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May 11th, 2015

Pet of the week

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This big guy is Tank. He is a boxer mix. Tank is loving and good with pets and people. He is great on a leash. Tank is up-to-date on shots and neutered. He is ready for his furever home. Come see him at 4Paws, located at 290 Rodeo Road in Ruston. Call 251-DOGS for more information. Their hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and by appointments on Monday.

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Getting active has numerous benefits

Regular physical activity is good for everyone’s health, and people of all ages and body types can be physically active.
Because May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month now is a great time to spread the word about the benefits of getting active.
Here are just a few benefits of physical activity:
• Children and adolescents — Physical activity can improve muscular fitness and bone and heart health.
• Adults — Physical activity can lower risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer.

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Glimmer of hope for higher ed

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Progress has been made in the push to save the Louisiana higher education system from suffering devastating budget cuts heading into the new fiscal year.
But there’s still plenty of work to be done before the end of the legislative session occurs a little more than a month from now.
On Thursday the Louisiana House of Representatives said they would raise over $664 million in extra revenue.
That’s good news, but it still falls significantly short of the $937 million House leadership says is needed to cover basic costs in next year’s state budget.

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They are our first angels

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If you were traveling through downtown Dubach headed in the direction of the old cotton gin, you passed the Butler’s home on your left. The building next to their home with the almost-always-open door was the cleaners they owned and operated. They had to leave the door open during the day to let the heat out from the dryers and the presses.

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March of Dimes winners announced

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The local March of Dimes chapter and Louisiana Tech Athletics have partnered for seven years to host the annual Diaper Derby at a basketball game. The event was held at half-time of the Bulldogs’ basketball games on Jan. 31.
Sixteen children participated in the event including two crawlers and 11 toddlers. Prizes for the child crossing the finish line first in each group were awarded by the March of Dimes and Louisiana Tech Athletics.

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Strong finish for RHS track and field

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Top Photo: The Ruston High School boys and girls track teams pose with their runners-up trophies after each squad fiinished in second place at the state Class 5A track and field meet over the weekend. The Ruston 800-meter girls relay team won first with a time of 1:40.99. Zanecia Jackson took first in the girls’ 100m hurdles iand was later third in the 300m hurdles with a time of 44.50. The Ruston girls finished second in the 400m relay at 48.19 seconds. Keitavious Walter won the state title in the 5A boys 100m dash at 10.36 seconds.

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ODU completes sweep of Diamond ’Dogs

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NORFOLK, Va. — Louisiana Tech put up a good fight by scoring five runs in the final three innings, but Old Dominion was able to close out a 6-5 win over the Bulldogs to complete the weekend sweep Sunday afternoon at Bud Metheny Baseball Complex.

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May 9th

TECHSPYS great idea for athletics

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My two cents worth on all things sports:
TAKE A BOW: Since it has enjoyed one of its most successful years in school history, it was only proper and fitting that Louisiana Tech University’s athletic department roll out the red carpet this week.
Oops, make that blue carpet.
In a spinoff of the popular ESPY’s by the world wide leader in sports, Tech held the inaugural “TECHSPYS” on Monday night at Howard Auditorium.
The free event was fun, laid-back and entertaining.
Awards were handed out to leading performers, plays and teams during the 2014-15 season.

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Home run for ‘Rob’ Museum

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CHOUDRANT — Hank Aaron is known as one of the greatest baseball hitters of all time.
On Friday, he knocked another one out of the park, this time for the Eddie Robinson Museum.
Aaron was presented with an honorary doctorate of business degree Friday morning during Grambling State University’s spring commencement exercises.
On Friday afternoon, a reception honoring Aaron at Squire Creek Country Club helped raise more than $50,000 for the Eddie Robinson Museum.
It wouldn’t have happened without the man known as “The Hammer.”

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Aaron still draws affectionate crowds

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CHOUDRANT — Add on one more standing ovation for “Hammerin’ Hank.”
The man who passed up The Babe on the all-time home run charts got the “SO” treatment from Lincoln Parish Friday afternoon at the Squire Creek Golf and Country Club.
When introduced at a reception held in his honor and as a fund-raiser for the Eddie G. Robinson Museum, Henry Louis Aaron was greeted with loud applause and a standing ovation from the estimated 300 in attendance.

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