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May 12th, 2014

Lady Bearcats strong at state

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Ruston girls finish in fifth place at Class 5A championship meet
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BATON ROUGE — The Ruston High School Lady Bearcats took a fifth-place finish Saturday night as the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Class 5A Track and Field Championships wrapped up at Bernie Moore Stadium on the LSU Campus.
Ruston High’s boys team finished 23rd with five points.
Top performers for the Lady Bearcats included Kristen Clark, who finished second in the javelin, Hannah Siegmund, who finished second in the 200m dash and Kourtni Goldsmith, who finished second in the high job.

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Dianond’ Dogs drop 2014 home finale

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Louisiana Tech wrapped up its 2014 home schedule with a 7-3 loss to Charlotte, as the visiting 49ers completed a three-game Conference USA series sweep of the Bulldogs on Senior Day at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
With a 4-2 lead after eight innings, Charlotte’s (17-29-1, 8-17 C-USA) Logan Sherer helped increase the 49ers lead over Tech (15-32, 5-22 C-USA) with a three-run home run in the ninth to seal the series sweep.
The Bulldogs struggled to score runs for the first seven innings as the team stranded 13 base runners in the loss.

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SWAC baseball tourney starts Wednesday in N.O.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Southwestern Athletic Conference has selected the New Orleans MLB Urban Youth Academy at Wesley Barrow Stadium as the site for its upcoming 2014 SWAC Baseball Tournament.
The venue, located in Pontchartrain Park in New Orleans, is a replacement site after the league decided to move the tournament from LaGrave Field as a result of student-athlete safety concerns. LaGrave Field was host to last year’s SWAC postseason tournament in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Cougars to face St. Frederick

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Seventh-seeded Cedar Creek will play at second-seeded St. Frederick in Class 1A quarterfinal state baseball tournament action at 6 p.m. today in Monroe. In Class C action, third-seeded Downsville Charter School reached the state semifinals with a 4-3 win over Summerfield last Thursday and will face second-seeded Claiborne Christian at 4 p.m. this Thursday at McMurray Park in Sulphur.

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Drop off hazmat items Saturday

Spring cleaning often leads to the discovery of all sorts of items that many of us had forgotten we had: computers that no longer work, dead batteries, half-empty paint cans and the like.
The city of Ruston and Lincoln Parish are teaming up again this year on the annual Household Hazardous Material Collection Day, a day specifically designed for residents to have a safe, proper way to dispose of dangerous substances and other items that just seem to stack up around the house.

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State education questions abound

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As area schools begin wrapping up their academic year, the state Legislature is hard at work in Baton Rouge working out the finances for the upcoming school year.
But the question remains, will there eventually be some good news in store for workers and faculty at Grambling State and Louisiana Tech universities?
On Thursday, a nearly $25 billion budget for next year that includes Gov. Bobby Jindal’s proposals for new spending on health care, colleges and state worker pay won passage from the Louisiana House.

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May 10th

More than 300 animals helped

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4 Paws saves lives of companions
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In 2013, 4 Paws Rescue Inc. helped rescue more than 350 animals.
Sue Martin, president of the organization, said the group rescued 368 dogs and cats and adopted out 329. Martin said she was collecting the statistics for a potential Petfinder.com grant when she realized what a great impact had been made.
“That’s amazing,” Martin said about the statistics. “This year, already, we’ve nearly exceeded that.”

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Si visits Ruston

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Si Robertson’s tour of duty in Vietnam is finally complete. He has a pair of new tiger stripe camouflage fatigues and a “Boonie” hat to prove it, both gifts from the Louisiana Military Museum.
Robertson, best known as Uncle Si on A&E’s hit reality TV show “Duck Dynasty,” toured the museum Friday afternoon prior to his appearance at a fundraising event for the Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home.

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Jazzland concert a success

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On Friday night, area residents came out to show their support for the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana by attending the annual Jazzland concert. Headlining the concert was Louisiana-native Marc Broussard and Larry Pannel along with the Grambling State University Jazz Ensemble, which opened the night. Sponsors helping to make the night a success were board members Mr. and Mrs. Todd Davison, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Autrey and Mr. and Mrs. Steve Davison. All proceeds raised from ticket sales will benefit the club.

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Raising awareness

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Donations up from last year’s march
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A number of area residents looked to the future Saturday morning as they joined in the March of Dimes’ March For Babies at the Lambright Intramural Center and Jim Mize Track on the Louisiana Tech University campus.
Proceeds from the march and other fundraising events conducted by local MOD affiliates in recent months will go to help fund research to prevent premature births, birth defects and infant mortality.

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