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January 30th

Techsters start long stay at TAC

It’s the first of five in a row on their home court and all are critical in helping create a comfortable niche for the Techsters in the nine-member league race.
“These home games couldn’t have come at a better time,” said Techsters’ coach Chris Long. “If we can take care of our business, win four or five of these games, then we can be in the thick of the race.”
As it is right now, Tech (10-10, 3-3) is in sixth place and looking up at leader Nevada (5-0), Fresno State (4-2), Boise State (4-2), Idaho (4-2) and Utah State (4-3).

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Why is education allowed to fall?

Education has always seemed as constant as sunrise, and as vital to our existence and development. Vanished are the days when ABC was as easy as 1-2-3, and reliability of a first-class scholastic experience was within easy grasp. Skies of promising futures with valorous sheepskins in hand have been clouded by storms of financial instability, program eliminations and shortages of cash. Students, savoring dreams of ideal futures paved from roads of learning, suddenly may have to tread very lightly on charcoals of fire to reach the promised land.

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No comment is bad policy

A good example of this is the current friction with Grambling State University and Talladega College, set to play a basketball game earlier this week that was cancelled. The kicker of that cancellation is that it came once Talladega’s team was already here.
Talladega coach Matt Cross said the situation played out like this — GSU said Tuesday’s game would be delayed because they needed to wait for the officials to arrive, which would push back the 7 p.m. tipoff time. He was told about 20 minutes later that the game was off. He asked to reschedule. That suggestion got a cold reception.

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Folklorist seeks volunteers to assemble parish history

“These cultural resources give us a record of who we were and how we have changed, as well as the actual voices and expressions of important community members and family,” Roach said.
The goal is to capture for posterity what life was like in Lincoln Parish during the Great Depression.
“I am hoping that we can train enough community members, ranging from high school students to senior citizens, to interview a large group of our community’s octogenarians and older folks whose experiences can enlighten us,” Roach said.

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January 29th

Bulldogs host Hawaii tonight

“Magnum came through big for us and that’s what we need out of everybody and in every game,” said second-year coach Rupp. “He just had a terrific game and came to play every single minute. We just need to have that kind of game out of everybody. We need everybody on the same page. It’s about everybody contributing.”
That’s what Rupp and his staff will be looking for tonight when the Bulldogs (8-12, 2-5) begin a two-game WAC series.
Tech will face Hawaii (9-10, 1-6) in a 7 p.m. tipoff at the Thomas Assembly Center. On Saturday, San Jose State comes in for a 2 p.m. contest.

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Fire safety tips can save lives

In the interest of getting as much information about fire safety out there as possible, I recently chatted with Dennis Ford, a fourth generation firefighter and current fire chief of Lincoln Parish Fire District No.1. This list offers a snapshot of some of the most common causes of fires Ford has seen in his 25-year-career and ways to best prevent the eruption of a structure fire.

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Let's hope the project isn't too late

A host of private enterprise also thrives because of the presence of those students and faculty.
Tech is actually trying to put numbers on its local economic impact through a University of Louisiana System-commissioned effort with a Baton Rouge firm. This is good — the more we understand the way our area works, the better we can tend to it.
Some would say that in the midst of the state’s fiscal hardships since oil and gas left us high and dry and tax cuts pulled back on this year’s state revenue, Louisiana Tech should not be building when it faces steep cuts.

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Quota highlights what’s special about being a girl

Quota Club’s goal is to provide a quality event that promotes the values of honesty, self-respect and true friendship.
“That is why we chose the American Girl movie to be shown,” Givens said. “It is a wholesome movie about girls from different worlds coming together and developing a lasting friendship.”
After the movie, a tea with light refreshments will be hosted at the Lincoln Parish Museum, where the groups will get a tour.
“There are a lot of people in Ruston who have never stepped foot in the museum,” Givens said. “We wanted to try and enhance their programs there.”

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January 28th

Tech, GSU: Busy week of hoops

Tech’s men come back with a 2 p.m. WAC contest against San Jose State on Saturday.
Grambling State’s men and women will also be at home Saturday for Southwestern Athletic Conference play against the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
The Lady Tigers and Golden Lionettes start the action at 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by the men’s game at approximately 7:30 p.m.
A look at the week’s action for parish collegiate programs:

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Amazing work could save lives

What led to this ghastly surprise is, as I hinted at, human neglect. A massive sewer pipe feeding the city had developed a breach that allowed earth from the surrounding area to flow into the sewage system. And when earth begins to get sucked into a pipe, there develops in its place a void, or hole or whatever you like to call it.

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