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April 19th, 2017

Tech ASCE teams win big at Deep South Conference

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The Louisiana Tech University American Society of Civil Engineers Steel Bridge and Concrete Canoe teams won first and second place, respectively, at the 2017 ASCE Deep South Conference held recently in Memphis, Tennessee.
Competing against 10 other teams from universities around the region, the Steel Bridge team won first place in the “Display,” “Weight” and “Efficiency” categories, third place in the “Speed,” “Stiffness” and “Economy” categories, and first place overall.

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Farm-to-Fiesta: Farmers Market hosts fundraiser

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At 6:30 p.m. Friday, the Ruston Farmers Market will hold a Farm-to-Fiesta fundraising party at the market building, located at 220 East Mississippi Ave.
“The Farm-to-Fiesta event will celebrate the beginning of Ruston Farmers’ Market’s tenth season of operation,” Jean McWeeney, president of North Louisiana Farm Fresh, said. “It will also help raise funds to improve air circulation in the building during the summer months as well as make other improvements.”

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Claiborne Electric Cooperative gives grants to local entities

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Two Lincoln Parish organizations recently received grants from Claiborne Electric Cooperative’s Operation Round Up program.

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Reader writes about local VAs

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Another Veteran’s Administration article: Even Fox News, my favorite channel, reports negatively about the VA. I have received medical support from the VA hospital in Shreveport and the VA clinic at Monroe for 14 years.
I have been in surgery at the hospital four times related to heart problems. One of those visits was provoked by total blockage in one of my main arteries.
It took my surgeon one hour and fifteen minutes to successfully complete the procedure. The two facilities have given me the best possible medical support throughout the spectrum and I truly appreciate it.

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Health care squeeze hits home

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It was a rough week for health care in Lincoln Parish.
First, LifeCare Specialty Hospital of North Louisiana announced it was closing. Employee cutbacks began April 15.
Next — the very next day, in fact — Northern Louisiana Medical Center said its skilled nursing facility will “cease operations” May 1. The 12-bed unit has been shuttered since February, but technically wasn’t closed.
Some of the unit’s staff has been absorbed elsewhere in the hospital; others have left.
Ready or not, the national health care squeeze has hit home.

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A thriving idea: Support local arts

Ruston’s newly formed Cultural District Board needs the community’s votes.
The Board recently submitted a video application to receive grant money for a new public art installation project for the city that community members can vote on.
The installation would include placing bulldog statues, a well-known symbol of Ruston and mascot of Louisiana Tech University, in designated locations in the community.
But in order to even think about receiving the grant money, the board needs the necessary votes to reach the top 10 to be considered for the grant.

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Louisiana-Monroe edges past Grambling, 4-3

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GRAMBLING — Louisiana-Monro used a three-run top of the sixth inning to grab the lead for good on Tuesday night as the Warhawks earned a 4-3 victory from Grambling in midweek action.
ULM finished with four extra-base hits in the win, all coming in the top of the sixth frame.
Grambling knotted the game up in the bottom of the fourth with a RBI double from Daniel Barnett after Marshawn Taylor began the frame with a leadoff single of his own.

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Lady Techsters softball to host Nicholls State today

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Louisiana Tech steps out of Conference USA action as the Lady Techsters host Nicholls State at 6 p.m. today at the Lady Techster Softball Complex.
Both teams enter the contest with impressive records. Louisiana Tech is 29-15 on the season, including a 12-3 mark in Conference USA games, while Nicholls State is 27-15, including a 13-5 mark in Southland Conference play.
Tech leads the all-time series 56-20, including winning two straight in the series. The two teams haven’t met since 2013.

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Diamond ’Dogs take walk-off win over No. 23 McNeese

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On Tuesday night, every fan at the Love Shack held their breath as senior second baseman Jordan Washam’s hammered an 0-2 pitch that that thudded of the wall for an RBI double that gave Louisiana Tech an 8-7 walk-off win over No. 23 McNeese State at the Love Shack.

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Lincoln Prep gets ousted

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BASTROP — Making school history on two fronts, the Beekman Lady Tigers defeated Lincoln Preparatory School 17-0 Tuesday afternoon in the first round of the Class 1A state softball playoffs. It marked the first time for Beekman to host a postseason event as well as win a playoff game in any sport.
Beekman, the No. 10 seed, will try to achieve another first by advancing to the State Tournament in Sulphur when it travels to No. 7 Delta Charter for a second round matchup. Game time is 5 p.m. Friday in Ferriday, with the winner punching its ticket to the quarterfinals.

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