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March 25th, 2015

Tech softball tops SLU

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Pauline Tufi recorded a complete-game performance in the circle and added a pair of RBIs to lead Louisiana Tech to a 6-2 win over Southeastern Louisiana Tuesday evening at the Lady Techster Softball Complex.
Tufi (4-0), making only her fourth start of the season, allowed only two runs on three hits and two walks while striking out four while picking up her fourth win of the season. The sophomore retired Southeastern Louisiana in order in the top of the first inning and then watched as her teammates staked her to a four-run lead.

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Lange finishes second, ’Dogs third at ULM tournament

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DELHI — Louisiana Tech junior Victor Lange — ranked 51st in the nation — shot a 3-under-par 69 in the final round of the Wallace Jones Invitational but fell one stroke shy of the individual title as he finished second overall at Black Bear Golf Course in Delhi Tuesday.
Lange finished the tournament at 10-under-par 206 (67-70-69=206) in the second-best 54-hole tournament score in school history but bogeyed the final hole of the tournament, falling one stroke behind individual medalist Calum Hill of host ULM.

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Dixie welcomes new president

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The Dixie Center for the Arts’ Board of Directors’ annual meeting was held March 17. Incoming President of the Board, Larry Jarrell congratulated Sandra Hart, outgoing president, for a job well done.

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2015 Life Choices Banquet Features Care Net CEO

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Roland Warren, president and CEO of one of the largest networks of pregnancy centers in North America, spoke to a packed house in Ruston’s Civic Center recently.
Warren is the former president of the National Fatherhood Initiative and the current president and CEO of Care Net. Life Choices is affiliated with Care Net.
Warren brought his past experiences into his speech, as he spoke of his 20-year-old girlfriend becoming pregnant when they were sophomores at Princeton. They have been married 32 years now.

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Keeping your sight at 20/20

March is National Save Your Vision Month, a friendly reminder to keep your vision, an often overlooked health concern, a top priority.
Unless you have had prior problems, getting your vision checked is probably the least of your worries. However, most optometrists suggest having your vision checked at least once a year.

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Making or breaking the state

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Here we go again. Louisiana faces yet another budget deficit.
This time, the shortfall for the spending year that begins July 1 is approximately $1.6 billion — at least as nearly as the state’s revenue estimating gurus can calculate.
Who knows what the number will be by the time the Legislature convenes April 13 to officially start wrestling with the predicament. The bottom line is pretty simple: Once again the ends don’t meet in Gov. Bobby Jindal’s proposed budget.

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March 24th

Suspect arrested in rape case

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The Ruston Police Department arrested a man Monday in an alleged forcible rape case.
According to the affidavit, the victim came to the RPD “physically shaking and obviously distraught” in the early hours on Monday morning.
The victim reportedly told police that she went to the suspect’s home because he was thought to be a friend.
Upon interviewing the victim, detectives reportedly were told that the suspect, identified as Kerrick D. Chambers. 23, of 500 Kennon Lane, No. 20, began rubbing the victim’s buttocks.

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Bulldogs defeat Texas A&M, 84-72

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Louisiana Tech University senior guard Kenneth “Speedy” Smith celebrates Monday after Tech’s 84-72 National Invitational Tournament win at Texas A&M. The Bulldogs move on to play at Temple Wednesday in NIT quarterfinal action. For more on Tech’s big win see page 3.

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New golf shop opens in Ruston

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Avid golfer and retired Ruston police officer, Michael Baxter, opened a new business in Ruston on March 16. My Golf Shop has everything any golfer might need.
Baxter said My Golf Shop carries all of the major golfing brands including Callaway, TaylorMade, Cobra and Wilson.
“We carry full lines of shirts, shorts, Sketchers shoes — the one’s Matt Kuchar is wearing,” Baxter said. “We have Odyssey putters, Scotty Cameron putters and golf bags.”
My Golf Shop also does repairs on golfing equipment, Baxter said.

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Austin is first daily operation manager

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James Austin figures his 34 years at the Ruston Fire Department and the time he spent as director of safety and risk management at Grambling State University are just about the best experiences he could have for the new job he started 22 days ago.
Austin is Ruston’s daily operation manager, the first the city has had. The position was created by Mayor Ronny Walker as part of his management team approach to city government.

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