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March 27th

State budgets in a fine mess

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Well now, this is a fine mess. First it was budget cuts to higher education, then hospitals, mental health services and hospice. Now it’s the elimination of a program that provides immunizations for Louisiana’s indigent children.

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Patton takes care of business

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Ex-Tech star pleased with ‘Pro Day’ performance
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Quinton Patton was in his usual comedy skit routine at Joe Aillet Stadium Tuesday afternoon.
He clowned around with former Louisiana Tech University teammates, grabbed a Shreveport television announcer’s microphone and began ad-libbing to anyone who would listen and urged a sportswriter to ask when big offensive lineman Jordan Mills was going to get his next pedicure.
Vintage Patton, to be sure.
But when instructed to go through a plethora of drills and tests on the school’s annual “Pro Day,” he was as serious and focused as a NASA engineer studying soil samples from Mars.

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Bulldogs tame Tigers, 6-0

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Louisiana Tech University derailed Grambling State University’s recent success against in-state teams on Tuesday night.
Entering the meeting of the Interstate Highway 20 rivals, the Tigers (9-14) had captured three consecutive victories against Louisiana foes, including a 4-0 shutout of the University of Louisiana-Monroe.
But the G-Men’s growl was silenced with a combined five-hit “pitch by committee” performance from the Bulldogs (11-16), who bounced back from two weekend home losses to new Western Athletic Conference opponent Seattle University.

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Tech to host Lady Demons in softball

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Louisiana Tech and Northwestern State will meet for the fifth time this season when the Lady Techsters host the Lady Demons today at 6 p.m. at the Lady Techster Softball Complex.
Although Tech (13-15, 1-2 Western Athletic Conference) leads the all-time series 50-42 over NSU, the Lady Demons (23-6) have won three out of four games this year. Tech’s lone victory was a 4-3 win in Natchitoches on March 2.
Head Coach Mark Montgomery’s team is coming off a weekend series where the Lady Techsters won the opener 8-4 over New Mexico State before dropping a doubleheader 11-3 and 9-7.

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Nalborska honored in WAC

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Louisiana Tech University’s Joanna Nalborska was announced today as the Western Athletic Conference women’s Tennis Player of the Week for her performance in the opening weekend of conference play.
The Warsaw, Poland native led the Lady Techsters to a 3-1 finish last week in just three days of action at the Spartan Tennis Complex in San Jose, Calif.
The doubles tandem of Nalborska and Alexandra Starkova went a perfect 4-0 to remain undefeated as a duo this season.
The freshman also went undefeated in singles at the No. 3 and No. 2 positions without dropping a single set.

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RHS, Creek gain softball wins

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Ruston High School’s softball team got a route-going pitching performance from Margeaux Smith along with two hits and a run batted in to highlight a 9-8 victory over Shreveport Captain Shreve on Tuesday.
The Lady Bearcats improved to an overall record of 7-11 under first-year Head Coach Katie Corbell.
Also aiding the offense were Shelby Webb (one-for-two, three runs), Hannah Albritton (two-for-four, two-run home run) and Caroline Garrett (two-for-three, RBI, two runs).
Ruston will take an 0-4 District 2-5A record into a home game against West Monroe Thursday starting at 4 p.m.

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March 26th

Teaching greatness

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IAL math teacher makes home in Ruston
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Throughout the month of March, women are honored for their contributions to history. This year, the focus has been on women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.
Locally, there are a number of women who have had a profound impact in the STEM careers, and among them are several teachers.
Aquanetta Archangel, a math teacher at I.A. Lewis, is one of those women. She has been a sixth-grade teacher for four years and was named as the I.A. Lewis Teacher of the Year, as well as runner up for the Lincoln Parish Teacher of the Year.

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Calling for vendors

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NCLAC, Tech prepare for ‘Bazaar Experiment’

If Ruston did not exist, there probably wouldn’t be a Louisiana Tech University. If Tech didn’t exist, there probably wouldn’t be much of a Ruston. In order to bridge the two sub-communities together, The Bazaar Experiment, a family friendly festival type event, will be held in Downtown Ruston from 11 a.m. until midnight April 20. And to make the event a success, the bazaar needs vendors.
Although members of Tech’s student body are spearheading the Bazaar Experiment, the North Central Louisiana Arts Council is coordinating vendors and children’s activities.

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Tech students stage slavery stand

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As a cardboard drawing of Abraham Lincoln’s face watched over Centennial Plaza, Louisiana Tech University students gathered recently to raise awareness about slavery in today’s society.
Josh Norton, director of the event and the International Justice Mission leader, decided to bring the Stand for Freedom to Tech.
“Stand For Freedom is a nationwide event that we decided to get involved with after finding out that slavery was such an issue,” Norton said.
“We stand for 27 hours because there are 27 million slaves out there who need our help.”

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Brush up on fertilizer knowledge this spring

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March 20 was officially the first day of spring and it is evident by the activity around the garden centers that most gardeners are ready for the season.
Plants, outdoor fixtures and materials to maintain the landscapes and gardens are finding their way to the home. One of the common purchases by homeowners is fertilizer.
Fertilizers are materials containing plant nutrients that are added to the environment around the plant. Generally, they are added to the water or soil, but some can also be sprayed on the plant leaves.

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