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April 1st, 2015

Tech’s ‘Speedy’ gets All-American mention

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Louisiana Tech point guard Kenneth Smith was named an honorable mention pick on The Associated Press’ All-American team announced Monday afternoon.
This latest award for Speedy adds to the long list of others he has received for his senior season, including Conference USA Player of the Year, while leading Tech to a 27-win season, a third straight conference regular season title and a third straight postseason appearance.

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Lange finishes in top five at UALR tournament

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Victor Lange — the 47th-ranked golfer in the country — rallied for a top-five finish as action wrapped up at the UALR First Tee Collegiate Classic in Little Rock Tuesday afternoon.
Lange, a junior, carded his second-consecutive 2-under-par round as he finished the tournament at 2-under-par 214 (74-70-70=214) for the three-round tournament held at the par-72, 7,100-yard Bear Den Course at Chenal Country Club.

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Tech professor, associate dean visits White House

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Jenna Carpenter, associate dean for undergraduate studies in Louisiana Tech University’s College of Engineering and Science, visited the White House on Monday, and was on-hand as President Barack Obama interacted with young engineers and scientists from across the nation at the 2015 White House Science Fair.

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Arts camps set for Summer with new classes

The North Central Louisiana Arts Council’s Summer Arts Camps are back for 2015.
For more than 20 years, NCLAC has offered art camps for students enrolled in first through sixth grades. These five-day camps, held Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. - noon, are taught by artists and art educators. This year’s camps will offer classes each day in drama, visual art and new this year — percussion. Weeklong camps are $60 if those interested registered and paid by May 1, the price is $65 after May 1. Camp fee includes supplies and a daily snack.
Camp schedule is as follows:

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Zeta Rho ESA chapter members honored

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Ruston’s Zeta Rho chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha has announced local individual awards and statewide chapter awards received during the past year and also its current slate of officers.
The philanthropic organization is best known for co-sponsoring the region’s annual St. Jude Radiothon with KXKZ 107.5 radio station.
Locally, two members were recognized for their contribution to the chapter:
• Jill Goulart — Pledge of the Year and
• Sallie Rose Hollis — Woman of the Year.
The chapter earned state honors in:

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Pierian Club News: April 1, 2015

The March Pierian meeting was held at Vickie Benefield’s home with hostesses Mary Alice Moore and Gaye Ross. Refreshments were Italian Cream Cake with Houmas House scones with pecan butter, brought by Mary Ayres.
The meeting was called to order by President Carol Young, who led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance and Club Collect. She thanked the hostesses for the delicious refreshments.

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Inspiring citizens to help

Child advocates statewide will once again “Geaux Blue for Kids!” during Child Abuse Prevention Month.
As part of Geaux Blue for Kids, louisianachildren.org is asking residents to join in the effort.
This initiative is meant to inspire and encourage Louisiana citizens to stand up and speak out for abused and neglected children and to prevent children from ever experiencing abuse or neglect.

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Management team here for city

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The president of the United States has his Cabinet; the mayor of Ruston has his management team.
The nine-person team tapped by Mayor Ronny Walker includes representatives from each major city department, plus Ruston’s two newest administrative-level positions: the assistant to the mayor, who’s also the city communications director, and the daily operations manager.
If that sounds like a lot of input from a lot of people with a lot of different perspectives, it is. That’s the whole point.

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Peach Fest to attempt world record

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The Louisiana Peach Festival will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for largest peach cobbler ever made.
Brandon Sutherland, director of sales at the Hampton Inn in Ruston, said the festival will attempt to break the record at this year’s festival.
“It will be 13 feet long, eight inches deep and weigh one metric ton,” he said.
Sponsored by Hampton Inn, several donations were made in order to make this event happen, Sutherland said.

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Drawing set for Polaris Ranger Crew 900

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Area residents wanting to support the March of Dimes can participate in the organization’s latest fundraiser, a raffle for a Polaris Ranger Crew 900. Event chairman Andy Durrett (right) on Tuesday sold Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker tickets for the drawing set to be held after all 999 of the available tickets are sold. Tickets are $75 each or two for $100 and three for $150, and are available by calling Durrett at 255-6189 or Polaris of Ruston at 251-1399.

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