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October 13th, 2005

Bradshaw tosses perfect game

Bradshaw (13-2) recorded nine strikeouts in seven innings and did not allow a single Converse Wildcat to reach base safely here Saturday, as Choudrant (28-8) advances to the semifinal round of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Class B state playoffs with a 9-0 win.
Converse did not hit a ball out of the infield until the fourth inning when Aaron Sistrunk and J. V. Lafitte both flied out to center field. Phillip Vansickle was the only other Wildcat to put the ball in the outfield flying out to left field to begin the seventh.

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Alexander agrees to repay Democrats

Alexander, who was elected to the House of Representatives as a Democrat in 2002, changed his alliance just before qualifying for his 5th Congressional District seat closed Friday afternoon.
"I did not want to spend the next three months defending my voting record to my party," Alexander said.
Alexander was criticized by Democratic leaders for his outspoken support of President Bush and conservative stance on issues such as abortion and gun control.

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Veterans Day recognizes those who served their nation

From Germany to Guam, Africa to Antwerp, and San Juan to the Sunni Triangle, U.S. servicemen and women have galantly served, laying their lives on the line for our allies and families. To understand why Nov. 11 was chosen as the date for this annual holiday, and when it began, we have to go back to World War I.

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Former Ruston resident introduces 'Tweel' invention

Neither was it enormously shocking for Professor Emeritus and retired Louisiana Tech University Chemical Engineering professor Ron Thompson to discover his son, a Ruston High and 1983 Tech mechanical engineering graduate, was the lead engineer in designing the "Tweel."
Bart Thompson, employed with Michelin America's Research and Development Center, has appeared recently on The Discovery Channel from The Detroit Auto Show to discuss the practical applications of the Tweel, a tire and wheel combination.

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Terry takes helm at Chamber

"Someone called and asked for a telephone number and I didn't have a phone book," Terry said. "But I've got one now."
Other than that one stumble, Terry said it was a "great, exciting start, meeting old friends, making new friends and finding my way around town."
The city of Ruston has changed a bit since his days at Louisiana Tech University, Terry, 47, said.
"It takes a little adjustment, re-learning where everything is at," he said.

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Tech teacher adds style to studio tour

The master of fine arts student will submit two different groups of paintings for public view — one consisting of traditional landscapes and still lifes and the other presenting portrayals of people in everyday settings.
Several paintings Kennedy has named the "Laundromat series" highlight this second category. These paintings were derived from drawings Kennedy has sketched over the last ten years.

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Tech graduate students display art on studio tour

NCLAC executive director Shelby McDuff said the tour is marketed in Texas, Mississippi and Arkansas, as well as Louisiana.
"We expect a good crowd," McDuff said. "We've been doing this (tour) for ten years to promote Ruston as a cultural tourism destination and promote artists within this region."
The tour will include more than 60 artists and crafts people, with their creations on display at 18 area locations.

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Seven arrested for DWI at checkpoint

In an effort to cut down on drunken driving on New Year's Eve, state troopers and Ruston police officers staged the checkpoint on the South Service Road between Tarbutton Road and Louisiana Highway 544.
During the checkpoint, which ran from 11 p.m. Friday night until 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning, the troopers and officers stopped nearly 400 drivers, made 37 field sobriety tests and arrested seven drivers, according to a press release from Troop F public information officer Julie Lewis.

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Mays reelected to lead Police Jury

Mays, the juror for District 12, was one of eight new jurors who took office after elections last March and April. In accepting a second term as president, he challenged his fellow jurors to continue the work begun in April.

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Local soldier spends Thanksgiving in Iraq

"This is the first year Rob, Mandy and I have been separated from Jamie," she said, choking back the tears. "I asked him about Christmas; he said just wait until he gets home."
Cpl. Jamie Richardson, 20, is with the Arkansas National Guard's Alpha Company, 3-153rd Infantry serving in Iraq. The Choudrant native joined the military in February.

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