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April 25th, 2016

Diamond ’Dogs down ODU

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Louisiana Tech needed just seven innings to put up 12 runs on 14 hits as the Bulldogs clinched their third Conference USA series in a row with a 12-0 shutout victory over Old Dominion Sunday at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park in Ruston.
Tech moved back into a tie for fourth place with Marshall in the league standings following Sunday’s series-clinching victory over Old Dominion. The Bulldogs are now 10 games over .500 with a 23-13 overall record and 10-8 mark in C-USA games.

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Bearcats sweep Chiefs

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Noah White, pictured sliding safely home in game three against Natchitoches Central, and the Ruston High School Bearcats will have plenty of momentum in the Class 5A playoffs after completing a three-game District 2-5A sweep over the Chiefs this weekend. The Bearcats won the first game 6-2, the second game 7-1 and the final game 10-2.

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Stoehr: Ideal choice to lead Lady Techsters

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Mom has come to the Lady Techsters’ rescue.
And if anyone can, Brooke Lassiter Stoehr is that person.
The former Louisiana Tech University backcourt leader has returned to her alma mater and at the perfect, much needed time.
There’s no need to rehash the unfortunate events that have surrounded the program in recent weeks.
It’s time to move on.
Stoehr is just the right person for guiding the Lady Techsters in that direction.
If her two children (Aubrey, Cooper) lovingly and regularly call her “Mom,” then Techsters’ Nation should embrace her with similar affection.

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Expo Center contributes to community

Each year hundreds of people flock to Ruston and Lincoln Parish for the many events the city and parish hosts.

Some of these include Louisiana Tech University athletic events, or for prospective students to check out the university.

Others may visit Lincoln Parish Park for a camping adventure or to compete in a triathlon.

Some people may come into town for Louisiana Peach Festival activities, such as the Peach Rodeo — which is held at the North Louisiana Expo Center.

The Expo Center, which has been operational since the early 2000s, is an essential part of our community.

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TOPS questions remain for Legislature

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To stay on TOPS or not, that’s the question Louisiana is facing.
And it looks like deserving college students will get their chance.
The Louisiana Legislature is dealing with how to fund the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students.

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Getting ahead of the curve

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I write today on the continued reluctance of the far-right legislators in our state to accept the reality that if taxes aren't raised, or an additional revenue stream created, this state which is already in a fiscal crisis will be destroyed from within. And all because not one of these hardliners are willing to come to terms with the fact that this is the 21st century, not the turn of the 20th century.

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Radiothon involves entire community

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By the time this column goes to print, we will be 10 days away from Domestic Abuse Resistance Team’s 15th Annual Radiothon.
As usual, this event involves not only Lincoln Parish but all of our parishes, and not just DART, but the entire community.
This wide spectrum of contributors and partners is needed.
The Radiothon is DART’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and proceeds of it are used to pay for needs not covered by our existing grants.
This year, DART’s Radiothon goal is $50,000.
The money will be used to meet three important needs.

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Building named for W.A.J. Lewis II at Methodist Children’s Home

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Following the Spring meeting of its board of directors, Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home held a ceremony on April 12 to name the W. A. J. Lewis II Building.
W. A. J. “Billy” Lewis II of Ruston, served for decades on the Home’s Board of Directors, holding various offices, including that of board president.
Lewis’ foresight in the 1980’s guided the home into serving children whose needs could not be met in less intensive treatment centers.
He led the home to the construction of a 24-bed emergency shelter care and diagnostic center for adolescents which was completed in 1989.

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Pet of the Week

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Meet Felix. He is a medium-sized lab mix that is looking for a home. He is up-to-date on shots and neutered. He loves other dogs, people and is also leash trained. Come see him at 4 Paws Rescue, located at 290 Rodeo Road in Ruston. Their hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. They are closed on Sunday and open by appointment only on Monday. Call 251-3647 for more information.

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April 23rd

Delta classes to ‘rest’ for summer

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The Delta Community College in Ruston will be taking a “rest” this summer for most of their credit courses, but the campus will remain open for use by the community, said Barbara Hanson, chancellor of Delta Community Colleges.

“We are closing for some credit courses; however, the campus is not closing and that is where some confusion has arisen,” she said.

“The campus will be open all summer with regular summer hours, there will be one staff person there.”

Certified Nursing Assistant classes will be held at the campus this summer, Hanson said.

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