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April 9th, 2014

RHS, Tech to test out eco-cars

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Ruston High School and Louisiana Tech University’s new eco-cars will make the school’s 2014 diesel debut in New Orleans this week during a special “roll-out” event sponsored by Shell Oil prior to the international competition in Houston later this month. RHS STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) teacher and eco-car coach Randall Elliott and the 10-student team from RHS will have two cars entered in the Houston event, both designed, engineered, fabricated and produced by these RHS students.

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Nealy visits Kiwanis

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On April 3, Ruston realtor Dickey Nealy, spoke to the Ruston Kiwanis Club concerning local residential house prices from the 1960s until now. He contrasted the stability of the prices of local housing to the real estate market crash that negatively impacted the U.S. economy in recent years.

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Club News

Magi Chapter No. 85, Order of Eastern Star
Linda Lamkin and Gary Hinckley were installed as Worthy Matron and Worthy Patron of Magi Chapter No. 85 of the Order of Eastern Star on Jan. 14, 2014. The ceremony took place at the Masonic Temple in Ruston and was conducted by Installing Officer Shirley Boone.

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Birthday Fellowship celebrates 10 years

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Pictured, front row, left to right, are Colin Campbell, Bobby Gray, Joseph Capers, Roderick Loud, Leo Walker, Lester Woods and Joseph Miller (seated). Pictured in the second row, from left to right, are Lemon Lewis, Frank Kelley, Billy Graham, Winfred Jones, A.P. Butler, Frank Patterson and Richard McKeener. These members were on hand to celebrate the Birthday Fellowship Club’s 10th anniversary recently.

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Dunkin’ ’Dogs look forward to future

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Louisiana Tech practiced in shAs the 2013-14 men’s college basketball season officially came to a close Monday night, teams are already gearing up for offseason workouts in preparation for the next season.
But before players get back to pumping iron in the weight room and sweating through individual drills on the court, many will be reflecting on what was and what could have been.
For Louisiana Tech, what could have been was something that has eluded the program for the past 23 years — a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

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RPAR Focus: Softball a favorite for Murphy

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Following are five questions for Ruston Park and Recreation Department 8-and-under soccer player Kayla Murphy of the Mustangs.
1. What is your favorite sport to play?
A — Soccer and softball.
2. Who are some of your heroes (and, they do not have to be athletes)?
A — My P.E. teacher Mrs. Elliot and my uncle Jonathan Hood, who coaches Simsboro High’s baseball team
3. Who has been your favorite RPAR coach(es) and why?
A — Coach Chad Hamlin and Coach Kenneth Hayes. They are both a lot of fun and I learned a lot about soccer.

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Tech softball to face Southeastern La.

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HAMMOND — Louisiana Tech will play its only game of the week when the Lady Techster softball team travels to face Southeastern Louisiana in a non-conference contest at 4 p.m. today at North Oak Park.
Tech (14-25, 5-9 Conference USA) is coming off a split in its rain-shortened, two-game series at North Texas last weekend as the Lady Techsters have now won five of their last eight Conference USA games. Southeastern Louisiana (14-18) is coming off a doubleheader split against SEC foe Ole Miss Monday night and has won five of its last six games after snapping a nine-game losing streak.

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Hunters and Heroes unite

Area residents itching for a chance to test their shooting skills are in luck.
On Saturday, residents are invited to participate in the inaugural Louisiana Hunters for Heroes “Wounded Heroes Bird Hunt and Sporting Clay Tournament.”
The tournament, which is set up for teams of five, will kick off at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Wild Wings Sporting Club in Downsville. The team fee is $100 per shooter, or $500 per team. Also, if teams want to include veterans in their teams, they are asked to pay for the veterans’ fees and provide shells for them.

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Health Hut helps middle man

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The way Reita Reeves figures it, if a friend hadn’t had a mini stroke and hadn’t told her about The Health Hut, she — Reeves — might not be around to tell her own story.
“I hadn’t had any blood work in five years,” Reeves, a Ruston resident, said.
Tests done at “the Hut,” Lincoln Parish’s free mobile medical clinic for the uninsured, showed Reeves’ cholesterol level was over 300 — about twice as high as the American Heart Association considers healthy.

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April 8th

Six charged for drugs, stolen signs

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The Lincoln Parish Narcotics Enforcement had a busy Monday arresting six residents on drug-related charges.
At approximately 4:55 p.m. LPNET agents acted on an anonymous tip of illegal drug activity at 1817 Indiana Ave.
According to the arrest affidavit, agents knocked on the door and a person from inside the residence responded, “Who’s there?”
LPNET agents reportedly identified themselves, at which point Stone Christopher Nicholas, 18, of 143 Village Green, fled on foot from the back door to the Raceway parking lot.

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