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April 29th, 2014

State police looking to expand troops

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The Louisiana State Police has recently resumed cadet testing.
Men and women interested in becoming a Louisiana State Trooper are encouraged to apply.
LSP Troop F Public Information Officer Albert Paxton said the hiring process to become a state trooper can be lengthy.
“Some people have waited years (to be a state trooper),” he said. “But the normal waiting period is about six months.”
Paxton said once a potential cadet’s application has been accepted they will go through an academy that lasts roughly four months.

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Smiths ‘Stay Strong’ for CMD

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Jeff Smith turns passion into strength one T-shirt at a time.
The online workout gear business Smith founded four years ago has become an avenue for raising awareness of and research dollars for a rare form of Congenital Muscular Dystrophy known as Merosin Deficient CMD.
Smith and his wife, Nicola, own Muscle Club Apparel. One hundred percent of the profits from their Stay Strong T-shirt line — a line they created in honor of their son — goes to Cure CMD.org, a nonprofit organization dedicated to research, treatment and possibly a cure for Congenital Muscular Dystrophy.

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Diamond ’Dogs travel to NSU

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Louisiana Tech is on the heels of its first series sweep of the season and looking to keep the momentum going when the Bulldogs travel 75 miles south to take on Northwestern State at 6:30 p.m. today at Brown-Stroud Field in Natchitoches.

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Bearcats ready to open playoffs

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Led by David Michael Burkhalter, the Ruston High School Bearcats have relied much on a solid pitching staff en route to the District 1-5A baseball championship.
But the Bearcats have some pop at the plate, too, and that will be needed as eighth-seeded Ruston opens the first round of the Class 5A playoffs at 6 p.m. today at the RHS Baseball Complex.
Burkhalter (6-2), has a 0.60 ERA with 92 strikeouts in 58 innings on the mound for the Bearcats. “Doc” Wilkerson (1.11 ERA) and Garrett Solieau (1.00 ERA) will likely be the other two primary pitchers RHS will use in the postseason.

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Tech golf struggles in C-USA tourney

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Louisiana Tech struggled down the stretch in Monday’ second round of the Conference USA Golf Championship, dropping to 13th place entering Tuesday’s final round at the Oak Tree Country Club in Edmond.
Tech joined 12 of the other 13 teams in improving on its team score during the second round, shooting 17-over-par after opening the tournament at 24-over-par Sunday. Only North Texas (18-over-par 298) shot a worse round Monday than the opening round. However, the Bulldogs struggled near the end of Monday’s round and finished the day in 13th at 41-over-par (304-297—601).

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White leads way for RHS at tennis championships

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The Ruston Bearcats produced two combined winners in the boys and girls singles as the Louisiana High School Athletics Association’s State Tennis Championships got underway Monday at the University of Louisiana-Monroe.
Caleb White took his opening match 6-1, 7-6 from Cameron Doles of Holy Cross and before defeating Chase Hinton of Assumption 6-1, 6-1 to move to the quarterfinals round.
Ruston’s Sarah Cowell topped Krystina Pitre of Morgan 7-6, 6-4 in the round of 32 before being knocked out of the tourney in a 6-3, 6-21 loss to Assumption’s Dina Crochet 6-3, 6-1.

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GSU to end regular season play

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Head coach James Cooper (left) and the Grambling State University baseball team close out regular season play at 6 p.m. tonight with a game at the University of Arkansas -Little Rock.

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Devon helps Sparta

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Devon Energy is once again the title sponsor of the Sparta Foundation’s Sporting Clays Competition.
The competition will be held June 7 at the West Monroe Sheriff’s Rifle Range.
All proceeds from this event will fund the WaterFest activities for children in north Louisiana.
Aquifer education is the No. 1 priority for the Sparta Ground Water Commission.
More information is available at spartaaquifer.com.

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Adding a little spice to your garden

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Herbs have played an important part in man’s life for countless years — in his politics, romance, love, religion, health and superstition. Today many gardeners have abandoned planting herbs in favor of the more showy and trendy flowering plants. Herbs in the garden can be a great way to increase the functionality of the garden while maintaining the visual aesthetics.
Beginning herb gardeners may have a problem deciding which herbs to plant because of the large number of herbs from which to select.

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Quota collects toys for kids

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Quota International of Ruston collected teddy bears at a recent club meeting. The bears were then delivered to the Ruston Police Department for officers to use whenever they came into contact with a child in a traumatic situation. Pictured are Suzanne McCarter, of the Ruston Quota Club, along with Laura Kent and Jeanette Ginyard, of the Ruston Police Department, with a sampling of what was delivered.

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