The City of Ruston celebrated the completion of Phase IV of the Rock Island Greenway on June 29! This could not have been possible without the support from Dr. Guice, Louisiana Tech University, Michael Domingue, FHWA Administrator for the Recreational Trails Program here in Louisiana, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and the Lincoln Health Foundation.
Month: June 2021
Ruston Police Department asks for public’s help identifying a suspect
The Ruston Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect. On June 22 this unidentified male used stolen cards while at the Walmart Supercenter in Ruston.
Ruston Police investigators are asking that anyone who may know this male or with information on this case should call the department at 318-255-4141 or Crime Stoppers at 318-255-1111. A tip may also be submitted online at www.rustonlincolncrimestoppers.com or text “TIPS15” to Crimes (274637) to send a text message.
Tipsters remain anonymous and are eligible to receive a car reward if information leads to arrest or indictment.
The R.W. Norton Art Gallery
The R.W. Norton Art Gallery
4747 Creswell St. Shreveport
Free and open to all ages
This installment of Kevin Hits the Road will take us to Shreveport’s R. W. Norton Art Gallery. The gallery’s extensive gardens, children’s programs, and varied art collections make it an ideal destination for anyone in the area looking for a day trip only an hour or so drive from Lincoln Parish.
The gallery’s art collection is incredibly eclectic, ranging from modern art to items from Ancient Rome and Egypt. The first thing a visitor sees upon walking in the door is a life size acrylic sculpture of the iconic Marilyn Monroe photograph of her holding her dress down over a grate. The next room holds Western themed sculptures and paintings by Remington, Russell and others. Then there is a Roman Army discharge set in bronze that is well over 1,000 years old. There are 16th century Belgian tapestries depicting Hannibal Crossing the Alps once owned by a French King, as well as collections of photography and WWI & WWII posters. There are over 400 paintings by 100 artists in the gallery’s collection. The gallery also houses an extensive collection of rare firearms. The variety is simply amazing.
The R.W. Norton Gallery is also quite family friendly. There are educational programs for children as well as professional development opportunities for teachers.
There is more to the Norton Gallery besides a world-class museum. The Gallery is set in 40 beautifully landscaped acres of gently rolling terrain with over 15,000 plants. The walking path takes visitors past streams, waterfalls, trees and a wide variety of flowers. The botanical gardens are a superb way to cap off a visit to the museum or could be worth a trip by itself.
The R.W. Norton Gallery is one of our state’s hidden gems. From art lovers of all ages to gardeners, the Norton offers something for everyone. It is worth a visit!
Oscar at Sea
By Brad Dison
In May of 1941, several months before the United States officially entered World War II, Nazi Germany’s battleship Bismarck and a heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen scoured the Atlantic Ocean on a raiding mission to thwart Allied shipping between the United States and Great Britain. On May 24, the two ships entered into battle with two Royal Navy ships, the British battleship HMS Prince of Wales and the battlecruiser HMS Hood, nicknamed “the Mighty Hood,” in what is now referred to as the Battle of Denmark Strait.
The battle has been memorialized in books, songs, films, and other media including Johnny Horton’s 1960 hit song “Sink the Bismarck.” In the song, Johnny Horton sang that “The Bismarck was the fastest ship that ever sailed the sea, on her deck were guns as big as steers and shells as big as trees,” followed by the war cry “We gotta sink the Bismarck cause the world depends on us.”
Within the first ten minutes of the battle, one of the Bismarck’s “shells as big as trees” struck the Hood near one of its ammunition magazines. Within seconds, the Hood exploded with a violent shudder and sank. In less than thirteen minutes after the Hood fired its first shot, as Johnny Horton sang, “The Mighty Hood went down.” Only three of the Hood’s 1,418 sailors survived the sinking.
News of the Hood’s fate was devastating to British moral, but they soon rallied. The Royal Navy was determined to sink the Bismarck. It became their prime target. Prime Minister Winston Churchill ordered all ships in the region to search for the Bismarck. Continue reading
Burroughs, Wells highlight Bulldogs on All-Louisiana baseball team
In a state where LSU baseball has dominated the diamond landscape collegiately since the mid-1980s, there was a shuffle at the top of the ladder this spring.
