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April 27th, 2016

Agents of Change winners announced

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The winners of the first annual Agents for Change Awards were announced at the eighth annual Adopt-A-School End of Year Celebration and Luncheon.
Agents for Change is a program where 13 Lincoln Parish schools focused on a community service project they feel passionate about during the 2015-16 school year.
Lincoln Parish ACHIEVE Coordinator Cathi Cox-Boniol said Agents of Change is one of the best things Adopt-A-School implemented.
The program became a reality because of the work Lincoln Parish students were already doing.

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Family print shop to hold open house, ribbon-cutting

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It came together as a way to honor two family members who had passed away, and then it turned into a family-oriented business that offered fun to relatives and customers alike.
The Cotton Top Print Shop and Fine Arts, located at 118 W. Park Ave., is a place where people can gather to not only purchase custom items such as T-shirts and jewelry, but also have fun, Cyndy Zinga, owner, said.

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Cedar Creek flattens Block

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Ninth-seeded Cedar Creek jumped out to an early lead and never looked back Monday as the Cougars cruised to a 10-2 win over Block in Class 1A prep baseball playoff action at Cougars Field.
Five runs in the first three innings gave the Cougars control in a hurry.
“Alex Puckett singled in the first and then advanced on a stolen base and wild pitch before scoring on an Eli Brown groundout,” said Cedar Creek coach Ben Haddox. “That kind of opened the floodgates and we were fortunately able to keep pouring it on,” Haddox said.

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Ruston stuns W. Monroe

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WEST MONROE — On the road against District 2-5A rival West Monroe, the Ruston High School Bearcats saved their best for last Monday night.
The Bearcats were swept by the Rebels in a three-game series last month by a combined score of 30-7, but Ruston was more than primed in its fourth shot at West Monroe.

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Diamond ’Dogs down McNeese

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Louisiana Tech scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh before Adam Atkins dominated the final two innings against the Cowboy hitters to clinch a 9-7 victory over McNeese State Tuesday night at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
Tech improved to 24-13 overall on the season with the win, including a 14-5 record in non-conference games. The Bulldogs were able to return the favor to a McNeese team that edged Tech, 3-1, two weeks ago in Lake Charles to split the season series with the Cowboys.

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GSU baseball, softball take losses

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Grambling State University) nearly pulled off a ninth inning rally despite giving up four home runs, losing 11-8 to Alcorn State University on Monday.
It was only GSU’s second home loss of the season at Wilbert Ellis Field.
• The Lady Tiger softball team lost to the Lady Jaguars of Southern University in a doubleheader Tuesday at the Grambling State University Softball Complex by the scores of 14-3 and 11-0.

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Darkness suspends C-USA golf tourney

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TEXARKANA, Ark. — Louisiana Tech held leads in three of the five matches in the Conference USA Championship semifinal match play round when darkness halted play Tuesday evening.
Play was slated to resume at 8:30 a.m. today at the Texarkana Country Club, weather permitting.
The second-seeded Bulldogs had trailed throughout most of the matches against No. 3 seed North Texas with only Luke Neeley holding a lead or staying all square throughout the match.

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NAMI members attend state conference

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Several members of the Ruston chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness attended the 2016 NAMI Louisiana Annual State Conference on April 22 – 23 in Baton Rouge.
The members that attended the conference included:
• Tiffany Bates, Ph.D., NAMI Louisiana State Board Member, vice-president of NAMI Ruston, and Licensed Professional Counselor
• Denise Grigsby, NAMI Louisiana State Board Member and social worker
• Sandra Hudson, social worker
• Irene Wright, social worker
The theme of the state conference was “Know More Facts. No More Stigma.”

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North Central Louisiana Arts Council partners with Southern Circuit Screening

The North Central Louisiana Arts Council recently announced their participation as one of South Arts’ 21 screening partners in the 2016-17 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers.
Southern Circuit, the nation’s original regional tour of independent films and filmmakers, coordinates multi-week tours for invited filmmakers and their work.
Filmmakers participate in community screenings and audience engagement activities.

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Student moves to national competition

Call it the ol’ switcheroo.

For the second year in a row, a Lincoln Parish student and Gunasekaran twin won the Louisiana You Be the Chemist competition, a contest that encourages fifth through eighth grade students to explore important chemistry and science, technology, engineering and mathematics concepts.

I.A. Lewis sixth grader Jonathan Gunasekaran brought home this year’s Louisiana championship. His twin brother, Benjamin, won the state competition in 2015.

This year Benjamin could not defend his title as he took home second place.

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