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May 3rd, 2016

Four Tennis Techsters named All-CUSA

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Louisiana Tech had one of its most successful seasons in program history and it showed in the postseason awards as four Lady Techsters were named All-Conference USA which was voted on by the league head coaches.
Alexandra Starkova, Jazmin Britos, Marta Sramkova and Zoe Chen were selected, playing a big role in helping Tech to a 15-win spring season, tied for the fourth most ever, as well as the program’s first ever national ranking and first ever win over a nationally-ranked opponent.

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GSU’s Barraza honored

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Grambing State senior infielder Larry Barraza, pictured sliding safely into home plate, has been named the Southwestern Athletic Conference Baseball Player of the Week after going 9-for-18 at the plate in four games last week and helping Grambling State to a sweep of Prairie View. He collected four extra base hits, including a double and three home runs, 10 RBIs and scored six runs as he slugged 1.056 and had a .500 on-base percentage. He helped the Tigers outscore the Panthers 42-23 over the three-game series.

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Tech hosting bone-marrow drive

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Louisiana Tech’s football team is partnering with Be The Match to hold a bone marrow drive on the university’s campus and is looking for volunteers wishing to help.
There will be a volunteer meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the team meeting room of the Davison Athletics Complex for anyone wishing to help.
Every year, more 20,000 people are affected by life threatening blood cancers and other diseases like leukemia, lymphoma and others. Teamed together with Be the Match, Louisiana Tech will hold a bone marrow drive on its campus from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 11.

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Tarbutton Road project moves closer

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The long-awaited Tarbutton Road project should be a step closer to going out for bids today.

Ruston’s Board of Aldermen on Monday approved what officials hope is the final supplemental agreement with the state Department of Transportation and Development involving the project. Mayor Ronny Walker signed an agreement Monday evening and sent it overnight to DOTD administrators in Baton Rouge.

“This agreement designates what part of the roadway around the junior high school is the state’s, is the city’s and is the parish’s,” Walker said.

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New sales tax proposed for Simsboro

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Simsboro Mayor Sybil Smalling-Foster introduced a tax proposition of a 1.25 percent sales tax to aldermen during the city council  meeting Monday evening.

A public meeting of the Board of Aldermen of the Village of Simsboro will be held at 6 p.m. June 6 at Village Hall which will include a consideration of a resolution to authorize a tax proposition, she said.

“The Village of Simsboro will consider asking for a 1.25 percent sales tax on the upcoming ballot on Nov. 8,” Smalling-Foster said, adding that all residents were encouraged to attend the meeting so that their input may be heard.

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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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