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December 28th

Warner: Model of resiliency

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Ex-RHS star goes from walk-on to all-star for Tech
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Think about this when you’re searching for a “feel good” story in college football and, specifically, at Louisiana Tech University.
Four years ago, Stephen Warner was simply hoping to get an opportunity to play at the college level.
Nothing more, nothing less.
Despite being an All-State selection by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association as an offensive lineman and an integral part of Ruston High School’s offense, Warner received only a sampling of feelers from collegiate coaches.

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Jessie’s Jottings

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A weekend to remember in sports world
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This weekend has been one to remember in the sports world.
For starters, congratulations to Drew Brees on breaking Dan Marino’s 27-year-old passing record with his 307 yards against the Atlanta Falcons, as well as NBA finally beginning their season after an off season in turmoil. Fans can rest knowing that basketball will be played for 66 games, no interruptions. Christmas day was the start of their season as well as the NFL beginning to solidify the post season. There were probably fans that spent most of their day flipping back and forth between television stations and it was well worth it.

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Tech hosts hoops’ doubleheader

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Thursday night action to feature women against LSU
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Louisiana Tech University will host its biggest non-conference game of the year when the Lady Techsters welcome the LSU Tigers to the Thomas Assembly Center in the second game of a men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader Dec. 29.
The day will begin when Michael White and the Bulldogs host Spring Hill College at 5 p.m. followed by Teresa Weatherspoon and the Lady Techsters hosting LSU.

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Richie keys Creek win over Farmerville

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Ruby Richie had a season-high 27 points to guide Cedar Creek High to a 55-43 girls’ basketball victory over Farmerville on Tuesday night at the annual Sterlington High tournament.
Also aiding the Lady Cougars’ effort were Victoria Pardue (eight points), Blair Bennett (eight points), Caley Pyles (four points), Allison Ewing (two points), Morgan Lolley (two points), Jordan Davis (two points) and Natalie Songer (two points).

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Bulldogs’ banquet tickets on sale

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A limited number of tickets to the football banquet honoring Louisiana Tech’s 2011 Western Athletic Conference championship and Poinsettia Bowl team are now on sale.
The banquet will be held at the Ruston Civic Center on Jan. 6.
Only 75 tickets are on sale to the general public.
Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased online at www.latechalumni.org/2011fbbanquet.

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Motorists need be on lookout for cyclists

During a “Critical Mass” event in November, area cyclists tried to raise awareness of the biking community in Ruston.
Several cyclists have been injured in the area in the last few years, and the general consensus of the Critical Mass participants was that many drivers are not considerate of cyclists.
There is no doubt that the biking community is growing considerably in Ruston, with the presence of a bicycle shop and also the savings of cycling in light of the high gas prices.

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Snubbing 2012 resolutions

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Many movies, television shows and popular songs through the years have regaled us with how precious every moment should be, popularly depicted as the question “What would you do if you only had an hour/day/week to live?”
Writers have spun tales of love, loss and self-fulfillment around this concept. They often do so by actually showing some unhappy person embracing life as they live what little bit they have left. But, I often think they’re forgetting something about humans. Many of us expend a great deal of energy to end bad habits (smoking, overeating, overworking, bad relationships) so that we can live better lives.

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Know thyself — it can't be done

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Have you ever, out of a clear blue sky and without warning, had the lyrics of an old song you hadn’t sung in years suddenly pop up in your mind? Or memories of some incident that happened many moons ago come bubbling, perhaps from out of the deepest recesses of your psyche or inner self?

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December 27th

Construction in works for MLK, Lewis St.

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Some big changes are on the horizon for South Ruston, and others are already in progress.
The long-term plan for the city is to extend Martin Luther King Drive from where it currently dead-ends just west of Farmerville Street, so that it will eventually connect with U.S. Highway 167.
City Construction Projects Supervisor John Freeman said once the city acquires the last portion of right-of-way to complete the project, which he hopes will be in January, officials will aggressively pursue state and federal funding options for the $1.8 million project.

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Donation — gift of love

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Mother’s paintings given to museum
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The paintings by DeCinter Caraway Farley represent her life growing up on her family’s farm in Claiborne Parish.
“They represent what farm life was like during her time,” Emory said. “They are an asset to the museum because they represent how people lived and survived back then. Claiborne Parish was very similar to Lincoln Parish back then in the way of life that our early pioneers lived.”
Emory added the donation was a gift of love.

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