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April 26th, 2017

Schools, businesses honored at annual luncheon

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Choudrant High School, Cypress Springs Elementary School, I.A. Lewis Elementary School, Hillcrest Elementary School, Simsboro School, BancorpSouth, Beta Sigma Phi Eta Omicron Chapter and First National Bank were all recognized during the ninth annual Adopt-A-School End-Of-Year Celebration and Luncheon Tuesday for accomplishments during the school year.

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Man shot; persons of interest detained

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Incident occurred at Edgewood Square Apartments

Three persons of interest sought in connection with the shooting at a Ruston apartment complex Tuesday night are being held in the Union Parish Detention Center on unrelated charges.
Chadarius L. Spencer, Labreasher Allen and Charvis Buggs, were jailed on charges stemming from a traffic stop in Bernice. Ruston police are interested in the men for any role they may have had in the shooting of another man at Edgewood Square Apartments on McDonald Avenue, Deputy Police Chief Clint Williams said this morning.

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RHS makes national best high school list

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Schools earns silver medal status

Ruston High School ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s annual best public high schools in the country report.
RHS ranked No. 2,451 that garnered the school a silver medal status.
“We are excited and honored to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a Silver school,” said principal Ricky Durrett. “What great work the RHS faculty and students have done to achieve this Silver rating.”
U.S. News reviewed data from more than 28,000 nationwide high schools and awarded gold, silver and bronze medals to 6,041 of them, according to the report.

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Celebrating Mental Health Month all year

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May is Mental Health Month.
It is a special opportunity to spread awareness and come together to provide support and strength to the 1 in 5 people affected by mental illness and their families.
Let our community continue to learn the facts, support these persons and their families, and advocate for comprehensive, effective services each and every month.

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Reader writes about Autrey House

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At a time when many cities are tearing down the old to make way for the new, the citizens of Ruston and Lincoln Parish are taking steps to preserve our historical structures. The Absalom Autrey House, the oldest residence in Lincoln Parish, is one of these structures. The efforts of The Ruston Daily Leader and Rick Godley of KPCH in creating awareness of the historical importance of the Autrey House have been invaluable.

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Autrey House: History worth saving

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On a spring afternoon sometime during the mid 1980s, my co-worker Ruth and I traipsed through briars, weeds and near-impenetrable brush just west of Dubach looking for Absalom Autrey’s grave.
We found it, along with the graves of his first wife, Elizabeth, and his second wife, Kezia. The small, very overgrown family cemetery was only a proverbial stone’s throw from an equally overrun, deteriorating log dogtrot house.
But nobody still living then knew exactly where the burial plots were, only that they were somewhere nearby.

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D.A.R.T. needs community aid

In 1989, the Ruston Mayor’s Commission began to study the issue of domestic violence in our area. One short year later, the mayor’s office advanced its study by gathering statistics from various service providers.
After three years of collecting data they saw that the problem was increasingly getting worse, according to the Domestic Abuse Resistance website.
So, in 1994 DART opened it’s doors for the first time.
Initially, DART’s service area included five parishes of North Central Louisiana, but soon increased their service area to seven parishes in 2012.

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G-Men sweep Texas College

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Daniel Barnett (above) turned in a home run for Grambling State Tuesday on a day that saw the Tigers’ bats turn red hot as GSU swept a home doubleheader over Texas College, winning the opener 15-4 and the nightcap 17-0. GSU (17-25, 10-8 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference) will next play host to Texas Southern this weekend in a three-game SWAC series.

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Late rally pushes Gators past Bearcats

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All good rides must come to an end.
The Ruston Bearcats baseball team learned that lesson Tuesday evening in a roller coaster of a first-round Class 5A baseball playoff game against St. Amant.
In a see-saw contest Ruston battled back to take a lead in the top of the sixth, but the Gators rallied back on top of the top of the seventh before St. Amant pitcher Blayne Enlow shut down the Bearcats in the bottom half of the inning to escape with an 8-6 win.
The game was a microcosm of an the Bearcats’ roller coaster of a season.

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April 25th

Tech COES names outstanding students, faculty

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Louisiana Tech University’s College of Engineering and Science recently announced its 2017 Outstanding Students and Faculty.
Each Spring Quarter, COES faculty vote to recognize juniors and seniors who demonstrate excellence in the classroom and participate in service through student organizations.
Graduating seniors vote on the two faculty members who most influenced their educations at Louisiana Tech. The results are announced and awards are presented at Spring Release, the annual crawfish boil and culmination of Engineering and Science Week.

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