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March 15th, 2014

Color Me for a Cure 5k

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More than 1,500 individuals came out on Saturday to show their support for breast cancer at the inaugural Color Me For a Cure 5K benefiting the Northeast Louisiana Affiliate of Susan G. Komen. Monies raised from the event will fund research efforts and local breast health and breast cancer outreach programs.

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Photo exhibit begins today at Crescent City

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For some, capturing the tiny moments that make up a life is a mission. For others, it’s an art.
“I grew up in a military family, and so I was always drawn to capturing each moment because everything was either brand new or about to be,” said Emily Cruz, a local artist. “I love that I had an adventurous childhood and parents willing to encourage and support an artist. Mainly with photographs, people are used to believing everything is absolute truth, but with images, as the photographer, I am able to play tricks or give the viewer something for themselves to figure out.” 

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Pearah sure granddad sent trophy buck

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During the deer season just ended, Kelby Pearah who lives in Mansfield, enjoyed some special hunts with his grandfather.
Earlier in the season, the 24-year-old Pearah downed a fine eight-point buck while hunting with his grandfather. He enjoyed the kudos and congratulations from hunting friends but none was as meaningful as what he saw reflected in his proud granddad’s face.
Shortly after this memorable hunt, Pearah’s grandfather passed away suddenly, leaving an empty spot in his grandson’s heart.

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Grass fires reported

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At 3:14 p.m. Wednesday at 462 Cooper Road, in Dubach, a brush pile being burned became out of control in an open field. The Lincoln Parish Fire District No. 1 was contacted by forestry for mutual aid.
The scene was cleared at 4:53 p.m. extinguished. The LPFD responded with seven units and 10 personnel. 
At 12:53 p.m. Thursday, LPFD responded to a grass/woods fire at 13795 Louisiana Highway 151, in Arcadia. Five units and 11 responders were on scene. 

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Don Shows loved ‘Hoss,’ Ruston High

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He was a Rebel with a winning cause, but a Bearcat at heart.
Don Shows, who passed away recently, formed a legendary head football coaching career during a 24-year stay at West Monroe High School.
Sixteen district titles, eight state crowns, seven Top 25 national rankings and a plethora of Coach of the Year plaques.
Oh, he had other stops on his nearly 50 years in the profession: in-state schools such as Farmerville, Jonesboro-Hodge and Pineville.

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T-Spoon relieved of duties

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Louisiana Tech Athletics Director Tommy McClelland announced Saturday night that Lady Techster head basketball coach Teresa Weatherspoon has been relieved of her duties effective immediately.
Weatherspoon was hired in the summer of 2008 as the associate head coach under then head coach Chris Long.
She took over the reins of the program the following February as interim head coach and was then named head coach on April 2, 2009.

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Lions roar away with title

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LAKE CHARLES — It was three years in making, but the New Living Word Lions are finally kings of Louisiana’s Class C jungle.
After falling in the Class C semifinals the previous two seasons, the Lions roared to a 91-72 win Friday over Sicily Island at Barton Coliseum.
Javier Roper scored 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead New Living Word, pouring in 14 points in the second quarter as the Lions (31-8) stretched a nine-point lead into a 47-31 halftime advantage.

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Bulldogs bounced by Tulsa

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EL PASO, Texas — The second half was extremely kind to Louisiana Tech during its two wins to advance to the C-USA Championship game.
But on Saturday morning, the second stanza proved costly as the Bulldogs connected on only seven-of-30 from the field.
Add to that a tournament MVP performance by Tulsa’s James Woodard who had a game-high 27 points and it resulted in a 69-60 defeat for the Bulldogs inside the Don Haskins Center.

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Bulldogs begin spring football

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Louisiana Tech opened 2014 spring football practice Friday as the Skip Holtz era officially reached year two.
Holtz and the Tech coaching staff put the Bulldogs through nearly two hours of work to begin the first of 15 spring practices.
The Bulldogs followed Friday’s workout with a closed practice on Saturday. They’re slated to return to the field with an open practice on Monday.

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New QB headed for Tech

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Louisiana Tech could have a new quarterback candidate come fall as Rivals.com reported this week that Cody Sokol, who found himself third in a three-way battle to become Iowa’s quarterback last summer, has transferred become a Bulldog.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound native of Phoenix never took an official snap for the Hawkeyes after arriving from Scottsdale Community College.
He red-shirted in the 2012 season.
Sokol will have one year of eligibility at Louisiana Tech, which was looking for immediate help at quarterback after a 4-8 season.

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