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November 25th, 2013

RPAR Karate students promoted

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Jordan’s Korean Karate School at the Ruston Parks and Recreation Department recently promoted a pair of students. Pictured is instructor David Jordan (center) posing with Grace Ferrell (left), who was promoted to purple belt, and Oleric Garner (right), who was promoted to brown belt.

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Tech soccer earns academic award for Sixth Straight Year

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For the sixth straight year, the Louisiana Tech soccer team earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award, announced Friday by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
To receive the award, a program has to post a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
Tech was one of 593 women’s soccer programs to do so, achieving a grade point average of 3.36, the third highest in the state.
“This program has been truly inspirational,” said head coach Kevin Sherry.

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Lady Techster volleyball team inks middle hitter

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Head coach Adriano de Souza and the Louisiana Tech Volleyball program announced last week that Canadian outside/middle hitter Danielle Bristow has signed her national letter of intent to join the Lady Techsters next season.
Bristow, a middle hitter who hails from Saskatchewan, Canada, recently wrapped up her fall season with the Guardians of St. Joseph High School. As a three-sport athlete at St. Joseph, she participated in basketball, track and ultimate frisbee in addition to starring on the volleyball court.

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‘Inside Bulldog Football’ moved to Tuesday

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This week’s edition of Hill Oil’s Inside Bulldog Football with Skip Holtz has been moved to Tuesday as it will air live at 6 p.m. at the Dawg House Sports Grill in Ruston.
Holtz will team up with LA Tech Sports Network color analyst Teddy Allen to talk Bulldog football as the one-hour radio show will air live on the LA Tech Sports Network, including KNBB 97.7 FM (Ruston/Monroe), KBEF 104.5 FM (Minden), KASO 1240 AM (Minden), KVCL 92.1 FM (Winnfield), KRMD 1340 AM (Shreveport/Bossier City), KRMD 100.7 FM (Shreveport/Bossier City) and WUBR 910 AM (Baton Rouge).

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Help the community of angels

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Earlier than ever, it seems, Christmas decorations are up and Christmas music is playing on the radio. Perhaps we are all ready for the special magic of this time of year. The sounds, smells and music; the excitement of family visits that only happen once a year; the pleasure of holiday gatherings with close friends — all of these things add to the spell of this season.
For most people I know, Christmas is also a time when they look for opportunities to reach out to others, to demonstrate the truth of “Peace on Earth, Good Will toward Men.”

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Senior Circle honors veterans with quilts

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Twelve local military veterans were honored Nov. 14 at the third annual quilt presentation by the Senior Circle Quilters for America’s Heroes in the front courtyard of the Northern Louisiana Medical Center.
It is the mission of this group to present heirloom quilts once a year, in November, to local veterans who have served this country.
Honored this year for their service were Manley T. Branham, Robert Bryant, Ray Canterbury, Mack Estes, Aubrey Gaston, W.C. Harrell, Ted Knowles, Thomas Ledford Sr., Jesse W. Moore Jr., Sam Morgan, Hazel Nolan Smith and Ansel Winham.

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Lincoln takes step to lighten up

Unfortunately, it’s no news flash that Louisiana is one of the unhealthiest states in the nation.
High blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes and tobacco use are all significant chronic diagnoses in the Bayou State. Most recently, the national Centers for Disease Control has even identified Louisiana as the most obese state in the country. Those are hardly achievements of which to be proud.

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Winter weather hard to predict

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The Boy Scouts of America motto says it best — “Be Prepared.”
That’s something the Ruston Daily Leader believes, and as watchdogs for our community, something we strive to achieve.
And that’s why you saw the story on the front page of Sunday’s Daily Leader about the National Weather Service Office in Shreveport issuing a Winter Weather Advisory for last night through noon today.
Apparently the NWS feels strongly about the Boy Scout motto, too.

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O.K.'s Corral: Patience a must for Bulldogs this season

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After a record-setting, brief stay with a Top 25 ranking in 2012, it has been a difficult transition for Louisiana Tech University fans this season.
So much that some fans in Tech Nation have been wanting to put Skip Holtz’ head on the chopping block.
I totally understand the frustration.
At times, being a witness to such futility has been like.moving from the penthouse (2012) to the outhouse.

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Tech’s bowl dreams evaporate

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It was the same old song and dance for Louisiana Tech on a cold and wet Saturday night at Joe Aillet Stadium.
Costly turnovers and an offense that again struggled to score points were no music to the Bulldogs’ ears as Tulsa held on for a 24-14 win before a crowd of 16,037.
The loss dropped Tech to 4-7 and knocked the Bulldogs out of postseason eligibility.
Trey Watts was the workhorse of the Golden Hurricane as he ran for a game-high 178 yards on 40 carries and scored three touchdowns.

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