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May 23rd, 2017

NAMI celebrates 31 years

The Ruston Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will celebrate its 31st Anniversary and Mental Health Month on Tuesday, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Ruston Civic Center. The topic for this dinner meeting will be “Promoting Positive Mental Health.”
The dinner meeting is free, and all interested people are invited. A special invitation goes to caregivers; persons living with a mental illness, their families and friends; local churches; mental health and other professionals; community leaders and other residents.

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Tech first-year engineering students showcase product prototypes

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As Louisiana Tech University’s College of Engineering and Science wrapped up the academic year, teams of first-year engineering students presented prototypes of their innovative products at the 2017 Freshman Design Expo.
Students showcased their expertise in research and design by presenting products that they created with Arduino and Raspberry Pi microcontrollers, to judges and attendees.

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Memorial Day includes learning flag etiquette

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Memorial Day is a time for remembering those who fought and those who died defending the democracy of our great nation.
If you run into any of our troops, please stop to thank them and say a prayer for them as they go on their way.
Flag etiquette: Our American flag flies at half-staff until noon on Memorial Day.
When you stand to sing or listen to our national anthem, remove your hat/cap and place your hand over your heart.
This is how we honor our flag and our country no matter what your party affiliation may be.

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Diamond Dogs’ Diaz named Johnny Bench Award semifinalist

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Louisiana Tech’s Brent Diaz has been named one of 15 semifinalists for the Johnny Bench Award presented by BaseballSavings.com which is annually awarded to the top catcher in college baseball.

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Tech duo earns Conference USA All-Academic honors

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Louisiana Tech pitchers Graham Ahlrich and Kent Hasler have been named to the InTouch Credit Union 2017 Conference USA Baseball All-Academic Team, as announced by the league office on Monday afternoon.
Twelve student-athletes from nine different C-USA schools make up the team, which is selected by the media relations contact at each of the 12 baseball schools. In order to be eligible for the recognition, student‐athletes must hold a 3.2 cumulative grade point average, be of at least sophomore academic standing and be a starter or key reserve for their team.

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Tech’s Britos aces college career

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Tennis Techster’s journey takes her from home in Paraguay to college graduation
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This past Saturday inside a jam-packed Thomas Assembly Center, Jazmin Britos became part of the 100,000 strong as she received her diploma from Louisiana Tech University with a degree in business administration.
Now flash back to five years ago.
Britos was a 17-year old tennis player in Villarrica, Paraguay, and was undecided on her future plans. Then one day a Facebook message (Google translator required) from a college tennis coach in the United States opened up a whole new possibility.

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Tech softball thanked for shining season

All great things eventually come to an end, as did for the Louisiana Tech softball team on Sunday.
But the Ruston Daily Leader offers congratulations and also thanks to the Lady Techsters for turning in a season for the ages this spring, one that ended up Sunday with Tech falling to No. 1 ranked Minnesota in extra innings in NCAA Regional Action in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
With the 5-2 defeat in nine innings, the Lady Techsters ended their season at 38-24, but did so in thrilling fashion.

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Cooking with Kids program

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Looking for some great learning opportunities for your children this summer? Summer workshops that will teach your children skills that will last a lifetime? The LSU AgCenter, Area Nutrition agent, Cathy Judd and volunteers will present “Cooking with Kids,” a beginner’s cooking class for Summer Workshop, June 20-22.
Youth will learn important safety tips in the kitchen, how to avoid kitchen fires, and what to do if you have a kitchen fire from our featured guest, Eric Brazzel, public education officer with the Ruston Fire Department.

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May 22nd

Run For The Wall

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Bikers pass under the Tarbutton Overpass Sunday as part of the Run For The Wall event. The motorcyle trek ends at the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D. C., on Memorial Day. See more photos on page 5A.

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Suspect caught in attempted murder case

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The suspect in an attempted second-degree murder that occurred May 17 is now in the Lincoln Parish Detention Center.
Justin Lamar Early, 23, of 2401 Washington St., in Ruston, was located in Ouachita Parish and arrested by authorities there Sunday evening.
Early is charged with attempted second-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Early was transported to the Lincoln Parish Detention Center where he is being held on $1 million bond for the attempted murder charge and $50,000 on the firearm charge.

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