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May 19th, 2016

United Way does their part

United Way of Northeast Louisiana is focused on four key areas: education, income and health, as well as basic and emergency needs—the building blocks for a good quality of life.
In the area of education they increase local graduation rates.

READ.LEARN.SUCCEED., United Way of Northeast Louisiana’s education initiative, focuses on third grade students reading on grade level, with the ultimate goal of improving graduation rates. Studies show that students who cannot read on grade level by the third grade are four times less likely to graduate from high school than those who can.

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Eco Car teams good for community

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The 2015-16 Ruston High School Bearcat Motorsport Team consisted of Casey Baxter, Nathan Hegab, Madison Wooley, Kendall Carter, Micah Williams, Justin Griffin, Devin Rowland, Aaron Freeman, Trevor Morris and Daniel Cheng.
Remember these names because they will be everywhere for years to come.
I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon with Bearcat Motorsport Team for a story in the Ruston Daily Leader.
This is the second straight year I have done so.

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Tech’s Lange cards course record

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TUCSON, Ariz. — Victor Lange has a flair for finishes and Wednesday’s final round at the NCAA Regionals in Tucson was no different. A senior, Lange fired a Tucson Regional single round best 7-under-par (65) as he finished 11th overall in the three-round tournament at The Gallery Golf Club.
That 7-under-par round by Lange ties the collegiate course record at The Gallery Golf Club (North Course), matching the 7-under-par 65 shot by Stanford’s Patrick Rodgers at the 2014 Pac-12 Championship.

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Diamond ’Dogs to host No. 16 Rice

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In its final series before the Conference USA Championship, Louisiana Tech will host one of the league’s top teams on the diamond this weekend when the 16th-ranked Rice Owls travel to Ruston for the final three-game set of the season against the Bulldogs, beginning at 6 p.m. today at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park in Ruston.
Following today’s series opener, Tech and No. 16 Rice will face off at 6 p.m. Friday before wrapping up the weekend with a 1 p.m. first pitch Saturday at the Love Shack.

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Alcorn tops Grambling in first-round contest

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NEW ORLEANS — Grambling State’s seventh-inning rally fell a little short as Alcorn State escaped with an 8-7 win Wednesday during first-round place of the Southwestern Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament in New Orleans.
GSU is scheduled to play Southern University Thursday at noon at today Wesley Barrow Stadium. Southern suffered a big 27-9 loss to Alabama State University Wednesday.
The Tigers found themselves playing from behind for much of the first-round contest, erasing a four-run deficit in the fourth inning before falling behind by four again in the seventh.

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Students present research at conference

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Senior class students from Louisiana Tech University’s College of Engineering and Science showcased their solutions to real-world problems at the College of Engineering and Science Senior Projects Conference held recently on Tech’s campus.

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Louisiana Tech to graduate five Grand Challenge Scholars

At Louisiana Tech University’s spring commencement, five engineering students will join a prestigious group of graduates from the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenge Scholars Program.

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Pet of the Week

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Meet Heidi. Heidi is a boxer lab mix that is house trained, spayed and up-to-date on shots. She loves people, children and walks great on a leash. She is an owner surrender and is desperately looking for a new home. Come see her at 4 Paws Rescue, located at 290 Rodeo Road. Their hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. They are closed Sunday and open by appointment only on Monday. Call 251-3647 for more information.

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Club News: Ethel Mae Movers and Shakers

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Most of the youth with the Ethel Mae Movers and Shakers threaded a needle for the first time. There were so amazed that they could learn how to sew a button on a piece of fabric.
The presenter was Cathy Judd with the Louisiana State University Agriculture Center in Lincoln Parish.
She told the youth that instead of taking their clothes to the cleaners to have buttons sewn on, they could do it themselves.
She showed them purses, blouses, blankets and baby bibs that she had sewn.
Judd gave each student a piece of fabric, a button, thread and a needle.

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Wooley earns New Tech scholarship

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During the recent New Tech @ Ruston Senior Celebration, Madison Wooley was named the recipient of the 2016 Tom and Cathi Cox Boniol New Tech Scholarship. Jo Ann Dauzat, Louisiana Tech University professor and dean emerita and member of the NT@R Advisory Board chaired the scholarship committee which was comprised of fellow board members Judy Copeland, Ted McKinney, Richard Raue and Tammy Schilling.

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