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April 10th, 2018

Diamond ’Dogs play at LSU tonight

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The No. 25 Louisiana Tech baseball team will head south to Baton Rouge for a chance at another win over a ranked opponent, this time taking on No. 19 LSU from Alex Box Stadium at 6:30 p.m. today.
The contest between the two nationally-ranked foes will be streamed live on SEC Network+ and can be seen on the WatchESPN app.
The Bulldogs (24-10, 9-3 Conference USA) appear in the national rankings for the second-consecutive week, remaining among the top-25 of D1 Baseball’s National Poll. Tech also continues to receive votes in the USA Today Coaches Poll (36).

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Tech earns Military Friendly School designation

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For the fifth consecutive year, Louisiana Tech University has been named a Military Friendly School, earning the 2018-19 Military Friendly designation from Victory Media.
“Veterans, active-duty members of the military, and their families share a wealth of experience in the classroom and beyond,” Louisiana Tech President Les Guice said. “Their experiences make our University rich, no matter where they are enrolled in classes. We are dedicated to honoring them and earning this special designation each year.”

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Criticism can be constructive if done properly

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Believe it or not, parents can be rude to their children sometimes. What parents call “guidance,” children hear as “criticism.”
Some criticism is deserved if it is constructive.
However, criticism is very bad manners if it is unnecessarily harsh, unkind or intrusive.
According to a survey of teenagers, here are some of the rude things parents said to their teens:

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W.O. Bagwell's customers were definitely his friends

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If you want to see him slowly shake his head and roll his eyes; call him a legend, suggest that he’s famous. Those words are nice; but they don’t fit someone with his demeanor. They do however fit someone, anyone, whose lifetime body of work is as impressive as that of W.O. Bagwell.
William Oren Bagwell grew up in a small tight-knit community just northeast of Dubach we all called Fellowship. Sadly, his dad died in a car crash when was 10 leaving him and his mom to tend their farm. After finishing high school, he decided to become a barber and set up shop in downtown Dubach.

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Parish all-staters commended

Lincoln Parish capped off a winning college basketball season — and yes, all four of our parish teams finished above .500 — this weekend with the announcement of the Louisiana Sports Writers Association All-State teams.
Louisiana Tech and Grambling State were both represented on each squad.
Four local players were named to All-Louisiana Women’s Team, led by first team selections Alexus Malone of Louisiana Tech and Shakyla Hill of Grambling State.

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Chautauqua series opens tonight

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The Lincoln Parish Museum’s Spring Chautauqua series kicks off today with a lecture about Treasures of the Louisiana Tech Archives and one local student’s social studies project on the Ruston Chautauqua.
The series will start at 6 p.m. today and continue each Tuesday evening in April. All of the hour-long presentations are free and open to the public.
Nolan Eller, head of the Louisiana Tech University archives, said his presentation will center on the various materials that can be found in the university’s archives.

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Loggers will need permit in Union Parish

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FARMERVILLE — Gavin Lane may not look the part, but his story makes him a migrant worker.
A native of northwest Oregon, Lane found a 21st century mail-order bride — someone he met online — married her and moved to Claiborne Parish, where and it looked like his chosen profession was a perfect fit to find a job. Like the lyric to the song, “... just like his Dad and his Daddy before,” Lane worked in the timber industry. Specifically he hauled lumber from where the trees were felled to where they were milled.

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He believed in music: Joe Woods’ Wildwood Express tribute show set

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In life, Joe Woods loved to do two things: make music and help people. Woods died in 2001, but his passion lives on through the annual Joe Woods Wildwood Express tribute show and fundraiser.
This year’s show is set for 6 p.m. Saturday at the Dixie Center for the Arts in downtown Ruston. The show is a fundraiser for the historic theater.
Tickets are $15 and are available at the Dixie box office or at the door.
The family friendly country music show features local and area vocalists performing classic selections while being backed up by an eight-piece band.

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April 7th

'Reinvesting law' needs corrections implemented

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Handcuffs are meant to restrain. They are meant for the criminal.
In the world of criminal justice: defining crime, apprehending criminals, housing those accused and convicts, sentencing, and post-sentence handling of those punished, a most important person in the process can be missed — the victim of a crime. Fairly commenting on recent legislation, the victim has been overlooked.
Last year, our legislative bodies enacted comprehensive legislation labeled the “Louisiana Justice Reinvestment Package.” Reinvesting in what?

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Help us ask the questions readers want answered

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We at the Ruston Daily Leader consider ourselves to be your community watchdog, so we’re asking that our readers help us help them by giving us questions we all need answered.
And in order to do we’re using an idea that was the brainchild of Daily Leader General Manager Cody Richard.

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