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March 21st, 2017

Choudrant diamond teams looking strong

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FARMERVILLE — Choudrant High School took a 5-1 road win at Class 3A Union Parish High School last week thanks to a big second inning for the Class B Aggies.
After scoring on a groundout in the first inning, a Brandon Russell walk and Daniel Taylor single sparked Choudrants big second inning.
Seven errors committed on the day didn’t help the UPHS effort.
Taylor single started the second-inning surge, aided by a groundout that scored both Russell and Taylor.
Taylor led the Aggies with three hits on the day.

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Diamond ’Dogs hit road to face SFA

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Louisiana Tech looks regroup and move forward as the Diamond ’Dogs return their focus towards a midweek battle with Stephen F. Austin at 6:30 p.m. today in Nacogdoches, Texas.
The ’Dogs (15-5) who started last week with wins over Grambling and nationally-ranked Lafayette, dropped three close games to Southern Miss over the weekend to start Conference USA play.
Stephen F. Austin will enter the game looking to snap a three-game losing streak themselves as the Lumberacks (8-13) dropped a three-game set to McNeese State in Southland Conference action over the weekend.

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College hoops see good seasons

It’s all right there in the numbers.
A overall record of 76-46 — that’s a winning percentage of .623. A conference record of 50-22 for a .694 winning percentage. And a home slate of 45-12 for a winning percentage of .789.
That’s the combined records of our four Lincoln Parish college basketball programs this past season and proof that this has been one of the best overall seasons for the tandem of Louisiana Tech and Grambling State universities for decades.

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March 20th

Man dies in house fire

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Simsboro man perishes in his home

A Simsboro man died Saturday night in a fire that destroyed his Davis Road home.
Felton Cockerham, 77, was believed to have been trying to get out of structure but was unable to do so, Chief Kevin Reynolds, with the Lincoln Parish Fire Protection District No. 1, said this morning. Cockerham was the only occupant of the house.
Reynolds said the fire appears to have started from heating equipment. The frame house, located about eight miles south of Simsboro, apparently did not have working smoke detectors, Reynolds said.

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Joe Woods’ Wildwood Express Showcase on tap for Saturday

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On Saturday, the 11th annual Joe Woods Wildwood Express Showcase will be hosted by the Dixie Center for the arts.
Beginning at 6 p.m., the show will celebrate the life and legacy of Joe Woods, Mary Ann Woods, widow of Joe Woods, said.
“He had a soft spot for people in need,” Mary Ann Woods said. “He would organize the women who attended to make food and they would sell it at the service station next door.
Then he would give the money to whoever needed it most. He was very generous.

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Governor sets Ruston visit

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Gov. John Bel Edwards will be in Ruston on Wednesday to participate in a ribbon cutting at the Monster Moto corporate headquarters and youth recreational vehicle assembly plant, and a groundbreaking for North Village Apartments.
Both events are open to the public.
Edwards is also scheduled to speak earlier that morning at a private breakfast at Squire Creek Country Club in Choudrant, meet with area lawmakers and later in the afternoon conduct an invitation-only roundtable for about 300 business and civic leaders from Lincoln and Ouachita parishes.

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Bittersweet weeks for local seniors

It’s finally here — the final nine weeks of the 2016-17 school year.
That means these are the last remaining weeks for our parish seniors to decide what they want to do after they graduate.
There are a number of different routes seniors can take upon receiving their diploma.
However, now is the time when seniors need to begin making their decisions on issues such as college, employment and the future.
For the community college or university route, students who have yet to take the ACT or the SAT or are not satisfied with their scores, these are the final days to take the test.

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Small events equal a big joy

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The other day, I happened to glance at the odometer, and there the numbers sat in all their radiant glory: 111,111.
Instead of being annoyed that the miles were multiplying on my vehicle, I instead savored their symmetry. I’d never before seen that dashboard display.
The numerical combination reminded me of the digital watch heyday, when one of my roommates periodically called me over to observe her wrist at 11:11. Didn’t matter if it was a.m. or p.m., she knew that I, the woman who now ironically sports an asymmetrical haircut, would revel in the numbers’ rapport.

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USM completes sweep of Tech

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Louisiana Tech (15-4) could never recover from a rough start as Southern Miss (15-4) took the series finale in Ruston on Sunday afternoon with an 8-5 victory at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
Jordan Washam continued to swing a hot bat for the Bulldogs, picking up three more hits. Washam was joined in that category by Sean Ullrich who also picked up three hits.
Seven different Bulldogs picked up a hit in the loss on Saturday. Brent Diaz was the only other Louisiana Tech player to pick up multiple hits as he collected two.

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Techsters softball dominates Eagles

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Louisiana Tech completed a three-game Conference USA series sweep over Southern Miss Sunday afternoon winning the finale 8-1 at the USM Softball Complex.
With the win, Tech improved to 19-10 on the year, 5-1 in Conference USA action. The Lady Techsters own a two-game lead in the West Division through just two weekends of play. It marked the seventh straight Conference USA series that Louisiana Tech has won dating back to last year, extending the program record.

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