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May 24th, 2016

Club News: Ruston Civic Guild

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The Ruston Civic Guild met for its May meeting at beautiful Toma Lodge where members enjoyed a delicious salad luncheon.
Patsy Bourgeois, outgoing president, announced new officers for the coming year: President, Linda Colvin; Vice President, Delora Gregory; Corresponding Secretary, Kathy Shealy; Recording Secretary, Connie Cozar; Treasurer, Hilda Estes; Parliamentarian, Bourgeois; and Publicity, Shirley Cobb.
Activities for the 2016-2017 year were discussed including a 50-year celebration of the club to be held in the fall.

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Excelling on, off the diamond

The Ruston Daily Leader congratulates the Louisiana Tech University baseball team for the Diamond ’Dogs outstanding all-around efforts, both on the field and in the classroom.

Tech hasn’t seen this level of excitement about its baseball team for nearly 30 years. The last time the Diamond ’Dogs received a berth in the NCAA Tournaments was during regional competition in 1987.

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May 23rd

Grambling maintains business accreditation

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Grambling State University’s College of Business maintained its business accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools.

Erick Valentine, interim dean of the College of Business, said the AACSB accreditation differentiates business and accounting programs across the globe based on terms of quality, rigor and relevance.

AACSB accredits less than five percent of businesses schools worldwide.

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Run for the Wall

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Area residents across North Louisiana gathered at Interstate 20 overpasses to show their support for motorcyclists that were participating in Run for the Wall.
Run for the Wall’s mission is to promote healing among all veterans and their families and friends, to call for an accounting of all Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action, to honor the memory of those Killed in Action from all wars, and to support the U.S. military personnel all over the world.

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Lady Chops to perform at LPL

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She is famed as being able to make music with anything in front of her, and at 6 p.m. May 31, Lady Chops — Elizabeth Vidos— will show residents her talent at the Lincoln Parish Library.
During her show “Street Percussion: Let it move you,” Vidos will showcase the abilities to the crowd gathered in the Event’s Center.

Shelly Dowdy, children’s specialist for LPL, said the show would be fun for the whole family.

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LPSB recognizes Lincoln Health Foundation

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The Lincoln Parish School Board recognized the Lincoln Health Foundation for its work in the community recently at the foundation’s annual public meeting.
The Lincoln Health Foundation is a nonprofit organization that was created to improve health care and outcomes for Lincoln Parish residents.
Lincoln Parish ACHIEVE Coordinator Cathi Cox-Boniol said the foundation provides health care services to area children, helps establish healthy lifestyle programs and much more to Lincoln Parish schools.
“It’s quite remarkable what they have done,” she said.

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Tech’s Lunceford honored

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Louisiana Tech third baseman Chase Lunceford has been selected as the Conference USA Hitter of the Week after the junior helped lead the Bulldogs to an historic series sweep over No. 16 Rice this past weekend to close out the regular season.
Lunceford and the Bulldogs became the first team in Conference USA to ever complete a sweep over the Owls since Rice joined the league in 2005. Lunceford hit .429 (6-for-14) in three games with six RBIs, a home run, two runs scored and a .500 on base percentage. He hit .800 (4-for-5) with runners in scoring position and recorded four two-out RBIs.

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Stoehr adds Long to staff

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Louisiana Tech head coach Brooke Stoehr has hired Nick Long to be the director of basketball operations for the Lady Techster program.
The hiring is pending the approval of the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System.
With the addition of Long in the administrative-type role, Stoehr has now complete her coaching staff after also adding Lindsey Hicks and Alaura Sharp as assistant coaches in addition to husband Scott as the co-head coach.

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Driskel receives National Transfer Award

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Jeff Driskel already has a Conference USA Newcomer of the Year award in his trophy case.
Plus, his one season at Louisiana Tech University featured a Top 5 ranking for most passing yards (4,033) in a season and a Top 10 listing for most touchdown passes (27) in a single campaign.
Now, the 6-4 and 235-pounder has a national award.
Driskel has been selected as the national Transfer of the Year by the College Football Focus newsletter that is devoted to all news at the collegiate level.

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Citizen’s Academy deemed a success

Recently, more than a dozen community leaders participated in the Lincoln Parish Citizen’s Academy.

The seven-week program was designed by the 3rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office in partnership with the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office to educate members of the community on the criminal justice system as well as law enforcement.

From the prosecution of murders to complex economic crimes, the Citizen’s Academy offered these residents a behind-the-scenes look at the workings of the criminal justice system, which is comprised of law enforcement, prosecution and the court.

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