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June 24th, 2014

Tech volleyball adds Sahlmann

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Louisiana Tech head volleyball coach Adriano de Souza has announced the hiring of Dustin Sahlmann as an assistant coach to the Lady Techster Volleyball staff for the upcoming 2014 season.
Sahlmann comes to Ruston after an assistant and interim head coaching stint at the University of New Orleans last season.
While at UNO, Sahlmann was responsible for training the setters, defensive specialists and libero’s, while also serving as the recruiting coordinator for the Lady Privateers.

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C-USA adds match play to championship

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IRVING, Texas — Conference USA is set to become the first NCAA Division I conference to including match play as part of its men’s golf league championship. C-USA schools will play 54 holes of stroke play with the top four teams advancing to a four-team seeded match play playoff. The format change, which mirrors the NCAA Championship format, was approved by the Conference USA Board of Directors during their meetings earlier this month.
The dates and site of the 2015 Conference USA Men’s Golf Championship will be determined at a later date.

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No Bayou Classic without GSU

Sometimes things are said without truly being considered.
Kudos to the organizers of the Bayou Classic for realizing just that.
Last week Robert Bruno, commissioner of the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District, openly questioned if Grambling would be able to keep selling enough tickets to warrant a spot in the Bayou Classic on a permanent basis.

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Find summer fun on the farm

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Amusement parks are fun but why not have a different experience this summer. Pack up your family for a series of road trips close to home that allow you and the family to get in touch with agriculture. These agritourism venues will provide memorable learning experiences for your family.
MarketMaker, an online directory, has a search tool just for agritourism venues. It also includes a listing of farmers markets located throughout our state. Go to http://la.foodmarketmaker.com/ and search for either type of destination.

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June 23rd

Fresh blueberries ripe for the pickin’

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Baker Langford, of Arcadia, was recently out picking blueberries at Pop’s Blueberry Patch, located at 7223 Highway 822 in Dubach. Residents are allowed to pick their own blueberries, or they can buy fresh blueberries that have already been picked. Blueberries can be frozen to be used in various dishes throughout the year, and can last for quite some time in the freezer. For more information about Pop’s Blueberry Patch, call 777-3762.

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Patriotic sounds

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The sounds of Americana will once again come to the Dixie Center for the Arts when the Russ Town Band takes the stage for its annual Louisiana Peach Festival concert.
The free concert is at 2 p.m. Saturday. The concert will include a range of patriotic selections, and feature vocalist Todd Free, of Ruston.
Free will perform a special rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner,” in honor of the 200th anniversary of the national anthem and a concert version of the Pledge of Allegiance.

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Police encourage ‘smart’ giving

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In response to recent reports of panhandling in the community, the Ruston Police Department is encouraging residents to be charitable, but to do so wisely.
In reference to citizen complaints of a man going around town asking for money to help pay for a tow truck, RPD Public Information Officer Sgt. Clint Williams suggested that residents could call the garage or tow service themselves and then directly pay for the service.
“We encourage our citizens to be charitable to someone who is in need,” Williams said in a statement. “But we would encourage our citizens to help wisely.”

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Leader, Tech earn LSWA awards

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NATCHITOCHES — Lincoln Parish scored big at the Louisiana Sports Writers Association awards ceremony Sunday with representatives from the Ruston Daily Leader and Louisiana Tech University all bringing home honors.
Ruston Daily Leader executive sports editor O.K. “Buddy” Davis earned a second-place award in the Class II Pro Column category for his piece on Benny Anders and was also honored with a lifetime achievement award during the ceremonies.
The Leader’s T. Scott Boatright took home Class II Prep Event second-place award for his coverage of a Ruston High School football game.

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All-Louisiana collegiate baseball team released

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Louisiana-Lafayette and LSU had a combined 19 players selected to the first and second teams of the 2014 All-Louisiana College Baseball Team selected by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
The two schools also had four of five special awards announced by the LSWA.
Louisiana-Lafayette led the way with 10 players named to the first and second teams, as well as picking up two of the five special awards given each year. The Cajuns ended the season with an overall record of 58-10 and reached the NCAA Super Regionals before falling to Ole Miss in a best-of-three series in Lafayette.

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Wayne family reflects legacy

The Wayne family can say something not many people will ever get to say — that they are in the Guinness Book of World Records.
The family was notified two months ago that their bid would be included in the Guinness Book of World Records. Of the 86 family members that attended Grambling State University, 40 graduates were accepted.
The official record was the “Largest Family to Attend the Same University.”
The family was honored last weekend in Dallas, complete with a professional photo shoot.

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