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March 24th, 2017

Tech track to compete in Houston

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HOUSTON — Louisiana Tech Track and Field is gearing up for another road meet this weekend as the men and women travel to Houston to compete in the 35th annual Victor Lopez Classic, which is hosted by Rice today and Saturday at the Wendel D. Ley Track Complex.
Louisiana Tech will compete in an impressive 29-team field this weekend as a total of 32 Bulldogs and Lady Techsters will be in action with 16 men and 16 women scheduled to compete in a variety of events.

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Tech softball set for key road trip

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NORMAN, Okla. — Louisiana Tech will play a pair of power 5 conference foes this weekend when the Lady Techster softball team travels to face Mississippi State and Oklahoma today and Saturday.
Tech (20-10) will face Mississippi State (22-8) at 3:30 p.m. today at Marita Hynes Field at the OU Softball Complex in Norman before facing No. 13 Oklahoma (24-7) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City as part of the College Preview.

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Small-town charm and sweet teast

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Most of my life has been spent in a little town roughly 25 miles north of Ruston called Farmerville. There are three stoplights, more than a dozen churches and a population of only 3,862 people.
Because there wasn’t much to do besides hang out in fast-food parking lots and fish on the banks of Lake D’Arbonne, there were times I totally resented small-town life. To me, there was nothing remotely charming about it, and I longed for the fast-paced, high-energy city life.

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First lady advocates art, music

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Growing up, my favorite subjects were always the creative ones — art and writing.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I can’t even draw a decent stick figure, but the fact that I had the opportunity to attempt to learn is not something to scoff at.
With the visit of Louisiana’s first lady Donna Edwards came a renewal of highlight on arts and music.
One of Edwards’ first stops on Wednesday was Glen View Elementary School. Even before she arrived, the students and staff were eager to meet her.

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Stay safe during prom

It’s a natural rite of spring, along with warmer weather, longer days and yellow sidewalks turning the streets of Ruston into seemingly yellow brick roads.
Prom season is here, and high school graduations are right around the corner.
Those are both important milestones in life, and the Ruston Daily Leader reminds teens in our area to enjoy this time with friends and family, but to remember to remain as safe as possible.
And as a community, we must unite in our message to high school students: Stay sober, especially if you’re driving.

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March 23rd

Ruston native on short list for U.S. attorney

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An assistant district attorney from Ruston who prosecutes felony cases in Union Parish is mentioned as one of the top candidates to serve as the next United States attorney for the Western District of Louisiana.
Kyle Green, who works for 3rd District Attorney John Belton, has been mentioned as one of three candidates to replace Stephanie Finley, who stepped down from the post on March 10.
The Western District covers 42 of the state’s 64 parishes.
It includes Lafayette — where the office is based — as well as Monroe, Shreveport, Alexandria and Lake Charles.

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MFP reductions put projects on hold

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The Lincoln Parish school district’s potential construction projects in the Lincoln Parish School Board’s capital outlay plan may be pushed back a year as a result of a 16 percent Minimum Foundation Program reduction said school superintendent Mike Milstead today.
The school district plans on adding a new sixth-grade wing to Ruston Junior High, new emergency generators and a new school board central office. However, after the school board was told it faced a $5.4 million state MFP reduction, Milstead said those projects would have to be delayed.

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Edwards cuts ribbon, shovels dirt

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Economic development in Ruston got a plug from Gov. John Bel Edwards on Wednesday when he helped dedicate the Monster Moto corporate headquarters and manufacturing plant, then participated in a groundbreaking for the North Village Plaza Apartments.
The two celebrations were among a full day of appearances here by Edwards and his wife, Donna.
“We are proud to celebrate the grand opening of Monster Moto’s new Ruston facility,” Edwards said in a prepared statement released by his office.

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Governor floats hike in gasoline tax

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Louisiana motorists could face a higher gasoline tax if the Legislature agrees to a plan being floated by Gov. John Bel Edwards.
“It’s not easy to ask people to pay more, but if we don’t you’re not going to get more,” Edwards told more than 200 people gathered for breakfast at Squire Creek Country Club on Wednesday.
“We’ve got to understand that the Easter Bunny isn’t going to bring us roads and bridges. We’re going to have to do it ourselves,” he said.

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Louisiana's First Lady visits Glen View

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Louisiana first lady Donna Edwards visited Glen View Elementary School Wednesday as a part of her Lincoln Parish tour. With her is Amy Crittenden, a music teacher at Glen View Elementary.

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