As a result, Louisiana Tech head coach Lane Burroughs was named the 2021 All-Louisiana Team Baseball Coach of the Year, as announced by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Tuesday..
Along with their skipper, third baseman Hunter Wells was named the LSWA’s Hitter of the Year to headline a list of six Diamond Dogs to earn All-Louisiana honors. Wells, centerfielder Parker Bates, second baseman Taylor Young and starting pitcher Jonathan Fincher all earned first-team honors after standout seasons. All four Bulldogs have also already notched All-America accolades after helping lead the Bulldogs to a 42-20 record in 2021.
Outfielder Steele Netterville and utility man Manny Garcia earned second team All-Louisiana honors to join the quartet of first-team honorees.
Burroughs, who signed a contract extension through the 2025-26 season earlier this month, led the Bulldogs to their sixth 40-win season in program history in 2021. The Bulldogs not only competed in their first C-USA Championship game this past season, but they also hosted an NCAA Regional for the first time in program history.
Under Burroughs, LA Tech recorded an 11-4 record against in-state opponents in 2021, recording sweeps over Southern, McNeese State, Tulane and ULM. Burroughs also guided LA Tech to its first division title since 1992 by winning the Conference USA’s Western Division title on the final day of the C-USA season.
Wells, who earned his fourth All-America honor on Monday, ranks second in the nation with 101 hits and sixth in the country with 70 runs scored. The Katy, Texas native led Conference USA with a .385 batting average and 169 total bases, which is a new LA Tech program record for total bases in a single season.
Bates, a third team ABCA/Rawlings All-American, led the C-USA in on-base percentage (.471) while also leading the Bulldogs in RBI (62), triples (four) and HBPs (14). The Tyler, Texas native led the C-USA with a .406 batting average and a .523 on-base percentage in conference play.
Young, the Division I ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner at second base, sported an incredible .993 fielding percentage at second base in 2021. The defensive standout did not commit an error until his 55th game of the season. He also ranks first in the nation with 83 runs scored with just a few games left to play in the college baseball season.
Fincher, a first team All-Conference USA honoree and Dick Howser Award Semifinalist, led the Bulldog pitching staff in strikeouts (85), innings pitched (100.1) and the lowest opposing batting average against him (.219). The Shreveport native posted two complete-game shutouts in 2021, including a one-hit shutout at Tulane where he allowed just two baserunners in a Friday night start.
Netterville, another Shreveporter who was a Conference USA All-Tournament Team honoree, ranked second on the Bulldog roster with 12 home runs despite missing 10 games due to injury. He also ranked third on the team with 57 RBI and fourth on the team with 14 doubles and 45 runs scored.
Garcia, a first team All-Conference USA honoree at the utility spot, stepped up for the Bulldogs in clutch moments throughout 2021.
TOP INDIVIDUAL AWARDS – 2021 All-Louisiana Collegiate Baseball Team
Hitter of the Year – Hunter Wells, Louisiana Tech
Pitcher of the Year – Landon Marceaux, LSU
Freshman of the Year – Dylan Crews, LSU
Newcomer of the Year – Drake Osborn, UL-Lafayette
Coach of the Year – Lane Burroughs, Louisiana Tech
PHOTO: Coach Lane Burroughs photo by Emerald McIntyre
Grambling State to host Brown Girls Do Gymnastics Conference with The Doug Williams Center
Grambling- On July 23-25, 2021, Brown Girls Do Gymnastics’ 5th Annual Conference will be hosted on Grambling State University’s campus in collaboration with The Doug Williams Center and Ruston Lincoln Convention & Visitors Bureau. The Conference aims to increase exposure and access to gymnastics among women and girls of color, provide mentorship from high-level gymnasts, and offer resources and information for the parents of these young gymnasts. Registration is open now for ages 6 and up to learn advanced gymnastics and acrobatic techniques.
Blazing a Trail for Gymnasts of Color
Just months after the untimely death of the first Black woman to win the U.S.A. Gymnastics national championship, Dianne Durham, Brown Girls Do Gymnastics (BGDG) leads a grassroots initiative to introduce competitive gymnastics to Historically Black Colleges & Universities’ (HBCU) athletic programming. Durham set the world stage for Black American gymnasts, paving a path for stars like Dominique Dawes, Gabby Douglas, and Simone Biles. Following their success, there has been a rise in national participation of young Black women and girls. According to the NCAA Demographics Database, 9% of Division I women gymnasts in 2019 were Black, a significant leap from 4.5% in 2008.
