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May 3rd, 2016

You never know the way of a serpent on a rock

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Note by June Chandler Grant, daughter of Lige Chandler: Daddy wrote this sometime in the late 1940s. He showed it to me once day when I was out there. It was written in pencil in a little spiral notebook. He said he wrote it at night when he couldn’t sleep. He asked me if I thought the Ruston Leader would publish it in the paper. I told him I doubted it unless it was some kind of special edition, and I have regretted telling him so, as I’m sure he would have loved to see it in print.

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Local athletic programs flourish

Spring is here. April showers have brought May flowers along with flourishing athletics programs for our Lincoln Parish teams.

The Louisiana Tech University tennis team became nationally ranked for the first time ever this spring and finished with a record of 15-7 with four players being named to All-Conference USA teams.

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Rural roads are hazardous

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I'm writing today to make it clear to anyone who doesn't have to drive on one of our many rural state and parish roads, and that includes some if not most of our legislators, that our rural roads are in hazardous if not catastrophic conditions. My 77-year-old mother drives between 25-35 miles per hour in a 55 zone on Louisiana Highway 544 until she gets to Louisiana Highway 563 because to drive faster for her creates a truly harrowing experience for her. And that isn't acceptable to me.

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May 2nd

Diamond ’Dogs edged at UTSA

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SAN ANTONIO — Louisiana Tech scored two runs in the top of the ninth to send Sunday’s series finale versus UTSA into extra innings, but the Roadrunners’ 11th-inning walk-off single by Bryan Arias resulted in a 5-4 loss for the Bulldogs at Roadrunner Field.

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Techsters take down USM

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A four-run third inning is all Louisiana Tech would need Sunday as the Lady Techsters took down Southern Miss 4-2 on Senior Day at the Lady Techster Softball Complex.
The win marks the first time Louisiana Tech (29-18, 10-8 Conference USA) has won four consecutive conference series’ in school history.
USM (25-26, 11-10 C-USA), attempted to spoil the senior day festivities early, as the Golden Eagles took advantage of a Lady Techsters error and pushed across two runs in the top of the second.

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Cougars declared winners

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In a game that started on Saturday and experienced multiple rain delays, Parker King (above) and the Cedar Creek Cougars were declared 9-3 winners over St. Martin’s Sunday when the game was finally called for good in the sixth inning. The ninth-seeded Cougars will next play the winner of top-seeded Central Catholic vs. No. 16 Grand Lake later this week.

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Tech’s grid future bolstered by NFL Draft

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Louisiana Tech University’s representation in the 2016 NFL Draft was felt in more than only Chicago.
The Bulldogs had three players making the vast majority of projections and Top 400 lists, the highest ranking going to Carolina Panthers’ first-rounder and No. 30 overall choice Vernon Butler.
And along with that tenacious pass rusher, running back Kenneth Dixon (No. 130, fourth round, Baltimore Ravens) and quarterback Jeff Driskel (No. 207, sixth round, San Francisco 49ers) were also drafted.

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Event at Lincoln Parish Park draws a crowd

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The rainy weather held off long enough on Sunday to allow many community members to venture out to Lincoln Parish Park for the annual Picnic in the Park event. Pictured above are Gamma Chis painting the faces of youngsters.

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Exhibition Center impacts local economy

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Of the 52 weekends of the year, the North Louisiana Exhibition Center has already booked 40 of them — with three-day shows accounting for seven.

“A lot of people don’t know that this facility exists,” Exhibition Center Director Angela Manning said. “We make a significant impact on the restaurants and shops in Ruston and Lincoln Parish.”

The North Louisiana Exhibition Center is located at 165 Fairgrounds Road, about 5.5 miles north of Interstate 20 on Louisiana Highway 33.

In her opinion, Manning said the facility is one of the best-kept secrets in Lincoln Parish.

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Radiothon guests: Local leaders, partners and a celebrity

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Just a few short days until the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team’s 15th Annual Radiothon, and we are ready.
I have written before of our radiothon goal, our needs and our community partners.
In today’s column, I wanted to review this year’s radiothon speakers.
We are delighted to have an impressive array of community leaders, Men Standing Strong members, DART staff and board members and one strong survivor who will speak with Bob Day this year.

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