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April 2nd, 2014

The British are coming to RPAR

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The British are coming to Ruston Parks and Recreation again this summer.
With the World Cup only a few months away and with around 20 million Americans now playing the sport, the No. 1 soccer company in the United States and Canada, Challenger Sports, has been invited to hold one of their highly regarded “British Soccer Camps” right here in the growing soccer community of Ruston.
Ruston Parks and Recreation has teamed up to host the week-long British Soccer Camp June 9 -13, at the Sports Complex, located at 1501 Farmerville St in Ruston.

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Tech cyber consortium announced

Louisiana Tech University, in collaboration with the Cyber Innovation Center in Bossier City is pleased to announce the establishment of the Louisiana Cyber and Data Consortium (LACDC).  The Consortium represents a broad range of constituencies with interests in the security and protection of cyber assets and related threats, in storage and management and us of large data sets for analytical and business decisions

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Diamond ’Dogs to face NSU

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Louisiana Tech will kick off a seven-game home stretch as the Bulldogs welcome in-state rival Northwestern State to Ruston in a midweek non-conference contest beginning at 6 p.m. today at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson.
Last season, the Bulldogs swept the season series with two midweek victories over Northwestern State, while Tech has also won four straight meetings over the Demons coming into tonight’s game. The game will mark the 148th meeting all-time between the two programs.

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Demons dominate GSU

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NATCHITOCHES —Northwestern State’s Cort Brinson’s three-run home run in the fifth inning capped off his big night as the Demons stormed to a 12-3 win over Grambling State Tuesday in non-conference action.
Brinson totaled five home runs in the contest, plating the game’s first runs in the third inning on a two-run double down the left field line that scored Joel Atkinson from third base and Caleb Dugas from first base. Brinson’s home run, which came on an 0-2 count, to left field pushed the Demons’ lead to 11-2.

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Bearcats blank Chiefs

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NATCHITOCHES — Ruston High School’s diamond domination of Natchitoches Central continued Monday as the Bearcats took a 13-0 District 2-5A baseball road win over the Chiefs.
The Bearcats totaled 13 hits over the Chiefs, who also committed two fielding errors on the day.
Graham White led the Bearcats with a three-for-three batting performance (including a double and home run) and two RBIs while Seth White batted one-for-three (with a home run) and plated four runs.

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Tech tennis nets shutout win

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It was a dominant performance for Louisiana Tech Sunday evening as the Lady Techsters shutout regional rival Northwestern State, 7-0, at the LA Tech Tennis Complex.
Tech (14-4) extended its home winning streak to eight and ended NSU’s (13-4) 11-match winning streak.
“We really came out on fire and never let up,” said head coach Chad Camper.“The women were excited for a good home match. The crowd got loud and we played better, volleying very well in singles and doubles.
“Northwestern State is a tough team having a great season so it feels great to walk out with a shutout.”

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Tech’s Smith named defensive All-American

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Kenneth Smith gives out plenty of assists but he also takes plenty away from opponents in the form of steals.
As a result of his remarkable season, Speedy was one of 25 players selected to the 2013-14 Lefty Driesell All-America team.
The honor adds to Smith’s growing list of postseason awards which include first team All-Conference USA, C-USA All-Defensive team member, C-USA Defensive Player of the Year and being named to the C-USA All-Tournament team.

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Raising autism awareness

Black History Month and Women’s History Month have come and gone, and now the time has come to help raise awareness of autism.
April is Autism Awareness Month and, locally the second annual Hope of Autism 5k and Fun Run has been set for the last weekend of the month and will be held at Lincoln Parish Park.
Tiffany White, event organizer, said the Centers for Disease Control recently announced that autism has risen to 30 percent, meaning between 1 in 88 to 1 in 68 children are diagnosed.

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Politcal party affiliations vary

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By the time the qualifying period for the fall elections is over in August, there could easily be more than 100 people vying for the close to 40 different offices on the ballot.
Some of those are statewide positions and others, multi-parish. But the bulk of the offices up for grabs are local. And if this year’s crop of candidates is anything like its predecessors, there will be a mix if of Republicans, Democrats, other political party members and contenders who have no party affiliation. In other words, independents.

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Tech history professor honored with state humanities award

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Stephen Webre, the Garnie W. McGinty Professor of History and interim associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Louisiana Tech University, has received a Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH) award.
Webre received the award for Individual Achievement in the Humanities for his contributions in north Louisiana. As a discussion leader in the LEH’s Readings in Literature and Culture (RELIC) adult reading series, he is a driving force for humanities programs in Ruston, Homer, Haynesville, Ringgold and Arcadia, with additional contributions made in Bossier City and Shreveport.

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