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April 7th, 2014

Workshop set for singing groups

The famed Alley Cats a cappella quartet will lead a special workshop open to all area singing groups at 1 p.m. May 3.  The free workshop will be in the gymnasium of Union Christian Academy, 700 S. Main St., Farmerville. The focus of the one-hour session will be on harmony, stage presence, and audience interaction for community, church, and school-based vocal groups and leaders.  The workshop is being presented by Union Arts Council, Union Christian Academy and the Bernice Historical Society. To pre-register, contact Mary Jane Jones at 368-7570.

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Support shown for DART event

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Nick Lawton, KTVE news reporter, met with organizers of the “Walk a Mile In Her Shoes” fundraiser for the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team which was held March 28 in Cook Park.  Pictured above, left to right, are Nick Lawton, Morgan Cayton and Lauren Fuller of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority; and Adam Wood and Eric Clapp of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. 

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April 5th

Dean Pro Day focuses on fundamentals

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Pro football Hall of Famer, staff teach basics to young players
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TOP: A touch football mini-tournament wrapped up the Fred Dean Hall of Fame Pro Day activities Saturday at the Louisiana Tech practice field. Around 60 area youth attended the Pro Day to learn the basics of the game of football from Dean and his staff of instructors. Middle Left: Dean, right, oversaw blocking drills for linemen. Middle Right: Hillcrest second-grader Brennan Risher showed off his agility skills. Bottom Left: Ruston High junior Harrison Long hauled in this deep reception. Bottom Right: Dean talking to a group of his younger campers.

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Techsters split; Lady Tigers swept

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DENTON, Texas — Freshman Pauline Tufi pitched a complete-game three-hitter and Louisiana Tech capitalized on a late-inning error as the Lady Techsters defeated North Texas 3-2 in the second game of a Conference USA doubleheader at Lovelace Stadium Saturday.
North Texas used a one-hitter by Ashley Kirk to lead the Mean Green to a 3-1 victory in game one of the day.
The two teams are scheduled to play the third and final game of the series at 1 p.m. today, weather permitting.

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Buddy's Blog

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Dean worthy of being among 49ers’ best
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Fred Dean helped the NFL start keeping meticulous statistics on quarterback sacks.
During an award-filled career that spanned 10 years, the former Ruston High School and Louisiana Tech University legend totaled 95 sacks.
Actually, Dean unofficially reached triple digits in chasing down QB’s while dividing his career between the San Diego Chargers and San Francisco 49ers.
But because the NFL had not yet added sack totals to their game statistical package during his era, no telling how many field generals felt his wrath; suffice it to say that it was more than 95.

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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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City Council to ponder move during Monday meeting
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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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