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February 15th, 2017

Radiothon tops 2016 total in final five minutes on air

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In the last five minutes of the 2017 St. Jude Radiothon on Tuesday, an online pledge of $5,000 pushed the amount raised to $65,658 — more than $2,700 above last year’s total.
Earlier in the day, someone had walked up to the volunteers in Super 1 Foods with a $5,000 personal check, and Z107.5’s Mary Poe challenged her listeners to match the donation. One $5,000 online gift came in during the afternoon, and the second one arrived at 5:55 p.m.

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Funeral home founder remembered

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Friends are remembering Ruston funeral home co-founded A. G. Owens as man who was slow to anger, loved the outdoors and wanted to help people.
“He was just a real good friend,” Troy Beasley, of Ruston, said.
Owens, 81, of Farmerville, died Feb. 11. Funeral services were held Tuesday at Owens Memorial Chapel, the facility A. G. Owens founded with his son, Blaine, in 1991.
Beasley said he met the elder Owens at a hunting camp in 1972.
“We shared a passion for duck hunting and hunting in general,” Beasley said.

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Second suspect arrested in murder case

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A second suspect has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder in connection with the Dec. 28 shooting a Ruston man at his home on Greenwood Drive.
Charleston Dunte Mason, 32, of Simsboro, was arrested Tuesday by Ruston police detectives. He is being held without bond at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center.
Mason and Taylor Keyonta Burr, 24, of Ruston, are charged with killing Patrick Mitchell, 38. Mitchell was shot multiple times at his residents shortly before 4 a.m. on Dec. 28. He later died at a local hospital.

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Jury approves submission of mitigation grant application

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Lincoln Parish Police jurors approved the submission of hazard mitigation grant program applications for both Beacon Light and Arthur Road lift station during their regular meeting Tuesday at the courthouse.
The mitigation, according to Kip Franklin, director of the Lincoln Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, would be for both the Beacon Light and Arthur Road lift stations.

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Achieve your savings and debt reduction goals

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To achieve independence, people who live with a mental health condition need skills to manage their own money and make their own decisions about spending and saving.
In some programs, participants learn to create a budget, pay rent and other bills, manage a checking account, and save money.

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Tech trio highly ranked in NFL draft projections

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Three players from Louisiana Tech University’s nine-win, Armed Services Bowl champion team of 2016 are ranked in the Top 25 of their positions for the NFL Draft.
Wide receiver/kick return specialist Carlos Henderson, wideout Trent Taylor and defensive back Xavier Woods are included on the draft projection charts of NFL writer Matt Miller of Bleacher Report.
Henderson, one of 92 players who declared as an early entry into the selection process, is ranked as the fifth best WR available and 58th overall player (late second round).

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Tech softball to play at LSU

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BATON ROUGE — Fresh off a perfect 5-0 opening weekend, Louisiana Tech travels south to face seventh-ranked LSU at 6 p.m. today at Tiger Park.
The game will be streamed live online through SEC Network+ and is available through WatchESPN and the WatchESPN app. Lyn Rollins will provide play-by-play, joined by former LSU coach Yvette Girouard providing analysis.
The Lady Techsters outscored their opponents 35-9 in capturing the team title of the Louisiana Tech Invitational, posting wins over Samford, Missouri State, North Dakota, Incarnate Word and Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

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McCree honored again

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Bulldog named LSWA Player of Week for sixth time
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For the second straight week and the sixth time this season, Louisiana Tech’s Erik McCree was voted as the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Men’s Basketball Player of the Week.
The forward averaged 22 points while shooting 54 percent from the field (13-24) and an amazing 71 percent from 3-point range (10-14) in leading the Bulldogs to a Lone Star State road sweep over Texas-El Paso and Texas-San Antonio.

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Big win for ’Cats vs. Pineville

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It was am all around team effort that led to the win Tuesday night as the Ruston High School Bearcats won their regular-season home finale with a 82-62 District 2-5A victory over Pineville.
David Powell led the Bearcats with 16 points while Trane Hargrove added 13 and Terrell Owens chipped in with 10 for RHS.

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Reader writes about oil pipelines

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Surprise! Surprise! I can’t believe my eyes!
What a strong anti-environmental stand The Ruston Daily Leader has taken with the Monday, Jan. 30 editorial “In Our Opinion,” RDL’s flagship column: “The president’s determination to move ahead with the Keystone and Dakota pipeline projects is a welcome and visible sign the new administration is committed to expanding energy resources. To which we say, thank you, Mr. President.” “For Louisiana, that bodes well.”

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