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April 21st, 2015

Dixie fundraiser features local musicians

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Peggy Dring was among the performers during the 10th annual Joe Woods’ Wildwood Express Showcase Saturday at the Dixie Center for the Arts. The fundraiser is a tribute to Joe Woods, the founder of the original Wildwood Express Band. Money raised from the program is used for maintenance at the Dixie.

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Diamond ’Dogs to play at SFA

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Another busy week is set to begin for Louisiana Tech as the Bulldogs will play five road games over the course of the next seven days, beginning with a pair of midweek matchups at Stephen F. Austin and ULM today and Wednesday.
The slate begins with the Bulldogs making the trip to Nacogdoches, Texas to take on Stephen F. Austin in a 6:30 p.m. contest today at Jaycees Field. LA Tech will then make the short trip down I-20 to face ULM at 6 p.m Wednesday. at Warhawk Field in Monroe.

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Lady Cougars take playoff win; Lady Bearcats to play today

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Katelin Cooper, pictured above sliding safely into home plate, and the Cedar Creek Lady Cougars took a 16-1 home win over East Beauregard Monday in the opening round of the Class 1A playoffs. Cedar Creek will next play host to St. John at 5 p.m. Friday. In Class B, Choudrant defeated Saline 20-0 on Monday while Simsboro fell 12-0 to Glenmora. Catcher Addison Pullin (pictured below at left) and the Ruston High School Lady Bearcats will hit the road today to play a 5 p.m. game at Dutchdown in first round play of the Class 5A playoffs.

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GSU completes sweep

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The Grambling State University baseball team completed a sweep of Prairie View A&M Monday with an 8-7 win over the Panthers. GSU will next play at Nicholls State at 6 p.m. today.

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Techsters softball to play at Louisiana-Monroe

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Louisiana Tech and ULM will play the rubber match of a three-game season series when the Lady Techsters travel down I-20 to face the Warhawks at 6 p.m. today.
The two teams have split the previous two games — both played in Ruston — with ULM winning 9-5 in the season opener in early February and LA Tech winning 3-1 just two weeks ago.
Tech (26-13) will play back-to-back midweek road non-conference games. Following Tuesday night’s game at ULM, the Lady Techsters will travel to face McNeese State in Lake Charles on Wednesday.

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Tiger’s ranked seventh in golf

Ruston can applaud one of its own this week following the SEC championship performance of the LSU golf team over the weekend.
Coached by Ruston native Chuck Winstead, the Tiger’s golf team, ranked seventh in the country, lifted the SEC Championship trophy for the first time in 28 seasons on Sunday afternoon as they turned a three-shot deficit entering the day into a three-shot victory with a winning score of 13-under par 827 at the 2015 SEC Men’s Golf Championships held this weekend at Sea Island Golf Club’s Seaside Course.

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Unimaginable extremes to continue

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Gore Vidal died at 86 years.  He wrote more than 20 voluminous books.  He started his first book as a teenager.  He was a complex person with an opinion about everything.  Google him and you will find some interesting information.  I do not agree with most of his comments but there is one I do.  He gave a possible reason for the worldwide terrorist problem, which I believe is valid.   Several countries led by white men have taken control of other countries for hundreds of years and got away with it.  For example, England had total control of India from 1612 to 1947.

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Excited about opportunities

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4 Paws Rescue’s first annual Fur Ball held March 27 was a huge success.  We would like to thank the community for supporting this yearly fundraiser.  The crowd was larger than expected and everyone literally had a “ball.”  We raised over $14,000 for our building fund.  
Special thanks to Bank of Ruston for being our primary sponsor, to The Keg Package  Liquor and Cork Room for providing the wine, and to Richard Dieter and the Mistreaters for the great music.  Thanks also to the many local merchants who donated to our silent auction.

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Bible Study Fellowship registering for Revelation

The area’s interdenominational women’s Bible Study Fellowship group is registering for its new study on the Book of Revelation, which will begin in September.
The group’s base class meets in Monroe, with satellite discussion groups also meeting in Ruston and West Monroe. Participants come from throughout north Louisiana and south Arkansas.
Women wishing to attend the Ruston satellite discussion group can register at 10 a.m. Friday at John Knox Presbyterian Church, 2106 Cooktown Road.

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Tech doctoral student selected as finalist at Entrepreneur Week

Varun Kopparthy, a doctoral student in Louisiana Tech University’s biomedical engineering program, was selected as one of five finalists during a special innovation pitch session of the New Orleans Entrepreneurship Week as part of the Delta Regional Authority’s Delta Entrepreneurship Network.

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