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April 8th, 2014

Pruitt survives cancer three times

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When Huey Pruitt was diagnosed with Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in January of 2011 he said he didn’t want to believe it, but that diagnosis was only the beginning of a slew of challenges Pruitt would overcome throughout the next several years.
“The way I found out — I went to my orthopedic doctor with back problems,” Pruitt said. “We did an X-ray and then an MRI.”
Pruitt said he remembers his doctor approaching him with something he described as “the look.”
“I don’t know what this is,” his doctor told him.

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Railroad Park to be spruced up

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Ruston’s historic downtown Railroad Park is one step closer to its third tree makeover in recent years.
The city’s board of aldermen approved a $150,000 professional services contract with a Baton Rouge planning firm to make site improvements in the more than 80-year-old park on Monday night.

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Piney Hills Harmony takes second in regional contest

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Ruston’s Piney Hills Harmony Chorus left its musical mark on Houston this past weekend during its first competition in Sweet Adelines International’s Region 10, bringing home second place in its division and sixth place overall.
Formerly, the chorus was in another region that included the Dallas area plus Arkansas, Oklahoma and southwest Missouri. The new region stretches from El Paso, Texas, to Alabama.

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Tech polishes up after scrimmage

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Louisiana Tech practiced in shorts for two hours Monday afternoon at Joe Aillet Stadium, polishing up plays and cleaning up mistakes from the team’s most recent scrimmage.
The Bulldogs’ session on Monday — the 13th of 15 practice sessions this spring — was centered around cleaning up the work already completed to date, particularly from the two hour scrimmage held Saturday. The team has one more practice left on Wednesday before the T-Day Spring Game on Saturday.

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‘Louisiana Legends’ show on Davis airs today

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Continuing tonight, Cox Sports Television (channel 26 in Ruston) will showcase its special “Louisiana Legends” series of half-hour interviews with some of the state’s sports greats including sportswriting icon O.K. “Buddy” Davis of the Ruston DA\aily Leader and Louisiana Sports Writers Association president Jim Kleinpeter.
Among the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame athletes interviewed are 1959 Heisman Trophy winner Billy Cannon of LSU, Grambling basketball All-American and New Orleans Jazz standout Aaron James and 1972 USA Pan American Games women’s basketball star Lin Gamble.

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Cedar Creek downs OCS

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In a battle of Top 5 Class 1A programs, a late error proved to be the difference as No. 4 Cedar Creek took the last of four lead changes in a back-and-forth affair against No. 1 Ouachita Christian, securing a 8-3 victory on Saturday.
The Cougars finally managed to grab the lead after a strong sixth inning as an OCS fielding error scored Wes Gresham, giving the Cougars the lead for good.
Grant Clary was solid at the plate for Cedar Creek as he went one-for-three at the plate, driving in one and scoring two runs. He homered in the fourth inning.

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Flower adaptations for pollination

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During the bleak days of winter, every gardener eagerly looks forward to the first burst of spring color.

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Excitement for b-ball still here

It’s too bad the college basketball season isn’t a year-round sport, because right now Louisiana Tech University basketball fans are wishing it was.
That’s because in the span of 24 hours last week, the Tech Athletics Department provided a year’s worth of excitement for the university’s basketball fans.
On April 2 Tyler Summitt was announced as the sixth head coach in the history of the Lady Techsters basketball program.
The following day, the school announced it had agreed to a six-year, $3.6 million contract extension for Bulldogs head coach Michael White.

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Paying it forward in 4-H

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As a 4-H agent and as a parent, the last thing that I want is to have a child disappointed. In 4-H, we encourage youth to become the leaders of our future by encouraging them to be of service to others and by making a difference. We strive to give them the tools they need to have a desire to change the world for the better. But, I was thinking, do we sometimes sell our youth short by telling them that this feat is impossible just to avoid the disappointment they may experience if their attempt were to not work.

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April 7th

Advocacy Center holds fundraiser

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ROTC members from Grambling State University volunteered their time at a garage sale to raise money for the Pine Hills Advocacy Center of Ruston on Saturday. The Pine Hills Advocacy Center houses special programs of the Third Judicial District Attorney’s Office.  These programs include the Sexual Assault Center (SAC) and the Child Advocacy Center (CAC). These programs are to assist survivors of sexual and violent crimes and their families and to lessen the trauma for child victims of sexual and severe abuse.

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