Top Photo: Children aged 7-14 showed up to participate in RPAR’s annual Pitch, Hit and Run competition on Saturday.
Bottoom Photo: Winners of the RPAR event will go on to compete in an event Saturday in Pineville. See a list of those winners on page 3.
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The 12th annual Martin Luther King Day Noon Ecumenical Observance will be held Monday in the Ruston Civic Center.
Nationally renowned success coach and motivational speaker Steve Birdine will be the keynote speaker. Birdine will address this year’s theme, “Reaffirming the Power of Action.” The office of multicultural affairs at Louisiana Tech sponsors the event.
To exemplify the theme, this year’s event will be preceded by the service-learning project, “A Walk for Education,” led by The National Society of Black Engineers at Louisiana Tech.
Over the last 15 years, the North Louisiana Exhibition Center has grown into a continuously booked venue.
Angela Manning, commissioner of the expo center, said in order for the center to continue to provide its customers what is needed, as well as expand to new customers, new stalls had to be purchased.
“We have grown in the last few years to the point that in order for us to grow to the capacity we need to, we need new stalls,” she said. “We only have 179 stalls right now, and in order to have a show that would be considered a regional or national level we need 300 to 500 stalls.”