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May 23rd, 2017

Diamond Dogs’ Diaz named Johnny Bench Award semifinalist

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Louisiana Tech’s Brent Diaz has been named one of 15 semifinalists for the Johnny Bench Award presented by BaseballSavings.com which is annually awarded to the top catcher in college baseball.

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Tech duo earns Conference USA All-Academic honors

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Louisiana Tech pitchers Graham Ahlrich and Kent Hasler have been named to the InTouch Credit Union 2017 Conference USA Baseball All-Academic Team, as announced by the league office on Monday afternoon.
Twelve student-athletes from nine different C-USA schools make up the team, which is selected by the media relations contact at each of the 12 baseball schools. In order to be eligible for the recognition, student‐athletes must hold a 3.2 cumulative grade point average, be of at least sophomore academic standing and be a starter or key reserve for their team.

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Tech’s Britos aces college career

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Tennis Techster’s journey takes her from home in Paraguay to college graduation
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This past Saturday inside a jam-packed Thomas Assembly Center, Jazmin Britos became part of the 100,000 strong as she received her diploma from Louisiana Tech University with a degree in business administration.
Now flash back to five years ago.
Britos was a 17-year old tennis player in Villarrica, Paraguay, and was undecided on her future plans. Then one day a Facebook message (Google translator required) from a college tennis coach in the United States opened up a whole new possibility.

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Tech softball thanked for shining season

All great things eventually come to an end, as did for the Louisiana Tech softball team on Sunday.
But the Ruston Daily Leader offers congratulations and also thanks to the Lady Techsters for turning in a season for the ages this spring, one that ended up Sunday with Tech falling to No. 1 ranked Minnesota in extra innings in NCAA Regional Action in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
With the 5-2 defeat in nine innings, the Lady Techsters ended their season at 38-24, but did so in thrilling fashion.

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Cooking with Kids program

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Looking for some great learning opportunities for your children this summer? Summer workshops that will teach your children skills that will last a lifetime? The LSU AgCenter, Area Nutrition agent, Cathy Judd and volunteers will present “Cooking with Kids,” a beginner’s cooking class for Summer Workshop, June 20-22.
Youth will learn important safety tips in the kitchen, how to avoid kitchen fires, and what to do if you have a kitchen fire from our featured guest, Eric Brazzel, public education officer with the Ruston Fire Department.

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May 22nd

Run For The Wall

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Bikers pass under the Tarbutton Overpass Sunday as part of the Run For The Wall event. The motorcyle trek ends at the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D. C., on Memorial Day. See more photos on page 5A.

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Suspect caught in attempted murder case

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The suspect in an attempted second-degree murder that occurred May 17 is now in the Lincoln Parish Detention Center.
Justin Lamar Early, 23, of 2401 Washington St., in Ruston, was located in Ouachita Parish and arrested by authorities there Sunday evening.
Early is charged with attempted second-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Early was transported to the Lincoln Parish Detention Center where he is being held on $1 million bond for the attempted murder charge and $50,000 on the firearm charge.

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Parish offers opportunity for mental, physical activity this summer

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Lincoln Parish students have the opportunity to remain mentally and physically active this summer now that the final school bells have rung for the 2016-17 school year.
Lincoln Parish ACHIEVE Coordinator Cathi Cox-Boniol and City of Ruston Recreation Supervisor Ashlynn Shell said reading, signing up for scheduled Ruston Parks and Recreation camps and science and art camps are only a few of the many things students can do to stay active this summer.
Cox-Boniol said reading is “among the most important things students need to be doing regularly.”

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Ride Ruston Bike Week ends

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Hudson Futrell, 6, of Choudrant, maneuvers through part of an obstacle course at Cook Park during Friday’s evening’s culminating event of Ride Ruston Bike Week. The week, with its emphasis on biking for transportation as well as for fun, included group rides and a look at the first section of the Rock Island Greenway shared-use path.

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Cedar Creek students use math to aid St. Jude

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For the past four years, Cedar Creek School has been in the “Top 100” schools to raise monies for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by participating in the St. Jude Math-A-Thon.
The Math-A-Thon helps students get excited about learning math and helping others.
Dana Milam, St. Jude Math-A-Thon coordinator and fifth-grade teacher, has participated for 16 years – the same number of years she has been teaching. This year the school raised over $8,600 for St. Jude patients with more than 70 students participating.

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