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March 17th, 2017

Homelessness in Ruston

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Meeting set to gauge interest in building a local shelter

Luke Hockenjos knows what it’s like to be homeless. For seven months, he lived in the back of his truck in downtown Ruston.
Now Hockenjos has joined several other community residents in organizing a meeting to gauge interest in the possibility of opening a homeless shelter in Ruston. The meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Community Room of Origin Bank, located at 1511 on North Trenton Street.
The meeting is open to the public.
The closest homeless shelters to Ruston are in Monroe and Shreveport.

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Dixie looks forward to Wildwood Express

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It’s looking like spring and that can mean only one thing. The biggest annual show at the historic Dixie Theater is on its way.
Mary Ann Woods and Travis Woods have been busy collecting the music for the iconic Wildwood Express Band and the singers who come from near and far to celebrate the life of Joe Woods and the music that was heard each week on the stage of the venue known today as Dixie Center for the Arts.

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Diamond ’Dogs set to start C-USA season vs. USM

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Following a thrilled 6-5 victory over nationally-ranked Lafayette, Louisiana Tech’s baseball team quickly turns around and gears up for its first Conference USA action of 2017, welcoming in the Golden Eagles of Southern Miss.

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Tech speeds past ULM, NSU at Jim Mize Invitational

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Louisiana Tech Track and Field enjoyed a successful start to the 2017 outdoor season as the Bulldogs and Lady Techsters defeated both UL-Monroe and Northwestern State in the annual Jim Mize Invitational Wednesday at the Jim Mize Track & Field Facility in Ruston.
In double-dual scoring, Louisiana Tech’s men defeated Northwestern State with 70 points compared to 49 by the Demons and ULM (71-52), while the Lady Techsters defeated NSU (59-52) and ULM (66-41) in team scoring on Wednesday in Ruston.

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Techsters hit road to face SMU in tourney play tonight

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DALLAS, Texas — Louisiana Tech opens play in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament when the Lady Techsters travel to Moody Coliseum to face American Athletic Association foe Southern Methodist University at 7 p.m. today.
The contest can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network on KXKZ 107.5 FM with the pregame show set for 6:30 p.m. Fans can also watch a live video stream by purchasing a subscription to PonyUp.TV on the SMU website at SMUMustangs.com. There is not TV for the game.

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GSU women upset Ole Miss in WNIT

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OXFORD, Miss. — John’ea Thompson’s driving layup with 11 seconds off a dish from Chantiara Lewis proved to be the difference Thursday night as Grambling State stunned Ole Miss 78-75 in first-round action of the Women’s NIT.
Ole Miss moved the ball downcourt to try for a late tie or the win, but after Ole Miss called a 30-second timeout to set up a final shot, the Rebels’ Erika Sisk turned the ball over with GSU’s Monisha Neal recording the steal.

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Attend an event coming to Ruston

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While the weather decides what it wants to do, there are plenty of upcoming events for residents of Lincoln Parish to enjoy.
First up is the Lawrence Gibbs and The Little Big Band concert this evening beginning at 7:30 at the Dixie Center for the Arts.
Gibbs said the concert is focused on the music of Dave Pell.
“This music is now being rediscovered after over 50 years of neglect. As part of the program Mr. Gibbs will make comments and reintroduce this excellent jazz from the mid 1950’s to the audience,” according to the NCLAC website.

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St. Patrick made impact on the world

Feeling a little bit luckier today? Well, there might be a reason for that.
Today is St. Patrick’s Day, the annual celebration of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.
According to legend, today marks the late fifth century missionary’s death.
The legend of St. Patrick starts on the isles of Britain where St. Patrick was taken at age 16 to become a slave in Ireland.
St. Patrick escaped at age 20 after having a dream from God that told him to leave Ireland to be reunited with his family in Britain.
But this was not the last of St. Patrick and Ireland.

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March 16th

JOHN "STRINGBEAN" KNOX

John "Stringbean" Knox, age 56, died March 5, 2017. Memorial services are 11:00 AM, Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Rock Corner Baptist Church, Dubach. Followed by a potluck lunch and time of fellowship till 2:00 PM.

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BEATRICE SMITH

Beatrice Smith of Ruston died March 14, 2017. Services are incomplete under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Ruston.

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