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April 5th, 2013

RHS holds off Rebels

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Balanced hitting helped Ruston High School hold off a late rally by West Monroe and take an 11-9 District 2-5A baseball victory at the Bearcats’ diamond on Thursday night.
The Bearcats (20-4, 4-0) featured two hits each from Ivan Wilson, Jr., Garrett Hipp, B.J. Findley and Lain Kranz along with multi-RBI productions from Ben LeBlanc, Hipp and Findley to win the first of three weekend games from the Rebels (14-10, 5-2).
A single game between the two rivals is set for tonight at West Monroe starting at 6 p.m. and then a final contest will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, at the RHS field.

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Ex-Tech stars among selections for Jackson Parish Hall of Fame

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JONESBORO — Five athletes and coaches have been named to the 2013 class of the Jackson Parish Sports Hall of Fame, bringing the total to 27 in the five years since the Hall was organized.
Ryan Bond, Marty Booker, Lee Humble, Sam Ledbetter and Alden Reeves were selected by the 12-member board of directors at their recent meeting.
The members took into consideration various statistics and qualifications for over 40 candidates who began their careers at Jonesboro-Hodge, Quitman, Weston, Chatham and other parish schools.

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Help make Ruston better

Sometimes it takes an entire community pulling together to help itself as a whole, including its most impoverished areas.
That’s what is happening in the neighborhoods of Ruston south of California Avenue, which Louisiana Tech University Assistant Professor of Architecture Kevin Singh says are statistically among the poorest in the city.
For several years now, Singh and his students have been working to improve this area, which they have dubbed SOCA (south of California Avenue).

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Evolution of wedding photos

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Perhaps it was the origin of the photo in the Sunday paper that caught my eye, rather than the subject. On second thought, after further review, nah, it was the subject.
The announcement of the upcoming nuptials of Daisy Mae Lipshout and Jerome Theodore “Tadpole” Stool.
Here was this picture of Tadpole pushing Daisy in a shopping cart through the front door of a Jitney Jungle grocery. Holy Mackerel, I didn’t know Jitney Jungle was still in business.

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Youth percussion ensemble festival returns

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On Friday and Saturday, the Louisiana Tech University Percussion Studio will host the second North Louisiana Youth Percussion Ensemble Festival in Howard Auditorium (corner of Dan Reneau Drive and Adams Blvd.). A festival opening concert will take place on at 7:30 p.m. Friday featuring guest artist/clinician, T. Adam Blackstock. The event continues on 1-4:30 p.m. Saturday and concludes with a festival closing concert at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students with id. A complete schedule of events is available at music.latech.edu under Outreach.

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Johnnie Faye Morris Taylor

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Johnnie Faye Morris Taylor was born March 16, 1957 in Arcadia, LA to W. Harold and Dorothy Morris and passed away in Shreveport, LA on April 3, 2013.

Visitation will be held Friday, April 5 ,2013 at Owen’s Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Ruston, LA family from 5 until 6 p.m. and friends 6 until 8 p.m. Funeral services celebrating the life of Johnnie Faye Morris Taylor will be held 2p.m. Saturday, April 6, 2013 also at Owen’s Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Ruston, LA. Officiating will be Dr. Wilton Wall. Burial will follow at Walnut Creek Cemetery in Simsboro, LA.

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Tech’s art students receive awards, featured in exhibition through Tuesday

The Annual Student Exhibition for Louisiana Tech University’s School of Art has officially opened and will welcome the public through April 9 in room 103 of the F. Jay Taylor Visual Arts Center.
The show, which features award-winning student work created during the school year, is free and open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Guitar lessons available

Cain Budds, who has been teaching at Ruston Parks and Recreation for almost a year, will be available for lessons this summer. Budds received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in classical guitar performance at Arizona State University where he was a student of Frank Koonce. While in residence there, he served as a teaching assistant and faculty associate in the internationally recognized classical guitar program.
Budds is currently assistant professor of guitar and music theory as well as head of the string area at Louisiana Tech University where he heads a vibrant guitar studio.

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Stephen Brooks Jackson

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Stephen Brooks Jackson, 31, of Ruston, Louisiana, died Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at his residence.

Stephen was born March 19, 1982 in Texarkana, Texas. He was in management with an auto dealership and had received his MBA from Louisiana Tech and was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity and was an Eagle Scout.

He was preceded in death by his father Jerry Lee Jackson.

Survivors include his mother and step-father, Judge Sherry and Buddy Hawkins of Texarkana, Texas; and numerous other relatives.

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Thomas Malcom “Tom” DuBose

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Thomas Malcom “Tom” DuBose, age 76, passed away on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at Louisiana Heart Hospital in Lacombe, Louisiana.

Funeral services, officiated by Pastor William C. Willis of Alabama Presbyterian
Church in Choudrant, Louisiana, will be held Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.
Visitation will be observed prior to the services from 10:00-11:00 a.m. with burial
following the service.

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