bulldogs captured a Western Athletic Conference championship and totaled eight wins.

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