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June 18th, 2016

Diamond ’Dogs focus on future

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Coaching search on after Greg Goff officially takes over at Alabama
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The changes keep coming for Louisiana Tech’s athletics programs.
And now, months after naming its second women’s head basketball coach over the past three years, and only one year after naming Eric Konkol as new men’s basketball head coach, Tech is searching for a new leader for its baseball program.
That comes after former Bulldogs skipper Greg Goff was announced Friday as the new head baseball coach for the University of Alabama.
Goff led Louisiana Tech to a 42-20 record last season, two years after inheriting a program that won only 15 games in 2014.

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Konkol kept Tech winning ways going

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A new head coach, but yet another successful season for the men’s basketball program at Louisiana Tech University.
Exit Mike White.
Enter Eric Konkol.
The Bulldogs kept their enthusiastic, loyal fan base applauding their team’s performance with a fourth consecutive season of 20-plus victories.
Konkol, a former University of Miami assistant, directed the ‘Dogs to a 23-10 record and berth in the post season Las Vegas Tournament.

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Jeffcoat eyeing Tech coaching job

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Mike Jeffcoat has a lengthy, impressive baseball resume as a player and coach.
Now, he would love to bring that background to the city where he starred as a collegian.
One of Louisiana Tech University’s leading pitchers in the 1970s, Jeffcoat is applying for the program’s head coaching vacancy that occurred this week with the exit of Greg Goff to the University of Alabama.

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Hot tips for summertime fishing

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The weather has started to heat up here in the middle of June, and for the bass fisherman, he knows that some of the day’s most exciting and often best action occurs at the break of day.
There is something about being on the water this time of year while all is quiet with a growing glow in the east as he casts a topwater lure next to the trunk of a cypress or willow.

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Ruston Star Lodge No. 73 donate fans

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Members of Ruston Star Lodge No. 73 presented Lincoln Parish TRIAD with 10 fans to add to the TRIAD’s annual summer drive for fans for elderly and disabled residents.

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Local event deserves special recognition

Ruston’s Holiday Arts Tour was recently named one of Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events in the Southeast in December.

The honor of being selected did not escape staff at the Ruston Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau, the North Central Louisiana Arts Center or the community.

The Annual Holiday Arts Tour will be held this year Dec. 2-3 in downtown Ruston.

The tour is hosted by NCLAC and spotlights Ruston’s art community by showcasing artists and their work in 30 local shops, restaurants and other businesses.

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Father's Day made for memories

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I have nothing but good memories surrounding Father’s Day, but that’s because I was fortunate enough to have a great dad.
Thomas Wayne Boatright was born in Farmerville and moved to Ruston with his mother as a young boy.
But he never knew his father. My grandfather George died when my father was still an infant.
Despite, or maybe because of that fact, my dad somehow knew exactly how to be a good father and how much a child needs a father figure in their life.

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Solving environmental problems

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In early June, the Concerned Citizens of Minden were updated by the Environmental Protection Agency on the status and progress being made to safely destroy the 16 million pounds of M6 ammunition stored at Camp Minden. The process of burning the ammunition in a specifically designed and built Closed Combustion Chamber has been in operation for several weeks. Thus far, 1.4 million pounds of the M6 has been safely destroyed and five bunkers containing the unstable material have been completely emptied.

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Reader writes about state taxes

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Once again, our House of Representatives of Louisiana has been unable to see their way through to increase the tax burden of the upper middle class and the wealthy. Even though the full House wanted to hear the Bill that would increase the amount of taxable income for this small percentage of Americans, it never made it out of committee.

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Grambling celebrates Juneteenth Festival

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Residents enjoy activities, honor heritage at festival
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Top left photo: Kaniya Samson, 6, left, receives a temporary tattoo from Dejah Collins, right, at the annual Juneteenth Festival. Dajha Ford, 4, center, painted as a Ninja Turtle, watches as she eats ice cream.
Top right photo: Grambling resident Lizzie Ferguson prepares sausages for customers at the annual Juneteenth Festival.
Middle left photo: 2015 Junior Miss Juneteenth waves to the crowd during the parade.

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