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April 9th, 2014

RPAR Focus: Softball a favorite for Murphy

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Following are five questions for Ruston Park and Recreation Department 8-and-under soccer player Kayla Murphy of the Mustangs.
1. What is your favorite sport to play?
A — Soccer and softball.
2. Who are some of your heroes (and, they do not have to be athletes)?
A — My P.E. teacher Mrs. Elliot and my uncle Jonathan Hood, who coaches Simsboro High’s baseball team
3. Who has been your favorite RPAR coach(es) and why?
A — Coach Chad Hamlin and Coach Kenneth Hayes. They are both a lot of fun and I learned a lot about soccer.

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Tech softball to face Southeastern La.

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HAMMOND — Louisiana Tech will play its only game of the week when the Lady Techster softball team travels to face Southeastern Louisiana in a non-conference contest at 4 p.m. today at North Oak Park.
Tech (14-25, 5-9 Conference USA) is coming off a split in its rain-shortened, two-game series at North Texas last weekend as the Lady Techsters have now won five of their last eight Conference USA games. Southeastern Louisiana (14-18) is coming off a doubleheader split against SEC foe Ole Miss Monday night and has won five of its last six games after snapping a nine-game losing streak.

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Hunters and Heroes unite

Area residents itching for a chance to test their shooting skills are in luck.
On Saturday, residents are invited to participate in the inaugural Louisiana Hunters for Heroes “Wounded Heroes Bird Hunt and Sporting Clay Tournament.”
The tournament, which is set up for teams of five, will kick off at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Wild Wings Sporting Club in Downsville. The team fee is $100 per shooter, or $500 per team. Also, if teams want to include veterans in their teams, they are asked to pay for the veterans’ fees and provide shells for them.

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Health Hut helps middle man

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The way Reita Reeves figures it, if a friend hadn’t had a mini stroke and hadn’t told her about The Health Hut, she — Reeves — might not be around to tell her own story.
“I hadn’t had any blood work in five years,” Reeves, a Ruston resident, said.
Tests done at “the Hut,” Lincoln Parish’s free mobile medical clinic for the uninsured, showed Reeves’ cholesterol level was over 300 — about twice as high as the American Heart Association considers healthy.

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April 8th

Six charged for drugs, stolen signs

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The Lincoln Parish Narcotics Enforcement had a busy Monday arresting six residents on drug-related charges.
At approximately 4:55 p.m. LPNET agents acted on an anonymous tip of illegal drug activity at 1817 Indiana Ave.
According to the arrest affidavit, agents knocked on the door and a person from inside the residence responded, “Who’s there?”
LPNET agents reportedly identified themselves, at which point Stone Christopher Nicholas, 18, of 143 Village Green, fled on foot from the back door to the Raceway parking lot.

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Pruitt survives cancer three times

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When Huey Pruitt was diagnosed with Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in January of 2011 he said he didn’t want to believe it, but that diagnosis was only the beginning of a slew of challenges Pruitt would overcome throughout the next several years.
“The way I found out — I went to my orthopedic doctor with back problems,” Pruitt said. “We did an X-ray and then an MRI.”
Pruitt said he remembers his doctor approaching him with something he described as “the look.”
“I don’t know what this is,” his doctor told him.

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Railroad Park to be spruced up

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Ruston’s historic downtown Railroad Park is one step closer to its third tree makeover in recent years.
The city’s board of aldermen approved a $150,000 professional services contract with a Baton Rouge planning firm to make site improvements in the more than 80-year-old park on Monday night.

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Piney Hills Harmony takes second in regional contest

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Ruston’s Piney Hills Harmony Chorus left its musical mark on Houston this past weekend during its first competition in Sweet Adelines International’s Region 10, bringing home second place in its division and sixth place overall.
Formerly, the chorus was in another region that included the Dallas area plus Arkansas, Oklahoma and southwest Missouri. The new region stretches from El Paso, Texas, to Alabama.

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Tech polishes up after scrimmage

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Louisiana Tech practiced in shorts for two hours Monday afternoon at Joe Aillet Stadium, polishing up plays and cleaning up mistakes from the team’s most recent scrimmage.
The Bulldogs’ session on Monday — the 13th of 15 practice sessions this spring — was centered around cleaning up the work already completed to date, particularly from the two hour scrimmage held Saturday. The team has one more practice left on Wednesday before the T-Day Spring Game on Saturday.

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‘Louisiana Legends’ show on Davis airs today

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Continuing tonight, Cox Sports Television (channel 26 in Ruston) will showcase its special “Louisiana Legends” series of half-hour interviews with some of the state’s sports greats including sportswriting icon O.K. “Buddy” Davis of the Ruston DA\aily Leader and Louisiana Sports Writers Association president Jim Kleinpeter.
Among the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame athletes interviewed are 1959 Heisman Trophy winner Billy Cannon of LSU, Grambling basketball All-American and New Orleans Jazz standout Aaron James and 1972 USA Pan American Games women’s basketball star Lin Gamble.

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