As the sport continues to produce Olympic qualifiers of color, there is a growing need to provide platforms for these athletes to pursue their craft while continuing their education in the safety of inclusive spaces like HBCUs. Because there are no HBCUs currently offering gymnastics programs, those who wish to pursue competitive gymnastics at the college level do not have the option to attend an HBCU. Grambling State University is answering this call by hosting this event and looking to the future. Continue reading
Opportunity: ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL – NCHS
POSITION: ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL
SITE LOCATION: NATCHITOCHES CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL
SALARY: Starting salary: According to parish school salary schedule.
QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must be certified or eligible at the time of the application according to Louisiana State Department of Education requirements and must have 5 years of teaching experience.
WHERE TO APPLY:
Linda G. Page, Director of Personnel
Natchitoches Parish School Board
310 Royal Street, P. O. Box 16
Natchitoches, LA 71458-0016
DEADLINE: Thursday, July 8, 2021, 4:00 p.m.
APPLICATIONS: Application packet should consist of a letter of application, resume’, official transcripts from institutions awarding degrees, a copy of Louisiana Teacher’s Certificate with principal/education leadership endorsement, three (3) letters of reference, (one being from your immediate supervisor).
FREE Summer ACT Prep Workshop
Lincoln Parish is offering a FREE summer session workshop for students wanting to prepare for the ACT. Students will receive instruction and practice for the four sections of the ACT: English, math, reading, and science.
The workshop is available to students entering 10th-12th grade who are enrolled at Choudrant High School, Ruston High School, and Simsboro High School. The AM Session runs from 8:00-11:15, and the PM session runs from 12:00-3:15. Students would need transportation to Ruston High School for the workshop.
To register, email Emily Howell, ELA Facilitator for Lincoln Parish Schools, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From Ruston to Royal St. George’s: Tech’s Forgan qualifies for The Open
When Sam Forgan was 16 years old, he attended his first Open Championship at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in the small town of Hoylake at the northwest corner of the Wirral Peninsula.
That 2006 event saw Tiger Woods claim the title just months after his father had passed away.
It was an experience burned in Forgan’s memory.
“There were 50,000 people following him around,” said Forgan, who lettered for Louisiana Tech from 2009 through 2013. “It was the first time I had been to a professional event, and I thought it just won’t get any better than this.
“On the 18th, we couldn’t get a spot so we were quite close to the walk way. Tiger walked past and he is sobbing. He is absolutely sobbing. It was the first major he won after his father died. He was inconsolable.
“When I think of Open Championships, I think of that week. I got a feel for it that week. How big an event it was. But also how good you have to be if you want to win that event. I think I can make it every year. I wouldn’t be doing it if I didn’t think I could.”
On Tuesday, Forgan sank a 10-foot par putt on the final hole to tie for second at Prince’s in an Open qualifier and earn a spot in the 149th Open set for July 11-18 at Royal St. George’s.
Forgan, whose wife Morgan – who he met at Louisiana Tech – is expecting the couple’s first child this year, will fulfill a lifelong dream.
“For me growing up in the UK, I think the (British) Open is the major,” said Forgan, who grew up in Stowmarket, England. “It’s the golf tournament. It’s the only major in our time zone. It’s courses we relate to. I think there is something that makes it a little more special for some reason.
“I wouldn’t classify myself as an overly patriotic person, but playing in the (British) Open Championship … it would be something that when you look back at your career and know you have achieved something. You would know you played against the best. It would be huge. I would love to play and I would love to do well.”
Forgan, who turned 31 in May, opened the qualifier with a 72 on Monday before shooting a two-under-par 70 yesterday. He joined Deyen Lawson (70-71-141) and Connor Worsdall (67-75=142) in the top three, thus earning the opportunity of a lifetime.
Forgan played his collegiate career in Ruston for coach Jeff Parks and the Bulldogs. He was a four-time Academic All-WAC honoree who competed in 36 career tournaments at Louisiana Tech.
