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April 5th, 2013

Reviving the neighborhood

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SOCA 5k, sprint set to kick off April 27
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Area residents looking to get outside for a nice spring morning and a chance to better the city of Ruston will get that opportunity April 27 as the fifth annual SOCA 5K Walk/Sprint is set for a 9:30 a.m. start.
Ruston residents will have the chance to take a nice stroll or run through the neighborhood south of California Avenue on Saturday morning.
Registration, which is $25 for individuals and $100 for a five-person team, begins at 8:30 a.m. at Mays Chapel Church. That registration will include lunch and a T-shirt. Volunteers will pay $10 and will receive lunch and a T-shirt.

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Weighing the options

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Choudrant aldermen discuss sewer, water annexation
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Still debating the options of annexing sewer service to a property being developed near the Village of Choudrant, aldermen discussed this item, along with water well issues at the regularly scheduled Village of Choudrant meeting held April 1.

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FBC to host WMU convention

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First Baptist Church of Ruston will host the 2013 state Women Missionary Union meeting today and Saturday, sponsored by the WMU of the Louisiana Baptist Convention, celebrating the 125th anniversary of the WMU. Registration will open at 1 p.m. and again at 5 p.m. today and at 8 a.m. Saturday in the atrium of FBC.

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La. Tech’s Big Event on tap

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On Saturday, Louisiana Tech University students will continue an 11-year tradition of service to the residents of Ruston and the surrounding communities by hosting the Big Event. This event has become the largest one-day, student-run project.
Tech students and faculty go to homes, churches and businesses to complete a variety of activities including painting, yard work, cleaning and other tasks disabled or elderly members of the community cannot do themselves, or those that local businesses and churches need help to complete.

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Dean camp: Star-packed lineup

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Roaf, other ex-NFLers to serve as camp instructors
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From the list of invited instructors, one could form a talented football team for anyone looking for a pickup game Saturday at the Louisiana Tech University practice field.
That’s where the Boys and Girls Club of North Central Louisiana will host its annual “Hall of Fame Pro Day” directed by former Ruston High/Louisiana Tech University/NFL star Fred Dean.

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Hopkins heading to Hall

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Former GSU star set for national hoops’ shrine
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GRAMBLING — Former Grambling State University basketball legend Bob Hopkins was named Thursday as a member of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame induction class of 2013.
As a player, Hopkins averaged 30 points and 17 rebounds a game for the Tigers from 1953-56.
He was a two-time National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics All-American under the late Eddie Robinson — he was not only Grambling’s football coach, but also the Tigers’ basketball coach at the time — and was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame in 1961.

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GSU baseball team hosts Panthers

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Grambling State University’s baseball team will return to Southwestern Athletic Conference action this weekend and do so against the No. 1 team in the league’s Western Division.
The Tigers (10-17, 4-7), who were a 3-2 extra innings’ victim of Louisiana-Monroe earlier this week, will host Prairie View A&M (15-10, 6-3) in a three-game series at Wilbert Ellis Field at R.W.E. Jones Park starting at noon on Saturday. A doubleheader is set for Saturday and a single game at 1 p.m., on Sunday.
Other action involving Lincoln Parish collegiate diamond teams this weekend:

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RHS holds off Rebels

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Balanced hitting helped Ruston High School hold off a late rally by West Monroe and take an 11-9 District 2-5A baseball victory at the Bearcats’ diamond on Thursday night.
The Bearcats (20-4, 4-0) featured two hits each from Ivan Wilson, Jr., Garrett Hipp, B.J. Findley and Lain Kranz along with multi-RBI productions from Ben LeBlanc, Hipp and Findley to win the first of three weekend games from the Rebels (14-10, 5-2).
A single game between the two rivals is set for tonight at West Monroe starting at 6 p.m. and then a final contest will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, at the RHS field.

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Ex-Tech stars among selections for Jackson Parish Hall of Fame

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JONESBORO — Five athletes and coaches have been named to the 2013 class of the Jackson Parish Sports Hall of Fame, bringing the total to 27 in the five years since the Hall was organized.
Ryan Bond, Marty Booker, Lee Humble, Sam Ledbetter and Alden Reeves were selected by the 12-member board of directors at their recent meeting.
The members took into consideration various statistics and qualifications for over 40 candidates who began their careers at Jonesboro-Hodge, Quitman, Weston, Chatham and other parish schools.

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Help make Ruston better

Sometimes it takes an entire community pulling together to help itself as a whole, including its most impoverished areas.
That’s what is happening in the neighborhoods of Ruston south of California Avenue, which Louisiana Tech University Assistant Professor of Architecture Kevin Singh says are statistically among the poorest in the city.
For several years now, Singh and his students have been working to improve this area, which they have dubbed SOCA (south of California Avenue).

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