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Jim Taylor Ford wins award

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Jim Taylor Ford Lincoln in Ruston is among an elite group of Ford and Lincoln dealerships to be recognized with the 2011 President’s Award by Ford MotorCompany. The prestigious award honors dealerships that have excelled in automotive retailing in 2011 by providing exceptional customer service and satisfaction.
“Earning the award is a reflection of our entire staff’s commitment to delivering the best customer experience possible,” says Jim Taylor Ford Lincoln general manger and partner Don Robertson. “I couldn’t be more proud to receive this recognition, especially since it comes from the people we value most — our customers. They’re the reason we were able to achieve this award.”

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Bradshaw, Williams great with media

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Sportswriters and sportscasters love personalities such as Terry Bradshaw and Doug Williams.
When they show up, there’s absolutely no shortage of what we in the business describe as “good copy.”
So it was at the Squire Creek Golf and Country Club in Choudrant Monday afternoon when Bradshaw teamed up with Kix Brooks to host their annual fundraising tournament for Louisiana Tech University athletics.

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Bibbs back at GSU

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GRAMBLING — The most successful women’s basketball coach in Grambling State University history is back in familiar territory.
Patricia Cage-Bibbs, who guided the Lady Tigers to prominence during an honor-packed era that covered 13 seasons in the late 1990s, is on board with her college alma mater again.
On Friday afternoon, the Choudrant native and GSU graduate accepted an offer to be the Lady Tigers’ head coach after having been in the same position at North Carolina A&T University for the past seven years.

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RHS, Simsboro: Champs

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Bearcats win 2-5A title, Tigers tops in 1-B
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Ruston High’s baseball team won the 2011 District 3-4A baseball title and now they’re champions for District 2-5A after defeating Pineville 8-2 and 8-6 in a doubleheader Saturday afternoon.
The Bearcats (23-8, 9-3) wrapped up the No. 1 spot in the league by taking two wins in the three-game series, as the Wildcats edged out a 5-4 win on Thursday.

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Techsters honored; ’Dogs swept again

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Louisiana Tech University’s annual postseason women’s basketball banquet was a mix of the past and the present Friday night.
Sue Donohoe, who started her impressive career as a graduate assistant with the Lady Techsters in the early 1980’s, was the guest speaker for the event while current Head Coach Teresa Weatherspoon recognized members of this year’s team while handing out annual awards.

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Stoehrs stoking NSU enthusiasm

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Former Techsters’ star, husband lifting optimism for Lady Demons
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NATCHITOCHES — Nine young women among the nearly 150 people sitting in Prather Coliseum Wednesday have more at stake than anyone else as the husband-wife team of Scott and Brooke Stoehrs takes charge of the Northwestern State women’s basketball program.
While others in the audience at the “Meet and Greet Luncheon” heard from the new Lady Demon co-head coaches for the first time, the players returning for 2012-13 already had a workout under their belts along with a get-acquainted team meeting Monday afternoon.
They were smiling proudly during and after the luncheon, brimming with optimism that the program is in exactly the right hands. The Lady Demons are eager to overcome recent struggles and regain stature as a Southland Conference championship contender.

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Creer tough to evaluate for NFL draft

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It may be tougher to predict the annual NFL draft than it is to figure out the implications of global warming.
That particularly holds true with the draft, where sometimes highly-touted candidates turn into train wrecks or little known prospects with a heart bigger than Texas become future Pro Bowlers.
And regarding the 2012 draft which is set for the final weekend of this month, where does Lincoln Parish’s projected leading candidate enter the picture?

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Richie signs with OBU

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Cedar Creek High School basketball star Ruby Richie recently signed a national letter-of-intent to play at Ouachita Baptist University. Richie was the team Most Valuable Player for the Lady Cougars and co-MVP in District 2-1A as well as earning honorable mention Louisiana Sports Writers Association All-State honors and being named to the All-Lincoln Parish, All-Northeast Louisiana and All-Area teams. She was an All-State academic representative for the school and a member of the National Honor Society. Before transferring to Cedar Creek as a junior, Richie played at Shreveport Calvary Baptist.

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Deer stand yields another trophy

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(Editor’s note: Deer season 2011-12 has been put to bed with the reputation of producing some of the finest bucks Louisiana has ever yielded in a single season. Here is an account of one of those impressive trophies taken by a 13-year-ld Red River Parish youngster.)
Berl Lawson’s dad erected a deer stand at the edge of a pasture on the family’s cattle farm 25 years ago, a stand the elder Lawson hunted until his son was older. Now that Berl has a 13- year-old son, Lewis, the youngster is claiming squatter’s rights to the stand, and with good reason. On Dec. 8, the teen downed a huge 170 class 9-point buck from the stand.
The old stand was destroyed when a tornado came through the area this past spring, the original replaced with a sturdy all steel box stand.

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Ledet is ‘Big Bass’ open tourney winner

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Diverging from the traditional team trail format that is the hallmark of the Fishers of Me trail, the North Central Louisiana Division recently held its first annual “Big Bass” open tournament on Lake D’Arbonne.
An estimated 150 anglers, tournament staff, friends and family members started the Easter weekend with a “Family Fun Night” at the North Louisiana Exposition Center before the actual tournament got under way.

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