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May 26th

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Jake Folden of Grace Methodist follows through on a pitch during a recent Ruston Parks and Recreation Department Church League softball game against Temple Baptist Church. Temple was a 17-3 winner.

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Smith: Perfect day at plate

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Ex-RHS star has three hits in ULL tourney loss
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By O.K. Davis
buddy@rustonleader.com
For ex-Ruston High School star Katie Smith, there was good news and not-so-good news regarding the NCAA softball championships in Tempe, Ariz., this weekend.
The good news: Smith had a big day at the plate with a perfect three-for-three performance that accounted for all but two of her team’s hits.
But the No. 7 nationally ranked Ragin’ Cajuns (53-6) were eliminated from the national tournament with an 8-0 loss to No. 2 ranked and defending national champion Arizona State (51-9).
The victory advanced the Sun Devils into next week’s NCAA College World Series.
All of Smith’s hits were singles and she also had four putouts from her left field position.
Track
The outcome was bittersweet for Northwestern State University freshman javelin thrower and former Cedar Creek High star Ashley Aldredge at the NCAA track and field East preliminaries held in Jacksonville, Fla., this weekend.
Aldredge made the cut from 48 East regional qualifiers down to 16 finalists, getting the No. 16 spot by an inch with a 141-9 mark on her first throw. She improved by a foot on her opening try in the finals, but did not move up in place, settling for No. 16 and falling shy of one of the 12 berths at the national semifinals in early June at Des Moines, Iowa.
Competing with a painful nerve problem in her right (throwing) forearm, Aldredge fouled on four of six throws and had her shortest mark (142-9 on her first of three tries in the finals) of the season. It would have taken 148-0 to finish No. 12. She had topped that in every meet this year.
Golf
On Friday, former Simsboro High School student Tessa Teachman and her LSU teammates took the Legends Club course in Franklin, Tenn., to its knees with a one-over par round of 289 at the 2012 NCAA women’s golf tournament, as LSU finished a program best third place for the second consecutive year.
Teachman, competing in her final collegiate tournament, struggled late in the final round with three bogeys before finishing with a birdie to tie for third overall at one-under 287 (69-74-70-74). Teachman was one of four golfers to post under par numbers for the 72-hole event.
Teachman, who at one point early in the round was tied for the lead, finished tied for third with Laura Gonzalez of Purdue with one-under 287 (67-76-74-70).

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Dietz selected for college Hall

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The National Football Foundation (NFF) announced on Tuesday that former Louisiana Tech University Head Coach William “Lone Star”” Dietz was one of the members of the College Football Hall of Fame 2012 Divisional Class.
The Divisional College Football Hall of Fame considers players and coaches from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the NAIA for induction.
This year’s class will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame during the Enshrinement Festival, July 20-21, in South Bend, Ind.

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Legends reach title contest in tourney

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The newly formed Louisiana Legends’ AAU basketball team has started off its summer schedule by reaching the championship game of the recent North Texas AA& Super Regionals Qualifying tournament in Dallas.
In a back-and-forth game against the Thunder, the Legends were edged 61-58.
Pacing the scoring for the Legends were Jaquez Coleman (five), Tre’Vaun Calahan (two), Malik Henry (two), Davauhnte Turner (11), Martreyivous Tolston (14), Raheem Regis (16), Emanuel McNeal (five) and Tavares McNeal (three).

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‘Click It’ and cork it this holiday

Many residents will be off work on Memorial Day, and some may use this time to get in their cars to go to the lake or family gatherings.
Those who do get in a vehicle on Monday should refrain from drinking if they are driving, and if they are riding, ensure the driver has not consumed alcohol. And just as important, everyone in the car should have their seatbelt buckled.

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Man discusses lowering flags, past wars

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Memorial Day weekend is the time the United States honors American veterans each year. Approximately 600,000 men and women have given their lives for our country since World War I. Most of those individuals were young and they had to be in excellent health to fight for their country. Hundreds of thousands were wounded, and about a third of those sustained life long injuries.

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Public invited to exhibit at museum

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Kelly Fearing grew up on Minden Street in Ruston. He attended Ruston High School, and he graduated from Louisiana Tech. He continued his study of art at Columbia University in New York City. All who associated with him knew that he would be a force in the world of art. His superior talent was not a secret in his many artistic endeavors.

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Resident: Radically shrink government

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Benjamin Franklin wrote, “... two passions which have influenced in the affairs of men ... ambition and avarice ... Place before such men a post of honor, that shall at the same time be a place of profit, and they will move heaven and earth to obtain it.”  

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Those who paid the greatest price

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During the wintry, polar-like months of 1944-45, he lay on a frozen branch as his blood flowed ever so slowly from his side. His unit had gone ahead. They did not know he had just been struck by a German bullet. When he fell on the snow it had been white; it now turned red with his blood. There was no relief in sight. The wound was going to be fatal if left untreated, and there was no one around. In the temperatures that had sometimes gone to 20 degrees below zero during the Battle of the Bulge, he shivered as a different feeling of cold came over him.  He knew he would not be rescued. He prayed. He knew he was going to die very soon on that lonely, icy battlefield in the middle of nowhere. His thoughts of his life collectively, swiftly and clearly passed before his eyes.  He wanted to say “goodbye” to so many.

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Adopt-A-School awards honor partners

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The Lincoln Parish Adopt-A-School Program recently wrapped up another record-breaking year during its Fourth Annual End-of-Year Celebration and Luncheon. Co-Sponsored by the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and Lincoln ACHIEVE, the event was attended by roughly 120 Chamber and Education partners who participated throughout the 2011-12 year. 
Highlights of the event included a recap of its successful community service projects, which included raising more than $12,000 for Komen for the Cure, breaking its own record for a single-day contribution to the food pantry at Christian Community Action and showcasing its third “Go GREEN!” project with 13 schools participating in the Community wide Clean up Day and sponsoring green initiatives on their respective campuses.

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