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July 21st, 2014

Dixie hosts Stephens’ work

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The North Central Louisiana Arts Council announces a new exhibition by the artist Nina Stephens. Receptions will be held during the Dog Days of Summer events on from 7-10 p.m. July 30 at the Dixie Center for the Arts.
Stephens was born in Delhi, but spent most of her life in Natchez, Mississippi. Upon moving back to Northeast Louisiana Stephens pursued her passion for painting and began to make a collection of work.

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Tech tennis adds two

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Louisiana Tech tennis head coach Chad Camper has announced the addition of Haley Ballinger and Tarrannum Handa to the Lady Techster squad.
One more signee will soon be announced to round out the eight-person roster for the team.
Ballinger, who prepped at Ouachita Christian in Monroe, will provide depth for a LA Tech team who is coming off a 15-7 overall record and a seventh-place finish in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division I southern region rankings, second highest among all Louisiana programs.

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Budke gets Hall of Fame nod

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Former Techsters coach headed to women’s hoops HOF
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Former Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters basketball coach Kurt Budke, who was killed in a plane crash in 2011, along with four-time Olympic gold medalist Lisa Leslie and four others have been announced as the 2015 women’s basketball Hall of Fame class.

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Ruston Dixie All-Stars fall

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Jacob Seal, right, and the Ruston Dixie 14-and-under Dixie All-Star baseball team lost Sunday night in an elimination game of the Dixie state tournament. The Ruston team finished 2-2 in state tourney action. The Ruston Dixie 12-year-old team will begin state tourney play next weekend in Haughton.

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Help students, donate school necessities

Slightly cooler mornings recently have likely made some residents dream of fall. For students who are enjoying their summer breaks, those fall days aren’t too far away, and with them will come the start of a new school year.
Unfortunately, for some members of our community, the idea of going back to school brings an added level of stress. While school supplies are expensive for all students, they are especially expensive for those students who are currently being served by the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team.

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International issues not far from home

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Keeping an eye on international news can be a nerve-wracking experience right now, even here in the smaller town confines of Ruston.
Israel said it killed Hamas militants who entered the country today, while officials in Gaza said Israel shelled a hospital, killing several people. The latest violence, on the heels of the conflict’s bloodiest day, came as the United States and world powers stepped up their push for a cease-fire.
The Shuhada Al-Aqsa hospital in central Gaza was hit by shelling, leaving four people dead, the Gaza Health Ministry said.

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July 19th

Dower’s death prompts need to love life

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At 7:45 p.m., on June 28, the text message began to appear on my cell phone.
It read simply:
“Buddy, where would we be without our friends and faith?”
On the previous day, Bobby Dower and I had chatted briefly.
Both of us, if you will, were swapping “war” stories about our current health challenges.
Bobby’s situation, though, was much more severe and daunting than mine was by any stretch of the imagination.

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Starting from scratch

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Parkman moves from coaching older to younger Dixie All-Stars
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Sometimes it’s the little things that mean the most.
The same holds true for baseball players — sometimes the little ones mean the most, too.
For years now Coach Eddie Parkman has coached Ruston’s District 5 Dixie All-Star travel ball baseball team. He worked his way up the age ranks, spending recent years coaching an 18–and-under team he helped guide to the Dixie World Series.
But this summer Parkman took a step back in time, giving up the older athletes to return to coaching an 8-and-under team.

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8- and 9-year-old travel ball tryouts

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Tryouts for the District 5 8- and 9-year old travel ball tryouts will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Ruston Dixie Baseball Complex on Ballpark Road.
There is no charge to try out for and join the team if accepted.
Athletes trying out are asked to bring a glove and bat if they have one along with a baseball cap and baseball pants. Catchers are also asked to bring their own equipment if trying out for that position.
“One of the things we work on is sliding techniques, so no shorts,” Parkman said.
“If you want to wear shorts, you need to help coach, not play.”

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Local sports broadcasting youth camp set

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Two of north Louisiana’s award winning radio broadcasters will hold a camp designed for area youth who are interested in sports radio broadcasting.
Louisiana Tech’s Malcolm Butler and ESPN 97.7/ULM’s Nick White will team up for the inaugural Live Mic Sports Broadcasting Camp presented by Barry Ricks M.D. Pediatric Associates Thursday-Saturday at the Thomas Assembly Center in Ruston.

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