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May 12th, 2017

Techsters fall to Florida International

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Stephanie Texiera hit her fourth home run in four games against Louisiana Tech and Shannon Saile picked up her third win in three tries leading FIU to a 7-1 victory over the Lady Techsters Thursday afternoon in the second day of the 2017 Conference USA Softball Tournament.
With the loss, Tech (34-22) falls into the loser’s bracket of the tournament and will face No. 8 seed Western Kentucky at 12:30 p.m. today.

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May 11th

Cultural District seeks sponsors for Bulldog Project

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On July 1, 2016, Ruston was approved by the state Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism to be a Cultural District.
To further support the arts in Ruston, a cultural board was formed and is working on their first project — The Bulldog Project.
“In an effort to bridge the gap between our residents and the local university the statues will feature bulldogs, the mascot of Louisiana Tech University,” Haley Perot, president of the Cultural District board, said.

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Local woman wins SASC Wall of Fame award

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Cherri Barmore, of Choudrant, was recently named the 2017 Wall of Fame award recipient from Southern Acappella Sound Chorus — the Monroe Chapter of Sweet Adelines International.
Barmore is the certified director of the Monroe women’s barbershop chorus, and was honored for the Wall of Fame distinction in Houston, at the Region 10 Great Gulf Coast annual conference in April.

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RHS breaks AP exam record

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More than 105 Ruston High School juniors took the Advance Placement Language and Composition exam Wednesday — the largest number of students taking an AP exam in the history of the school.
The students celebrated afterward with a pizza party.
Emily Howell, RHS English III teacher, said Advanced Placement courses are rigorous, college-level classes that allow students to work at a higher level and take exams that allow them to earn college credit.
Howell said she was happy to see the number of students who participated in the English AP class.

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Karl Malone Suit

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The Louisiana Attorney General will handle prosecuting a suit filed by the Union Parish Police Jury against Karl Malone over access to a popular recreational site.
Third District Court Judge Tommy Rogers on April 23 granted a motion to recuse the Third District Attorney’s representation of the Police Jury in its suit to force Malone to remove a fence across Loutre Road, which provides access to Patterson Lake.

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GSU valedictorian achieves academic, athletic success

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Raised by a single mother as the middle child of three girls, Shaciarra Drake was determined to be a successful runner and a successful college student.
The Meridian, Mississippi, native came to Grambling State University, moving from a high school track team to GSU’s track and field team and, on Friday, she graduates as the school’s valedictorian with a 4.0 GPA during a 10 a.m. commencement program at the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center. She found out just a few days ago, and the news surprised her.

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Voting numbers disappointing

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At the height of Fox’s show “American Idol” more than 132 million record breaking votes were cast in the final showdown between blues guitarist Phillip Phillips and the singer-songwriter Jessica Sanchez.
At least one family member, friend and coworker texted me to ask who I was voting for in the show’s 2012 finale.
To be honest, I didn’t even know “American Idol” at the time still existed — it apparently was cancelled in 2015, which I didn’t know either until writing this column. So naturally my response was I didn’t know anything about either contestant nor did I care who won.

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Help be green and clean

“The Earth is what we all have in common.” So writes Wendell Berry, an American novelist, poet, environmental activist, cultural critic and farmer.
To that end, Ruston residents have two great opportunities on Saturday to make our part of the Earth a bit greener and cleaner.
From 8 a.m. until noon, the city of Ruston will hold its first e-waste recycling day. Old electronics, including computers, computer accessories, telephones and gaming media, will be accepted at the back parking lot of the Civic Center on Monroe Street.

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Sunrise Kiwanis Club literacy program

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Sunrise Kiwanis Club, a long-time and award-winning partner with the Lincoln Parish School District, recently wrapped up its annual literacy program held at the Lincoln Parish Early Childhood Center. Janie Humprhies, Program Coordinator (left) organized the books to be distributed to the students for their summer home library as Rev. Edie DeVilbiss and Jack Humphries prepared to read to a classroom of students prior to presenting each student with their books.

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Students awarded Rotary scholarships

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Ruston’s Rotary Club recently wrapped up the 2016-17 Student of the Year program by presenting its annual scholarship awards.

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