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April 17th, 2014

Vigil set for GSU student found dead in Lafayette

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Grambling State University students will host a celebration of the life of Alexandria Shelton, the 21-year-old senior was found dead in Girard Park near the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s campus.
The Lafayette Parish Coroner’s Office ruled the death an accidental drowning, ruling out homicide and foul play.
The 11 a.m. program honoring Shelton will be held between the Barnes & Noble bookstore and the Tiger Express fast food court on “The Yard” near the electronic board.

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White earns LABC top honor

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Louisiana Tech men’s basketball head coach Michael White has been selected by the Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches (LABC) as the recipient of the Tommy Joe Eagles Memorial Award as the Louisiana Major College Coach of the Year for 2014.
The honor is selected annually by the men’s college basketball coaches in the State of Louisiana.
White’s Bulldogs just completed an impressive 2013-14 season that saw the team post an overall record of 29-8, tying for the most victories ever in a single season in program history.

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Millsap takes fourth straight Pettit Award

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For the fourth straight year and the sixth time in the past seven years, former Louisiana Tech basketball great Paul Millsap has been chosen as the recipient of the Bob Pettit Award for 2014 by the Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches (LABC).
The award is given annually to the most outstanding professional basketball player from a Louisiana college.
Millsap played for the Atlanta Hawks this season after spending seven years with the Utah Jazz, the team who drafted him in the second round back in 2006.

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Tech softball to take on Southern Miss

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After digging itself quite a hole by losing its first six league games of the season, Louisiana Tech will try to continue to work its way back up the Conference USA standings when the Lady Techsters host Southern Miss in a three-game series Friday and Saturday.
This weekend’s match-up will consist of a Friday doubleheader starting at 5 p.m. and a Saturday single game starting at 2 p.m. All three games will be played at the Lady Techster Softball Complex and admission is free.

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Tech tennis set to play in second round today

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Louisiana Tech will hope to bring out its best tennis of the season this week as the Lady Techsters prep for their second round match at 1 p.m. today in the Conference USA Tournament.
Tech (14-6) enters as the No. 5 seed and received a first round bye. They will play No. 12 Alabama-Birmingham at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center in Norfolk, Va.
UAB defeated Texas-El Paso on Wednesday to move to the second round.

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RHS defeats WOHS in JV game

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Pitcher Cade Gibson and the Ruston High School junior varsity basetball team defeated West Ouachita’s JV 5-0 on Wednesday.

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Enjoy spring in Lincoln Parish

With the smell of fresh flowers in the air and hopefully the brunt of April showers behind us — spring is here.
With spring comes the time to get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air, and what better way than with some fun-filled activities that are sure to spark interest across all spectrums.
Activities such as planting something green, having a picnic at the park, taking a walk or jog outdoors, taking a hike, sitting outside at a café and playing softball are a few among the many pastimes that residents could enjoy here locally.

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Working to build people up

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April is Keep America Beautiful Month. It’s also National Pecan Month, National Welding Month and International Guitar Month. Who knew?
Although I can get down with pecans and guitars, I don’t know much about welding and keeping our country beautiful seems like a task where any and everyone could get on board.
America is beautiful — truly — at least on the outside.

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Three GSU students win scholarships

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GRAMBLING — Three mass communication majors, all from the Houston area, receive $2,000 scholarships from the Advertising Education Foundation of Houston, making Grambling State University proud
E’Vonne Gipson, Ninfa Saavedra and Tierra Smith — all junior mass communication majors — were chosen from a pool of more than 80 applicants. Only 20 students were selected to receive $2,000 scholarships, making it the second consecutive year for Gramblinites to be among the scholarship awardees.

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Cedar Creek: Students place at state literary rally

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More than half of the Cedar Creek students who attended the State Literary Rally in Baton Rouge recently placed in top spots in their academic and musical competitions.
Thirty students were invited to attend the event after being named the Division IV winner for the North Louisiana High School Rally in March. 
Finishing first at state were Erik Eklund (physics), Logan Kent (physical science), Sarfraz Ahmed (geometry), Mary Tyler Storms (French II) and Ethan Hunt (English I).

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