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June 27th, 2014

Techsters hoops team ‘chills for charity’

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Temperatures in the South can be brutal during the summer months as thermometers threaten triple figures.
Trying to find a way to stay cool in north Louisiana this time of the year can be challenging.
On Tuesday afternoon the Louisiana Tech women’s basketball coaching staff found a solution to the hot temperatures while meeting another challenge as they participated in the nationwide #Chillin4Charity fundraiser benefiting the Kay Yow Foundation.

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Simoneaux hired by W. Monroe HS

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Former Tech coach now top Rebel
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Former Louisiana Tech baseball coach Wade Simoneaux spent the last 12 years on the diamond in Ruston.
Now he’ll stay on a north Louisiana baseball field as West Monroe High School on Thursday introduced Simoneaux as the Rebels new baseball coach.
Prior to his tenure in Ruston, Simoneaux spent eight years as an assistant coach at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He went 297-370-1 as head coach at Tech but following a 15-35 finish in 2014 it was announced last month that his contract would not be renewed.
Tech has since hired Greg Goff as its new baseball coach.

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White completes ’Dogs hoops staff with Nichols

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Two days after filling one vacant assisting coaching position, Louisiana Tech men’s basketball head coach Michael White quickly found himself having to fill another.
His search concluded on Thursday with former Wofford assistant coach Darris Nichols who now joins Dusty May and recently hired Jordan Mincy in rounding out the coaching staff.

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Peach Festival offers plenty of sporting fun

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The 2014 edition of the Louisiana Peach Festival isn’t only about enjoying Lincoln Parish’s favorite sweet treat.
There’s plenty of action involved for those looking for the thrill of victory.
Sporting events have always been a vital part of the Peach Fest, and they began at 8 a.m. today with the annual Lincoln Parish Park Kids’ Fishing Tournament at Lincoln Parish Park.
Youngsters ages12 and under showed off their angling skills with poles and bait provided by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
There was no charge for the tourney.

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Groups join together to celebrate local arts

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You may be familiar with Louisiana Tech University’s annual summer orientation program, where loads of incoming freshmen and their parents descend upon our community.
This year the university, the City of Ruston, our hard-working Convention and Visitors Bureau and numerous downtown business owners have teamed up to make orientation an even richer experience. Forty-four downtown merchants have agreed to stay open late on four dates this summer, two of which are still to come on July 9 and 30.

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GSU gets funding approval for new health/wellness facility

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GRAMBLING — Grambling State University students will once again have a campus facility where they can work out, attend exercise sessions and swim in a building of their own.
GSU President Frank G. Pogue announced that the institution has received final, official approval to renovate a 33,279-square-foot building constructed in 1993 and a natatorium.

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2014 Peach Festival Baby Contest winners named

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Categories include funniest, most serious, photogenic
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Barnes Portraiture has released the names of the winners of their annual Peach Festival Baby Photo contest. The winners are:
Most Photogenic 0-6 months
First place — Ryan Wyatt, daughter of Ashley and Justin Wyatt, of Jonesboro.
Second place — Samuel Frost III, son of Erica Spencer and Samuel Frost Jr., of Grambling.
Third place — Braleigh Burch, daughter of Betsy Doyle and Gilland Burch, of Ruston.
Most Photogenic 7-12 months
First place — Emily Walker, daughter of Katherine and Jason Walker, of Ruston.
Second place — Avery Moss, daughter of Alexis Moss, of Arcadia.

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Scholarship awarded to senior

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RHS student receives annual J.P. Fitzmorris award
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The J.P. Fitzmorris Memorial Scholarship was recently awarded to Ruston High School senior, Taylor Brazzel. This scholarship is given in memory of J.P. Fitzmorris, a 1999 honors graduate of Ruston High School who lettered in academics, baseball, football and track.

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Rolling through disaster relief

Rolling Hills Ministries in Ruston is much more than a thrift store. For some, it’s a lifesaver.
Since the late ’90s, associates of the ministry have been involved in disaster relief programs. Since the Rolling Hills complex was opened in the early 2000s, it has become a hub for disaster relief supplies, facilities and training.
There are more than 1,000 volunteers in North Louisiana involved in the Rolling Hills disaster relief ministry.

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Breast-feeding a healthy choice

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Being out of pocket for the past six weeks has given me an unearthly amount of time to browse the Internet via my phone at all hours of the day and night.
Starting with Facebook as most people do, I stumbled upon numerous mothering or parenting articles that had to do with breast-feeding — the benefits, how it has become almost taboo, indecency and even how Facebook itself has lifted the ban on breast-feeding photographs.

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