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May 6th, 2014

RHS Bearcats back on gridiron

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Ruston fired up to begin spring football practices
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What a difference a year makes.
Coming off a 8-4 finish under then-first year coach Brad Laird last season, the Ruston High School Bearcats began spring workouts Monday with decidedly more intensity and an even faster tempo than they did during their first practice under Laird a year ago.
The Bearcats will be looking to reload in several areas, especially at receiver and in the defensive backfield, where RHS lost multiple key players from the 2013 campaign.

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Lange first Tech golfer to receive NCAA bid

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Regionals to start May 15 in San Antonio
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Louisiana Tech sophomore Victor Lange made history Monday as he became the first golfer in school history to receive a bid to compete at the NCAA Regionals. Lange will compete at the San Antonio Regional at Briggs Ranch Golf Club on May 15-17.
Lange is one of 10 individuals selected for the San Antonio Regional along with 13 teams in the field. The top five teams and top individual not on those five teams advance to the NCAA Championships.

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Aggies fall in extra innings

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The Choudrant High School Aggies fell Monday night in a hard-fought, back-and-forth Class B baseball playoff game at CHS. The second-seeded Aggies were knocked off by No. 15 Simpson 7-6 in nine innings.

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Cougars on road for second round

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Austin McNeill and the Cedar Creek Cougars hit the road today to play a 4:30 p.m. Class 1A second round playoff game at East Beauregard.

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Lady Cougars beat odds

Congratulations to the Cedar Creek Lady Cougars, the queens of Class 1A softball after bringing home a state softball championship this weekend and winning a pair of games Saturday to win the title.
Getting the title wasn’t easy as Cedar Creek played the role of Cinderella, making history as the lowest-seeded team to win a Class 1A championship since the LHSAA switched to a seeded postseason system before the 2008 season.
Even better, the Cougars did so against a team that the Lady Cougars and Head Coach Julie Riser have a long history with.

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Livestock still popular among 4-H'ers

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Livestock is still one of the popular projects that we have in 4-H. One of the important things to realize is that a livestock project can be for anyone. It’s not just about teaching young people to raise animals. In fact, the primary purpose of the youth livestock program is to provide an opportunity for personal growth and development of a young person. Learning how to feed, fit and show an animal is a secondary purpose.

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May 5th

A meal at the White House

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Cedar Creek students learn etiquette skills
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Fourth graders from Cedar Creek School enjoyed the annual White House Dinner at Squire Creek Country Club on Friday.
The goal of the dinner, which is an annual event, is to teach students the proper way to cut meat, which utensils to start and end with, common courtesy, proper attire and other basic etiquette standards.
“Fourth- and fifth-grade social studies classes have a whole unit of government they learn at the end of the year and this dinner ties that all up,” Teacher Tracie Rugg said.

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Man charged with cruelty to a child

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A Ruston man faces charges of cruelty to a juvenile and aggravated battery in connection with a weekend incident involving a 10-year-old.
Walter Leshun Atkins, 38, was arrested Saturday after he allegedly choked a juvenile and then repeatedly hit the child’s head on the hood of a parked car. The incident happened at Green Acres Mobile Home Park after the child reportedly tried to get a soda from a cooler.

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Amending leadership

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LPSB to consider new principals, staff

The Lincoln Parish School Board will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday to discuss bids on upcoming projects, personnel changes and several other issues in its regular session.
School Superintendent Danny Bell will recommend the board accept a base bid of $1,539,000 submitted by Triad Builders for the construction of renovations and additions to Cypress Springs Elementary.

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Walk held to stamp out suicide

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Some 200 supporters came out for the second annual “Out of the Darkness” suicide prevention walk. Pictured here, Zeta Chi fraternity member James Roberts registers for the walk with volunteer Amy Parnell.
The Zeta Chi Fraternity showed up early to help set up for the event, which was started by Louisiana Tech University Associate Registrar Josh Chovanec.
“I’ve had suicide affect me personally and me and a group of friends decided to start something to raise awareness,” Chovanec said.

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