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July 11th, 2014

Tech’s Goff sets baseball camp dates

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Head baseball coach Greg Goff has announced dates for his first two Louisiana Tech Bulldog Baseball Camps, which will kick off with a youth camp scheduled to begin on July 28 at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park in Ruston.
Goff, along with his new-look staff consisting of Rick McCarty and Jake Wells, will host a youth camp from July 28-30 for students in grades 1-8, as well as putting on a one-day high school showcase for student-athletes in grades 9-12 on Aug. 2.

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Ruston reaches state tournament

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The Ruston Dixie Youth Baseball 14-year-old All-Star Team opened up its offense Thursday night as it defeated the West Monroe Nationals 16-5 in the championship game of a regional tournament at the Ruston Dixie Baseball Complex on Ballpark Road. Pictured is Ruston catcher Eli Brown tagging out West Monroe baserunner Jeremy Blackwell (18) at the plate. Ruston now moves on the state championship tournament, which will begin on July 19 in Suphur.

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Robinson Football Camp set for Saturday

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The legacy lives on as the seventh annual Eddie G. Robinson Sr. Football Camp will be held beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday at Greenwood Recreational Center, located at 1306 Cornell Ave. in Ruston. The free camp is open for boys and girls ags 7-18 and honors the late Eddie G. Robinson (above right), a College Hall of Fame football coach. It will be the first camp since the death of its other namesake and founder, Eddie Robinson Jr. (above left), who passed away last year. Pre-registration can be done at the Ruston Housing Authority branch office located at 901 Martin Luther King Dr. in Ruston.

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Tech volleyball announces schedule

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Entering its second season as a member of Conference USA, Louisiana Tech Volleyball is set to play a total of 30 matches over the course of the 2014 season, including 16 conference contests in a 13-team league.
Tech will face three in-state schools this season with matches scheduled against McNeese State, New Orleans and Grambling State. The Lady Techsters are also set to face several familiar faces this upcoming fall as the team is scheduled to play a combined 18 non-conference and league opponents from last season’s schedule in 2014.

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Grambling Legends reception set

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A reception for the 2014 Grambling Legend induction class will be held at 5 p.m. tonight at the Eddie G. Robinson Museum on the Grambling State University campus. The 2014 Grambling Legends class will be inducted into the Grambling Legends Sports Hall of Fame at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Monroe Civic Center. For more information on the sixth annual Grambling Legends induction festivites, contact Al Dennis at 318-261-0898.

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Sweet treats kick off pageant

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The Princess Peach Pageant will begin today with an ice cream social and interview session. This Ruston tradition will culminate with the pageant at 10 a.m. Saturday at Choudrant High School. It is open to children ages 4 to 6 who are either residents of Lincoln Parish or are sponsored by a Lincoln Parish relative. Pictured above is Micah Rigsby, one of the contestants in this weekend’s festivities.

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Moving in the right direction

It’s no secret: Ruston is a bit hamstrung when it comes to shovel-ready economic development sites. The city has no industrial park, nor does it have very many potential sites to show companies considering locating here or expanding already-existing operations.
Times are changing. Ruston’s Board of Aldermen this week approved spending $34,550 for Phase I Environmental Assessments on three pieces of city-owned property, two of which officials hope to eventually have designated as certified economic development sites by Louisiana’s Department of Economic Development.

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Parents hold key to stop shootings

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On December 2012, Adam Lanza shot 20 kids and six staff members in the Newtown school shooting. He also shot his mother Nancy Lanza. After killing 26 people, he killed himself.
The cause was blamed on violent video games. On May 23, 22-year-old Elliot Rodger went on a shooting rampage. He killed seven people before killing himself. After an investigation, police found out he had planned this for a long time and played lots of violent video games.

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Writer: Lowry has very narrow view

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I have a few responses to the narrow piece written by Mr. Rich Lowry on July 8. Mr. Lowry is a conservative commentator that I rarely agree with; and I don’t now. He points to the specificity of a “highly concentrated” yet not random citywide phenomenon. He states that Chicago’s problems are not about race, but are only a small pool of criminal offenders that are the cause of all this violence.

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City of Grambling bites the bullet

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With money tight in everyone’s budget these days, it only makes sense that Grambling residents would be a tad worried after recent board of aldermen meetings.
During a board meeting last month, the board voted to reduce the number of hours each employee would be able to work — from 80 to 70.
This included all offices under the city of Grambling such as the mayor’s office, fire department and police department, etc.
The reason behind their initial vote was to cut the budget deficit the city was encountering.

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