Odds and ends from around the parish

By Wesley Harris

Jeopardy mentions Lincoln Parish

The Jeopardy! show of Feb. 24 featured two references to our community.

In the category “Parish from the Earth” covering Louisiana locales, the answer was “THE CATEGORY TITLE PARISH FROM THE EARTH CAN CLUE YOU IN TO THIS PRESIDENTIAL NAME OF A PARISH WITH RUSTON AS ITS SEAT.”

Obviously, the question was “WHO IS LINCOLN?”

In the category of “The Hall of Famers’ Positions,” the answer was “POWER PLAYERS KARL MALONE AND CHARLES BARKLEY.” The correct answer was “WHAT ARE FORWARDS?”

Attention Kmart shoppers!

For those who weren’t around in the 1980s and early 90s, locals once benefitted from “Blue Light Specials” at our own Kmart store. Located at the current location of Office Depot, the Ruston Kmart closed in 1995. From Kmart’s peak in the 1990s with about 2,400 stores and 350,000 employees, it is now down to just four stores remaining in the United States.

Lady Techster softball on the mend

After playing 13 games in 10 days, Louisiana Tech’s Josh Taylor is feeling pretty good about his softball team. After the Lady Techsters’ frustratingly brief COVID year in 2020 and a less than stellar outing in 2021, the first-year head softball coach is seeing improvement every day in what looked to be a rebuilding year.

Off to a solid start at 15-8, Tech won four of six this past weekend at the LSU Invitational Tournament. While the Techsters had losses against Top 25 teams UL-L and LSU, the team defeated both Troy and Central Connecticut twice. Troy posted earlier wins this season over Ole Miss, #21 LSU, and #25 Ohio State. 

“I am so proud of this team,” Taylor at the conclusion of the weekend. “I can’t tell you how proud I am. This is as tough a stretch of games [over the last few weeks] as I’ve ever experienced. We have played a lot of games [13 games in 10 days], and I have seen a lot of growth from this group. We had a terrific weekend.”

Tech’s motto this year–#HoldTheRope—symbolizes the need for every player to do her  job to hold a piece of the rope to keep the team together.

ART ON 45 returns

The exhibit of this year’s entries in the ART ON 45 program are up and ready for viewing.  Fine Line Supply in downtown Ruston is hosting the exhibit March 1-19 during regular business hours.

For ART ON 45, visual artists of all genres make a piece of art on or with a 45rpm vinyl record for a juried show and to support community projects. This year’s beneficiary of the auction of the art is the Louisiana Center for the Blind.  

See the ART ON 45 Facebook page for more details, photos of the artwork, and instructions on how to bid.

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