He showed his abilities early in his Tech career, recording a seven-under-par 65 in the second round of the Squire Creek Invitational his rookie season.
PHOTO: courtesy LA Tech Athletics
Notice of Death – June 29, 2021
Malcolm Joe McGrew
March 11, 1930 – June 28, 2021
Visitation: Mt. Vernon Baptist Church Cemetery, Friday, July 2, 2021, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Service: Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, Saturday, July 3, 2021, 10:00 am
Cemetery: Mt. Vernon Baptist Church Cemetery, Saturday, July 3, 2021
Eugene Simms Sr.
April 22, 1929 – June 27, 2021
Service: 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, July 1, 2021 at Riverview Cemetery in Monroe
Latest REAL Report highlights impact of Tech students on local economy
The Center for Economic Research, housed in Louisiana Tech University’s College of Business, recently published the sixth installment of the Regional Economic Analysis of Louisiana (REAL) Report.
A cohesive body of research examining multiple aspects of Louisiana standards of living, the Spring 2021 issue explores the economic impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic, with specific focuses on economic forecasts for the state, employment losses and gains, and foreclosure rates. The report also examines the economic impact of Louisiana Tech newest residence facilities as well as the impact of one Tech student on the local economy.
Team members contributing to this issue include Assistant Professor of Economics Dr. Patrick Scott, who serves as Center director, senior finance major Bailey Catoire, junior economics major Patrick Miller, junior economics major Colyn Sevario, and junior finance major Joshua Whitlow.
According to the report, one Louisiana Tech student has an estimated economic output multiplier of approximately 2.84. This indicates that for every dollar spent, $2.84 is generated and recirculated into the local economy. Tech’s on-campus student population induces $1.9 million in sales tax annually, with one Louisiana Tech student producing $5,400 in sales tax revenue for the state and approximately $7,170 in state taxes of all types.
“As Louisiana Tech continues to grow enrollment, the strategic importance of the University to Ruston and Lincoln Parish is difficult to understate,” Scott said. “It is the largest employer in the parish and every student that attends Tech sends out numerous capillary waves throughout the local economy.”
One of those waves currently impacting the local economy is the construction of Louisiana Tech’s newest phase of student housing, Richardson and Cottingham Halls. The construction project, itself, is assumed to indirectly support 90 jobs and induce 130 more. It also brings Louisiana $1.6 million in tax dollars. Overall, there is twice as much of an economic impact for every dollar spent on this project.
To read the full Spring 2021 REAL Report, including state unemployment rates, wage growth, and foreclosure rates, visit business.latech.edu/realreport.
The REAL Report is a quarterly publication designed to provide insight into recent economic developments in Louisiana. It is produced by the Center for Economic Research, in collaboration with faculty and students in Louisiana Tech University’s College of Business, for the state of Louisiana and our region of the South.
Graylon Reynolds: Possession with intent to distribute
Booked on: Mon, 28 Jun 2021 13:03:28
Booking Number: LPDC2021060095
Arresting Agency: RPD
Offense(s): POSS W/ INTENT TO DIST SCHEDULE I|POSS W/ INTENT TO DIST SCHEDULE II|POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA
Bond Amount: $0
USFWS honors Maness for conservation work
Louisiana Tech’s Dr. Terri Maness, Associate Professor and Environmental Science Program Coordinator, received a 2019-2020 US Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Director’s Conservation Partner Award for her work with the Gulf of Mexico Avian Monitoring Network (GoMAMN) team. GoMAMN is group of conservation professionals who came together after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill with the aim of coordinating efforts to develop and implement a Gulf-wide avian monitoring program.
The award ceremony was held virtually June 16.
“I feel strongly that one of the most important things I do as Regional Director is to honor the hard work and accomplishments of our employees and trusted partners,” said Leopoldo Miranda-Castro, Director of the South Atlantic-Gulf and Mississippi Basin Regions. “Conservation partner awards acknowledge significant contributions and willingness to work with the Service toward the conservation of natural resources in the Southeast. Together, our conservation efforts multiply far beyond what any one of us can do alone.”
