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April 5th, 2014

Gates elected sheriff in UP

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Dusty Gates easily rolled to a win in Saturday’s Union Parish Sheriff’s election, picking up 74.41 percent of the votes in the process.
Gates had been serving as sheriff since last fall following the death of former UP Sheriff Bob Buckley. Gates had previously served as Buckley’s Chief Deputy.
The Secretary of State’s election website reported that Gates picked up 3,283 votes, easily outpacing Matt Jones, who had 815 votes (18.47 percent) and Richie Dunn, who picked up 314 votes (7.12 percent).

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Bugging Out for JA

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Hundreds packed into Lincoln Parish Park Friday night as the Junior Auxilary of Ruston and Rotary of Lincoln presented the seventh annual Dinner and a Movie event. Pictured at top is Tiffanny White of the Hope Center for Autism preparing to paint a glitter smile on Glen View first grader Jayla Warner. Pictured at bottom is five-year-old Cameron Jones learning how to use a fire extinguisher at a booth set up the Ruston Fire Department. Proceeds from the barbecue and sausage sandwich dinners sold during the event will benefit the Rotary’s Christmas Ham Giveaway and backpack programs.

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Makeover for Railroad Park possible

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Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth hopes the third time really is the charm when it comes to improvements for downtown Ruston’s historic Railroad Park.
“It used to be a great place,” Hollingsworth said. “Now it’s a place that has concrete everywhere and the trees won’t grow.”
The city’s board of aldermen will be asked Monday night to authorize a professional services agreement that could lead to making the park a greener place.

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Hall of Fame Pro Day teaches youth to face game of life

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Young men and women were encouraged to follow their dreams Saturday at the 2014 Fred Dean’s Hall of Fame Pro Day luncheon hosted by the Boys and Girls Club at Trinity Methodist Church in Ruston.
The banquet followed Hall of Fame Pro Day activities held earlier Saturday at the Louisiana Tech University football practice field.
Dean, a Lincoln Parish native and Pro Football Hall of Fame player, founded Pro Day some years ago to create an opportunity for youth to not only learn about the challenges of football, but life’s challenges, too.

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The Grove aims to be city’s first zero lot line development

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Developer Dicky Nealy knew he wanted to do something with roughly five acres he owns on Kavanaugh Road, just north of West Kentucky Avenue.
Yet because of the property’s dimensions — 200 feet wide by 800 feet deep — nothing seemed to fit quite right.
He considered patio homes. But he didn’t really like the idea. He considered townhouses. He wasn’t sold on that, either. Then Nealy remembered a zero lot line development he’d seen in Monroe.
“The concept is a little different than we’re used to, but I really like it,” he said.

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Can Yankees bounce back this season?

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Ah, spring is here and hopes are renewed, especially on the diamond.
I hope the 2014 Major League Baseball season turns out better than last year.
Being an avid and longtime fan of the New York Yankees, it was disconcerting to follow the Bronx Bombers in 2013.
There was a myriad of problems, from inconsistency on the mound to the drama surrounding A-Rod and the steroid scandal.
The team’s 85-77 record was the fabled franchise’s poorest mark in 21 years.
Worst of all, the Yankees didn’t make the playoffs.

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Tech offense turns it up

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Louisiana Tech’s offense showed improvement and limited its turnovers as the Bulldogs scrimmaged for two hours Saturday afternoon at Joe Aillet Stadium.
For a team that struggled with turnovers last season and is replacing at least three starters on the offensive line for the second consecutive year, watching the offense find rhythm and cut down on the turnovers was a welcome relief to the coaching staff.
Saturday’s scrimmage — the first of the spring for Louisiana Tech — featured 120 plays with each unit running approximately 40 plays.

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Diamond ’Dogs swept by UAB

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The University of Alabama-Birmingham (22-10, 9-3 Conference USA) completed a three-game series sweep after taking two games from Louisiana Tech (9-21, 3-12 C-USA) in a Saturday afternoon doubleheader at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
“Our guys certainly did not quit today,” said Tech coach Wade Simoneaux. “We just cannot find ways to get it done right now. UAB showed they can really pitch and we were just outmatched all day.”

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Tech tennis falls on road at Arkansas

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Louisiana Tech came out playing strong in singles by being up on five of the six courts, but No. 47 ranked Arkansas used a lot of big points to take a 4-0 win over the Lady Techsters on Friday morning at the George M. Billingsley Tennis Center.
“I felt like we performed well in doubles, and even after we lost the doubles point, I thought we still had a great shot at winning this match,” said head coach Chad Camper. “We got up early in singles on a lot of the courts, but you have to give credit to Arkansas who fought back.

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Interesting things going on in deer woods

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Turkey season is open and if you know me, you know that I’m out there trying to do battle with one of nature’s wiliest creatures, the wild turkey gobbler.
So far, gobblers have shunned me and my only success was calling in a curious hen turkey opening day. The best I could do was snap a photo or two before she wandered on off into the pines.

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