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April 29th, 2014

Bearcats ready to open playoffs

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Led by David Michael Burkhalter, the Ruston High School Bearcats have relied much on a solid pitching staff en route to the District 1-5A baseball championship.
But the Bearcats have some pop at the plate, too, and that will be needed as eighth-seeded Ruston opens the first round of the Class 5A playoffs at 6 p.m. today at the RHS Baseball Complex.
Burkhalter (6-2), has a 0.60 ERA with 92 strikeouts in 58 innings on the mound for the Bearcats. “Doc” Wilkerson (1.11 ERA) and Garrett Solieau (1.00 ERA) will likely be the other two primary pitchers RHS will use in the postseason.

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Tech golf struggles in C-USA tourney

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Louisiana Tech struggled down the stretch in Monday’ second round of the Conference USA Golf Championship, dropping to 13th place entering Tuesday’s final round at the Oak Tree Country Club in Edmond.
Tech joined 12 of the other 13 teams in improving on its team score during the second round, shooting 17-over-par after opening the tournament at 24-over-par Sunday. Only North Texas (18-over-par 298) shot a worse round Monday than the opening round. However, the Bulldogs struggled near the end of Monday’s round and finished the day in 13th at 41-over-par (304-297—601).

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White leads way for RHS at tennis championships

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The Ruston Bearcats produced two combined winners in the boys and girls singles as the Louisiana High School Athletics Association’s State Tennis Championships got underway Monday at the University of Louisiana-Monroe.
Caleb White took his opening match 6-1, 7-6 from Cameron Doles of Holy Cross and before defeating Chase Hinton of Assumption 6-1, 6-1 to move to the quarterfinals round.
Ruston’s Sarah Cowell topped Krystina Pitre of Morgan 7-6, 6-4 in the round of 32 before being knocked out of the tourney in a 6-3, 6-21 loss to Assumption’s Dina Crochet 6-3, 6-1.

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GSU to end regular season play

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Head coach James Cooper (left) and the Grambling State University baseball team close out regular season play at 6 p.m. tonight with a game at the University of Arkansas -Little Rock.

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Devon helps Sparta

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Devon Energy is once again the title sponsor of the Sparta Foundation’s Sporting Clays Competition.
The competition will be held June 7 at the West Monroe Sheriff’s Rifle Range.
All proceeds from this event will fund the WaterFest activities for children in north Louisiana.
Aquifer education is the No. 1 priority for the Sparta Ground Water Commission.
More information is available at spartaaquifer.com.

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Adding a little spice to your garden

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Herbs have played an important part in man’s life for countless years — in his politics, romance, love, religion, health and superstition. Today many gardeners have abandoned planting herbs in favor of the more showy and trendy flowering plants. Herbs in the garden can be a great way to increase the functionality of the garden while maintaining the visual aesthetics.
Beginning herb gardeners may have a problem deciding which herbs to plant because of the large number of herbs from which to select.

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Quota collects toys for kids

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Quota International of Ruston collected teddy bears at a recent club meeting. The bears were then delivered to the Ruston Police Department for officers to use whenever they came into contact with a child in a traumatic situation. Pictured are Suzanne McCarter, of the Ruston Quota Club, along with Laura Kent and Jeanette Ginyard, of the Ruston Police Department, with a sampling of what was delivered.

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Commending GSU students

Kudos to students at Grambling State University for making a proactive move to help the school’s financially struggling athletics department.
GSU students last week voted to approve an athletics fee that will generate an additional $1 million annually for the school’s athletics department.
The fee will become effective in the fall. Each student will be assessed $100 per semester.
Grambling’s state funding has been cut by almost 60 percent over the past several years from $31.6 million to $13.8 million. The overall budget is $49 million.

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Agritourism operations attract visitors

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Rural areas have become popular tourist destinations. People want to get away from their rushed life styles and relax in a slower paced environment. They also want to learn how to do agriculture related activities like milk the cow, plow the field and harvest the garden.

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC AUCTION

NOTICE OF PUBLIC AUCTION
Pursuant to La. R.S. 9.4759, notice is hereby given, that WESTSIDE SELF STORAGE MINI WAREHOUSES, located at 821 West California Avenue, Ruston, Louisiana 71270, will sell the following described property located in the units indicated and belonging to the person named in ORDER TO ENFORCE THE PRIVILEGE CLAIMED BY THE SELF STORAGE FACILITY ON MOVABLE PROPERTY.
Unit #-006G Dwight Stanley 504 Kennon Lane, Apt 27, Ruston, LA 71270
Sofa.
Unit #-0102 Deveney Dionne Hobdy 134 Talbot Street, Jonesboro, LA 71251
Table,micro wave, bureau, fan, chairs, mattress.

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