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November 25th, 2013

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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Bulldogs not eligible for postseason play after loss to Tulsa
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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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Lady Techsters fall to LSU, 81-69

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Whitney Frazier scored a career-high tying 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds but Louisiana Tech shot only 29 percent as the Lady Techsters fell 81-69 to No. 15 LSU Saturday afternoon before 2,767 fans at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Tech (0-3) lost the foul-plagued game despite outrebounding the much bigger Lady Tigers 49-39, including pulling down 20 offensive rebounds.

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November 23rd

Bearcats knocked out of playoffs

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Ruston falls in second round on the road at Destrehan
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DESTREHAN — Don’t be deceived by the score, the Ruston Bearcats stayed within striking distance of Destrehan until the fourth quarter Friday.
But the Wildcats pulled away late in the contest as Destrehan (11-1) rolled to a 34-7 win over Ruston in second-round action of the Class 5A state playoffs.
Ruston’s season ended with a record of 8-4.

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Cougars roar to Division IV quarterfinals

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Cedar Creek ran away, literally, in its second-round playoff game at Cougar Stadium Friday night as the Cougars roared to a 40-8 win over Catholic Point Coupee.
The Cougars (8-3) will remain at home next week as they’ll play host to St. Edmunds in quarterfinal action on Friday.
Creek totaled 476 of offense — 464 coming on the ground, as the Cougars methodically marched away with the win.

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Diamond ’Dogs ink nine in early signing period

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Nine future Bulldogs have signed letters of intent in the early signing period and are committed to play for head coach Wade Simoneaux and the Louisiana Tech Baseball program in the coming years.
As a whole, Simoneaux and Co. had four junior college players and five high school recruits sign letters of intent, with four signees hailing from inside the state of Louisiana.

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Annual event a success

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For 16 years the North Central Louisiana Arts Council has brought local artists to the attention of the community through the Holiday Arts Tour.
Nicole Duet, an assistant professor of art at Louisiana Tech University, said this was her first year to participate in the tour.
“This has been a great chance to meet so many people in the community,” she said. “I have wanted to participate in the tour for several years.”
Duet said this is her third year at Tech.

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Winter weather advisory issued

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The National Weather Service office in Shreveport has issued a winter weather watch for much of the region, including Lincoln Parish, from 6 p.m. tonight through noon Monday.
There is a 60 percent chance of precipitation tonight with temperatures expected to drop into the low 30s after dark.
Freezing rain possibly mixed with sleet and snow is expected across much of the area with ice accumulations near a quarter of an inch possible.
The chance of frozen precipitation will continue until Monday afternoon when temperatures are expected to climb above freezing.

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