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March 20th, 2017

Man dies in house fire

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Simsboro man perishes in his home

A Simsboro man died Saturday night in a fire that destroyed his Davis Road home.
Felton Cockerham, 77, was believed to have been trying to get out of structure but was unable to do so, Chief Kevin Reynolds, with the Lincoln Parish Fire Protection District No. 1, said this morning. Cockerham was the only occupant of the house.
Reynolds said the fire appears to have started from heating equipment. The frame house, located about eight miles south of Simsboro, apparently did not have working smoke detectors, Reynolds said.

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Joe Woods’ Wildwood Express Showcase on tap for Saturday

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On Saturday, the 11th annual Joe Woods Wildwood Express Showcase will be hosted by the Dixie Center for the arts.
Beginning at 6 p.m., the show will celebrate the life and legacy of Joe Woods, Mary Ann Woods, widow of Joe Woods, said.
“He had a soft spot for people in need,” Mary Ann Woods said. “He would organize the women who attended to make food and they would sell it at the service station next door.
Then he would give the money to whoever needed it most. He was very generous.

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Governor sets Ruston visit

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Gov. John Bel Edwards will be in Ruston on Wednesday to participate in a ribbon cutting at the Monster Moto corporate headquarters and youth recreational vehicle assembly plant, and a groundbreaking for North Village Apartments.
Both events are open to the public.
Edwards is also scheduled to speak earlier that morning at a private breakfast at Squire Creek Country Club in Choudrant, meet with area lawmakers and later in the afternoon conduct an invitation-only roundtable for about 300 business and civic leaders from Lincoln and Ouachita parishes.

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Bittersweet weeks for local seniors

It’s finally here — the final nine weeks of the 2016-17 school year.
That means these are the last remaining weeks for our parish seniors to decide what they want to do after they graduate.
There are a number of different routes seniors can take upon receiving their diploma.
However, now is the time when seniors need to begin making their decisions on issues such as college, employment and the future.
For the community college or university route, students who have yet to take the ACT or the SAT or are not satisfied with their scores, these are the final days to take the test.

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Small events equal a big joy

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The other day, I happened to glance at the odometer, and there the numbers sat in all their radiant glory: 111,111.
Instead of being annoyed that the miles were multiplying on my vehicle, I instead savored their symmetry. I’d never before seen that dashboard display.
The numerical combination reminded me of the digital watch heyday, when one of my roommates periodically called me over to observe her wrist at 11:11. Didn’t matter if it was a.m. or p.m., she knew that I, the woman who now ironically sports an asymmetrical haircut, would revel in the numbers’ rapport.

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USM completes sweep of Tech

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Louisiana Tech (15-4) could never recover from a rough start as Southern Miss (15-4) took the series finale in Ruston on Sunday afternoon with an 8-5 victory at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
Jordan Washam continued to swing a hot bat for the Bulldogs, picking up three more hits. Washam was joined in that category by Sean Ullrich who also picked up three hits.
Seven different Bulldogs picked up a hit in the loss on Saturday. Brent Diaz was the only other Louisiana Tech player to pick up multiple hits as he collected two.

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Techsters softball dominates Eagles

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Louisiana Tech completed a three-game Conference USA series sweep over Southern Miss Sunday afternoon winning the finale 8-1 at the USM Softball Complex.
With the win, Tech improved to 19-10 on the year, 5-1 in Conference USA action. The Lady Techsters own a two-game lead in the West Division through just two weekends of play. It marked the seventh straight Conference USA series that Louisiana Tech has won dating back to last year, extending the program record.

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Tulane tops GSU in WNIT

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NEW ORLEANS —The basketball season for the Grambling State University Lady Tigers ended Sunday just as it began in November, with a loss to the Tulane Green Wave.
“We felt good about our chances,” said GSU coach Freddie Murray. “We had our chances, but I just think we ran out of gas. I’m proud of my team. We have nothing to hang our heads down about. We were able to do some great things this year and we have a lot of things to build on going into next year.”
Both Shakyla Hill and Monisha Neal from GSU finished the game with a double-double; 12 points and 10 rebounds each.

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Tech bowlers turn in strong meet

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Louisiana Tech used a 3-0 day on Sunday, to propel themselves to a 27th place finish at the Music City Classic in Nashville, Tennessee, over the weekend.

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Tech track closes out ULL Classic

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LAFAYETTE— Louisiana Tech’s track and field teams enjoyed a successful two days in the southern half of the state as the Bulldogs and Lady Techsters combined to record 25 top-10 finishes at this weekend’s meet hosted by UL-Lafayette.
Louisiana Tech senior Chloe Lautric recorded a first place finish in women’s high jump with a mark of 5-7.75 (1.72m). In the women’s long jump, Morgan White finished 13th with a final mark of 15-5.50 (4.71m).

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