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April 30th, 2014

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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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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State police looking to expand troops

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The Louisiana State Police has recently resumed cadet testing.
Men and women interested in becoming a Louisiana State Trooper are encouraged to apply.
LSP Troop F Public Information Officer Albert Paxton said the hiring process to become a state trooper can be lengthy.
“Some people have waited years (to be a state trooper),” he said. “But the normal waiting period is about six months.”
Paxton said once a potential cadet’s application has been accepted they will go through an academy that lasts roughly four months.

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Smiths ‘Stay Strong’ for CMD

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Jeff Smith turns passion into strength one T-shirt at a time.
The online workout gear business Smith founded four years ago has become an avenue for raising awareness of and research dollars for a rare form of Congenital Muscular Dystrophy known as Merosin Deficient CMD.
Smith and his wife, Nicola, own Muscle Club Apparel. One hundred percent of the profits from their Stay Strong T-shirt line — a line they created in honor of their son — goes to Cure CMD.org, a nonprofit organization dedicated to research, treatment and possibly a cure for Congenital Muscular Dystrophy.

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Diamond ’Dogs travel to NSU

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Louisiana Tech is on the heels of its first series sweep of the season and looking to keep the momentum going when the Bulldogs travel 75 miles south to take on Northwestern State at 6:30 p.m. today at Brown-Stroud Field in Natchitoches.

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Bearcats ready to open playoffs

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Led by David Michael Burkhalter, the Ruston High School Bearcats have relied much on a solid pitching staff en route to the District 1-5A baseball championship.
But the Bearcats have some pop at the plate, too, and that will be needed as eighth-seeded Ruston opens the first round of the Class 5A playoffs at 6 p.m. today at the RHS Baseball Complex.
Burkhalter (6-2), has a 0.60 ERA with 92 strikeouts in 58 innings on the mound for the Bearcats. “Doc” Wilkerson (1.11 ERA) and Garrett Solieau (1.00 ERA) will likely be the other two primary pitchers RHS will use in the postseason.

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