Maness and GoMAMN were nominated for the award by USFWS Gulf of Mexico Migratory Bird Coordinator Jeffrey Gleason because the team “provides key information and real-time results to efforts to restore the Gulf and conserve and protect at-risk species,” he said.
The group recently published the book Strategic Bird Monitoring Guidelines for the Northern Gulf of Mexico, which is intended to advise stakeholders on how bird populations respond to conservation actions and underlying ecological processes. Maness co-authored a chapter in the guidelines concerning avian health and serves as chair of the Avian Health Working Group and co-chair of the Seabird Working Group.
“It was an honor to be nominated and extremely gratifying to have our work recognized with this award,” Maness said. “We published the guidelines to help coordinate bird-habitat conservation efforts so that we move forward using best practices. Birds in the Gulf region are at high risk of acute and chronic exposure to pollutants and stressors such as hurricanes and climate change. Monitoring the health of birds helps us understand the effects of these threats and how birds respond to restoration and management actions. Birds are also excellent indicators of the health of the environment, which can inform us about potential threats to human health and community resilience to disturbances in the region.”
Maness and her students are currently investigating the accumulation of heavy metals in the tissues of wintering waterfowl, landbird responses to restoration of Shortleaf Pine Woodlands, and the interaction between stressors and the immune system of seabirds. Maness also works with the Lower Mississippi Valley Joint Venture’s Environmental Outcome Monitoring Working Group to help evaluate environmental outcomes of management actions.
Big Creek Trade Days
Big Creek Trade Days are held monthly on the weekend before the second Monday with over 100 indoor and outdoor vendors, food trucks, and fun for all ages! The site is handicap accessible with scooter rentals available on-site. Admission is only $5 per vehicle for an entire weekend!
For more information go to http://www.bigcreektradedays.com/show-dates.
Wearing red, white and blue takes on a different perspective for Tech’s Lofton
Kenneth Lofton, Jr. grew accustomed to wearing red, white and blue during his freshman campaign at Louisiana Tech.
Now the Bulldog forward will don the same color scheme as he heads to Europe with the Team USA to play in the 2021 FIBA U19 World Cup in Latvia.
After impressing the college basketball world – even Fran Fraschilla … finally – Junior used the same skillset to impress the coaches during a two-day tryout at TCU last week as he was one of 12 players out of 27 invitees that made Team USA.
The Port Arthur, Texas, native’s rise to becoming a household name in the college basketball world got another boost. Now he will represent his country after catching the eye of the coaches for Team USA.
“Training camp was a hard battle,” said Junior. “As it went along, I just continued to play basketball. Just do what I was doing in the season my freshman year.”
The news comes as no surprise to Bulldog fans who watched the 6-foot-8 rookie bully his way to the Conference USA Freshman of the Year honor this past season. He averaged 12.1 points and 7.5 rebounds during the season while leading Tech to a 24-8 record and the West Division title.
Junior went from good to great during Tech’s NIT Final Four run, averaging 20 points and 8.5 rebounds in four games, including 27 points and 13 rebounds in the consolation win over Colorado State – including the game-winner with less than a second to play.
He also registered a double double with 20 points and 10 rebounds vs. Mississippi State and added 22 points and seven boards in a win over Ole Miss.
Junior’s biggest games came against the biggest opponents. Now he will be on one of the biggest stages as he represents Tech and Team USA.
“When I first heard I made it, it was a blessing,” said Lofton, Jr. “To be able to be a part of the United States, to represent my family, my hometown of Port Arthur, Louisiana Tech, it is a big deal. They said it was a hard decision. It has been great competing against some of the best players in the country.”
At only 18 years of age, Junior will garner invaluable international experience that will only help him as he prepares for his sophomore season in Ruston.
He and his Team USA teammates will have just a few days to adjust to the time difference as the World Cup gets underway on July 3 against Turkey. Team USA will than face Mali on July 4 and a close preliminary play versus Australia on July 6.
“I never thought I would be playing for Team USA,” said Lofton, Jr. “It was unreal when they called to give me an opportunity to try out.”
Chalk this up as one dream come true for Lofton.
And as excited as he is about the next few weeks, he is already got his eyes set on fulfilling another dream in 2021-22 when he is back in the LA Tech red, white and blue.
