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April 11th, 2018

Lady Aggies rally back to pick up win

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CHOUDRANT — Choudrant High School jumped in front before having to rally back for a 9-7 home win over Montgomery on Tuesday.
The Lady Aggies, 19-3 and ranked No. 3 in Class B, will play their regular season final tonight against Castor before playoff brackets are announced on Thursday.
Choudrant jumped out on top againts Montgomery with a four-run third inning sparked by a two-run homer from Olivia Hennen, the ninth round-tripper of the season for the junior catcher.

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Rock Island Greenway: Transformation of former railroad bed continues

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When Ammen Jordan first began pitching the idea of a shared use bicycle and pedestrian path along the old Rock Island Railroad bed through Ruston, he didn’t know what kind of public reception to expect.
But now, two years into the project, “I would say the community support for the greenway has been heartwarming,” said Jordan, Ruston’s director of development.
The “greenway” is short for Rock Island Greenway. That’s the formal name of the corridor, that when complete, will stretch almost 6 miles from the northern to southern city limits.

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LPPJ votes to table litigation issue

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Citing lack of information, the Lincoln Parish Police Jury voted to table a resolution that would have entered the parish in a nationwide litigation against companies that manufacture and distribute opioids.
The vote came during the jury’s regularly scheduled monthly meeting Tuesday.
The jury was expected to vote on a resolution authorizing jury President Randy Roberson to enter into an agreement with several attorneys working on a statewide litigation to provide services related to damages sustained by the use of opioids.

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Parish administrator not seeking reappointment

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Lincoln Parish Administrator Courtney Hall said he will not seek reappointment when his term expires in 2019.
Hall’s announcement came during a discussion Tuesday to determine if the parish police jury’s personnel and benefits committee would consider hiring an assistant parish administrator.
Following discussion, the committee approved the job description and decided to use the same process and scheduling recently used to hire the new parish treasurer.

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Origin Bancorp seeks to become public

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Origin Bancorp, a Ruston-based company with 41 branches throughout Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi, has filed a registration statement with the federal Securities and Exchange Commission with intention of conducting an initial public offering of stock, thereby become a public company.
Origin Bank President and CEO Drake Mills made the announcement this morning.
“Until that process is complete, we are not in a position to discuss details,” Mill said in a prepared statement.
According Nasdaq.com, Origin asked to raise up to $90 million in the initial public offering.

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Children enjoy fashion show

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Scarlett Cooper, 4, walks the runway Tuesday evening at the “Fashion From Our Block” fashion show at The Children’s Shoppe in downtown Ruston sponsored by Vintage & Vogue, Chessy’s Boutique and The Children’s Shoppe. The event was part of Fashion Week. For more photos see The Ruston Daily Leader, page 2.

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April 10th

Ruston Fashion Week

April 9-14
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Lady Tigers take DH over Texas College

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TYLER, Texas — Five times this season, the Grambling State University softball team picked up victories against Texas College, including a doubleheader sweep on Monday afternoon at Fun Forest Park.
Grambling State (10-22) won the opener, 20-14, and took the second game, 14-2 in five innings.
Game 1: GSU 20,
Texas College 14
Texas College struck first with five runs in the first and one in the second to grab a 6-0 lead. Grambling State cut the deficit to 6-4 with four runs in the third.

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Milestone for Montgomery as Tech sweeps Charlotte

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CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — Morgan Turkoly hit two home runs and drove in seven runs to lead Louisiana Tech to an 11-2 win over Charlotte in the first game of a doubleheader sweep by the Lady Techsters Sunday afternoon at Sue M. Daughtridge Stadium.
Tech (23-17, 10-5 Conference USA) won the second game 9-4 to complete the three-game sweep and extend its season long winning streak to seven games. The final win of the weekend was a milestone for head coach Mark Montgomery who picked up his 500th career win on the collegiate level, the 170th during his six years in Ruston.

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Bearcats sweep past Delhi Charter

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The Ruston High School Bearcats picked up a pair of wins Monday as they swept a doubleheader over Delhi Charter, winning the opener 11-1 and the nightcap 4-0. Pictured is Ruston’s C.J. Willis blasting a home run out of the park.

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