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June 10th, 2014

Burkhalter named All-State

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Three Bearcats, two Lady Bearcats earn honorable mention
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Two players who helped lead their teams to state titles, Ouachita pitcher Kat Lee and Barbe shortstop Kennon Fontenot, headline the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Class 5A All-State teams for baseball and softball.
Ruston pitcher David Michael Burkhalter, who signed Sunday with the Milwaukee Brewers after being drafted n the sixth round of the First-Year Major League Baseball Draft Friday afternoon.
Burkhalter posted a record of 87-3 wiht a 0.70 ERA and 104 strikeouts as a senior.

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RHS’ Smith honored

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Ruston High School’s Margeaux Smith was one of three Lady Bearcats to earn honorable mention on the Class 5A All-State softball team along with Casey Harrington and Brister Curry.

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Tech football to hold fundraiser

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Car wash donations to go to Boys and Girls Clubs

Louisiana Tech’s football program will host a car wash Wednesday at the Chevron Car Wash on Tech Drive with all donations raised going towards the Boys and Girls Club of North Central Louisiana.
Football student-athletes on the Blue Team from the 2014 T-Day Spring Game — losers of this year’s spring game by a 37-20 decision — will be washing cars for donations from the public. Those team members will also be washing the cars of the winning Red Team members.

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Countdown on for state Hall of Fame festivities

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NATCHITOCHES — With the June 19-21 annual Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Induction Celebration fast approaching, honoring Houston Astros All-Star pitcher Shane Reynolds, LSU All-American and nine-time Pro Bowl football guard Alan Faneca, and Louisiana Tech women’s basketball star Venus Lacy among 11 state sports heroes, there’s still time to make reservations online at LaSportsHall.com or by telephone to be part of the memorable festivities.

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Goff a good choice for Tech baseball

Only time will tell, but the Daily Leader congratulates officials at Louisiana Tech University for hitting what appears on paper a home run with the hiring of new baseball coach Greg Goff.

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Become a Master Gardener

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The Louisiana Master Gardener program is a service and educational activity designed to recruit and train volunteers to help meet the needs of home gardeners while providing an enjoyable and worthwhile experience for volunteers.

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June 9th

‘Sons of Guns’ stars hold event to benefit Ruston’s SWAT

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Will Hayden, star of Discovery Channel’s “Sons of Guns” and founder of Red Jacket Firearms, brought the heat to north Louisiana on Saturday to help raise funds for the Ruston Police Department.
The 12th annual Red Jacket Birthday Bash took place in Simsboro and offered fans of the show, and of firearms, an opportunity to shoot weapons that may not be available to them.
“Its an opportunity for us to get to meet people that have been supporting us,” Hayden said. “It’s a chance to put a face to a name and tell them ‘thank you.’”

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LPPJ to meet Tuesday

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Jury, HELP to receive audits

The 2013 audit report will be given in the Lincoln Parish Police Jury’s regularly scheduled meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday. 
A presentation will be given by CPA David Hartt, but prior to that, the Personnel/Benefits Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. to review and recommend people to fill vacancies on the Waterworks District No. 1 and the Lincoln Parish Communications District.
The regular meeting will follow with the announcement of an appointment to Waterworks District No. 2, followed by Hartt’s report.

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Tech campus, facilities set to become tobacco-free

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Effective Aug. 1, Louisiana Tech University’s campus, instructional sites and facilities will become tobacco-free in accordance with Act 211 of the 2013 Louisiana State Legislative session which directs all public post-secondary educational institutions to develop smoke-free and/or tobacco-free policies for its campuses.

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Cultural district could help UP development

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The manager of a state program to promote cultural arts in Louisiana said a classic example of unintended benefits of the program can be found in Farmerville.
In 2007, the Louisiana Legislature created the Cultural District program for communities to promote the state’s visual arts. One facet of the program is tax credits available to both residential and commercial property owners who do work to preserve older, historic buildings within the districts.
Program manager Gaye Hamilton said she learned an example of interest in the tax credits exists in Farmerville.

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