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A local leader lost

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Lincoln Parish lost a strong community leader last week.
George William Byrnside died April 28 at the age of 81 at Morristown Memorial Hospital in Morristown, N.J.
Byrnside served as vice president for administrative affairs at Louisiana Tech University from 1972-1997 — the last 10 years of which were under current Tech President Dan Reneau.

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Fighting violence with funding

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Terrie Queen Autrey, a Domestic Abuse Resistance Team founder, speaks about domestic violence on-air with Billy Day from “The Q” during the DART annual radiothon, which is being held until 6 p.m. today at Super 1 Foods. To donate, residents can either stop by the store or call 243-0415 or 243-5693.

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‘Annie Get Your Gun’ opens

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From today until Sunday, Ruston Community Theatre will present “Annie Get Your Gun,” as the Gale and Lucy Chumley Musical Series for 2012.
The musical, set in the Wild West, is a fictionalized account of sharpshooter Annie Oakley’s traveling days with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show and her romance with Frank Butler. Both film adaptations and theatrical revivals of this musical have won various acclaimed awards and received multiple nominations.

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Volunteers needed

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Volunteers are still needed for the Xterra Epic Rustman Mountain Bike Triathlon on Saturday and the Gatarterra Mountain Bike Spring Triathlon on Sunday, which is put on by Fred Phillips, head of DLT multi-sports.
Karen Pittman, Ruston volunteer coordinator for DLT multi-sports, said she needs approximately 30-50 volunteers over the course of the weekend. Saturday’s event runs from 8 a.m. until around 4 p.m., while Sunday’s event runs from 8 a.m. until around 1 p.m.

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Pitch, Hit, Run on Saturday

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Area girls and boys looking to showcase their baseball skills, and possibly win free tickets to a Louisiana Tech game and a chance to compete in a sectional event will soon have their chance.
Ruston Parks and Recreation Department’s annual Pitch, Hit and Run competition is slated for 9:30 a.m. Saturday at J. C. Love Softball Complex, located at 400 Ball Park Road. 
The free event is open to youth ages 7-14. Boys and girls will compete separately in four different age groups:  7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14.

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March students of the month recognized

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The Ruston Rotary Club proudly announces the recipients of the March Student of the Month Awards. Recognized by Rotarian Jim Tuten, each student was honored at the March 21 luncheon and presented an award of achievement by club president Tom Garza. Each awardee has maintained a minimum GPA of 3.5 and been active in extracurricular activities and leadership roles on their school campuses.

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Science Olympiad team brings home medals

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Science Olympiad
The IA Lewis Science Olympiad team had a great day this past Saturday at the Science Olympiad tournament in Hammond. Again they were the youngest team there, but still came home 
with state medals. The following student teams received medals: third place for Optics — Rachel Walters and Connor Little; and second place in Compute This — Carley Strickland and Jasmine McTyer. All results from the competition have not yet been released. Team coach and science teacher, Stacy Campbell, is extremely proud of these students and is very grateful to all 
the parents who traveled and helped.

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Support our leaders on Day of Prayer

With the United States currently in the midst of an election year and the country seeming more divided than usual, one thing is always certain: No matter who runs the nation, we all deal with the decisions and actions that are taken by government.
No matter what race, religion or gender, we are all subjected to the government, and we all hope our decisions as a whole leave us with the right people in charge for the job.
One way many people try and seek guidance for the country is through prayer, and with today set as the National Day of Prayer, people of all faiths should practice their freedom of religion by taking time out to pray for the nation and its leaders.

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Technology's disadvantages

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Every now and then my husband accidentally leaves his cell phone at home when he goes to work, and he can’t call me.
“Aren’t there phones at his workplace?” you might ask. Well yes, but he would have to know my cell phone number to contact me.
You see, even though we often talk via phone, we don’t have to know each other’s phone numbers because they are in our electronic cell phone lists, meaning we just click on the name and the number is dialed for us.

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Climbing cyberbullying's mountains

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The state of Louisiana has declared: “Cyberbullying is the transmission of any electronic textual, visual, written, or oral communication with the malicious and willful intent to coerce, abuse, torment, or intimidate a person under the age of 18 ... whoever commits the crime of cyberbullying shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars, imprisoned for not more than six months, or both.”

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