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February 10th, 2014

Local officers decrease crime

In 2013, law enforcement officers in Ruston and Lincoln Parish responded accordingly to make necessary arrests for the safety and protection of our home.
For the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office, it was reported that deputies made a total of 2,134 arrests. Of those arrests, deputies were successful in making 97 theft arrests and 75 burglary arrests.
These numbers indicate the job well done when it comes to finding who has committed a crime against one of its own people.

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Lincoln in for a wintery event

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Be careful what you wish for.
Lincoln Parish may get a big taste of that old adage over the next 48 hours.
While Old Man Winter and Mother Nature have waltzed more than seemingly ever before in central and south Louisiana in recent weeks, they’ve only tiptoed through Lincoln Parish.
That could soon change.
The National Weather Service Office in Shreveport as issued a winter weather advisory for all of our area through 6 a.m. Wednesday, and that will likely be extended into at least Wednesday afternoon if predictions hold true.

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February 8th

O.K.'s Corral: Terry’s dad Bill Bradshaw: A special man

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Rest in peace, “Mr. Bill,” and thanks for being so special to your family and many friends.
Bill Bradshaw, 86, passed away recently following a lengthy illness.
I got to know him more than 40 years ago when I began writing about one of his three sons.
As Terry Paxton Bradshaw began his rise to national acclaim from Shreveport’s Woodlawn High, then Louisiana Tech University and on to the Pittsburgh Steelers, I would many times call his home in Shreveport to track him down.
Bill or his lovely wife Novis would serve as a “GPS,” if you will, for locating Terry.

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Bulldogs speed past N. Texas

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Junior point guard Kenneth “Speedy” Smith notched his third career double-double Saturday as Louisiana Tech raced to its 20th win of the season Saturday night with a 90-75 win over North Texas before a Thomas Assembly Center crowd of 5,123.
Smith netted 17 points to go along with 10 assists. A few of those assists were dishes to Kenyon McNeail, who recorded a game-high 18 points, including a match of Smith’s four 3-pointers, all coming in the second half to help the ’Dogs pull away.

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Lady Techsters topped at Marshall

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HUNTINGTON, W.V. — Whitney Frazier had a career day against Marshall. Louisiana Tech did not.
The junior forward scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for her 12th double double of the year.
Frazier’s jump shot with 11:06 to play in the game was also a milestone as she became the 41st player in Lady Techster history to join the 1,000 point club.
However, while Frazier was hitting on all cylinders against the Thundering Herd, the Lady Techsters were misfiring as Tech fell 69-55 at Cam Henderson Center Saturday afternoon.

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Lady Tigers lose heartbreaker to Southern

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GRAMBLING — So close, but so far away.
That was the story for the Grambling State Lady Tigers Saturday afternoon as a late comeback try against Southern fell just short in the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.
A steal by Joanna Miller sent GSU’s Jessica Watkins racing down a wide-open court with only seconds remaining and the Lady Tigers trailing by two points.

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Southern explodes past GSU, 104-54

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GRAMBLING (AP) — Malcolm Miller pumped in 22 points as Southern humbled Grambling State, 104-54 Saturday night.
The Jaguars roared to a 55-29 lead at the half and throttled back only a little in the second, closing with a 49-25 run.
Miller connected on 8-of-11 shots from the field and was 6- of-9 from 3-point range while Southern shot 43 of 72 from the field as a team (59.7 percent).

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Tech softball falls twice Saturday

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Louisiana Tech rallied for four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to post a dramatic come-from-behind 4-3 victory over Saint Louis Saturday night at the Lady Techster Softball Complex.
The improbably win salvaged a split on the day for Tech (2-1), which fell 10-9 in eight innings to Wichita State in the first game of the day.

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Bearcats beat West Monroe, 68-44

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WEST MONROE — The Ruston Bearcats maintained their second place District 2-5A standing Friday with a 68-44 win at West Monroe.
Ruston now stands at 17-8 overall and 5-1 in district play.
West Monroe fell to 4-20 and 1-5 in district play.
Lady Rebels 57, Lady Bearcats 41
WEST MONROE — The Lady Rebels opened strong and never looked back en route to a District 2-5A win over Ruston Friday night.
West Monroe stormed out to a 13-4 lead by the end of the first quarter before Ruston rallied somewhat, outscoring the Lady Rebels 14-11 in the second stanza to trail 24-18 at intermission.

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Ruston man shot by LPSO deputy

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At approximately 1 p.m. Friday, deputies with Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office were involved in the fatal shooting of a 23-year-old Ruston resident.
Chad Alexander, public information officer with the LPSO, said deputies were on routine duty at East Side Mini Mart, located at the intersection of South Farmerville Street and Martin Luther King Drive, immediately prior to the incident.
“The deputies came into contact with a group of individuals in the parking lot of the convenience store,” Alexander said.
“One of those individuals immediately (fled the scene) on foot.”

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