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August 13th, 2014

Tech baseball sets walk-on tryout date

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Louisiana Tech’s Bulldog Baseball team will hold walk-on tryouts for the upcoming 2014-15 season at 3 p.m. on Sept. 4 at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park in Ruston.
Participants interested in trying out for the Bulldogs must be enrolled as a full-time Louisiana Tech student in the upcoming fall quarter and meet all NCAA Clearing House requirements beforehand.

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8-U travel team tryouts scheduled for Friday

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Tryouts for the District 5 8-and-under travel baseball team will be held at 6 p.m. at the Lincoln Parish Little League Complex.
Baseball players ages 7 and 8 and eligible.
For more information, call Eddie Parkman at 318-243-2294.

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August 12th

RPD’s Loyd throws punches for charity

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Its been several years since one of Ruston’s own has mustered the courage to step foot inside the boxing ring.
On Saturday, the 10th annual Battle of the Badges, a charity boxing match between police and fire, was held at the Fant Ewing Coliseum. Competing on the 2014 fight card were 30 individuals, 15 from fire and 15 from police.
Among the fighters was Kayla Loyd, an officer with the Ruston Police Department.
“I went last year to see the fights and it was a lot of fun,” Loyd said.

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McAllister holds town hall meeting

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Fifth District Congressman Vance McAllister said Monday he anticipates a return of congressional earmarks, but with tighter regulations and a new name.
“These rural communities are starving without it. It’s a desperate need,” he said about the now-banned practice that allowed senators and representatives to provide federal funding for projects in their districts.
McAllister’s comments came during a sparsely attended Ruston town hall meeting. He also talked about immigration and U.S. involvement in Iraq.

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TEA Party hosts candidates

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Ruston mayoral candidate Bill Elmore and U.S. Senate candidate Bob Maness took their campaigns to the North Central Louisiana TEA Party on Monday night.
The two men talked about jobs, their philosophies and what they believe sets them apart from their respective opponents. Elmore, a Republican, is running for the post being vacated by retiring Mayor Dan Hollingsworth.
Maness, also a Republican, wants to unseat long-time Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Democrat.

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GSU professor named LRA Educator of the Year

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Loretta Walton-Jaggers, a seasoned educator at Grambling State University was recently named Louisiana Reading Association’s Educator of the Year. Jaggers is a professor of Education Curriculum and Instruction and is the founder and coordinator of the annual Spring Reading Conference promoting university, school, and community partnerships at Grambling State University since 1995.

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Late summer brings crape myrtle problems

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It is getting late in the growing season and many ornamental plants are showing the effects from diseases, insects and environmental conditions. Leaf spots, leaf discoloration, ragged appearances are all symptoms of adverse conditions.
One plant that annually shows signs of the times is the crape myrtle. In late summer, Louisiana crape myrtles start having leaf spots. While rainfall varies considerably around the state, this summer in our region rains events have been common, making the crape myrtle prone to leaf spots.

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Show support for area teams

As area schools begin to gear up for the new academic year, their football teams are doing the same.
And several are looking for your support to help kick things offs.
Ruston High School, Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University are all set to hold football meet-and-greet sessions Saturday to allow fans and friends to come out and personally get to know the teams they’ll be cheering for this season.
Grambling State will kick things off with its annual Football Fan Day featuring food, music, face-painting and giveaways.

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Tech dodges Mother Nature

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Weather doesn’t stop football team from finally starting two-a-days

Lightning canceled on session of Louisiana Tech’s two-a-day football practices on Saturday, but on Monday the only thing that the rain and lightning affected was the temperature.
Tech completed its first set of two-a-days Monday with a morning session on the Tech Practice Fields and an evening session at Joe Aillet Stadium.
The focus throughout the double session was polishing and speeding up what was learned during the main installation days of the first week of camp.

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Finding a ‘comfort zone’

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Fifth-year senior Houston Bates, a transfer who graduated from the University of Illinois in May, has already made a home for himself as a big part of Louisiana Tech’s defense.
That’s only fitting for the Covington native, who has returned home to Louisiana to close out his college career.
Bates and Louisiana Tech are no strangers— the Fighting Illini played Tech when Bates was a sophomore, but he didn’t play due to an ankle injury.

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