Play ball! That’s the shout you’ll hear Saturday morning when Buddy Ball of Ruston opens its inaugural season. The coaches are set, the team rosters posted and the T-ball field at the Dixie Youth Complex has been made ready for the crack of the bat and the pop of the glove.
Buddy Ball is for special-needs youngsters whose disabilities preclude them from playing on other ball teams. But with adaptive rules, some special equipment and help from their volunteer buddies, the 30-plus boys and girls who’ll take the field can play just like everybody else.
Many people have walked into convenience stores or other businesses only to get an unwanted sniff of cigarette smoke from someone puffing away outside the door.
But a bill by state Rep. Frank Hoffmann, R-West Monroe, could make residents’ air a little cleaner as they pass into these places. The bill, which was approved by the House in an 81-12 vote on Monday, would prohibit smoking within 25 feet of the entrance to any building where smoking already is banned.