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June 4th, 2013

Local places in state teen competition

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Twenty-seven teens from across the state competed for the title of Miss Louisiana’s Outstanding Teen this past weekend at the University of Louisiana at Monroe’s Brown Auditorium. More than $12,000 in scholarships were awarded to the contestants. On-stage competition included fitness in sportswear, talent and evening wear and each contestant also had a private interview with the judges.

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Open call for chorus singers

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Area women have a chance to become summer singers and participate in Piney Hills Harmony’s annual show Aug. 24.
The Sweet Adelines chorus, which is based in Ruston but draws members from across North Louisiana, will bring back its “Rock Around the Clock” show, first staged in 2012 at Ruston’s Dixie Center for Performing Arts. Elvis tribute artist Todd C. Martin will also perform at the event, to be presented in Monroe’s Jack Howard Theatre as a benefit for Angel Ministries of Monroe.

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Tech softballers enjoy good year

Louisiana Tech University added a final chapter last weekend to its success story in softball for this season.
After being one of the top three finishers in the Western Athletic Conference race, the Lady Techsters had their best representation in several years on the 2013 All-Louisiana squad.
Tech supplied five players to the team that is voted on by members of the Louisiana Sports Writers Association, with two of those being on the very first unit.
Earning that top team recognition were seniors Amanda Krueger in the infield and Melanie Goff as a utility player.

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Life skill lessons on tap for kids

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Looking for ways to keep your children busy this summer?
The LSU AgCenter is offering summer workshops, which will teach your children skills that will last a lifetime.
Youth can learn how to start a baby-sitting business and become the best baby–sitter in town. This three-day workshop is geared for students in the fifth through 12th grades. Youth will learn important information like how old should they be to baby-sit, how to set their fee, facts about different ages and stages of children, how to handle active children and more.

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'Literally' no so literal anymore

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I don’t consider myself to be a so-called “grammar Nazi.” Of course, being a writer and an avid reader, I do have an appreciation for the images that can be weaved with an artfully crafted sentence.
But, I’m not the sort of person who turns livid at the sight of a misplaced comma (except for maybe when it was my job to make sure it wasn’t there) or a typo.
I do, however, have a huge, grammar-related pet peeve. My skin crawls when I hear someone use or pronounce a word incorrectly — especially if they do it repeatedly after being told the correct usage or pronunciation.

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The figs are making their comeback

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Fig trees, once a must for the home orchard, are again becoming a favorite of homeowners wanting to grow fresh fruit. The increasing popularity is nothing new; figs have been cultivated in the Eastern Mediterranean area for thousands of years and were brought to the United States in 1769 by the Spanish Franciscan missionaries.

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Club news: Caney Lake Good Sammers

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Shady Pines RV Park in Texarkana, Texas, seemed a good place for hosts Patsy and Larry Bond and Vickie and Fred Benefield to invite the Caney Lake Good Sammers to a camp-out on April 24-27. Though rain had been predicted, the days were cool and sunny — just right for camping.
Ed Aston, Bill Austin and Hubert Estes got the grills stoked up so everyone could get their hot dog or hamburger grilled for supper.

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Wilson high on draft list

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Ivan Wilson, Jr., has already had his own baseball trading card.
That came courtesy of his appearance in the 2012 Under Armour All-American game held at Wrigley Field in Chicago, where 36 of the top rated high school players in the country gathered to show their skills in front of a large contingent of Major League Baseball representatives.
Figure on some more cards in the future for Wilson.
The senior outfielder at Ruston High School is ranked among the Top 200 prospects for the 2013 MLB draft that will begin Thursday and conclude on Saturday.

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Hatcher’s focus on production

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IRVING, Texas ­ — Jason Hatcher is aware his current contract with Dallas expires at the end of this season. However, the Grambling State product isn’t worried about whether or not he gets a new deal from the Cowboys or if he is playing elsewhere in 2014.

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Carr resigns, to join Southern Miss staff

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Former Ruston High and Louisiana Tech University wide receiver John Carr has resigned as head football coach at Monroe Ouachita High to accept a position on the University of Southern Mississippi staff. The announcement was made by the school this morning.
In eight years with the Lions’ program, Carr compiled a record of 72-28 and led the team to the Class 4A Louisiana High School Athletic Association state semifinals in 2005 and to three quarterfinal berths in 4A and 5A, including the quarterfinals of the latter class in 2012.

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