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May 19th, 2014

Festival needs peachy keen help

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The fourth weekend of June each year, downtown Ruston is a lively place as the annual Louisiana Peach Festival kicks off.
For more than 60 years, the festival has boosted the local economy. But, the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce couldn’t pull the event off without the help of approximately 100 volunteers.
For the past several years, Barbara Lewis has been one of those volunteers.
Lewis said she has helped out in a variety of ways — helping children catch candy during the parade, running errands and generally just wherever she is needed.

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Tech completes C-USA Championships

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HOUSTON — In his last conference championship meet Trey Hadnot was determined to give everything he had to help his team. Hadnot did that and more, winning three gold medals as action concluded at the 2014 Conference USA Outdoor Championships at the Ley Track on the Rice campus in Houston.
Overall, the Bulldogs finished fourth with 68 points after entering the meet projected to finish fifth while the Lady Techsters finished fifth as projected with 60 points.

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Craddock sweeps long jump titles

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HOUSTON — In February Charla Craddock became the first athlete at Louisiana Tech to win a Conference USA Championship by winning gold in the long jump. On Saturday Craddock claimed gold again, sweeping the long jump by winning the outdoor title with a personal record mark.
Craddock jumped 20-10.75 (6.37m) to win gold and claim first team all-conference honors. Her mark ranks tied for 8th in school history and ties for ninth in the nation this year while also tying for 36th in the world this year. The upset victory came as she entered the meet ranked fifth in the league.

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GSU knocked from SWAC tourney

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Yariel Medina (3) and the Grambling State University Tigers won their second elimination game in the Southwestern Athletic Conference Baseball Championships on Friday, igniting to race past Alcorn State 13-2. But the Tigers weren’t as fortunate in a late Friday against top-seeded Alabama State as GSU fell 15-6. Jackson State defeated Alabama State 9-8 on Sunday as JSU took its second consecutive SWAC championship.

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Cougars celebrate state championship

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The Cedar Creek Cougars played a game of midfield “pile on the winner” after defeating Sacred Heart for the Class 1A state baseball title on Saturday.

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NAMI Ruston to celebrate 28 years of service

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The Ruston Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will celebrate its 28th Anniversary and National Mental Health Month. The program and dinner will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. May 27 in the Lincoln Parish Library Events Center, located at 910 N. Trenton St.
This event is free and all interested people are invited. For more information and to RSVP for the anniversary and National Mental Health Month event, please contact me.
History

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DART plans training sessions in coming months

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This week, DART received the welcome news that we could apply for a small amount of money from the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement, to be designated for training and awareness over the next six months. We leapt at the chance to specifically address various needs for education in our own agency and in the community. We applied for the funds and I drove over to Shreveport to submit our application, explain what we would use the money for and answer questions.

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Gift to support Tech’s engineering technology program

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The Contractors Educational Trust Fund has donated $200,000 to Louisiana Tech University to establish a professional-in-residence position in Tech’s construction engineering technology (CET) program.
Steve Terrill, area manager with the Contractors Educational Trust Fund, presented Tech President Les Guice with the gift during a ceremony recently.  The new position, which will reside in the College of Engineering and Science, will provide a strong liaison between the university and industry, will help teach CET classes at Tech and will organize student trips to visit industry partners.

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Being “BIG” not an easy job

Two exceptional volunteers have been selected by the Wellspring Alliance for Families for the time they have put in as a mentor in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Louisiana.
Lurl Callaway and Harvey Harvey spend hours each week volunteering their time to make their little brothers’ and sisters’ lives a little easier, which is why they were selected as “BIGS of the Year” by Wellspring.
A resident of Ruston, Callaway has two little sisters: Nekeida and Daisy.

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Run for the Wall stirs feelings

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I never served in the military. Focused on college in the early 1980s, there was no conflict going on at the time to stir those patriotic feelings that lead many people to enlisting in a service.
But that’s not to say that I’m not patriotic, because I am — very much so. It’s incredible when those feelings get stirred up inside and fortunately they did so for me again Sunday afternoon.
Although it nearly didn’t happen.

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