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April 9th, 2015

Weather watchers wanted

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Storm spotter class offered to public

Area residents who want to help the National Weather Service be on the lookout for severe weather can attend a basic Skywarn storm spotter certification class Monday at 6 p.m. at the Lincoln Parish Public Safety Complex, located at 161 Road Camp Road.
The two-hour session is free of charge, with all materials provided. Advance registration is not required. This is the first time the class has been offered locally.
Skywarn spotters are not storm chasers, but are trained, volunteer weather watchers, Jason Hansford, senior meteorologist with the NWS Shreveport office, said.

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Choudrant chases grant

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The village of Choudrant Town Council has been given the opportunity to apply for a Community Development Block Grant administered by the state Division of Administration.
Bill Sanderson, mayor of Choudrant, said the state requires procedures to ensure adequate citizen participation in order to apply for the grant.
At its regular meeting on Monday, the council passed an ordinance to provide citizens with an informational meeting and provide a public hearing to obtain the citizen’s views on what to do with the grant money.

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WWII exhibit showcases our history

High school juniors of New Tech @ Ruston hosted a World War II exhibit on Wednesday at the Lincoln Parish Library.
The free event included exhibits on African Americans during the war, the Pacific Theater, women during the war, the European Theater, rationing supplies, domestic policies, the African Theater and inventions and advancements made during the war, Tara Raue, New Tech @ Ruston English teacher, said.

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Downtown living initiative

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Three years ago, I had the pleasure of attending a journalism conference in Tennessee.
During my trip to the conference, my professor, another student and I made a pit stop in Memphis, Tennessee.
We explored several places, but what caught my eye the most was how much the downtown area had changed.
My family and I used to stop in Memphis on our way to family vacations and I remember thinking how vacant some of the areas were in the city.

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Children's Home thanks community

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Throughout the year, the Children’s Home in Ruston is blessed by the generosity of many individuals, civic groups, clubs and organizations which represent the Ruston community.
Our staff and children are very appreciative of these efforts. We are the recipient of fundraising efforts by local Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops, sorority philanthropic events, groups of employees who pool their money to purchase items like bicycles and helmets, and so much more.

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Emmanuel enjoying springtime

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Top left photo, is Ella Morse, 2, enjoying an Easter family event at Emmanuel. Families attended the Easter egg hunts and picnic with their children or grandchildren to step outside and have fun under the sun.
Top right photo, are Rick and Christy Gallot with their 3-year-old son Christopher enjoying the Easter egg hunts and picnic at Emmanuel.

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Tech concrete canoe, steel bridge teams win at ASCE

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Louisiana Tech University’s American Society of Civil Engineers Concrete Canoe and Steel Bridge teams swept the 2015 Deep South Conference competition in Oxford, Mississippi, recently, bringing nine awards back to Tech and earning spots in the national competitions.
Tech won first place overall in the concrete canoe competition, earning awards in the Women’s Sprint, Men’s Sprint, Coed Endurance Race, Coed Sprint and Design Paper and Oral Presentation categories.
In the steel bridge competition, Tech took second place overall and placed first in the Display category.

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2015 Kids 3-Pot Cast Iron Cook-Off held at Lake Claiborne

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Everyone gathered at the 2015 Kids 3-Pot Cast Iron Cook-Off held at Lake Claiborne State Park on March 28. Activities included cooking clinics and demonstrations, pancake relay races, hot dog lunch, the Kids 3-Pot Cast Iron Cook-Off and Pot Luck Supper.

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Techsters take down ULM

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Bailey Allen struck out a career-high seven and Janine Godwin hit a go-ahead two-run home run to lift Louisiana Tech to a 3-1 win over UL-Monroe Wednesday night at the Lady Techster Softball Complex.
Allen (6-1) picked up her sixth win of the season, allowing only one run on six hits and no walks while striking out seven in the complete-game performance. Allen continued a streak of 23 straight innings that Tech pitchers have not issued a walk to an opposing batter.
Tech (25-10) avenged a season-opening loss to ULM (24-13). The two teams will meet again in Monroe on April 21.

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’Dogs sweep Trojans

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Louisiana Tech used a four-run inning and a stellar pitching performance by Braden Bristo to sweep its midweek series over UALR with a 7-1 victory Wednesday night at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
With the game tied, 1-1, after five and a half innings of play, Tech (15-15) second baseman Taylor Love led off the sixth with a triple and came home on a sacrifice fly by Taylor Nichols to give the Bulldogs the final lead of the ball game over UALR (11-18).

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