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May 14th, 2014

’Cats set for Spring Game

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Ruston High School’s Spring Football Game is set for 6 p.m. Friday at Joe Aillet Staium. Fans will be able to enter on the east side of the stadium only. There will be a $5 admission with all proceeds being donated to the Rodney Guin Hospital Fund. Guin, the head football coach at Haughton High School, suffered a severe heart attack several weeks ago and is currently hospitalized at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas.

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Tech fans can personalize season football tickets

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Louisiana Tech fans that renew or reserve their 2014 football season tickets by June 5 can add their selfie to the season ticket graphics.
Fans just need to renew their season tickets by the June 5 deadline and send a picture of themselves — commonly known as a “selfie” — while wearing LA Tech apparel to TechTickets@LATech.edu and that picture will be included on a background graphic on the season ticket page.

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May 13th

Gratitude in action

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Group works to honor one of Lincoln’s local heroes
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Memorial Day is approaching and president of Pafford Emergency Medical Services Greg Pafford understands the importance of honoring United States veterans, which is why, two weeks ago, he set up a trip for his good friend Freddie Price to see the Barksdale Air Force Show.
“There’s not very many people that can tell you the types of stories Freddie tells you,” Pafford said. “And when I told him my idea, it put a big smile on his face.”

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LPPJ to meet tonight

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Police jurors to look at precincts, polling places

Residents in Lincoln Parish may need to check their voting precincts in the coming weeks as the Lincoln Parish Police Jury will be reestablishing the precincts for each election district and redesignating polling places for voters.
According to a packet released by the LPPJ, “An ordinance amending and reenacting section 2-17 of Chapter Two of the ‘Code of Ordinances,’ relating to the election districts and precincts for each such district, will designate and establish the voting precincts for each election district to provide for the effective date of the said ordinance.”

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Bikes for Tykes: Locals raise funds for St. Jude

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The Village of Choudrant will be filled with little bikes hoping to raise funds for little tykes on Saturday morning.
Reviving a concept from their youth, brother and sister Josh Sanderson and Katie Jordan will be holding a Bike-a-Thon for St. Jude Children’s Hospital beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday in the parking lot of the First Baptist Church of Choudrant, located at 117 Oak Street in Choudrant.
Children will meet in the church parking lot for registration, then they will ride around the block to raise their funds.

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Cub Scouts hold awards banquet

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Cub Scouts from Ruston’s Pack 59 recently held their annual Blue and Gold Banquet at the tree houses located at Camp T.L. James.  The Blue and Gold Banquet is the end-of-year graduation ceremony for Cub Scouts where scouts receive their rank awards as well as other special awards they have worked hard to earn.  One such special award is the Arrow of Light Award, which is Cub Scouting’s highest honor. Scouts earning this award have completed a specific set of requirements over a two-year period during their fourth- and fifth-grade years.

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Proper harvesting in the home garden

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Now that the air and soil temperatures have warmed, plants in the vegetable gardens are beginning to put on significant growth and will soon will be flowering and setting fruit.
Towards the end of this month many vegetables will be ripe for the picking. The nutritional content, freshness and flavor that vegetables possess depend on the stage of maturity and the time of day at which they are harvested.

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Tech Ag Department recognizes students, faculty at annual banquet

Louisiana Tech University’s Department of Agriculture held its annual Scholarship and Awards Banquet recently, presenting more than $64,000 worth of scholarships to 50 continuing students and incoming freshmen.
“We’re proud of the help we are able to give to our students through scholarships, and it’s things like the annual poinsettia sale each Christmas and the livestock sales we hold that allows us to do so,” said department head Gary Kennedy. “We have 62 incoming freshman, and those kinds of scholarships help in attracting students to the Department of Agriculture.”

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Cougars advance

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Cedar Creek blasts past St. Fred to reach 1A semifinals
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MONROE — Cedar Creek’s Lady Cougars won a state Class 1A softball championship recently.
Now the Cougars’ baseball team hopes to double that up with a title of their own.
Cedar Creek came one step closer to that goal Monday night, on the road nonetheless, as the seventh-seeded Cougars blasted second-seeded St. Frederick 10-2 at SFHS Field.

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Defensive dominance

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’Dogs Smith named one of nation’s top college defenders
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Two days after being named by ESPN as a top five returning point guard and passer for 2014-15, the global sports network also recognized Louisiana Tech’s Kenneth Smith as one of the nation’s top five lockdown defenders.
“Speedy Smith is a pest, and that’s exactly how LA Tech head coach Michael White likes it,” said ESPN Insider Fran Fraschilla. “With most of the Bulldogs’ key players returning, Smith will be the catalyst for White’s pressure defense again next season.”

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