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April 30th, 2014

Recipients enrich lives

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TOP: Local educators were honored at the annual Adopt-A-School awards banquet on Tuesday for their efforts to promote “going green” in their schools.
From left is, Jessie Bryan, of Ruston High School, and Shelton Wooley, RHS ECO-Car Team, Sheila Nugent, of Simsboro High School, Jana Comstock, of Glen View Elementary School, Stanley Lewis, of I. A. Lewis School, Kathi Pesnell, of Lincoln Parish Early Childhood Center, and Deborah Gilliam, of Alma J. Brown Laboratory School. 
BOTTOM: Area businesses and organizations were awarded for their contributions to the Adopt-A-School program.

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RHS starts strong in Class 5A playoffs

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Burkhalter, Doga lead Bearcats to 10-0 home win over Walker
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The chance at redemption is a powerful thing — just ask Ruston’s Caden Doga.
Doga had a chance to play early hero for the Ruston High Bearcats on Friday as the eighth-seeded Bearcats played host to No. 25 Walker in opening round play of the Class 5A Louisiana High School Athletic Association playoffs.
At the plate with two out and two runners on base in the bottom of the first, Doga hit a short infield pop-up to end the inning at 0-0.

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Bulldogs grab road win at NSU

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Louisiana Tech scored seven runs in the first four innings to propel the Bulldogs to a 10-5 victory and a series split against Northwestern State Tuesday night at Brown-Stroud Field in Natchitoches.
Tech’s (14-27) bats came alive early on, while freshman left-hander Mark Baughman was impressive in his first career start on the mound to help notch a win over Northwestern State (25-20) in the series finale. The win made it four straight for the Bulldogs, the longest winning streak this season.

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Creek, SHS, CHS to start postseason play at home

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All four area high school teams in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association baseball playoffs will be at home this weekend after brackets for lower class schools were released Tuesday.
Class 5A Ruston won its opening playoff game on Tuesday and will be at home for a best of three series against defending state champion Catholic of Baton Rouge that is expected to begin Friday.
Cedar Creek a No. 7 seed in Class 1A and will play host to No. 26 Crescent City at 5 p.m. Friday at Cedar Creek Field.

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GSU falls at UALR; adds game vs. ULM

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The Grambling State University Tiger baseball team has announced that it has added one additional game to the regular season schedule.
The Tigers will face the University of Louisiana-Monroe at 6 p.m. Tuesday, at Warhawk Field in Monroe.
GSU’s baseball team faced a large gap in between its game at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock (UALR) Tuesday night (UALR won 10-78) and the Southwestern Athletic Conference Tournament, which will be held May 14-18.
GSU coach James Cooper said it was necessary to add at least one more game so the team would stay fresh for the tournament.

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RHS boys doubles team reaches semis

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Ruston’s High School’s boys tandem of Matt Oakes and Brandon Drewitt advanced to the semifinals of the state Division IV boys tennis championships Tuesday at the University of Louisiana-Monroe.
The RHS boys doubles team took a 6-4, 6-1 win over a team from Ouachita and will now face a tandem from Vandebilt Catholic in semifinals play.
In girls doubles, Ruston’s team of Courtney McKinney/Kellen Skains was knocked out of the tourney in the round of 16.

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When life gives you lemons

Elementary students have taking something sour and are making it sweet thanks to a new Lemonade Day project initiated by Lincoln ACHIEVE and the Ruston Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.
Students from Ruston, Cypress Springs, Glen View and Hillcrest Elementary Advanced Learning Academies have been learning valuable lessons in money management — something many of us probably wish we had when we were young.

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Economic growth potential

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Business processing outsource centers and distribution centers may be Ruston’s best economic development prospect for the future.
After all, those businesses often operate 24/7, have no adverse environmental impact and typically mean lots of new jobs — both management and rank-and-file.

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April 29th

Bearcats open playoff season tonight

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The second season begins today for District 1-5A Baseball Champion Ruston High School as the Bearcats open the first round of the 5A playoffs against Walker at 6 p.m. at the RHS Baseball Complex. Pictured from left to right is the 2014 RHS baseball team. Row one: Ayres Burkhalter (bat boy), Gage Heard, Ben LeBlanc, Chuvonte Modest, Gunner Durrett and Seth White. Row two: Kramer Newsom, Jordan Raggio, Bankston Summersgill (manager), Doc Wilkerson, Chris Bishop, Caden Doga, Michael Courtney and Kelby Glover.

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Poetry in Ruston

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Former Louisiana poet laureate to speak tonight
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Louisiana’s former poet laureate, Darrell Bourque, will visit Louisiana Tech University to speak about and read from his book of poems, “Megan’s Guitar and Other Poems from Acadie,” recently published by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press.
His public reading, followed by a book signing, is set for 6:30-7:30 p.m. today in George T. Madison Hall, Room 105.
The reading is sponsored by Louisiana Tech’s department of English with support from the George E. Pankey Eminent Scholar Chair in English. The event is free and open to the public.

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