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February 4th, 2015

Tech softball opens season Thursday

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Mark Montgomery and the Louisiana Tech softball team will open its 2015 season Thursday on the first day of the six-team, four-day, 15-game Lady Techster Invitational hosted at the Lady Techster Softball Complex.
Tech welcomes ULM, Abilene Christian, Missouri State, SIU-Edwardsville, and Arkansas-Pine Bluff to Ruston for the round robin event that will see all six teams play five games each starting Thursday and running through Sunday.

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New Living Word sweeps Gibsland-Coleman

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New Living Word School remained undefeated in District 1-C play Tuesday with a 54-36 win over Gibsland-Coleman.
The Eagles stand at 25-10 overall and 5-0 in district.
Rashaan Proctor led the way for NLW with 13 points while Javier Roper and Alijwon Mason added 11 points each and Xavious Williams chipped in with eight.
Choudrant 47, Forest 26
CHOUDRANT — The Aggies moved to 2-1 in District 2-B and 15-15 overall as Choudrant took a win over Forest on Friday.

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Staying smart on social media

Dean Jones, a Grambling State University alumni and senior delivery manager at Microsoft, recently told college students how to stay smart and market themselves using social media.
The most important advice Jones gave the students: When looking for a job, be aware of the competition from the global market. As we continue recovering from the worst economic recession since the Great Depression, this is advice many could use.
“You’re not competing against just people in the United States. You are competing against everyone,” Jones said.

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Bobby Jindal strikes again

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Thank you, Gov. Jindal. First, you dismantled Louisiana’s charity health care system; next, you messed up elementary and secondary education with Common Core; then you lopped the legs of higher education with yet more budget cuts.
You’ve labeled your own Republican Party as the “stupid party,” and now you’ve taken potshots at Muslims. Way to go, Governor.
If that’s not enough, you just won’t quit harping on the “no-go zones” that both Fox News and CNN now say don’t exist.

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February 3rd

Jones, McCallum take oaths

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Top: Ruston attorney Lewis Jones’ family watched Monday as 3rd District Judge Jay McCallum swore Jones in as the district’s chief felony prosecutor. From left are Jones’ daughter Jillian, Jones, daughter Jordan, holding the Bible, Jones’ wife, Gina, and McCallum.
Bottom: Third Judicial District Judge Jay McCallum prepared to give his wife, Deanna, a congratulatory kiss Monday after he swore her in as the district’s newest assistant district attorney and victims coordinator.

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Students, faculty honored

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Lincoln Parish came together on Monday night to celebrate the annual Student, Teacher and Principal of the Year banquet.
Top Photo: Pictured, left to right, are Principals of the Year Lisa Mangum, of Glen View Elementary, Tim Nutt, of Ruston Junior High School, and Lisa Bastion, of Choudrant High School.
Middle Photo: Pictured, left to right, are Students of the Year Alyssa Cahoy, of Ruston Junior High, Morgan Winstead, of Ruston High School, and Sarah Margaret Davison, of A.E. Phillips Laboratory School.

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Ruston to seek funds for downtown revitalization

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Ruston’s Board of Aldermen has agreed to begin chasing money for two more phases of the downtown revitalization project.
With no discussion and no debate, aldermen on Monday night unanimously approved a pair of resolutions that allows the city to get in line for possible funding for work along Monroe and Bonner streets.
In other action, the board:

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Simsboro approves action on LGAP sewer grant request

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Two resolutions and a sewer update were given during Monday night’s village of Simsboro town council meeting.
Mayor Sybil Smalling Foster brought before the council a resolution for the Local Government Assistance Program grant. She said the grant would be used for water repairs.
“The application was supposed to be completed in December,” she said. “I’ve called Baton Rouge and spoke with them. They said there was still time to submit the application.”
Foster said the village applies for the grant each year.

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LHSAA honors Leader’s Davis

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Louisiana High School Athletic Association Marketing Director Jacob Doyle (far right) was in Ruston Monday to present Ruston Daily Leader Executive Sports Editor O.K. “Buddy” Davis (center) with the orgnaization’s 2014 Prep Journalism Award. On hand to see Davis honored was RHS football coach Brad Laird (far left), RHS principal Ricky Durrett (second from left) and RHS athletics director Billy Laird (second from right).

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Lady Tigers scorch Delta Devils

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Grambling State held Mississippi Valley State scoreless the first eight minutes of the contest Monday night at the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center as the Lady Tigers roared past Mississippi Valley State 62-31 in Southwestern Athletic Conference play. Yosha Watson led the way for GSU (7-13, 4-5 SWAC) with 13 points while Shakierya McLendon (5 above) and Dierra Ely added 10 points each.

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