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April 19th, 2017

A thriving idea: Support local arts

Ruston’s newly formed Cultural District Board needs the community’s votes.
The Board recently submitted a video application to receive grant money for a new public art installation project for the city that community members can vote on.
The installation would include placing bulldog statues, a well-known symbol of Ruston and mascot of Louisiana Tech University, in designated locations in the community.
But in order to even think about receiving the grant money, the board needs the necessary votes to reach the top 10 to be considered for the grant.

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Louisiana-Monroe edges past Grambling, 4-3

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GRAMBLING — Louisiana-Monro used a three-run top of the sixth inning to grab the lead for good on Tuesday night as the Warhawks earned a 4-3 victory from Grambling in midweek action.
ULM finished with four extra-base hits in the win, all coming in the top of the sixth frame.
Grambling knotted the game up in the bottom of the fourth with a RBI double from Daniel Barnett after Marshawn Taylor began the frame with a leadoff single of his own.

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Lady Techsters softball to host Nicholls State today

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Louisiana Tech steps out of Conference USA action as the Lady Techsters host Nicholls State at 6 p.m. today at the Lady Techster Softball Complex.
Both teams enter the contest with impressive records. Louisiana Tech is 29-15 on the season, including a 12-3 mark in Conference USA games, while Nicholls State is 27-15, including a 13-5 mark in Southland Conference play.
Tech leads the all-time series 56-20, including winning two straight in the series. The two teams haven’t met since 2013.

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Diamond ’Dogs take walk-off win over No. 23 McNeese

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On Tuesday night, every fan at the Love Shack held their breath as senior second baseman Jordan Washam’s hammered an 0-2 pitch that that thudded of the wall for an RBI double that gave Louisiana Tech an 8-7 walk-off win over No. 23 McNeese State at the Love Shack.

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Lincoln Prep gets ousted

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BASTROP — Making school history on two fronts, the Beekman Lady Tigers defeated Lincoln Preparatory School 17-0 Tuesday afternoon in the first round of the Class 1A state softball playoffs. It marked the first time for Beekman to host a postseason event as well as win a playoff game in any sport.
Beekman, the No. 10 seed, will try to achieve another first by advancing to the State Tournament in Sulphur when it travels to No. 7 Delta Charter for a second round matchup. Game time is 5 p.m. Friday in Ferriday, with the winner punching its ticket to the quarterfinals.

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CHS rings up Bell City

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Aggies beat Bell City 10-0 in first round of softball playoffs
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CHOUDRANT -— Sometimes you just need to settle down and take a deep breath.
That was case for the Choudrant High School Aggies Tuesday night, and after doing so they cruised to a 10-0, five-inning victory over Bell City in Class B softball first-round playoff action.
Choudrant jumped out to an early lead on an Olivia Hennen two-run home run in the bottom of the first but struggled at the plate in the second stanza.
So before the start of the bottom of the third inning, CHS coach Joy Thomas circled her troops around her.

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April 18th

Homicide suspect used assumed name

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The suspect in a Sunday night homicide used what investigators now believe was an assumed named, Major Stephen Williams, commander of the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Division, said Monday afternoon.
Deputies arrested Ronnie Michelle Francis, 17, of 1954 McMullin St. in Dubach, early Monday morning on charges she stabbed her boyfriend to death.
When Francis, who is from New Orleans, was booked into the Lincoln Parish Detention Center, she identified herself as Malayasia Carter, age 19. But investigators later discovered that isn’t her real name.

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New children’s building to come

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As residents round the corner of West Louisiana Avenue downtown, they will see a change in scenery at Ruston’s First Baptist Church. Crews are demolishing the church’s old activities building. Brittany Jackson, publications staff member for the church, said a new children’s area will be built on the site. The construction is expected to last approximately two years, including the demolition that’s underway.

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Police: Alleged Wal-Mart abduction a hoax

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Ruston police have determined no attempted child abduction or battery occurred at the Wal-Mart SuperCenter earlier this month, despite claims by the alleged victim’s mother otherwise.
“The interaction caught on Wal-Mart video surveillance clearly refutes the reporting party’s claim that a man inappropriately touched or tried to forcibly abduct a child,” RPD Deputy Chief Clint Williams said this morning.
Williams said the reported victim’s family has also stopped cooperating with the police investigation.

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Panel backs planned unit development; sends recommendations to aldermen

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The next move toward preliminary approval of a planned unit development that could mean more housing near Louisiana Tech University is up to Ruston’s Board of Aldermen.
The city’s Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday approved Total Properties Inc. preliminary plat application for the development on the south side of West Barnett Springs Avenue. The commission also approved rezoning the acreage upon which the development will be built from one-family residential to a planned unit development, or PUD.

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