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April 16th, 2014

Student death remains mystery

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Young woman’s body found in Lafayette park
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Grambling State University faculty are urging GSU students, family and friends to cooperate with Lafayette police investigating the unexpected death of Alexandria Shelton.
The GSU community is in shock by the death of the senior criminal justice major, a 3.5 GPA student who enjoyed life, shared close family and friendship ties and was scheduled to graduate at a May 9 commencement.

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CTB staple honored

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A centerpoint of Community Trust Bank will no longer greet customers as they enter the Financial Center located on North Trenton Street.
Glen Neaville has worked at CTB since 1991, when he said John Emory Sr. told him, “I think I have a place where you can hang your hat for a couple of years.”
Neaville said he first started his banking career in 1959 at Ruston State Bank.
“Throughout my career I mostly dealt with lending,” he said. “But here at Community Trust Bank you could say I worked in public relations.”

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2014 Peach Fest designs chosen

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The Ruston Lincoln Chamber of Commerce produces the Louisiana Peach Festival each year, and each year has its own unique logo and T-shirt design, and collector’s poster. The chamber is proud to announce the winners of the 64th annual design contests.
Christian Dunn designed the poster for 2014. Dunn is a student of Masters of Fine Art in Communication Design at LA Tech and is a resident of Deridder.

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GSU Gramblinite wins best newspaper, more

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Grambling State University’s campus newspaper, The Gramblinite, received seven first-place awards, including first place for Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper.
It is the second best newspaper award in the Society of Professional Journalists Region 12 Mark of Excellence Awards contest and follows a best newspaper award by the Black College Communications Association earlier this year. The SPJ awards were presented at a weekend conference in Arkansas.

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RHS takes control at Hoss Garrett Relays

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Ruston High School easily won its recent Hoss Garrett Relays, with the girls team easily outdistancing second-place Jonesboro-Hodge and the boys racing past second-place Basrop.
Following are team results and RHS first-place finishes from that meet:
Team Totals
Girls:
Ruston — 177
Jonesboro — 61.5
Bastrop — 52
Simsboro — 29.5
Rayville — 28
RHS Girls First-Place Finishes
Kristen Clark — Javelin
Quanese Jones — High Jump
Rebecca Wheelis — Pole Vault
Breanna Cooper — Discus
Carrie Bridges — Shot put
Adaiza Austin — 1,600m
Adaiza Austin — 800m
Sunni Mccallister — 100m

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’Dogs blow big lead

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UALR rallies to take 7-6 win over Tech
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — After leading 6-0 after five and a half innings of play, Louisiana Tech allowed seven unanswered runs by the University of Arkansas-Little Rock, eventually falling, 7-6, to the Trojans on Tuesday night at Gary Hogan Field.
Tech (10-24) squandered a six-run advantage by allowing UALR (14-20) to plate three runs in the sixth, one in the seventh and three in the eighth to sweep the season series over the Bulldogs.

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Kicking it in the classroom

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Tech soccer continues academic excellence

Conference USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky recently recognized student-athletes within the league for their excellent achievements in the classroom for the 2013-14 academic year and the Louisiana Tech soccer team had several players on the list.

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Tech men 36th in national track rankings

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NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana Tech’s men’s track and field team jumped six spots to No. 36 in the national rankings the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Tuesday.
The big jump is primarily a result of a big jump by Jarvis Gotch last weekend at the UTEP Invitational. His long jump mark of 26-0.25 (7.93m) tied for the national lead.

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Techsters softball edges past Stephen F. Austin

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NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Pauline Tufi hit a two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning and then recorded the final three outs in the circle to lead Louisiana Tech to a come-from-behind 3-2 win over Stephen F. Austin Tuesday evening at SFA Softball Field.
With Tech (16-25) trailing 2-1 heading into its final plate appearance, Kristen Miles singled up the middle with one out, her third hit of the contest. Tufi then launched a 2-2 offering from SFA starter Brittany Lewis deep over the left field wall, giving the Lady Techsters a 3-2 lead.

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Bearcats defeated 4-3

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Caden Doga (5) hit a double and scored a run for the Ruston High School Bearcats Tuesday at Neville High School, but it wasn’t enough as the Tigers squeaked past the Bearcats 4-3.

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