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November 5th, 2013

Tech thrower becomes first T&F star in Athletic HOF

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So how did April Malveo go from not knowing the correct way to throw the discus in high school to being a two-time All-American thrower at Louisiana Tech and the first ever female track and field athlete inducted into the University’s Athletics Hall of Fame?
Well, there was tons of desire, hard work and determination. Then there was one of the easiest, or sometimes hardest, of things for people to do — listening.

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Bulldogs balanced in 100-49 exhibition win over SAU

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The Louisiana Tech coaching staff wanted to see a different mentality and stronger effort in the second exhibition game, and they got it as the Bulldogs defeated Southern Arkansas, 100-49, in dominant fashion on Monday night at the Thomas Assembly Center.
It was practically a mirror image of the 2012-13 Bulldogs — strong defense and balanced scoring — that helped Tech hit the century mark in the lopsided victory.

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Kudos to GSU for big weekend

It’s about time.
Congratulations to Grambling State University for a big weekend — just when the beleaguered school needed it most.
First, the GSU football team snapped an 18-game losing streak to NCAA opponents, picking up their first win of the season under their third head coach of the 2013 campaign.
And secondly, six years after the death of Coach Eddie G. Robinson, the university finally renamed its football stadium after its legendary leader as it is now known as Eddie G. Robinson Memorial Stadium.

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Proper Christmas tree care this year

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Christmas tree farms or plantations, as they are sometimes called, are great places to visit prior to the Christmas season. Many Louisiana Christmas tree farms also have activities for fall fun, too. So before or after you tag your tree, you can harvest a pumpkin for a Jack-o-Lantern for Halloween, a table decoration for Thanksgiving or select one just to eat.

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Stay healthy during this holiday season

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A few months ago, I wrote about how my mother was in the Intensive Care Unit for almost an entire week.
At my age — and more specifically my mother’s age — it was a terrifying concept. Barring tragic car accidents or similar, someone my age shouldn’t have to worry about losing their mother for years to come. More than once in the course of my work I’ve met people my grandmother’s age — if she were still alive — who still had their mothers.

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November 4th

Crash shuts down service road, businesses

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At approximately 1 p.m. Sunday, a car crashed into a utility pole along the Interstate 20 westbound service road. It reportedly knocked out power for businesses in the area for several hours. As of press time, phone calls to police had not been returned. No other information, including the cause or status of the driver and/or passengers, was available.

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Helping Head Start

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Ruston council to revisit extra funding request

Ruston’s Board of Aldermen gets the opportunity tonight to revisit a request from Alderman Elmore Mayfield that the city allocate an additional $10,000 for the Lincoln Total Community Action Head Start program.
Aldermen are expected to vote on a proposed cooperative endeavor that, if approved, would add the money to Ruston’s 2014 budget. The appropriation would bring $20,000 to the city’s total allocation for Head Start. The board meets at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

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Man faces drug charges

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At 6:03 a.m. Friday the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Lincoln Parish Narcotics Enforcement Team arrested one man on seven counts of distribution of marijuana.
Samee Munir Hassan, 21, of 1201 West California Ave. No. F-34, was arrested for seven counts of distribution of marijuana, one count of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia. The total bond for all of the charges is $106,250.

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Rotary takes the helm of Christmas, Peach parades

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Ruston’s Christmas and Louisiana Peach Festival parades have a new organizer. The Rotary Club of Ruston will coordinate both events as a result of the demise of the Ruston Jaycees, long-time manager of the two parades.
“We’re super excited,” Angie Biscomb, Rotary president, said. “We love Ruston and feel honored to be able to continue these special events.”
The Jaycees ran both parades for more than 20 years. But when the group recently disbanded, the fate of the parades was up in the air.

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Pow Wow offers residents a taste of Cuba

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For the past 17 years, Manuel Chinchilla has served the Ruston community through his convenience store, Pow Wow.
“It has always been the plan to get into the restaurant business,” he said. “That is just the nature of this business. After we remodeled in 2009, that is when we really should have done this.”
Being from Central America, Chinchilla said he wanted to offer something that wasn’t already in Ruston.
“Central American food is very well seasoned,” he said. “We want to become that hole-in-the-wall place that every town has.”

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