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July 25th, 2014

Good time with friends, family in Ruston

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I had such a wonderful time in Ruston last weekend that I am still playing it over and over in my head.
It was a short trip and I didn’t expect much except to spend one night with my daughter Becky and her husband Harold and the other with Erma Hudson, and go to Temple church on Sunday — seeing some folks there.
That is what happened, except for a little extra.

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Kinesiology program helps move community forward

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Editor’s Note: This is the third article in a six-part series highlighting academic programs at Louisiana Tech University that are having significant impacts on the region and whose graduates are contributing to the growth of the economies, communities and competitiveness of north Louisiana.
The courses taught in Memorial Gymnasium at Louisiana Tech University before 2003 focused on team sports and recreation — most prepared students to become physical education teachers, coaches and recreation workers.

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NCLAC announces $5K winner

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On July 9, the North Central Louisiana Arts Council (NCLAC) held its grand prize donor drawing for $5,000, which concluded the annual Keep the Arts Afloat fundraiser.
A total of 250 donations were received at $100 each from arts supporters across the region, raising $20,000 to support NCLAC and its programs.
The drawing was held during the Dog Days of Summer Art Crawl at the Dixie Center for the Arts, and confirmed Kathryn Hightower, of Homer, as the lucky winner.
Artist Nina Stephens, whose work is featured in the Dixie Center Lobby, drew the winning ticket.

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‘Pit Stop’ results in drugs, guns

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SHREVEPORT — The U.S. District Attorney’s Office announced 24 federal indictments related to a two-year-long undercover investigation on Thursday.
The investigation resulted in the seizure of more than $517,000 in cash and charges issued for seven individuals.
During the press conference, Lincoln Parish Mike Stone said the real winner in this indictment is the public.

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Pye develops backyard game

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Brayden Pye knows he’s getting $1,000 for his innovation of a backyard game “The Recycle Relay,” but what he’s really hoping for is the $10,000 that will come with winning first place.
Clif Bar, a renowned health food company, sponsored a Backyard Game of the Year contest several months ago. Essentially, kids have to invent their own game and enter the idea, along with photos and a short synopsis into the contest.
“My mom saw the contest on the Internet and asked me if I wanted to enter,” Brayden said. “I said sure.”

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All occupants transported

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At approximately 9 a.m. the Ruston Police Department and the Ruston Fire Department/EMS responded to a two-vehicle motor vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 167 South in front Ace Automotive. The accident involved a Pontiac Bonneville and a Chevrolet Trailblazer.
RPD Sgt. Clint Williams, public information officer, said Shadarria Hammock, of Ruston, driver of the Bonneville, was pulling out of Ace Automotive when the vehicle was struck on the driver’s side by Carlisha Howard, of Hodge, who was traveling south in the Trailblazer.

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Celebrating cultural economy in Ruston

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In the NCLAC office we spend a lot of time championing the ideals of an artistic community for the sake of, well, art and community. But we do believe we offer more, in that we are a cultural economy catalyst.

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Ellis Baseball Clinic to be held on Saturday

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Area children will get the chance to learn about hitting, pitching, catching and winning the game of life Saturday as College Hall of Fame Baseball Coach Wilbert Ellis conducts his annual Youth Baseball Clinic at Fraser Field. Registration from the free clinic will be held from 8-9 a.m. with instruction and teaching from 9 a.m.–noon, followed by lunch. The clinic is for boys and girls ages 8-16, with a T-ball clinic set for children ages 4-7. All campers will receive a T-shirt and a College World Series gift bag.

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Tech golfers score in class

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Former Louisiana Tech golfers Jack Lempke and Travis Wilmore were named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars for the 2013-14 season the Golf Coaches Association of America announced Thursday.
To be eligible for Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar status an individual must be a junior or senior academically, compete in at least three full years at the collegiate level, participate in 50-percent of his team’s competitive rounds, have a stroke-average under 76.0 and maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.2.

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Camper completes 2014 Tech tennis class

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Louisiana Tech University head tennis coach Chad Camper put the finishing touches on his first signing class Tuesday with the addition of Taylor Capannolo.
The Melbourne, Australia, native will join forces with local standout Haley Ballinger and highly-ranked Tarrannum Handa of India to team up with five returners for the 2014-15 season.
Capannolo played for the Royal South Yarra Tennis Club while attending school at Methodist Ladies Collage. She is currently the captain of the club team that is top four in the state of Victoria.

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