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March 30th, 2017

ORDA funds Tech research project

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A Louisiana Tech research project was funded through Building our Region’s Future Seed Funding Program administered by BRF’s new Office for Research Development and Administration.
“A Simple, Tunable System for Conducting Sleep Restriction Studies in Rodents” led by Bryant Hollins, assistant professor at the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Tech is one of three projects being funded.

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Outstanding Teen to host talent show for CMN

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Have a talent?
Miss Spirit of Ruston’s Outstanding Teen Chanley Patterson would like residents to share their abilities with the community for a good cause — fundraising for the Children’s Miracle Network.
The first annual Children’s Miracle Network Talent Show will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at Strauss Youth Academy for the Arts in Monroe.
Patterson said she created the show so that others could express their talents.

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Vehicle burglaries plague area neighborhood

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Ruston police are once again urging resident to lock their cars in light of another round of vehicle burglaries in neighborhoods in the Hillcrest Elementary School area.
Officers are investigating as many as five vehicles burglaries that occurred either late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning, Deputy Police Chief Clint Williams said this morning.
“It was a pretty good little cluster of them,” he said.
As with previous rounds of burglaries in the same area, all of the vehicles were unlocked, William said. The thieves took purses, wallets and other items.

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18th annual John Simoneaux Memorial Jam.

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Local residents have a chance to help benefit the Louisiana Tech University Department of Music while also listen to several hours of regional music at the 18th annual John Simoneaux Memorial Jam.
Admission to Johnny Jam is $10 and will start at 2 p.m. Saturday at Sundown Tavern and Ponchatoulas, said Phillip Gilreath, event organizer.
Music for this event ranges from rock ‘n’ roll, indie and acoustic.

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Tennis Techsters take down Stephen F. Austin

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The Louisiana Tech women’s tennis team remained undefeated at home this season with a 6-1 win over Stephen F. Austin on an overcast Wednesday afternoon at the LA Tech Tennis Complex.
With rain threatening, Tech (11-8) pulled out the doubles point with victories on courts two and three. They followed that up with five singles wins to improve to 4-0 at home.

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GSU AD: Hoops needs local recruiting

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Grambling State University has reopened its search for a soccer coach, effective immediately, with an April 28 deadline.
“I know Grambling State has a tremendous reputation for its football and basketball programs as well as our track and field program, but we have lots of good sports and every one of them deserves the best leaders we can find. That includes soccer,” said GSU Athletics Director Paul Bryant.

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The status of social media and politics

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With social media expanding its reach to parts that did not seem feasible just a short decade ago, its no wonder that the political world has begun using its tools to communicate with audiences across the globe.
President Donald Trump may be the best example of what social media can do for a politician. He boasts more than 27 million followers on his Twitter page that he regularly uses to post, sometimes controversial, tweets of the ins and outs of his presidency or his opinion on the state of Washington, D.C.
But how much did social media actually play a part in the 2016 election?

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TEAM expansion creates bright future

Louisiana Tech University’s prized Teacher Educators and Mentors clinical residency program is expanding beyond the comfy confounds of Lincoln Parish.
Students and faculty from Tech’s College of Education recently visited several Caddo Parish elementary and secondary school sites to advance the TEAM model.
The Caddo Parish School System invited the group to learn about the aspects of the campuses, meet school leaders and observe a variety of grade levels implementing best teaching practices.

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March 29th

GEORGE SPENCER MEAD

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Memorial services for George Spencer Mead, age 87 of Ruston will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday, March 31, 2017 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Ruston. Reverend Leslie Stephens and Reverend Juliet Spencer will be officiating. George died Saturday, March 25, 2017 in Ruston, LA suffering complications from an accidental fall at his home. George was born January 18, 1930 in Monticello, AR to John Curtis Mead Sr. and Thelma Spencer Mead. He spent his childhood there and developed his Southern charm.

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LONNIE "BUSTER" DARBY

Funeral Services for Lonnie "Buster" Darby (95) a native of Farmerville will be held Saturday April 1, 2017 at 2:00 PM at the Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Farmerville Louisiana, Reverend Tommy L. Carr Pastor/Officiating. Interment will Immediately follow at the Zion Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday March 31, 2017 from 2 Till 6PM at the Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Farmerville. Services Entrusted to Memorial Funeral Home, Farmerville Louisiana.

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