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October 10th, 2005

Couple lives for Tech football

Ross and Betty Harper arrive at the parking lot of Joe Aillet Stadium on the Louisiana Tech campus a few days before each Bulldog home game in their Monaco RV and immediately ask what they can do to help get things ready before kickoff.
Thursday afternoon, Ross — Louisiana Tech Class of 1964 — was in Aillet Stadium, helping place the backs on reserve seating.
Betty — Class of 1963 — says they often help run the Athletic Store on the days leading up to the game.
"We just do whatever we can to help out," Betty said.

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Ceremony honors war veterans

Those words — spoken by a hero — held A.E. Phillips Elementary School students spellbound during a veterans ceremony Wednesday afternoon in the school's auditorium.
Marine Sgt. Randall Rugg, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, related his story to highlight the festivities.
Four days into the war, the Monroe native was wounded when the tank recovery vehicle he was riding in was struck by five rocket propelled grenades.
"I blinked once, and then my life changed forever," Rugg told the students.

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Ceremonies honor area vets on their day

At Grambling State University the Greater Grambling Chamber of Commerce honored vets with a flag-folding ceremony, while at Louisiana Tech, the university's Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps held a flag-lowering ceremony.
A wide array of veterans gathered in front of Ruston City Hall for an 11 a.m. celebration, the time traditionally set aside to honor military veterans who have served their nation during wartime.

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Ruston veteran receives Bronze Star 60 years after earning it

Decell also earned a Combat Infantryman's Badge as his unit fought its way through southern France into the Saarbrucken area of Germany.
"I didn't think a lot about awards," Decell said, as he thought back on those days nearly 60 years ago. "I figured I had the CIB (Combat Infantryman's Badge) and that was enough."

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Blanco schedules Ruston visit

Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce President Scott Terry said local businessman K.D. Kilpatrick had worked for some time to bring Blanco to Ruston.
"It's been a while since the Governor has paid us a visit," Terry said. "Mr. Kilpatrick was able to get her to come and be the Kiwanis Club's guest speaker."
Kilpatrict said he told Blanco it was time for her to pay this area a visit.

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Area businesses pin hopes on successful holiday sales

"We opened at 8 a.m. this morning and have customers in the store all day," Briley & Company owner Kim Brasher said. "It's been great."
Brasher had most of her merchandise marked down for a one-day only sale on Friday.
"I hope the business today is an encouraging sign for the rest of the holidays," Brasher.
At Christian Books and Gifts, manager Brenda Rushing said business had been a little slow.

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Saturday marks amphitheater dedication

The ceremony will kick off with a brief introduction about the construction of the amphitheater. An appreciation speech and then a personal dedication from the sole benefactor of the building project will follow. An open forum will close the event.
"We encourage people to come out," Mayor Margaret Rogers said.

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Court rules in Alexander's favor

The 10-2 ruling reversed a lower court decision that would have allowed a new period of qualification.
"I feel real good," Alexander said from the Republican National Convention in New York Wednesday morning. "I have tremendous confidence in the judicial process and my legal defense team. All I ever asked to do was run as a conservative Republican and the courts have allowed me to do this."
The appeals judges said the lower court judge "committed legal error" and overstepped his bounds when he ordered that qualifying be reopened.

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Aldermen disagree over proposed pay raise

The issue that caused voices to be raised — and the tip of a microphone to go flying across the Aldermen's meeting room floor — centered on the last piece of business on Monday's agenda: a raise for Ruston Building Official Mark Joiner.

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Richard reaches 100-win plateau

Tech’s two Lincoln Parish standouts did the bulk of the work for the Bulldogs (9-8, 3-4 in WAC). Junior guard Corey Dean scored a career-high 23 points, and freshman forward Paul Millsap added 22 points and 13 rebounds to lead Tech to a 75-61 victory over Southern Methodist (8-9, 2-5).
The Bulldogs came out hot in the first half, shooting over 56 percent from the field, perhaps trying to get Richard over the century mark.

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