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September 6th, 2013

Chicken Fest pageant sign up under way

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The 25th annual Louisiana Dubach Chicken Festival pageant will take the stage on Sept. 21.
“This year’s queens will reign over the 25th anniversary of the Louisiana Dubach Chicken Festival,” Danielle Harkins, director of the pageant, said.
The deadline to register for the pageant is Sept. 14. The pageant will take place in the Dubach School gymnasium.

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Tech fans prepare for tailgating fun Saturday

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For years Ruston residents and Louisiana Tech University alumni have joined together a few times a year to celebrate nothing other than Tech football.
“Tailgating is a major part of the gameday atmosphere for Louisiana Tech football games,” Tech AD Tommy McClelland said. “It provides a festival-like feel and helps the Tech Family connect with others throughout the community and region.”
McClelland said the university desires to see tailgating grow each and every year to something that fans look forward to attending.
“It is a wonderful environment for the whole family,” he said.

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Coming up at the Dixie Center for the Arts

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Serving the region through the North Central Louisiana Arts Council, I have the privilege each day of working inside the Dixie Center for the Arts. This historic theatre is located in downtown Ruston, and is easy to spot with its neon star out front on Vienna, and Intermission Park on the corner of Alabama. The space is truly a hub for community arts activities. The NCLAC office is located inside, of course, and several other nonprofits use the space for their activities as well: Ruston Civic Symphony Society, Ruston Community Theatre, Troupe Dixie and the Dixie Center for the Arts itself.

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Hooshang’s work has ‘Horse Sense’ linked to ‘True Grit’

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Two equine works by Ruston artist Hooshang Khorasani will be exhibited in Massachusetts at an invitational show that is connected to the book “True Grit.”
“Equine Allure” and “In Flight” will be part of the “Horse Sense” show at Attleboro (Mass.) Arts Museum from Sept. 20-28.

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Lincoln Parish ready if disaster strikes

Don’t let your guard down just yet. Even though we’re halfway through the 2013 hurricane season and haven’t had a hurricane, it’s still a bit too early to breathe a sigh of relief.
If you live in Louisiana, even in North Louisiana, hurricane preparedness can be a true lifesaver. Representatives of local and state agencies, law enforcement, volunteer groups and the American Red Cross, gathered in Ruston recently to review disaster shelter plans, should a storm occur and drive evacuees to Lincoln Parish. Their conclusion — Ruston and Lincoln Parish are ready.

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Bulldog fans prep for tailgating

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Aug. 31 was the first game of the season for the Louisiana Tech University Bulldogs and like any good alumna with children, we woke up in game-day spirits.
Asher donned the newest of his Tech apparel and ran around the house yelling “Go Dawgs!”, while I constantly checked the score of the game.
And although Tech’s opening game was a tough loss, we supported the Bulldogs all the way to the end.
But now, we are gearing up for our first home game. Like many other in Ruston, we plan going out to tailgate and show our support for our beloved Dawgs.

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Tribulations came with a storm

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On Aug. 29 merely eight years ago, winds moved buildings and roofs, water overflowed stores and tremendous damages to a city full of life made it seem so dull. Killing more than 1,800 people, Hurricane Katrina put a dent in the wonderful city of New Orleans.
Loitering, looting, robbing, raping and killing all came along with this hurricane. But the most heartbreak of all was separation.
On Aug. 30, following Katrina, I was separated from my mother.

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Prep teams to kick off regular season

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Area high school football officially gets under way tonight as Ruston, Cedar Creek and Grambling Lab all begin their 2013 campaigns.
Grambling will do in the friendly confines of Robinson Stadium by playing host to Red River while Ruston renews the state’s longest-running rivalry as the Bearcats play at Neville while Cedar Creek heads for Shreveport to take on Loyola Prep.
Following are preview capsules on each game:
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Kickoff: 7 p.m.; Monroe

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Bulldogs to begin home slate vs. Lamar

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After a sluggish season-opening start at North Carolina State last weekend, the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are looking to roar back into business at 6 p.m. Saturday as they play host to Lamar at Joe Aillet Stadium.
The Bulldogs (0-1) return home hoping to avenge themselves of the four turnovers committed in a 40-14 loss at NC State last weekend. Lamar is making its first of two consecutive trips to FBS-level programs just a week after throttling Oklahoma Panhandle State, 75-0.

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GSU looks to get back on track at ULM

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Grambling State is hoping the third time will be the charm as the Tigers take on the University of Louisiana-Monroe at 6 p.m. Saturday at Malone Stadium in Monroe.
GSU and ULM and have squared off twice previously on the football field, with the Warhawks winning 28-14 in 2007 and 35-7 in 2011.
Those two games drew plenty of north Louisiana fans and marks ULM’s second and third largest home game crowds of all time with 30,101 cheering on the teams in 2007 and 26,532 in 2011.

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