“Once I get back to Ruston, I will continue to keep doing what I have been doing, grinding,” said Junior. “I want us to become a better team and get to the NCAA Tournament.”
PHOTO: courtesy of USA Basketball.
Lincoln Parish: Federal Extension of Eviction and Foreclosure Moratoriums Extended
Gov. John Bel Edwards supports the Biden administration’s extension of the federal eviction moratorium until July 31, 2021. He encourages all renters, homeowners and landlords who are experiencing ongoing economic hardship due to COVID-19 to take immediate steps to apply for state assistance that will help them address their housing challenges.
“We are grateful to President Joe Biden and his administration for extending this additional lifeline to those who are still struggling due to the pandemic,” said Gov. Edwards. “It’s important that everyone who needs this additional time act as soon as possible to secure state assistance or explore mortgage payment options because this is intended to be the final federal extension. While this will prevent evictions and ensure housing stability for another month, there are steps renters and homeowners who are struggling financially due to COVID-19 can and should take now to protect themselves from possible eviction or foreclosure beyond this extension. Later this summer, Louisiana will receive $146.7 million funded through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to assist homeowners economically impacted by the pandemic.”
Renters and Landlords
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a one-month extension of the eviction moratorium for renters impacted by COVID-19 until July 31.
About 50,000 renters and landlords have already applied for assistance through Louisiana’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program and similar programs administered by Caddo, Calcasieu, East Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Jefferson, Orleans and St. Tammany parishes. More than $10.7 million has been awarded to renters and landlords through the state-administered emergency rental assistance program. The program, which expanded in May to include utility assistance, provides funding support for past-due rent and utility fees dating back to April 2020, as well as future rent for eligible applicants. For more information about Louisiana’s Emergency Rental Assistance program and how to access locally administered programs, visit LAStateRent.com or call 877.459.6555 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Federal agencies that back mortgages—the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Agriculture—have extended their respective foreclosure moratoriums until July 31, 2021. The Federal Housing Finance Agency also extended the foreclosure moratorium for mortgages backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac until July 31, 2021. While state programs for homeowner assistance are still in the planning stages, homeowners who are struggling financially can temporarily pause or reduce their mortgage payments by entering into a forbearance agreement with their lenders.
Forbearance allows homeowners to repay missed payments over time or when they refinance or sell their homes, and relief options depend on who owns or backs a mortgage, the programs they offer, and the eligibility criteria they set. To learn whether a mortgage is backed by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac or the federal government, homeowners can contact their loan servicer or search online. Homeowners without federally backed mortgages who are behind on payments are urged to contact their mortgage servicers to determine any forbearance options. Visit the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau website for more information on the moratorium extension and preventing foreclosure.
Under the U.S. Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, servicers of federally backed mortgages must provide forbearance for borrowers with COVID-related hardships for up to two consecutive 180-day periods. HUD, VA and USDA will continue allowing homeowners to enter into COVID-related forbearance through Sept. 30, 2021, while homeowners with Fannie Mae- or Freddie Mac-backed mortgages also continue to be eligible for COVID-related forbearance. HUD, VA and USDA will announce additional steps in July to offer borrowers payment reduction options that enable more homeowners to stay in their homes.
Lastly, Louisiana is set to receive $146.7 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds later this summer as part of the Homeowner Assistance Fund, which is designed to prevent mortgage delinquencies and defaults, foreclosures, loss of utilities or home energy services and displacement of homeowners experiencing financial hardship after January 21, 2020. Louisiana is awaiting final guidance from the U.S. Treasury Department to launch the program.
Lincoln Parish Library Closure for Fourth of July
Lincoln Parish Libraries will be closed this weekend for the Fourth of July holiday. Don’t forget to stop by this week to collect your print materials. Can’t make it by? That’s OK! Our digital resources are available 24/7!
Tech’s top-caliber performances earn accolades from LSWA, D1Baseball
Members of the Louisiana Tech Strategic Communications department collected six awards, including four first place honors, during the 2021 Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s annual sports information contest announced Sunday.
For the eighth straight year, LA Tech took home the most awards in the state as the department placed in six of the seven award categories. LSU claimed five awards while Northwestern State followed with four.
