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Guice Confirmed

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Tech alumnus, vice president promoted
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Les Guice, current executive vice president and vice president for research and development at Louisiana Tech University, has officially been named as the next president of the university.
Guice is set to take the helm at Tech when current President Dan Reneau, who has served as president for more than 26 years, retires on June 30, 2012. Reneau has previously commented that he believes Guice is an excellent choice for the job.

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Armed robbery suspect arrested

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A Ruston man was arrested after a routine vehicle stop found a warrant saying he allegedly robbed a man with a gun in the victim’s own yard.
Maj. Stephen Williams, spokesman for the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office, said LPSO received a report on Nov. 9 that a man on Works Road had been robbed in his own yard.
Williams said the victim was reportedly standing near a shop in his yard, when a man walked up behind him and pulled a gun. The suspect then demanded money, and reportedly took a cell phone and an unknown amount of cash before driving away.

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Universities compete in holiday food drive

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The Louisiana Tech University Department of Theater is fighting for food, not only to help feed those in need, but to retain the honor of the Foods Fight Championship Belt.
“This is a competition with Mercer University that is held every other year,” said Rachael Pace, head of promotions and marketing for Louisiana Tech University Stone Theatre.

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Bastion embraces Choudrant

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Job was God’s plan
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Though it took her awhile to get there, Lisa Bastion believes that being principal at Choudrant High School was God’s plan for her.
Bastion said her husband proposed the idea of moving to Choudrant while she was assistant principal at Good Hope Middle School in Ouachita Parish.
Bastion said she wasn’t interested in driving that far each day, but obviously, that wasn’t the end of the story.

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The sound of sirens

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City to test warning system
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Local residents who hear loud sirens this week should not assume there is an emergency.
That’s because the city of Ruston is scheduled to test its Outdoor Audible Emergency Warning System. Sirens designed to alert residents of weather-related issues and other emergencies have been installed at 13 different locations throughout the city.

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Preventing fires during the holidays

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As local residents celebrate with their families and friends this Christmas, the Ruston Fire Department would like to remind everyone to stay as safe as possible.

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Landscapes need water in winter

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The rainfall event earlier was a welcomed relief from the dry conditions.  It is important that landscape plants, especially those which are mainstays in the landscape, have adequate soil moisture even in the fall and winter. Trees, shrubs, perennials and lawns can be damaged if they do not receive supplemental water during periods of low humidity, low precipitation and fluctuating temperatures.

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’Dogs, Demons battle tonight

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Long-running series to be renewed in Natchitoches
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NATCHITOCHES — Streaks will be on the line tonight when Louisiana Tech University and Northwestern State University renew their nostalgic, excitement-filled series in men’s basketball.
For the Bulldogs (7-1), it’s a chance to go for an eighth consecutive win in the 7:30 p.m. tipoff at Prather Coliseum.
And for the Demons (3-3), it’s an opportunity to end a three-game losing streak, all of those L’s suffered on the road, the most recent being to perennial national power Oklahoma 69-65.

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Lewis is pro Hall semifinalist

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Ex-Grambling State star makes cut for Canton shrine
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Will Albert Lewis become the fifth player from Grambling State University to receive football’s ultimate honor?
The Mansfield native who was an all-star defensive back for the Tigers is one of 25 semifinalists to be voted on for the induction Class of 2013 for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
If chosen as an inductee, Lewis would join a legendary group of former Grambling State players to make it to the Canton, Ohio-based shrine.
Previous inductees from GSU Nation include the late Junious “Buck” Buchanan, Willie Davis, Willie Brown and Charlie Joiner.

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Van De Velde not ‘second guessing’ decision

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Tech athletics director believes best effort made in bowl situation
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A day after Louisiana Tech University failed to receive a bowl invitation, Athletics Director Bruce Van De Velde wasn’t playing the “what if” game.
The Bulldogs will be one of only two (the other being Middle Tennessee State) NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision eligible programs who won’t be appearing in postseason competition in upcoming weeks, despite having won nine games and leading the nation in scoring and total offense.

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