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March 9th

’Dogs open WAC tourney play

Well, OK, maybe it was a little premature, but the Bulldogs rightfully had a feel good demeanor after knocking off the Warriors for the third straight year in Honolulu and clinching the No. 3 seed in this week’s Western Athletic Conference tournament.
Besides, that “NCAA” yell could also serve as a purveyor of the club being in the right, confident frame of mind over the next several days, especially if they keep taking steps toward a berth in Saturday night’s finals.

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Honor our winners

The ticket information was publicized when the winners were made public, and there is still time to reserve seats before tomorrow’s deadline of 4 p.m. by calling the Chamber at 255-2031.
This event is a joint venture of the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and Louisiana Tech University’s College of Administration and Business, and for a minimal ticket price of $10, there is an opportunity to enjoy a good breakfast in good company, an interesting guest speaker — the CEO of Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, Todd Graves — and offering personal honors to the outstanding award winners.

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Take a lesson from the toddlers

“OK, you like tricycles and playing in the mud — so do I,” an unusually articulate 6-year-old might say to his friend. “Oh, do you remember that show on television? You wear dad’s hat and be the cowboy, and I’ll find those bird feathers on the ground and be the Indian.”
On a playground nearby, two little girls giggle ecstatically while shaping pine straw into rows with their hands to create a walkway for a make-believe house.

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Teens feed hunger for food knowledge

This is one lesson two Ruston High School students have swallowed in the school’s ProStart cooking class.
“I’ve learned creating a meal for a restaurant is far different than at home,” RHS junior Amy Barr said. “There’s sanitation and you have to do everything properly. It must look pleasing to the eye.”
Barr, accompanied by fellow cooking class student Jake Pierce, will carry her newfound knowledge to the statewide 5th Annual LRA ProStart Leadership Competition in Baton Rouge on Thursday.

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March 8th

Kittens edged in double OT

And what a classic it was.
The battle of the Kittens turned into a clash of Titans — as Southern Lab (23-4) pulled off a thrilling 76-72 victory in double overtime.
“I thought that was a perfect atmosphere for high school basketball,” Grambling head coach Michael Lyons said. “The game went in double overtime. We were ranked No. 1, and they were No. 2. I thought it was a classic matchup.”

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ProStart a plus for teens

Two of the school’s juniors will compete at the 5th Annual LRA ProStart Leadership Competition in Baton Rouge on Thursday.
ProStart is a program, available at Ruston High, aimed at preparing high school juniors and seniors for a future in the restaurant industry. Students can earn a ProStart industry-based certification by completing 400 internship hours, passing 33 out of 51 skills from a competency checklist and the ProStart Year 1 and Year 2 exams.

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Call to duty drowns inner voice

I’m sure there are many of you who would beg to differ, but, to me, 5:30 a.m. is early.
I never thought I’d see the day where I would willingly roll out of bed at such an unseemly hour.
Many of you may know George, who worked this beat before me. When he told me to meet him at 7 a.m. for my second day of training, I’m sure my eyes popped.
I could almost hear the wheels turning in my head as I tried to calculate how many drops of sweet slumber I could steal and still make it to Ruston from Farmerville on time.
The answer was far too few for my liking.

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Chi Alpha tries to rebuild after fire

So are the four Louisiana Tech University students that called the house, located at 209 College St., home.
The house, which was the home to not only the four students but also Chi Alpha’s offices, burned down last week after an electrical fire.
“It happened at 7:30 Thursday night,” Chi Alpha women’s minister Jennifer Babineaux said. “There were two power surges in Ruston on Thursday, and the power went out at Chi Alpha. The three guys who were here went to go get dinner at Popeye’s and would figure out the electrical problem later. When they got back, the house was on fire.”

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March 7th

Techsters, ’Dogs seek tourney ‘gold

The No. 1 seed is the domain of the Lady Techsters (23-4, 15-1), who wrapped up their fifth straight league title on Saturday night with a 91-52 victory over Hawaii at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Ranked in the top 20 of both the Associated Press (No. 17) and USA Today/ESPN (No. 18) polls, the Techsters also gained a 14th consecutive regular season conference crown, the number also including
previous affiliation with the Sun Belt Conference.

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Auction needs more items

The silent auction, which raises money for renovations to The Dixie Center for the Arts, will last from 6-8 with the winners of the prizes announced at 8:15.
A number of items have already been donated from businesses throughout the community, including a floral arrangement, massages and photography sessions. Door prizes have also been donated and will ge given away.
While the prizes for Downtown Delights are sure to draw a crowd, more help is needed from the community.

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