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November 14th, 2017

Tech athletes winning in class

It’s always important for collegiate student-athletes to succeed academically as well as in the sport they play.
And the Ruston Daily Leader congratulates Louisiana Tech’s athletics department and student-athletes for making that happen.
Tech’s student-athletes recorded a Graduation Success Rate above 80 percent for the fifth straight year while also graduating at a higher rate than the student body, according to the NCAA’s 2017 Graduation Success Rate data released last week.

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November 13th

Florian of New Christie Minstrels to perform at parish library

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Residents may not recognize the name William Florian, but if you love 60s and 70s American folk music, you may remember The New Christie Minstrels, the group where he wrote and performed as lead singer.

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Boys and Girls Club gives youth care, attention

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Editor’s Note: This is the first part in a two part series about the creation, focus and future of the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana.
In 1997, a group of locals came together in an attempt to give local youth the proper care and attention they needed after school — the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana.
Bill Autrey, one of the founding members of the club, recalled the first time he realized there was a need in the community for constructive after school activities for young people.

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Police Jury to vote on Enterprise Zone endorsement

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The Lincoln Parish Police Jury is expected to vote Tuesday on endorsing an Enterprise Zone request for a family entertainment center in Ruston.
The decision is one of several items the jury will consider during the board’s regularly scheduled monthly meeting.
The jury will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Lincoln Parish Courthouse and is open to the public.
Among other items on the jury’s agenda:
• Consideration to authorize police jury President Randy Roberson to execute a interagency cooperation endeavor agreement for the Lincoln Parish GIS System;

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Two Ruston men shot after party

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Two Ruston area men were airlifted to separate hospitals early Sunday morning after being shot during an argument at a rental cabin at Lake D’Arbonne State Park near Farmerville.
One of the two men, Dana Cross, is thought to be the brother to the suspected shooter who is being sought by the Union Parish sheriff’s deputies. The suspected shooter has been identified as Louis S. Cross, 30, of Ruston.
Sheriff Dusty Gates identified the other wounded man as Terrance Cortez Rollins. He said both of the wounded men are in their mid to late 20s.

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Rapid Lube lends helping hand

Business donates to fire-displaced Head Start
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Rick Breen’s Rapid Lube ​has donated $10 dollars from every oil change at its Ruston location from Oct. 30 through Nov. 4 to benefit relief efforts for the Paul E. Slaton Head Start in Ruston.
Fire destroyed the center on Oct 17.
Since then Head Start administrators at Ruston’s Zion Traveler Baptist Church had have reached an agreement to house the classes at the church through the end of the school year.
In total, $2,750 was donated by Rick Breen’s Rapid Lube as a result of the fundraiser.

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An outpouring of gratitude: DART gives thanks

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Editor’s note: This is the second part in a two part series of DART thanking the community.
Last week I began a column in which I tried to thank literally thousands of people who stepped in to help the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team in a variety of ways with over a dozen projects and events during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Naturally, I soon realized that I would need to divide our outpouring of thanks into two columns.
In part one, I wrote primarily about the Pumpkin Patch and the Candlelight Vigil, our two official events of the month.

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Please eschew the luminous heebie-jeebies

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I’m falling down on the job. But hopefully, you haven’t noticed.
You see, I keep a computer file of skeletal column ideas. At the top of the list, though, is a mere inventory of words I’d like to use in future columns. Oh, I know, we writers aren’t supposed to eagerly search our thesauri. But if you’re a word-lover — a logophile, if you will — a sesquipedalian word every now and then doesn’t hurt.

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Club celebrates 20 years

The Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana are currently celebrating 20 years of service to the Lincoln Parish community.
The club began in 1997 and is more successful than ever in the aid they give to local children.
In fact, because of the popularity of the club, there is a waiting list for new members.
The reason the club is so popular with local families is because of the lessons taught inside the walls. Not only do children increase their education, they also learn how to be good citizens.

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Techsters top LSU-Alexandria

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Newcomers Taylor Stahly, Maria Delgado and Nikki McDonald all scored in double figures leading Louisiana Tech to an 87-47 win over NAIA foe LSU-Alexandria before 1,563 fans at the Thomas Assembly Center Sunday afternoon.
Junior Kierra Anthony tied her career high with 23 points in only 17 minutes while Alexus Malone and Zhanae Whitney each pulled down 10 rebounds giving the lady Techsters (2-0) a 53-32 advantage on the boards. Tech’s bench accounted for 42 of its 87 points in the win.

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