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April 19th, 2018

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Tennis Techsters to start C-USA tourney today

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RUSTON — The Louisiana Tech women’s tennis team looks to put an end to its three-game losing skid as they are set to take on Western Kentucky in the first round of the 2018 Conference USA Tennis Championship at 8 a.m. today at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center in Norfolk, Virginia.
Tech (9-11) earned the No. 10 seed for a second straight year while WKU (8-7), enters the postseason on a four-game losing streak and is the No. 7 seed..
This will be the first time since 2001 that these two squads face off on the tennis courts Tech leads the all-time series, 7-6.

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District 2B rivals set for showdown

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Choudrant, Simsboro to square off in regional playoffs
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It’ll be a cross-parish district showdown starting at 5 p.m. today as third-seeded Choudrant High School plays host to 14th-seeded Simsboro in the second round of the Class B softball playoffs at the Choudrant HS Softball Field.
Simsboro enters the game at 15-9 after defeating Negreet 5-1 Tuesday in first-round playoff action. Choudrant earned a first-round bye and enters the game at 19-3-1.
Gracie Watts will get the pitching for the Lady Tigers while Taylor Lampkin will start on the bump for Choudrant.

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Stop the bleeding: Teachers learn wound control techniques

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Louisiana Tech University Police Chief Randal Hermes is on a mission. He wants local educators know the basic skills to control a bleeding wound until help arrives.
“I thought it would be a good thing to get all our schools trained up and have trauma kits in every classroom. You need to be at yourself enough to know how to handle this until the EMT’s get there,” Hermes said.

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Locals organize Earth Day rally

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Residents to gather Sunday at Civic Center
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Lincoln Parish residents concerned about the environment will have the opportunity to join the Earth Day Rally scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at the Ruston Civic Center.
The Lincoln Parish Concerned Citizens Environmental Group organized the event to coincide with the international event to help demonstrate support for environmental protection.
Judith Howard, one of the nonpartisan group’s members, said the main focus of this year’s rally is reducing plastic usage.

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Spring cleaning

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E-waste, household trash, old meds, litter sought
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Grab a trash bag and your used electronics. It’s time to clean up around Ruston.
From 8 a.m. until 1 p.m., Saturday, the Keep Lincoln Parish Beautiful organization will hold its version of the Great American Cleanup.
Residents can not only to get rid of old computers and accessories, but also dispose of unwanted or outdated prescription medication, as well as to clean trash and debris from the roadside, their neighborhoods or other locations, Lindsay Gouedy, the environmental education coordinator for KLPB, said.

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Driver in accident unharmed

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The driver of this Ford Focus walked away uninjured this morning after he lost control of his vehicle and rolled it over on Highway 80 east of Georgia Avenue. No other information was available as of press time.

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April 18th

Reader writes about a pivotal point in their life

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I have enjoyed several high spots throughout my 85 years.
In 1959, I received a direct promotion to 2nd Lieutenant from Staff Sergeant teaching missile radar systems.
In 1964, I graduated from Army flight school at Fort Rucker, Alabama.
In 1966, I graduated from the US Army Advanced Officer’s course, which qualified my promotion to Major.
In June of 1966, I became an assault helicopter flight leader in the First Cavalry Division.
In June of 1967, I completed my tour in combat and returned to the United States.

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Eyes on the storm: We were fortunate

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I couldn’t have driven down Hilly Avenue if I had wanted to.
The pavement was too far under snapped tops of pine trees, spaghetti-like tangles of utility lines and random fragments of bent aluminum.
So I walked in with two Ruston firefighters. They were checking on people trapped inside their houses by even more toppled trees that had crashed into their roofs and formed barricades across their front doors.
Firefighter Jody Wainwright and Capt. Tommy Caesar stepped over debris, went to whatever entrance was accessible and knocked.
“Fire department,” they called out.

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Tornado leaves path of thanks

At this time last week, the National Weather Service began to warn of the possibility of severe weather beginning on Friday the 13th.
They were right.
But the ominous wall clouds that swirled over the parish around 6 o’clock in the evening were only the prelude. The tornado struck six hours later, at 2:02 a.m. on Saturday.
By now, everybody knows the storm left a path of downed trees and power lines as it tracked from the southwest corner of Lincoln Parish northwest until it twisted across the parish line near East Sibley Road.

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