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March 1st, 2013

Piney Hills Harmony names assistant directors

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Piney Hills Harmony Chorus of Sweet Adelines International has appointed two new co-assistant directors. Donna Fike, of Monroe, is assistant director of sound and musical expression, and Sallie Rose Hollis, of Ruston, is assistant director of showmanship and visual expression.
Fike joined Piney Hills Harmony and Sweet Adelines International in 2004. For much of that time she has also been a member of Sweet Harmony, a Sweet Adelines quartet that performs both with the chorus and throughout the area.

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Bulldogs crush Utah State

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If Louisiana Tech University Head Coach Michael White thought Thursday night’s feather-smooth 84-61 win over Utah State Thursday night was “a shocker,” imagine what might have been going through Stew Morrill’s mind.
Ouch.
The Aggies’ veteran leader would have rightfully been tagged as speechless, given the manner in which his club received a start-to-finish whipping in a Western Athletic Conference showdown staged before an estimated 5,500 fans at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Any doubts about Tech (25-3) being a legitimate Top 25 ranked club were erased.

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Parish hoops’ road leads westward

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Dubach, Simsboro, NLWS in semifinals at Bossier City
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For Lincoln Parish teams remaining in the annual Louisiana High School Athletic Association basketball playoffs, all roads lead west this weekend.
Dubach High’s girls and the boys’ teams for Simsboro and Ruston New Living Word School will compete in the state semifinals for their classifications at the CenturyTel Center in Bossier City starting today.
First up: NLWS, which will face Pelican in Class C today at 1 p.m.
And right after that game, Dubach has a Class C battle against Plainview beginning at 2:45 p.m.

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Techsters tumble; GSU women win

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Jennifer Schlott scored 19 points and Utah State held Louisiana Tech without a field goal for more than 13 minutes as the Aggies defeated the Lady Techsters 70-56 before 634 fans at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum Thursday night.
Tech (12-14, 8-7 WAC) went the final 12:44 of the first half without making a field goal as Utah State pushed a two-point lead out to 15 at the half.

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Bulldogs on All-Decade hoops’ teams for SLC

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The Southland Conference, as part of its year-long 50th Anniversary commemoration, has announced its 1970s and 1980s All-Decade men’s basketball teams which includes 10 former Louisiana Tech greats.
A total of 20 student-athletes were selected for each decade, and four Bulldogs made the list for the 1970s All-Decade Team in Mike Green, Victor King, Mike McConathy and Lawrence “Lanky” Wells.

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Bearcats now 4-1

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Ruston High’s baseball team increased its early season record to 4-1 Thursday night with a 6-2 win over St. Amant in the Trey Altick Classic.
David Burkhalter was the winning pitcher, Jacob Cobb registered a save and Lain Kranz, Ivan Wilson and B.J. Finley each had a hit for the Bearcats.
Ruston hosts St. Charles today at 5 p.m. and has Saturday contests against Walker (9:30 a.m.) and Belle Chasse (5 p.m.) in the tournament.

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The many contributions of women

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As we enter Women’s History month, it’s hard to believe less that 93 years ago women did not have the right to vote. Fed-up with being labeled as less than equal citizens, a group of women, a 100 years to the date on March 3, gathered in Washington D.C. for the Women’s Suffrage Parade.
That famous event, along with so many others, gave way to the freedoms enjoyed by women today. However throughout this struggle, history has not only proven that the contributions of women not only effected the same gender, but all of mankind.

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The left-handed lifestyle

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I have always admired left-handed athletes.
To be successful as a pitcher in the Major Leagues all you have to do is be alive and left-handed. A soft throwing lefty with a sweeping, commanding curve ball can demand the big bucks.
A long 3-pointer from behind the line, by a left-handed jump shooter, is string music. Chasing a left-handed quarterback is as much fun as driving on the wrong side of the road in England.
To me, left-handed golfers have the sweetest and smoothest swing on the links. Seeing Phil Mickelson follow through with that high arching, swoosh is intimidating.

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Viola Brewster Pardue

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Funeral services for Viola Brewster Pardue, age 81, of Chatham, LA, will be held Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 3:00 PM at Alabama Presbyterian Church in Sibley, LA. Officiating the service will be Dr. Michael Hawley, Rev. Author Robinson, and Rev. Bill Willis. Interment will follow at Sibley Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Ruston.

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February 28th

A change of management?

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Committee advises commission or sheriff takeover
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Things could be very different soon at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center if the commission in charge of running it takes the advice of a committee designed to advise them on the future of the facility.
On Tuesday, the commission — which consists of Lincoln Parish Sheriff Mike Stone, Ruston Police Chief Steve Rogers, District Attorney Bob Levy and Lincoln Parish Police Jurors Joe Henderson and Skip Russell — voted unanimously to table the issue until they can further study the full report.

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