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November 9th, 2013

Bulldogs beat Southern Miss

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A game time decision made all the difference to help lead the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs to a victory Saturday night.
Redshirt junior quarterback Scotty Young replaced injured redshirt freshman Ryan Higgins in Young’s first start since Tech played Tulane University on Sept. 12.
The performances of Young and sophomore running back Kenneth Dixon led the Bulldogs to 36-13 victory against Conference-USA rival Southern Mississippi University.

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Grambling falls on road to UAPB

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PINE BLUFF, Ark. — UAPB quarterback Ben Anderson was a one man wrecking crew, accounting for nearly 500 yards of total offense as Arkansas-Pine Bluff beat Grambling State 45-42 Saturday.
Anderson passed for 280 yards and four touchdowns, while rushing for a season-high 192 yards and another touchdown. He completed 19-of-29 passes, with no interceptions. The only interception in the game came on a failed trick play and Anderson was not the passer.

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Dunkin’ ’Dogs drop opener at St. Mary’s

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Louisiana Tech held a lead early in the second half, but Saint Mary’s inside-outside game proved too much as the Gaels pulled away to defeat the Bulldogs, 83-70, on Friday night in the 2013-14 season opener.
Tech (0-1) knew it had a tough task on their hand playing in McKeon Pavilion, an arena that SMC (1-0) had gone 32-2 in the last two seasons.

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Turf field, spirit building among RHS upgrades

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Millage extension vote set for Saturday
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Hundreds of Ruston High School students will benefit for years to come if voters approve the extension of the current millage tax for the district on Saturday.
The cheerleaders, dancers and the peppettes are extremely excited about the proposed updates. If the bond proposition is approved, they will receive their own building.
“Right now, they’re technically homeless,” RHS Principal Mike Milstead said.
Currently, the spirit programs must hold practice at Hillcrest Elementary School because they do not have the space at RHS.

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Choudrant discusses ordinance

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At their regular monthly meeting, the village of Choudrant discussed a proposed property maintenance ordinance.
Celeste Butler, clerk of the village of Choudrant, said it could be six months before an ordinance would be written up and brought before a public hearing.
“We are discussing the possibility of a maintenance property ordinance,” Butler said. “Andy Shealy, the village’s attorney, has been authorized to research other communities’ ordinances and report back to the council next meeting.”

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Locals show support

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More than 200 hundred area residents came out to show their support for veterans and their health.
As part of Lighten Up Lincoln Parish, set to be held Nov. 21, the Health Hut, Living Well Foundation, Lincoln Health Foundation and Louisiana Tech University ROTC teamed together to host the Lighten up! These Colors Don’t Run 5K color run on Saturday, which also benefitted the Wounded Warrior Project.
Below are the listings for the first through third place winners of the four different categories:

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Scarecrows create neighbors

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Under the watchful eye of the Tin Man, a South Sea island woman bearing a basket of fruit on her head, a solider and a Louisiana swamp girl with her pet alligator, they gathered.
They ate. They visited. They cooed over a 3-week-old baby. They got to know neighbors they’d never met before.
More than 100 people from Ruston’s University Hills area gathered at Huckleberry Park on a recent Saturday morning for the area’s first — and neighbors say now to be annual — University Hills Neighborhood Association Scarecrow Party.

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City giving to Head Start is a good thing

Local agencies have incurred so many state and federal fund cuts over the past few years that one more whack from the budget ax would hardly seems to be news anymore. But the restoration of funds, especially when the money is an outright gift, is another matter altogether.
Last week, Ruston’s Board of Aldermen agreed to give Lincoln Total Community Action’s Head Start program an additional $10,000 for the current fiscal year. Aldermen also agreed to give the Louisiana Military Museum a year’s worth of free city utilities.

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Veterans likely to have ALS

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The press has done a very good job of reporting about the challenges our veterans face. We all have read or seen stories about our wounded warriors. About traumatic brain injury. About veterans suffering from depression and other serious mental health issues. About those who have lost limbs or endure other physical hardships. These are serious issues that deserve our attention, especially on Veterans Day.

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Good Samaritan finds money

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How many of us would turn in a bundle of money to the proper hand? Not many, I would guess.
Well, one honest person did just that at the Chase Bank in Ruston in October. A feeling of disbelief came over money, that my life savings was lost and never to be found.
A case of finder’s keepers, loser’s weepers came to mind after two days of back tracking looking for the lost fortune. How I was sick to death to my stomach after this loss. I first contacted the bank about the loss with no luck from there to the Discount Tobacco store, then the Ruston Police Department.

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