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November 22nd, 2013

In-state showdown: Lady Techsters to host LSU

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Louisiana Tech continues its tough non-conference slate when the Lady Techsters host the 15th ranked LSU Lady Tigers at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Thomas Assembly Center.
Head coach Teresa Weatherspoon’s squad faces its second Top 25 ranked opponent in three games as Tech fell at No. 21 South Carolina in their season opener. Tech lost its last game against ACC foe Virginia on the road in Charlottesville.
Weatherspoon said the early season challenges will only help her team progress.

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Tech soccer earns academic award

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For the sixth straight year, the Louisiana Tech soccer team earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award, announced today 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.

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November 21st

Ruston Police, Fire combine dispatch

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The telephone rings. Natalie Taylor touches her computer screen and answers, “Ruston police and fire.” There’s a hit-and-run traffic accident on East Georgia Avenue. Taylor dispatches a police officer to the scene.
Across the room, Kasey Franklin takes another call and sends an ambulance to the north part of town.
It’s midmorning in the central dispatch room at the Ruston Police Department. The day has been slow so far, but that can change in an instant.
“Most people think we just answer the phone. That’s just the start of it,” Taylor, a dispatcher for 14 years, said.

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Bertaut speaks on health care

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At 2 p.m. Tuesday the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and McCarter Financial Group hosted a free, informational meeting featuring Michael Bertaut, an expert from Blue Cross Blue Shield on the Affordable Health Care Act, at Trinity United Methodist Church.
Greg McCarter, owner of McCarter Financial Group, said with the Affordable Care Act being a touchy subject, it is best to have an expert on the subject tell the public about it.
“The rules (of the Affordable Care Act) keep changing,” McCarter said. “That is why we have brought Michael Bertaut, a foremost expert, to come speak.”

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Building bridges across the world

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The Phillips family has learned a great deal about the cultural traditions of India and Nepal right from the comfort of their own homes.
For approximately the past five years, Andrea and Gregg Phillips, as well as their children, have been a part of the Friendship Family program.

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Club news: Long Leaf Pine Chapter DAR

Long Leaf Pine Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution met at 1 p.m. Nov. 5 at Trinity United Methodist Church with 13 members and one guest.
Regent Melissa Wiygul opened the meeting with the DAR ritual and conducted chapter business.
Secretary Kara Giddings read the minutes and they were approved.
National Defense chairman Sue Parker gave a short history of Veterans Day and ways to celebrate it. Members were encouraged to visit the Lincoln Parish Library exhibit “Wall of Honor.”
American Indians chairman Kay Goss-Knotts gave an Indian minute.

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Club news: NCLMG hold monthly meeting

The North Central Louisiana Master Gardener (NCLMG) Association regular monthly meeting was held at First National Bank of Ruston on Nov. 5 with President Dalarie Moller presiding.
Kathy Stone received an enthusiastic welcome back and thanks was extended to Martha Walsworth for her outstanding services during Kathy’s absence.

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Ruston full of holiday cheer

Residents might have noticed that Ruston has already started to herald in the holiday season.
Holiday decorations are hung downtown, Santa’s sleigh — for his quick trips to the area before Christmas — has already been installed in Railroad Park and stores across the city have already put up vibrant holiday displays.
So, despite it being a little early, downtown Ruston has decided to kick off the holiday today with a little something special.

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Practice deer stand safety

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The season has fallen upon us, and with it comes something that is precious and valuable to the people of North Louisiana — hunting. During this time of year, the brisk, bright mornings mean the sound of guns shooting and dogs barking — deer steak for breakfast and chili on the table at dinner.

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IAL’s Payton named science teacher of year

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The Louisiana Science Teachers Association is proud to announce that I.A. Lewis School science teacher Holly Payton was named Outstanding Middle Grades Science Teacher of the Year during ceremonies recently held in Baton Rouge. She was selected among nominees across the state from fifth through eighth grades.

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