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May 13th, 2014

Tech Ag Department recognizes students, faculty at annual banquet

Louisiana Tech University’s Department of Agriculture held its annual Scholarship and Awards Banquet recently, presenting more than $64,000 worth of scholarships to 50 continuing students and incoming freshmen.
“We’re proud of the help we are able to give to our students through scholarships, and it’s things like the annual poinsettia sale each Christmas and the livestock sales we hold that allows us to do so,” said department head Gary Kennedy. “We have 62 incoming freshman, and those kinds of scholarships help in attracting students to the Department of Agriculture.”

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Cougars advance

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Cedar Creek blasts past St. Fred to reach 1A semifinals
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MONROE — Cedar Creek’s Lady Cougars won a state Class 1A softball championship recently.
Now the Cougars’ baseball team hopes to double that up with a title of their own.
Cedar Creek came one step closer to that goal Monday night, on the road nonetheless, as the seventh-seeded Cougars blasted second-seeded St. Frederick 10-2 at SFHS Field.

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Defensive dominance

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Two days after being named by ESPN as a top five returning point guard and passer for 2014-15, the global sports network also recognized Louisiana Tech’s Kenneth Smith as one of the nation’s top five lockdown defenders.
“Speedy Smith is a pest, and that’s exactly how LA Tech head coach Michael White likes it,” said ESPN Insider Fran Fraschilla. “With most of the Bulldogs’ key players returning, Smith will be the catalyst for White’s pressure defense again next season.”

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Lady Tigers sign guard

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The GSU Lady Tiger Basketball team has been busy on the recruiting trail as it announced it has signed Myah Williams, a 5’9” guard from John F. Kennedy High School out of Seattle.
Williams helped to lead Kennedy Catholic High School to three consecutive Seamount League Titles and to the State Championships in her freshman, sophomore and senior years.

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Lambert wins FOM Big Bass title

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The North Central Louisiana Division of the Fishers of Men recently held the 3rd Annual Easter Big Bass Open tournament on April 19 on Lake D’Arbonne.
A crowd of over 150 anglers, tournament staff, friends and family members started the Easter weekend with a Family Fun Night held Friday evening at the North Louisiana Exposition Center.

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Prep track presses ahead

Local prep track and field fans are in a championship frenzy times two after Simsboro High School’s and New Living School’s boys squads captured state titles last week.
New Living Word, coached by Kevin Jackson, raced to the Class C state boys track and field championship on Thursday. The Lions took first place in eight events, easily outdistancing second place Johnson Bayou.
Then the Simsboro High School boys track team, coached by Chris Campbell, took home a Class B state track and field championship on Friday as the Tigers edged past Centerville by three points.

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Lincoln 4-H students honored

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The LSU AgCenter was proud to host more than 400 Lincoln Parish 4-H members, leaders, parents and volunteers as they learned “Don’t Be Chicken About Nutrition” at the 2014 Lincoln Parish 4-H Achievement Day held April 23, at the North Louisiana Exhibition Center. 4-H members from 15 school and 4-H clubs throughout Lincoln Parish took part in various activities, which included the 4-H quiz bowl; 4-H club song, yell, banner and T-shirt contests; and a test was given on nutrition.

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May 12th

GSU awards Toyota’s Colon honorary degree

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Jim Colon had never visited Grambling State University until Thursday. On Friday, he received an honorary doctorate from GSU.
During a whirlwind day, Colon met a host of university officials but he spent the most time with students. During a casual conversation in the Favrot Student Union, Colon thanked everyone for such a warm welcome, and “for making me feel like GramFam in such a short time.”

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Uplifted voices

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Tech choir concert set for Tuesday

One orchestra, three choirs and four soloists will combine to perform a signature event celebrating the 25th anniversary of Louisiana Tech University’s School of Performing Arts.
The Louisiana Tech University Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, North Central Masterworks Chorus and Chamber Orchestra will all perform May 13 in Howard Auditorium.
“This concert is the grand culmination of the entire year of these wonderful and talented young musicians here at Tech,” said John Petzet, director of choral activities. “They have spent the last seven weeks preparing these masterful pieces.”

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Ben Bleich enters 2nd district judge’s race

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Second Judicial District Assistant District Attorney Ben Bleich announced recently that he is officially entering the race for District Judge for the 2nd Judicial District, Division “A” in Claiborne Parish. The district includes the parishes of Jackson, Bienville, and his home parish, Claiborne. 

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