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June 30th, 2015

Tech football opener should be sight to see

In less than two months — on Sept. 5 — the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs football team will open the 2015 season at home against Southern University at Joe Aillet Stadium.
And oh what a sight it will be for the Bulldog Nation.
The highly-anticipated and widely-publicized construction of the $20 million-plus South End Zone project has been the focal point of the new additions to Joe Aillet Stadium since construction began more than a year ago.
But there will be even more new and exciting things to see than that state-of-the-art facility.

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June 29th

Therapy dog helps senior citizens

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Service dog, Wolfie, bring joy to Alpine Guest Care Center residents
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Wolfie strolls down the wide hall at Ruston’s Alpine Guest Care Center, glancing in each room she passes. She turns her head, stops and walks up to man sitting in a wheelchair.
His hand brushes Wolfie’s salt-and-pepper fur. Her wings — Wolfie is dressed as a fairy, complete with pink satin skirt — go a bit askew. But neither Wolfie nor her new friend seems to care.
The man speaks, his words jumbled. His hand talks for him, as he continues to run his fingers through Wolfie’s thick coat. Both Wolfie and the man are content.

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Retro Cover Band Closes Out Festival

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Molly Ringwalds play to Railroad park crowd
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The Molly Ringwalds perform as the headlining act in front of a large crowd in Railroad Park for the 2015 Peach Festival on Saturday.

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Library holds events Tuesday

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The Lincoln Parish Library in conjunction with the Hampstead Stage Company will be holding two events on Tuesday.
The Animal Physicality event will be at 2 p.m. in the Library Events Center.
A production of Robin Hood will be at 6 p.m. also in the Library Events Center.
The Animal Physicality event will be a drama workshop geared towards children from kindergarten to the second grade, but any children interested can participate, Sarah Creekmore, administrative assistant at the Lincoln Parish Library, said.  

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DART training provides information

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Human trafficking.
Internet crimes against children.
Sexual harassment.
Almost everyone has heard these phrases, but most people acknowledge that they aren’t quite sure what each one means. They seem taken from the TV show, Law and Order.

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Pet of the Week

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Meet Cynthia. She is a sweet and calm girl that loves everyone around her. Cynthia is a treeing walker Coonhound mix. She is up to date on shots and spayed. She is looking for her furever home. Come see her today at 4 Paws Rescue in Ruston. Their hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. They are closed Sunday and open Monday by appointment only. They are located at 290 Rodeo Road in Ruston.

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Leader hauls in LSWA accolades

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NATCHITOCHES — Ruston Daily Leader Sports Department staffers O.K. “Buddy” Davis and T. Scott Boatright picked up awards Sunday at the annual Louisiana Sports Writers Association banquet held at The Landing restaurant.
Davis picked up first-place honors in in the Class II College Column category with his piece on Lady Techster head coach Tyler Summitt.
“Best in the category by a long shot,” wrote the judges of Davis’ column.
Davis, who suffered a stroke two years, said he’s just happy to be writing and competing.

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Former Tech QB Martin joins Cavalry staff

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Jason Martin hopes the stratospheric statistics he compiled as a collegian rubs off on quarterbacks lining up under his guidance this fall.
The former Oak Grove High School and Louisiana Tech University star has been chosen as the quarterbacks’ coach at Shreveport Calvary Baptist, according to Cavalier Athletic Director Johnny Booty.
“Jason Martin is going to be a fine addition to our coaching staff and someone the kids are going to look up to,” Booty said.
At Tech, Martin produced some aerial numbers that had opponents looking upward.

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State Sports Hall of Fame inducts 11 new members

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NATCHITOCHES —The eight athletes and coaches inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, like many before them, authored record-setting careers during their playing, coaching and training days.
So it comes as little surprise the induction ceremony honoring the 11-member class added another mark to its collective resume. In front of a tightly packed, record-setting crowd of 831 patrons inside the Natchitoches Events Center on Saturday night, those 11 men and women officially became part of the statewide shrine to the Pelican State’s top athletes, coaches and administrators.

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Peach Fest was huge success

The 65th annual Louisiana Peach Festival has come and gone.
This year featured a world records, non-stop live music and plenty of peaches.
One of the state’s longest running festivals, the Peach Festival embodies what Ruston is all about.
At this year’s festival, partnering with the Hampton Inn, the world’s largest peach cobbler ever took home the Guiness World Record.
The cobbler weighed in at 2,251 pounds, 46 pounds more than needed to set the record.
This year’s festival will remain in the history books until someone attempts to beat the record.

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