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March 15th, 2019

GSU women lose in SWAC semifinals

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — There will be no glass slipper and no repeating as Southwestern Athletic Conference women’s basketball champions for Grambling State University as the Lady Tigers could not rally from a 10-point halftime deficit in a 71-69 defeat to Southern University on Friday afternoon in the SWAC semifinals at Bill Harris Arena.
Southern (19-12), the tournament’s top seed and regular season champions, advance to Saturday, March 16’s title game. Grambling State concludes the season with a 16-16 overall record.

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O.K.’s Corral

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Plenty of thrills during 50 years at Aillet Stadium
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Are you kidding me?
Last Sept. 8, during the 2018 home opener against Southern, Louisiana Tech University celebrated 50 years of action at Joe Aillet Stadium.
My oh my, have the seasons (and passes) flown by. So many great moments, players and memories.
And here I am, about to sit high in the “Joe” press box, near the area where I covered the first game ever played here in 1968 and prepare for yet another season for the Bulldogs.
Ah, yes, lots of exciting memories.
Among them:
My four best games covered at the “Joe”:

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Dunkin’ Dogs fall 57-56

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FRISCO, Texas — Louisiana Tech had its heart broken again by Old Dominion, falling 57-56 in the C-USA Tournament Quarterfinals on Thursday night inside The Star.
Tech (20-13) held a seven-point lead with less than two minutes to go, but the regular season champion ODU (24-8) ended the game on an 8-0 run, including the game-winning 3-pointer by Ahmad Caver in the closing seconds.

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Grief support group meeting March 19

The Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home Family Counseling Center hosts an adult grief support meeting from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday.
The meeting will be held in their offices at 901 S. Vienna St. in Ruston.
The support group is a friendly, caring group of people who are available to help during transitional periods of time following a tragedy.
This support group is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact the offices of the Family Counseling Center at 318-255-5753 or send an email to Robert Flowers at robert.flowers@lmch.org.

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ART ON 45 silent auction Saturday

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The third annual ART ON 45 silent auction hosted by Christine Drieling is Saturday, March 16 at Rumo’s Barbershop at 203 W Alabama Ave from 6 – 9 p.m.
Drieling, a local artist and teacher, has collected works from other local artists on or with a 45rpm that will be silently auctioned. Proceeds from the event will go to a special program with North Central Louisiana Art Council and the Boys and Girls Club of North Louisiana.
John Shaw with No.9 Books and Records will provide music and Ruston Artisans will be open to view their current exhibits.

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Stanley’s lamps are ‘A Shade Above’ the rest

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He doesn’t consider himself an artist, but that is exactly what Scott Stanley has become. Giving life to once-forgotten objects and trashed materials, Stanley is creating unique lamps from everyone else’s junk.
“I’ve always worked with my hands, and I love a challenge when it comes to building and designing something,” he said.
“In 2015, I retired because of some health issues. One day, I was messing around in my shop out of boredom and decided to build a lamp out of a bunch of junk I had lying around.”

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Johnson, Mitchell to wed

Mr. and Mrs. Bernie Johnson of Ruston are proud to announce the recent engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter Tatum Alexandra Johnson to Matthew Christopher Mitchell of Ruston.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Bernie and Terri Johnson. She is the granddaughter of the late Carsol and Lucille Johnson and the late Ardis and Ernestine Tatum.

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St. Jude Radiothon tally totaled

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Regional St. Jude Hospital representatives, KXKZ radio personnel and members of the Zeta Rho chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha service group display a check showing the amount raised when this year’s St. Jude Radiothon went off the air: $81,262. Post-event donations have brought the total to $84,772. Pictured at the event are (from left) Cherri Barmore, Jay Grant, Sallie Rose Hollis, Gary McKenney, Danielle Chauvin, Jennifer Patterson, Mary Poe, Nancy Darland and Caroline Tannehill.

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Choudrant FD to hold final gun giveaway

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After holding multiple fundraiser firearm raffles over the past several years, the Choudrant Volunteer Fire Department is closing out this type of event with one final sports banquet and firearm giveaway Thursday.
“It’s giving us a chance to say ‘thank you’ to the community who has supported us over the past few years in funding some new equipment,” firefighter Brandon Williams said. “We purchased a fire truck and some other equipment with the funds that have been raised.”

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Event promotes taking stand against smoking, vaping

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The city of Ruston will join the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco Free Living on Wednesday for a “Kick Butts Day” event aimed people who work with youth to help them take a stand against smoking and vaping.
The three-hour conference begins at 9:30 a.m. at Louisiana Tech’s Davison Athletic Complex. The conference is open to the public.
“It’s simply an awareness builder,” Valerie Robison, with Robinson et al. Marketing & Public Relations, the firm that’s helping publicize the event, said.

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