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May 3rd, 2016

Gardening changes seen then and now

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It’s been decades since Sue Metcalf worked on her parent’s farm in Richland Parish.
But not much has changed for the Choudrant resident. She still gardens, just in a different capacity these days.
“A friend of mine decided she was going to do the master gardener’s class and asked me to do it with her,” Metcalf said. “I really learned a lot about things I didn’t even know about.
“Even though I grew up on a farm there were still things that I didn’t know.”
Metcalf said she was looking for a way to give back to the community.

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Union Parish rape investigation ongoing

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The rape of a 17-year-old girl at the Union Parish Detention Center is still being investigated.

Union Parish Sheriff Dusty Gates said Monday the investigation into the rape of the female inmate at the parish detention center is continuing and that further arrests are possible.

“We’ll be working closely with the district attorney and the police jury to bring about justice in this case,” Gates said.

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Giving to those in need

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Stephen Williams, representing the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office, stands with children from Alabama Presbyterian Church of Sibley. They presented stuffed animals that had been collected to be given to children by the officers in order to comfort children that may be dealing with trauma in their lives.

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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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