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July 1st, 2013

ULM student takes crown

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Jaden Leach named Miss Louisiana
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MONROE — University of Monroe junior Jaden Leach, 21, was crowned Miss Louisiana Saturday night at the Monroe Civic Center.
Leach, 21, a political science major, was crowned by predecessor Lauren Vizza, a former Miss Louisiana Tech.
This was Leach’s third year competing in the Miss Louisiana Pageant.
Leach sang “Can’t Let Go” during the talent portion of the competition.
She won a $10,000 scholarship and will now go on to represent the state at the Miss America Pageant in September. Her platform is Children at Risk.
Miss Capital City Lacey Sanchez was named first runner-up.

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Louisiana Tech appoints new VP, interim deans

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Louisiana Tech University received approval from the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors last week to appoint Stan Napper, Hisham Hegab and Sheryl Shoemaker to new administrative positions, effective today.
Napper will begin serving as Louisiana Tech’s new vice president for research and development, replacing Les Guice who officially took office as the university’s 14th president this morning.

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Tech’s new era begins today

It’s the start of a new week, a new month, and for many, a new fiscal year.
And for Louisiana Tech University, it’s the start of a new era as Les Guice officially took over as university president this morning and Tech also begins its first day as a new member of the NCAA’s Conference-USA.
One of Guice’s first big moves as Tech’s new president will come in athletics as he begins the search for a new athletics director.

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The magic of summer camp

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Two and half weeks ago I packed my trunk and left Ruston to go to the most magical place on Earth — Warner-Tully YMCA Camp in Port Gibson, Miss.
Since I was five, I have missed only two summers there. I guess I was busy when I was six, and I tried to make a point to my boss at 17.
The only point I made was one to myself that you should never try to make a point to your boss.

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New Hope offers summer programs

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The New Hope Missionary Baptist Church of Ruston is participating in two summer programs designed specifically for children in the Ruston community — The Summer Feeding Program and The Harry Blake Louisiana Baptist State Convention’s Boys Academy.
The Summer Feeding Program, sponsored by Pine Belt Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency Inc., provides a free, daily nutritious breakfast from 8-9 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m.-noon Mondays-Fridays for children ages 1-18.

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Pet of the Week

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Oreo loves everyone. She is easy going and never leaves the yard. She came to 4 Paws ready to have puppies and they are all adopted, so she is ready for her forever home. Her white body with black spots and her black face make her just beautiful. She is about 1 1/2 years old, calm and loves attention. Her adoption fee is $65. Call 251-DOGS today for more information. Residents are welcome to stop by and see the dogs at the 4 Paws office, located at 290 Rodeo Road, just south of Tech Farm Road. The office is open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or by appointment.

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Cedar Creek 2013-14 student council elected

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Cedar Creek School recently elected its Student Council for the 2013-14 school year.

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NCLAC members lend a hand

The North Central Louisiana Arts Council (NCLAC) and the Pine Hills Advocacy Center are pleased to announce the final steps in the “artful renovation” of the Pine Hills Advocacy Center.
Local Ruston-based artist Jackie Cochran designed and executed murals in the Center in April, bringing new life to the Family Room and hallway.

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Tech professor presents research

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David Szymanski, an associate professor of kinesiology and strength and conditioning coach for baseball at Louisiana Tech University, recently presented research during a poster session at the American College of Sports Medicine’s (ACSM) 60th Annual Meeting, followed by a 90-minute presentation at the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s (NSCA) Midwest Regional Conference.

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Hall weekend: Mardi Gras flavor

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NATCHITOCHES — It was Mardi Gras on Front Street Friday night.
If Louisiana knows how to throw a good party, then this was the place to be hanging around if you grew up in the state and love its passion for sports.
The long-awaited Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Museum was officially christened with a no-holds-barred gala grand opening that had everything from displays of well-known jerseys worn by its honored occupants to a wide range of the state’s cuisine and a 7-foot-1 living legend who practically had his admirers in the palm of his huge hands.

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