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March 29th

Poet laureate entertains

Whether it be the crazy world of Dr. Seuss or the more straight-laced rhymes of Robert Frost, poetry plays an important role in the lives of students, and thanks to local efforts, a group of students were able to hear some of the best poetry from the state’s current top poet at their school.
The current Louisiana Poet Laureate, Julie Kane, made two stops in Ruston this week to share some of her famous words with the students, and the “rhyme time” couldn’t have gone any smoother.

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Polk, Dubach's 'Ray' of hope

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Hello, Randy Rogers!
That’s how he would answer his cell phone whenever I called. Something about hearing that always made me feel good. I guess everybody wants to feel like they’re welcome — that their time is important. From the first word of any conversation I ever had with him until the last, he always made me feel that way — important — like I was the only person he was looking forward to talking with that day.

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What teachers leave behind

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As the school year nears to an end, parents get excited about their children coming home. At the same time, the parents are fearful of what condition their home will be in, once they return home in the evenings. Not to mention, the complaints of loud noise and screaming children running through the yards from the neighbors. The children are doing all they can do to have fun. The kids have been waiting for “school to get out.” They will still see their friends during the summer. When school resumes, it will be just like “old times” with the same friends and same teachers, or maybe not?

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Louisiana's turn at the polls

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As this column is being written on March 23, Republican primary voters in Louisiana are preparing to go to the polls to express their choices for the Republican nominee for president. By the time Louisiana has its turn in presidential primaries, the nominee often has already been determined. Though there is a heavy favorite at this point in the race, Louisiana’s primary will have at least some impact this go around.

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Melton is all-stater

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Jerry Melton is two-for-two on All-State basketball teams.
Last year, he was chosen as an honorable mention representative on the Class 4A basketball squad selected by a panel of Louisiana Sports Writers Association members.
Now, Melton is an HM pick on the highest classification (5A) in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association.

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Hedges’ hit leads Tech past G-Men

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Second baseman Austin Hedges followed a 3-for-4 performance by hitting the game winning home run for Louisiana Tech as the Bulldogs overcame a four-run deficit and defeated Grambling State (13-9), 10-9, at Wilbert Ellis Park on Wednesday night.
Hedges led off the ninth inning with his second home run of the season to give the Bulldogs a 10-9 lead going into the final frame. The redshirt junior was 2-for-5 at the dish with two RBI as the Bulldogs moved to 13-12 on the season.

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Soileau gets win

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Garrett Soileau was the pitcher of record for Ruston High in an 18-3 victory over Minden High earlier this week. Soileau raised his record to 3-0 and the Bearcats improved to 14-5 entering today’s 6 p.m. home game against Bastrop High.

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Turner keys Simsboro victory

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SIMSBORO — An outstanding effort by Skyler Turner hoisted the Simsboro Tigers to a 5-0 win in seven innings over Dubach earlier this week at the Hornets’ diamond.
Turner held the Dubach offense in check and struck out 11 batters.
The Tigers’ pitcher tossed seven innings of shutout ball and allowed only one hit.

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RHS hosts ‘Hoss’ Garrett Relays Friday

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Seven different schools in North Louisiana will gather at James Stadium on the campus of Ruston High School Friday to participate in the annual L.J. “Hoss” Garrett Relays.
Joining the host Lady Bearcats and Bearcats will be Simsboro, Choudrant, Bastrop High, Shreveport Captain Shreve, Monroe Wossman and Cedar Creek High.
Action begins with field events at 3 p.m. and following by the running events at 5 p.m.

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Have a green Easter celebration

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Easter calls to mind colored eggs and baskets full of candy and toys. Many of the things used for Easter celebrations are not necessarily eco-friendly. But there are ways to embrace greener options to ensure Easter is a happy time for celebrants and the environment. Here's how to get started.
Easter Baskets
Easter baskets overflowing with fake grass and plenty of treats are an eagerly anticipated component of Easter celebrations. However, many of the items found in a typical Easter basket — or even the basket itself — may be made of items that are damaging to the environment.

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