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February 7th, 2014

Tech professor focuses on hometown in new book

Many people have grown up in small towns in the South, but how many have turned the experience into a Ph.D. dissertation and then a well-received book?
Assistant professor of history V. Elaine Thompson’s book, “Clinton, Louisiana: Society, Politics and Race Relations in a Nineteenth-Century Southern Small Town” has been published by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press.
A native of Clinton, the parish seat of East Feliciana Parish just north of Baton Rouge, Thompson majored in history at Centenary College, then received her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at Rice University.

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NCLAC calling for artists to exhibit

The North Central Louisiana Arts Council is making its annual “Call for Artists” for the June 2014-June 2015 exhibition year. Each exhibition last three months, and may feature the work of one artist, or the work of a small or large group, at one of two gallery spaces: Crescent City Coffee and Dixie Center for the Arts lobby.
Collaboration with Crescent City Coffee gives NCLAC a space where Opening Receptions are held for the artist(s).

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Techsters on road to face Marshall

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HUNTINGTON, W. V. — Louisiana Tech is looking for its first road win. Marshall is looking for its first conference win.
Something has to give when the Lady Techsters face the Thundering Herd at noon Saturday at the Cam Henderson Center in the first meeting between the two programs.
Both teams come into the match-up with identical 7-14 records on the season. However, Tech is 2-6 in Conference -USA play while Marshall is 0-8.

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Tech battles back to beat Tulsa

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The Bulldogs did their best pool shark impression Thursday night, or maybe it was more like Muhammad Ali.
In any case, Louisiana Tech saved its best for last as the Bulldogs battled back for a 66-61 win over Tulsa Thursday night before a boisterous crowd of 4,935 during the annual White Out game at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Like Ali leaning back against the ropes as he if had nothing left before overpowering his opponents in the end, the Bulldogs trailed at halftime and still trailed with 5:00 to go, and were winless in such scenarios.

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Tech’s Ellis, Enemkpali to attend NFL combine

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For the second consecutive year, multiple Louisiana Tech players have been invited to attend and work out at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis on Feb. 19-24.
Defensive tackle Justin Ellis and defensive end IK Enemkpali will represent the Bulldogs in the nationally televised workout event for scouts from all 32 NFL teams.

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Parish Hoops Slate

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Upcoming games for Lincoln Parish high school and collegiate basketball teams:
HIGH SCHOOL
(Boys)
CEDAR CREEK (4-18, 0-7): Today, home vs. La. New Tech; • CHOUDRANT (15-13, 2-2): Today, Home vs. Forest; • GRAMBLING (14-8, 6-1): Today, at Arcadia; • NEW LIVING WORD (25-8, 5-0): Today, at Summerfileld; • RUSTON (16-8, 4-1): Today, at West Monroe; • SIMSBORO (22-6, 4-0): Today, Home vs. Quitman
(Girls)

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Promotions set for Diamond ’Dogs

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Louisiana Tech Athletics has announced the upcoming promotions for the 2014 Bulldog Baseball season, which will get underway at 6 p.m., Feb. 14 as Louisiana Tech hosts Southeastern Louisiana at J.C. love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
The Diamond ’Dogs open the campaign with a 12-game home stand before hitting the road for the first time for a three-game series at Texas A&M beginning March 7. The entire home schedule features 29 games played in Ruston over the course of the season.

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Peach Tree Dental gives back, cares

Each year, Peach Tree Dental opens their hearts and office on a Saturday morning and lets residents open their mouths for free dental care.
The eighth annual Dentistry from the Heart event is set for 8 a.m. Saturday at their office, located at 702 N. Trenton St.
Joni Howell Porter, PTD clinic administrator, said the event will happen rain, snow or shine.
“It snowed on us one year,” Porter said. “We were still here.”

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Bootsie psyche remembered

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Bootsie (Wiley Hilburn Jr.) was my older brother and even though more than seven years separated our ages we were alike in many respects and different in a just a few. For instance we both had the same oddities — no sense of direction, not good with computers, misplacing things, losing our cars in a parking lot, wrecking our cars, and drinking too much in our early years. We were also both journalists and writers, beginning our careers at age 16 for the Ruston Daily Leader.

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Commending local law enforcement

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Day after day there are men and women on the streets of Ruston and Lincoln Parish who provide a service to residents.
Those individuals go above and beyond what we as residents perceive their duty to be. Officers and deputies alike take a personal interest in the safety of their community members. This isn’t just our home and people we know and care about — this is the home of our local law enforcement as well. They want it to be a safe place for their families, as well as the rest of us.

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