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February 20th, 2014

Rodrecas Davis’ art on display through Feb. 27

Grambling State University will host an exhibition by artist Rodrecas “Drék” Davis titled “on the surface.”
Davis, a faculty member in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, is presenting an exhibition of mixed media and assemblage works that address the intersection of pop culture, history, politics and religion.
“These works are my contemplation of the topics of idol worship, politics, religion, violence, race and representation,” Davis said. “They represent the chasm between information and knowledge and the places where these things intersect.”

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Miller, Schmidt to wed in May

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Mark and Kitty Miller, of Ruston, are pleased to announce the engagement and approaching wedding of their daughter Hillary Miller, of Ruston, to Michael Schmidt, of Atlanta, Ga.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Alden Perk, the late Floyd J. and C. Lorraine Voight and the late Joseph and Veronica Miller.
Michael is the son of Jim and DJ Schmidt, of Marietta, Ga. He is the grandson of the late Thomas Schmidt, Florence Schmidt, of Miami, Fla., the late William Marcum and Norma Marcum, of Satellite Beach, Fla.

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Local youth recognized

There are many ways in which we impact the youth of our community, and then there are the ways in which the youth themselves impact the community.
During Tuesday night’s Youth of the Year Program hosted by the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana and sponsored by Aaron’s, Jerry Hilbun was on hand to give out what he called the “Improvement Award” or the “Confidence Development Award.”

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Collins captures state FBLA office

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On Feb. 5, Ruston High School FBLA Secretary Nina Collins was officially elected as the FBLA District II Vice President.
Nina captured the attention of all conference delegates with her excellent campaign speech, where she focused primarily on increasing membership and participation in FBLA.
With her election, she will officially be inducted as an FBLA Louisiana state officer at the 2014 Louisiana State Conference which will be held on the ULL campus in Lafayette on March 25.

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GHS peers hold fundraiser

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Grambling High School’s junior class recently held a fundraiser for their classmate, Torrance Ford Jr.
“T.J.,” as he is fondly called by many, was seriously injured in a car accident last October while driving to his high school football game. Class president Jalen Ferguson intitiated a barbecue plate fundraiser to help with the expenses for the family.
WIth the guidance and support of his grandparents, David and Marilyn Ferguson, barbeque plates were sold in the parking area of Gallot’s Barbershop.

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Dubach explores Internet safety, behavior incentives

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Parents and teachers alike showed up to an Internet safety seminar to learn about the dangers of things like social media and online predators on Jan. 28. Lori Allen, LPC from the Methodist Children’s Home Family Counseling Center in Ruston, spoke to families, parents and students about Internet safety. The goals of the workshop are to educate children and parents in recognizing potential Internet risks, engaging students and their parents in a two-way conversation about the risks and empowering students so they can prevent exploitation and report an incident to a trusted adult.

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Tech softball holds off Grambling

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Louisiana Tech University (3-7) scored four runs in the third inning and that was all it would need as the Lady Techsters defeated Grambling State University (2-6), 4-1, on Wednesday at the Lady Techster Softball Complex.
Three Louisiana Tech pitchers combined to strike out 11 Grambling batters, led by Bianca Duran (2-5), who struck out five over three innings in the circle.
Pauline Tufi and Anna Cross pitched four innings in relief, striking out six and not allowing a walk.

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Techsters top Tulsa

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TULSA— Louisiana Tech head coach Teresa Weatherspoon called it a team victory.
However, she was also quick to point out that junior point guard Chrisstaisa Walter spearheaded her team’s 82-75 overtime win over Tulsa Wednesday night at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
Walter hit big shot after big shot on her way to a career-high 32 points while adding eight rebounds, six assists, four steals and two blocks as Louisiana Tech (8-17, 3-9 C-USA) snapped its 14-game road losing streak dating back to last season.

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Bulldogs to battle E. Carolina

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After 12 years of having to go to the west coast to face conference opponents, Louisiana Tech will now be making a rare appearance on the east coast with a showdown at East Carolina on at 6 p.m. tonight inside the Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.
Tech (21-5, 9-2 C-USA) is on a four-game winning streak which has propelled the Bulldogs into a three-way tie atop the standings with UTEP and Middle Tennessee.

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Girls playoffs start tonight

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Cedar Creek has been here before. Now the Lady Cougars are looking for a different outcome.
Creek (13-17) enters the Class 1A playoff as the No. 29 seed and will play at fourth-seeded Vermilion Catholic (25-4) at 6 p.m. tonight.
Vermilion Catholic defeated Cedar Creek in first-round action of last year’s playoffs.
“These girls had a goal to make it again this year and they fought hard to get in,” Cedar Creek coach Katie Eagles said. ‘The game on Saturday was a big game for us in the aspect that it took us out of that bottom spot and we went from 32 to 29 in the power rankings.

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