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April 20th, 2018

D.C. downs Cedar Creek

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Cedar Creek’s Chandler Hay awaits the ball as a Delta Charter baserunner slides safely back to first base Thursday. Delta Charter won the game 11-10.

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Lady Aggies take down Simsboro

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Choudrant headed to Class B quarterfinals for first time since 2011
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CHOUDRANT — Sulphur — it’s the smell of sweet of success for Louisiana high school softball teams.
And a gritty performance by Choudrant High School senior Taylor Lamkin has the Lady Aggies headed to Sulphur for the Class B quarterfinals after defeating District 2B rival Simsboro 10-0 Thursday night at the CHS Softball Field.
Taylor shook off — literally — a hand injury in the third inning and continued pitching to earn the shutout for the third-seeded Lady Aggies.

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Ruston tops Pineville

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Ruston High School pitcher Graham Hanes went the distance, giving up only five hits Thursday to lead the Bearcats to a 9-3 home win over Pineville.

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Tennis Techsters bounced from C-USA tourney

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NORFOLK, Virginia — The 2018 spring season came to an end for the Louisiana Tech women’s tennis team as they fell 4-0 to Western Kentucky Thursday morning in the first round of the Conference USA Tournament at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center on the campus of Old Dominion University.
It was a lengthy battle for the doubles point between No. 10 seed LA Tech (9-12) and No. 7 seed WKU (9-7), but the Hilltoppers managed to pull out close wins on courts one and two. WKU was then able to clinch victories on courts one, three and five in singles to advance to the quarterfinals.

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‘Falsely Accused:’ An exhibition of art by Lacey Stinson

The North Central Louisiana Arts Council recently announced an exhibit by artist Lacey Stinson at Rumo’s Barbershop, 203 West Alabama in downtown Ruston.
Stinson’s new collage series, “Falsely Accused,” is a commentary on social order, community, and the problems one can potentially face regarding injustice. NCLAC invites the public to an artist’s reception for the exhibition on May 4, from 5-9 p.m., as part of the Ruston Downtown Art Crawl.

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Dixie to host ‘Loren & Mark’

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Thanks to Richard Hood, the local authority on anything having to do with the Chet Atkins family and Chet’s music, the Dixie is delighted to present “Loren & Mark” (our last season show) at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Dixie.
Reserved seating is $20 for adults or 2 for $10 cash in the balcony for all students with ID.
Tickets can be purchased at the door after 6 p.m. opening night or in advance at the box office.

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Preparations for new mural begin

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Louisiana Tech University School of Design faculty members Whitney Causey, left, and Nick Bustamante, right, assemble scaffolding in preparation of beginning the final in a series of downtown murals, this one on the north wall of the Louisiana Center for the Blind. The mural will read “Ruston” in large script letter, with oversized braille lettering beneath it. Production of the downtown art is a partnership between the city of Ruston and the Ruston Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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Wellness Fair looks to educate residents

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The Louisiana Tech University Student Health Center will host the 23rd Annual Wellness Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday in the TONK, located on the first floor of the Student Center.
Paige Pickett, student heath center director, said they hope to share knowledge during the event.
“The Student Health Center’s purpose for this Wellness Fair is to inform the students, faculty, staff and community about services available to them and to provide education regarding various health issues and trends in today’s society,” she said.

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Plein Air contest set

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Event to host more than 30 artists in the Cultural Distict

Beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, a Plein Air Competition will be hosted in the Ruston Cultural District.
Plein Air is a 19th-century style of painting outdoors, or with a strong sense of the open air that became a central feature of French impressionism.
Kacey Richard, co-founder of the competition, said the style is popular in other areas of the country.
“These types of competitions are popular in the Pacific Northwest and East coasts,” she said.  
“I lived in the Idaho and Wyoming for some years and became familiar with the style.

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Regardless of delivery, storytellers needed

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As I prove with almost every edition of The (Farmerville) Gazette, I’m not that bright. But something is happening to the industry that provides this forum and my livelihood that doesn’t make a lick of sense.
When The Times-Picayune in New Orleans announced five years ago it was cutting back to publish just three newspapers a week rather than one a day as it had done for 175 years, it hit close to home.

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