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Twirling up a storm

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Grabbing a partner and do-si-doing was the theme for the evening at the Trinity United Methodist Church gymnasium Saturday night as dance groups from all over the area came out to take part in square and round dancing.
Hosted by Ruston’s dance group, the Trinity Twirlers, the event was the first one sponsored by the Twirlers and hosted in Ruston, but it was hard to tell it was a new experience from those in attendance.
“It’s just a great way to get out of the house and have a good time, and the Twirlers put on a very great evening,” Doris Hutchinson said while she waited for the square dancing to begin. “It’s things like this that really help me get out and have some fun.”

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Local dies after crash

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Three people are dead, including one Ruston woman, and another Ruston man is in intensive care after a two-car wreck in Shreveport on Saturday.
According to a press release from the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office, at approximately 10 a.m. Saturday, the CPSO and the Caddo Fire District No. 1 responded to a head-on collision on U.S. Highway 71 just north of Shreveport.
The release states that the wreck involved a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by 67-year-old Layne Clark of Ruston and a 2012 GMC Terrain driven by 82-year-old M.B. Wilson, of Belcher.

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Darts for DART at Dawg House

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Every Wednesday night this month at the Dawg House Sports Grill, teams of dart players have been warming up for a big finale — the Darts for DART event, which is May 2, the night before the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team Radiothon.
“This year is the second annual year of what we hope will become a tradition,” said Cathy Ayo, DART’s executive director. “This event was one of the highlights of last year’s fundraising season.”
Once a year, DART holds its big fundraiser, the radiothon, at Super 1 Foods in Ruston. Prior to the actual 12-hour broadcast on the “Q,” 94.1 FM radio, various groups and individuals put together a series of smaller events leading up to Radiothon Day. One of the most popular fundraisers so far has been the Darts for DART contest at the Dawg House.

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Library board: No more discounts

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Anyone who rents the Lincoln Parish Library Events Center has to pay full price — except for the Police Jury, which can utilize the space for free.
This was the decision made by the Lincoln Parish Library Board of Control during the regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday.
Board President Ray Bratton said discounts were initially offered to some renters in order to encourage usage, but since that time many expenditures have been incurred by usage of the space.

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Pet of the Week

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Harry is a young male Boxer/Terrier mix whose happy disposition would make him a great family pet. Harry enjoys being around other dogs and people, especially kids. Call 251-DOGS to meet with Harry. His adoption fee is $50, which includes a neuter certificate and rabies shot.

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Tennis, barbecue to benefit CASA

Lake D’Arbonne State Park will play host to a two-day tennis tournament beginning May 11 followed by a special evening of barbecue and dancing from 7–10 p.m. May 12.
This tennis tournament, featuring men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles, will do more than offer an opportunity for competitive tennis play; all of the entry fees for the tournament will benefit CASA of Northeast Louisiana.
Following the tournament, Lindy Gravelle, singer, songwriter and pianist, will perform at a casual evening of barbecue, beer and wine to bring the weekend of tennis to a close.

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Techsters win awards

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HAMMOND — Louisiana Tech University’s women registered 18 Top Five finishes and five event wins, as Tech competed at the Southeastern Invitational hosted by Southeastern Louisiana University campus in Hammond.
Tech’s throwers shined in the ring with Marcella LeBlanc winning the shot put with a season-best throw of 48-4.5 winning the event by more than two feet.
Micara Vassell placed third in the shot put with a mark of 45-9.25, but won the discus by almost 10 feet with a throw of 152-2.

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Bibbs brings big numbers to Grambling

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GRAMBLING — Patricia Cage-Bibbs has got a lot of items to move from Greensboro, N.C., when she returns to her native roots of North Louisiana.
It’s been seven years now that she has been head coach for women’s basketball at North Carolina A&T University, so time naturally encompasses a plethora of keepsakes to place in the living room or on office shelves.

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Cougars reach 20-win level

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Cedar Creek High School advanced its record to 20-7 with wins of 8-0 over Simsboro and 10-0 over Monroe St. Frederick’s earlier this weeks.
The two wins gave the Cougars their fourth straight season of 20 or more victories.
Highlighting the triumphs was a no-hit pitching performance by Stephen Kunz against Simsboro. He struck out nine batters in going the full seven innings.

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Jones hurls Tech victory

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Louisiana Tech used a six-run fifth inning and a couple of stellar defensive plays late to defeat Brigham Young University 6-4 in the first game of a softball doubleheader Saturday afternoon at the Lady Techster Softball Complex.
BYU (30-13, 9-4 WAC) won the second game 5-1, as the Cougars took two out of three games in the Western Athletic Conference series.
In the first game of the day, Tech (19-25, 6-8 WAC) trailed 1-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning when Tech capitalized on three walks, three hits, three BYU errors and one hit batters to plate six runs.

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