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March 17th, 2014

Bulldogs to host NIT contest

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Tech to square off against Iona at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the TAC

Louisiana Tech was given a No. 3 seed in the National Invitational Tournament and will host sixth-seeded Iona inside the Thomas Assembly Center at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in a game that will be broadcast live on ESPN3.
The brackets for the NCAA and NIT tournament.
It marks the second straight year that the Bulldogs earned an automatic bid into the NIT by finishing first in their conference. This will also be only the fourth time that Tech was hosted an NIT game, the last one coming in 2002.

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GSU baseball swept by UAPB

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Grambling State baseball coach James Cooper (left) and the Tigers were swept in a weekend home series against Arkansas Pine Bluff, falling 5-8, 5-6 and 5-7.

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Bearcats edged by Byrd

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Garrett Soileau (tagging the base) and the Ruston High Bearcats lost to Byrd 5-4 at the Airline Tournament Saturday night in Bossier City. RHS went 1-3 in the tourney.

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Sports Briefs

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Tech Tennis postponed
Due to inclement weather, Sunday’s scheduled tennis match between Louisiana Tech and 23rd ranked Houston was postponed.
The Lady Techsters and Lady Cougars were set for a 1 p.m. match at the Houston Country Club.
A makeup date has not yet been scheduled.
Next up for Tech is a match against 67th-ranked and Conference USA opponent North Texas. First serve is set for 11 a.m. Saturday in Denton, Texas.
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Tech baseball downed by FAU

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Fighting domestic violence, one child at a time

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When people think of a domestic violence program like the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team, they traditionally think of an emergency shelter where families might go when they are in danger from an abusive loved one.
They might also think of a counseling program, or help with obtaining a protective order or going to court.
DART does, in fact, include all of these services and scenarios. But let me describe a few other scenes which have been a part of DART recently.

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Birthday Fellowship Club gives awards

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The Birthday Fellowship Club recently presented awards for their 2013 Quiz Bowl Tournament.
Pictured, left, is first place winner Lt. Col. Billy Graham. Pictured, right, is second place winner Frank Patterson.

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Center in need of sale items

On the agenda for the first weekend in April is a garage sale designated to help raise funds to support the Pine Hills Children’s Advocacy Center.
Carole Carson, center director, said the garage sale is in need of all types of donations.
“We’ll take anything except adult clothing,” she said. “Just call ahead and let us know when you want to bring it by, and if its something you can’t move still call us and we’ll arrange for someone to come pick the item up.”
The money raised from this garage sale will go toward helping those involved with the center receive more training.

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Museums a spring attraction

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Spring break for Lincoln Parish Schools will be held next week, and the big questions for many area parents will be “what do they do with their children during those days off?
Fortunately in Lincoln Parish, there are plenty of opportunities available to incorporate a little learning with spring break fun.
One good idea would be to take your children on a trip to the Lincoln Parish Library or a bookstore.

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March 15th

LPNET locates marijuana, meth

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Intent to distribute arrest made
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The Lincoln Parish Narcotics Enforcement team apprehended a man in possession of more than 1,000 grams of marijuana and more than 100 grams of methamphetamines late Friday night.
At approximately 11 p.m. LPNET agents were contacted by Louisiana State Police, who were on a traffic stop at the intersection of Louisiana Highway 563 and Sunshine Road.
State Police reportedly informed agents that the vehicle driven by a white male subject later identified as Gale Schoonover, 54, of 2000 Wafer Road, had made several traffic violations.

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Business frustration

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Pace of roadwork an issue downtown
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Business owners in the heart of downtown Ruston say it’s not progress they have a problem with, just the slow pace of it.
Shops set up along Mississippi Avenue between Trenton and Vienna streets were excited to finally see workers picking up their tools this past week, after what they say has been weeks of no progress on the project, which is part of the Downtown Ruston Revitalization efforts.
Shawn McMillan, owner of LA Running Company, which is located in the area, was quite upset at the pace of the project.

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