The Louisiana Tech Strategic Communications department has now won 106 awards in the state contest over the past 21 years, the second most of any program in the state. The four first-place finishes tied for the most since 2017.
In the Division I Release/Feature (Football) category, Ashley Springer, who just completed her first year at LA Tech, won third place for her feature on Bulldog offensive lineman Joshua Mote walking at graduation with his mother.
Also getting third place was Malcolm Butler in the Division III Release/Feature (WBB, Softball) category for his recap of the Lady Techster softball team using an 11th-hour rally to claim the UTSA series. It brought his awards total to 46, the most of any state SID in the last 21 years.
Kane McGuire collected first place in the Division IV Release/Feature (all other sports) for his release on the LA Tech Soccer team having to navigate through another unusual fall. It marked his 14th career award in nine years with the department.
“At 535 words, this may have been the shortest of the entries, but it was the most smartly written,” said the judges. “In writing on Tech’s soccer team dealing with a second straight unusual fall – COVID-19 in 2020 and having a tornado destroy its home pitch, this writer’s jaunty but succinct style shined.”
Hall of Fame broadcaster Dave Nitz won first place for the fourth time in the College Radio Play-by-Play category for his call of Manny Garcia’s three-run homer sparking LA Tech Baseball’s comeback win over UAB. The radio legend has placed in the top two in eight of the nine years the category has existed.
In just the second year of having a Photography category, Tom Morris picked up first place honors for his photo of a Southern Miss pitcher in disbelief as Manny Garcia crosses home plate in the background after a walk-off homerun by the Bulldogs. The photo appears with this story.
“This photo epitomizes all that lies within every sport – the winners and losers – and emphasizes the quote from ABC broadcaster Jim McKay, ‘the thrill of victory … and the agony of defeat,’ ” said the judges.
A Graphics category is also in its second year of the awards. After earning second place last year, Courtney Pugh of Donnie Bell Design finished first with his graphic of LA Tech’s Amorie Archibald reaching the 1,000 career points mark.
WELLS’ TROPHY CASE SWELLS: Monday, Louisiana Tech third baseman Hunter Wells was once again named an All-American. Wells, already a two-time first team All-American and one-time third team All-American in this year’s assortment of A-A teams, earned a second team All-America honor from D1Baseball.
Wells, who ranks second in the nation with 101 hits and sixth in the country with 70 runs scored, led Conference USA in batting average (.385) and total bases (169). He also led the Bulldogs with a team-best OPS of 1.101.
Wells and teammates Parker Bates, Jonathan Fincher and Taylor Young form the quartet of Bulldogs to earn All-America honors in 2021.
PHOTO: by Tom Morris
CASA VOLUNTEER TRAINING
CASA of NELA will offer online training sessions every Thursday evening from July 22-August 19. CASA Volunteers speak up for children in the foster care system due to abuse or neglect. CASA is currently serving 10 cases with 15 children in the 3rd judicial district. We need volunteers to help change a child’s story.
Podcast: Edwin W. Edwards joins Billy West Live
Ninety-three-year-old former Governor Edwin W. Edwards joins Billy West Live and provides his thoughts on Donald Trump, the news media of today and social media’s impact on politics. Governor Edwards talks about his tenure as the only four-time elected Governor of the State of Louisiana, race relations and voter suppression issues that dominate the news.
Next week Governor Edwin Edwards joins Billy West Live and discusses teacher pay, the value of funding higher education and his relationship with former Governor Dave Treen as well as his thoughts on Governor Jon Bel Edwards. Governor Edwards also discusses his race against former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke.
Billy West Live Profile
Billy West has been a practicing attorney in Louisiana for 32 years with an active practice in all areas of civil and criminal law.
Notice of Death – June 29, 2021
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Trontais Lamon Lewis: Domestic Abuse Battery
LEWIS, TRONTAIS LAMON
Booked on: Sun, 27 Jun 2021 22:16:33
Booking Number: LPDC2021060093
Arresting Agency: RPD
Offense(s): DOMESTIC ABUSE BATTERY
Bond Amount: $0
Domestic abuse battery In Louisiana, It is a charge that is a misdemeanor upon first conviction but is a felony on the second conviction.