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April 27th, 2016

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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City voter turnout was pitiful

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Pitiful. There’s just no other word for the 12 percent voter turnout in the April 9 referendum that resulted in a pending three-quarter-cent city sales tax increase.
Only 1,405 people bothered to vote on an issue that, come July, will not only bump Ruston’s total tax rate up to 10.5 percent, but also — and more importantly — stands to significantly alter the city’s future.

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April 26th

LA Tech softball to play at SFA

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Coming off of a series sweep on the road at North Texas, the Lady Techsters gear up for another battle in the Lone Star State at 3 p.m. today in Nacogdoches, Texas.
Louisiana Tech (27-16, 8-7 Conference USA) will travel to face off with Stephen F. Austin (21-24, 10-10 Southland).
The Lady Techsters enter the game with a four-game winning streak, and winners of six of their last seven.
SFA took two-of-three games from Incarnate World in San Antonio over the weekend, with its lone loss coming by just a run in extra inning.

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Creek, CHS, SHS at home, Ruston starts off on road

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The opening round of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association baseball playoffs begin for local teams today. Huff McIntosh (right) and the Cedar Creek Cougars, seeded ninth in Class 1A, will play host to No. 24 Block at 5:30 p.m. today at Cougar Field. Choudrant, seeded seventh in Class B, will play host to No. 26 Weston at 6 p.m. today while Simsboro, seeded ninth in Class B, will play host to No. 24 Forest at 5:30 p.m. today. Michael Courtney (left) and the Ruston High School Bearcats, seeded No.

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Karlee Jensen named C-USA Player of Week

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After thrashing the pitching staffs of both North Texas and UL-Monroe, sophomore Karlee Jensen garnered her first career weekly conference award.
In a release from the league office, the Utah native was selected as the Conference USA co-Player of the Week on Monday afternoon, becoming just the third Lady Techster to pick up conference honors this season.
Jensen became the first Lady Techster since 2013 to register a multi-hit performance in four consecutive games.

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Southern defeats Lady Tigers, 11-2

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The Grambling State University Lady Tigers softball team lost 11-2 to the Lady Jaguars of Southern University at home Monday afternoon.
The game got off to a slow start with both teams scoreless in the first inning. Southern was the first to put runs on the board with three runs in the second inning.
The Lady Tigers made a move in the bottom of the fourth inning, resulting in two runs.
Sophomore Tiffany Doss hit a home run to the far left of the field, putting the Lady Tigers down by only one. It was Grambling State’s first home run of the season.

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Diamond ’Dogs set to face McNeese State

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A busy week awaits the Bulldogs as Louisiana Tech gears up to play five games in a span of six days with Tech set to wrap up an eight-game home stretch Tuesday when the Diamond ’Dogs play host to McNeese State in midweek action at 6 p.m. today at J.C. Love Field in Ruston.
The Bulldogs will then hit the road for four straight games beginning with a Wednesday night contest against the 14th-ranked UL-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns at 6 p.m. at M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field in Lafayette.

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Tech golfers remain in second

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TEXARKANA, Ark. — It was a later-than-normal start for Louisiana Tech’s golf team in the second round of the Conference USA Championship Monday, both with a 9:20 a.m. tee time and the point where the Bulldogs turned on a consistent level of play. Louisiana Tech ended the round tied for second overall and carded the round’s third-best team score after starting the first six holes at 9-over-par.

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Club recognizes youth greatness

The Boys and Girls Club of North Central Louisiana celebrated its 10th annual Pro Day earlier this month, taking the opportunity to honor Lincoln Parish’s leading professional sports writer as well as a pair of father/son professional football duos hailing from Ruston.

Five club members also received scholarships from the Club to continue their educations on the college level as Choudrant High School senior Lorena Castro, Cedar Creek senior Trent Ellis, Grambling High seniors Morgan Gainous and Antallia Ross and Ruston High senior Michael Washington were presented scholarships.

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Suspect faces murder charge

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Jody Adolphus has been formerly been charged with second-degree murder in the April 16 shooting of a Ruston man.

Adolphus, 32, is in custody at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center with a bond of $850,000.
The Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Adolphus on April 19 on two counts of distribution of schedule I drugs.

LPSO Maj. Chad Alexander said Adolphus had been the initial suspect in the April 16 shooting of Willie Earl Patterson Jr., 33, of Ruston.

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