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July 25th, 2014

‘Pit Stop’ results in drugs, guns

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SHREVEPORT — The U.S. District Attorney’s Office announced 24 federal indictments related to a two-year-long undercover investigation on Thursday.
The investigation resulted in the seizure of more than $517,000 in cash and charges issued for seven individuals.
During the press conference, Lincoln Parish Mike Stone said the real winner in this indictment is the public.

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Pye develops backyard game

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Brayden Pye knows he’s getting $1,000 for his innovation of a backyard game “The Recycle Relay,” but what he’s really hoping for is the $10,000 that will come with winning first place.
Clif Bar, a renowned health food company, sponsored a Backyard Game of the Year contest several months ago. Essentially, kids have to invent their own game and enter the idea, along with photos and a short synopsis into the contest.
“My mom saw the contest on the Internet and asked me if I wanted to enter,” Brayden said. “I said sure.”

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All occupants transported

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At approximately 9 a.m. the Ruston Police Department and the Ruston Fire Department/EMS responded to a two-vehicle motor vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 167 South in front Ace Automotive. The accident involved a Pontiac Bonneville and a Chevrolet Trailblazer.
RPD Sgt. Clint Williams, public information officer, said Shadarria Hammock, of Ruston, driver of the Bonneville, was pulling out of Ace Automotive when the vehicle was struck on the driver’s side by Carlisha Howard, of Hodge, who was traveling south in the Trailblazer.

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Celebrating cultural economy in Ruston

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In the NCLAC office we spend a lot of time championing the ideals of an artistic community for the sake of, well, art and community. But we do believe we offer more, in that we are a cultural economy catalyst.

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Ellis Baseball Clinic to be held on Saturday

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Area children will get the chance to learn about hitting, pitching, catching and winning the game of life Saturday as College Hall of Fame Baseball Coach Wilbert Ellis conducts his annual Youth Baseball Clinic at Fraser Field. Registration from the free clinic will be held from 8-9 a.m. with instruction and teaching from 9 a.m.–noon, followed by lunch. The clinic is for boys and girls ages 8-16, with a T-ball clinic set for children ages 4-7. All campers will receive a T-shirt and a College World Series gift bag.

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Tech golfers score in class

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Former Louisiana Tech golfers Jack Lempke and Travis Wilmore were named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars for the 2013-14 season the Golf Coaches Association of America announced Thursday.
To be eligible for Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar status an individual must be a junior or senior academically, compete in at least three full years at the collegiate level, participate in 50-percent of his team’s competitive rounds, have a stroke-average under 76.0 and maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.2.

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Camper completes 2014 Tech tennis class

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Louisiana Tech University head tennis coach Chad Camper put the finishing touches on his first signing class Tuesday with the addition of Taylor Capannolo.
The Melbourne, Australia, native will join forces with local standout Haley Ballinger and highly-ranked Tarrannum Handa of India to team up with five returners for the 2014-15 season.
Capannolo played for the Royal South Yarra Tennis Club while attending school at Methodist Ladies Collage. She is currently the captain of the club team that is top four in the state of Victoria.

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Making space for the future

To witness the unfolding of technology can be an amazing thing and the new concept of using a “makerspace” to advance education is something beholden to such amazement.
A makerspace is essentially a lab that houses digital devices with which to create art.
Some of these devices are Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) routers, cameo silhouettes, sewing machines and MakerBots.
Out of those devices, the average person would probably only recognize one — the sewing machine — but all of these are geared towards propelling innovation in the classroom through creativity.

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Heroes in a half shell are back

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I should have known better than to attempt to take both boys grocery shopping with me on a Saturday morning.
But I’ve done it before, and I am sure I will do it again. This trip however made me realize just how much of my childhood is coming back.
I was on a mission to see what new items the scarce baby section of our Walmart had, when my 2-year-old starts begging for a turtle cup.
“What’s a turtle cup?” You might ask. Well it’s a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle sippy cup.
I caved, “Ok you can have it.”
But then it was as if turtle everything was in sight.
“Momma I need this.”

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Finding God through faith, not fear

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One morning several years ago, I found myself driving a van loaded with flowers to be delivered to florists in North Louisiana.
It was early morning and my eyelids were struggling like the tired beams in an aged, dilapidated house.
At 60 miles per hour on a two-lane highway, everything went dark — for a moment.
I fell asleep at the wheel and had crossed into the oncoming lane of traffic.
Just before crashing into a blue truck in the opposite lane, I heard someone scream, “Raymond.”

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