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January 27th, 2014

MLK Distinguished Award recipients announced

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Grambling State University has announced that six recipients will be presented awards at the third annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Leadership Awards Luncheon on Feb. 4.
“We’re pleased to have a particularly strong group of honorees this year,” said GSU President Frank G. Pogue, who started the luncheon tradition.
“Having Arcadia and Monroe mayors, a state representative and a state senator, a woman who stands tall in her community and a basketball legend all in one place at the same time as we honor Dr. King and kick off Black History Month is truly remarkable.

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Man charged with aggravated assault after girlfriend’s floor shot

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A Ruston man remains in the Lincoln Parish Detention Center today charged with aggravated assault with a firearm following a shooting incident at his girlfriend’s apartment on Jan. 23.
Morgan Marks, 24, of 2102 Winchester Dr., was arrested at the Tech Town Apartments on Gilman Street after allegedly pointing a gun at his girlfriend and, at some point in the disturbance, firing it, Ruston Police Department Public Information Officer Sgt. Clint Williams said.

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Tech starts softball workouts

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Louisiana Tech head coach Mark Montgomery is cautiously optimistic about his team’s potential as the 2014 softball season approaches.
Montgomery, who enters his second year at the helm of the program, feels that this year’s version of Tech softball has an opportunity to lay the ground work for both the immediate and future success of Lady Techsters.

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Diamond ’Dogs begin preseason practice

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With three weeks remaining until the 2014 baseball campaign gets underway, Louisiana Tech took to the diamond Friday for the first official practice of the season.
The Bulldogs began the day with infield and outfield work followed by a round of batting practice and the team continued practice and intrasquads throughout the weekend.

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Inside Tech Basketball airs tonight

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Centric Federal Credit Union’s Inside Tech Basketball radio show presented by Miller Lite will air at 6 p.m. tonight from Scott’s Catfish in Ruston. The one-hour radio show will air live on the LA Tech Sports Network on ESPN 97.7 FM. The show will feature a half-hour segment with Lady Techster coach Teresa Weatherspoon and Malcolm Butler and a half-hour segment with Bulldog coach Mike White (pictured above) and Dave Nitz. Tech fans are encouraged to come to Scott’s, enjoy some great food and participate in the show.

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Support LPSB district report

Citizens of Lincoln Parish will have a unique opportunity to connect with their local school system this Wednesday by coming to hear Lincoln Parish School Board Superintendent Danny Bell give his annual “State of the District” report at 11:30 a.m. in the Lincoln Community Room of the Lincoln Parish Library.

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RJHS students get golden advice

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Sometimes advice from a “Rowdy” new friend is all a young person needs.
Especially when the “Rowdy” new friend is famous and the young person really has no idea of why.
That was the case last week for some students at Ruston Junior High as three-time Olympic swimming gold medalist Rowdy Gaines spoke to them.
The appearance was organized and sponsored by local LIMU representatives. Gaines, a LIMU spokesman/ambassador, said he often uses that role to get out and speak to youth across the country.

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Celebrating 20 years of community service

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Consider with me what life in this community was like 20 years ago.
The blueprint of both the city and the campus of Louisiana Tech University were both very different. Our downtown has been revitalized with new businesses and landscapes, old buildings such as the Dixie Theater and the old Fire Station repurposed for thriving new enterprises. Tech has been completely transformed with the demolition of several prominent buildings and the construction of many new ones.

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Art Alliance exhibits at Dixie

The North Central Louisiana Arts Council is pleased to announce the exhibition of “Moderate — neither to much nor too little,” which is open through March 31.

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Happy Gardeners Society

The first meeting of 2014 for the Happy Gardeners Society was held on Jan. 9 in the home of Linda Richmond with co-hostesses, Ann Jones and Cecelia Hedrick.
The guest speaker was the Rev. Edith Hill, pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Ruston.
She gave a very interesting report on her mission trip to Haiti. Their project is Living Waters for the World. They go to the water source and purify the water.

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