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February 11th

Transition needs our support

Former Olympian, Lady Techsters star and assistant coach Teresa Weatherspoon is taking the reins of the team mid-season.
It’s hard to imagine stiffer circumstances.
Personnel changes once a season is under way, especially at the high level of head coach, are a shock to the system for any team. Losing Long, who had been assistant for six years under two coaches prior to his head coaching job, means the loss of a person who many on the team know well.

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A letter to you, the taxpayer

Our governor was once in charge of the University of Louisiana System. That credit was one of the foundation pegs of his campaign. We remember being told how education is our state’s future, and how Louisiana must be a state where all of our children can grow, learn and prosper. He told us all, and we agreed, that we needed people to want to stay here, not head for greener pastures in states near and far.

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Bulldogs’ Rolle on a roll

Rolle, who sat out the 2007-08 season after transferring from LSU, has taken on an even greater role for the Bulldogs in the aftermath of junior post player Kenneth Cooper’s suspension.
With the latter player now gone, it’s a must for Tech to look even more to Rolle’s ability to work inside for rebounds, block shots and putback buckets.
“We need him on both ends of the floor,” Rupp said. “He continues to give us a lot of blocks and deflections defensively and can contribute points either from the perimeter or inside.

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Will it be ’Spoon?

“These decisions are very difficult to make and are not made without careful consideration of all of the facts and implications,” Dooley said. “We are grateful for the loyal and dedicated service that Chris has given to the program over the last decade.”
While Long’s 10-year stay with the program ended — he had previously served six years as an assistant under Leon Barmore and Kurt Budke — the interim head coaching responsibilities of Teresa Weatherspoon tipped off.

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February 10th

Get involved with future of our city

All residents concerned with what our city will be like in the next 10, 20 or even 50 years
are encouraged to attend one of three Ruston 21 update meetings.
Today’s meeting is set for 4:30-6 p.m. at Hillcrest Elementary School cafeteria, located at 301 E. Kentucky Ave. On Wednesday, meetings will be from 9-10:30 a.m. at May’s Chapel Church, 601 W. Line Ave., and from noon-1:30 p.m. at the Old Fire Station, located at 200 E. Mississippi Ave.

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Ruston gets all dolled up

Nearly 200 pretty ladies turned downtown Ruston into a Parade of Dolls late Saturday morning and early afternoon as the Quota Club of Ruston held its first Timeless Traditions event.
And judging by its start, this is a tradition that’s here to stay and bound to get bigger.

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Techsters go in new direction

A former Kodak All-American, Wade Trophy recipient and NCAA Team of the Decade (1980s) member while at Tech, Weatherspoon was announced Monday afternoon to a new role on the staff.
She will step into the interim shoes for the remainder of the season following the termination of Chris Long as the top coach.
Long had served in that position since the 2005-06 season and was 23 games into his fourth season before getting word of his status late Monday morning.
Weatherspoon joined the Techsters’ staff earlier this year as an associate head coach.

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Long terminated as Techsters' coach

Former Lady Techsters’ star Teresa Weatherspoon, who has been serving as an assistant coach, will move into an interim head coaching position until the remainder of the season.
Long’s current team was 12-11 overall and 5-4 for fifth place in the Western Athletic Conference.
The Techsters dropped a 66-61 league decision at home Sunday afternoon to Boise State.
Long had served as an assistant for the Lady Techsters prior to being elevating to the head coaching job in 2005.

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February 9th

Girls, dolls awaken American history

“It’s the first year we’ve done this, so we really weren’t sure of what we were doing, but we just did our best and faked the rest,” Givens said. “We had a tremendous response and it’s really ended up running great, and everyone seems to be having a wonderful time. We ended up with more girls than we expected to have putting this together on fairly short notice.
“But with this kind of success in the first one, you can look for an even bigger and better event next year.”

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Resolution in Grambling needed now

Goodness knows the taxpayers of Grambling have waited. So has the greater parish community, who is watching from beyond the ropes as these two parties slug it out in public meetings, television reports and columns of newsprint.
A public and regularly scheduled council meeting on the eve of their Friday court date was a hollow, yet tense, reminder of the problems that are ever-present in Grambling’s government.
Community members continue to turn out for these meetings, hoping perhaps that people will put their personal issues and hang-ups aside long enough to take some lessons in

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