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Top local stories of 2013

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Russian controversy, LPDC switch, DA’s office, GSU troubles on list, Ruston sees construction, Guice takes the helm at Tech
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Ruston makes international news
Lincoln Parish became the subject of international news earlier this year when 3-year-old Max Shatto, an adopted Russian boy, died unexpectedly in January 2013. Because of the family’s local ties, the young boy’s funeral was held in Ruston, which drew Russian media representatives to the parish. Shatto’s body allegedly showed signs of bruises, though his death was officially ruled an accident. This story became part of the international debate that eventually led Russia to ban Americans from adopting Russian children.

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Tech hoops worth watching

If you haven’t yet made your New Year’s resolutions, the Ruston Daily Leader has a suggestion — if you haven’t been to a Louisiana Tech basketball game yet this season, do so as soon as possible.
That’s because if you haven’t seen the new Paul Millsap Vision scoreboard presented by Community Trust Bank, you’ve been missing out.
The only thing more exciting than the new scoreboard is the way the Bulldogs are playing, especially after last night’s thrilling overtime win at Oklahoma.

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Cookery winners announced

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Lincoln Parish 4-H held the Annual Lincoln Parish 4-H Cooking Contest on Dec. 7 at Tractor Supply of Ruston. 4-H members from throughout Lincoln Parish had the opportunity to enter the Cooking Contest. The contest offered five divisions that included a total of 12 categories. The divisions and categories were as follows:
Beef: Quick and Easy and One-Dish Meal; Poultry: Chicken and Other Poultry Meat; Seafood: Shrimp and Crawfish; Egg: Appetizer/Salad, Main Dish, and Dessert; Pecan: Cookies, Candy and Other.

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Calhoun man dies in ATV accident

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CALHOUN, La. (AP) — Authorities say a cattleman and farmer from Calhoun was killed in a four-wheeler accident on his ranch.
Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Maj. Mike Moore told The News-Star deputies responded to a call from Ronald Richardson’s family Saturday evening.
Moore said it appeared the four-wheeler turned over in a small ravine and landed on top of Richardson.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Bulldogs sink Sooners in OT

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NORMAN, Okla. — It was a situation fans of Louisiana Tech Bulldogs basketball had seen before.
The sting of past results could still be felt.
Louisiana Tech was winless in eight tries against Oklahoma, two of which went into overtime.
One of those overtime heartbreakers was the last time the two teams met in 2001. The other was the unforgettable Sweet Sixteen matchup in 1985.
And on Monday night the Bulldogs and Sooners went into overtime again, but this time Tech Nation would feel the thrill of victory as Tech shocked the Sooners, 102-98, inside Lloyd Noble Center.

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G-Men fall on road at UALR, 88-68

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — James White and Will Neighbour combined for 31 points as Arkansas-Little Rock dominated Grambling State 88-68 Monday night.
White totaled 16 points and Neighbour had 15 and nine rebounds. Ben Dillard added 13 points for UALR (5-7).
Grambling (1-8) jumped out to a 7-4 lead but Neighbour hit a jumper at the 15:09 mark to take the lead 9-7.
UALR stretched that to a 39-23 advantage at the half. The Trojans were ahead 60-30 with 13:01 remaining in the game.
The Trojans dominated in all areas, making 50 points in the paint, compared to Grambling’s 16.

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LA Tech Sports Properties hires Logan Lewis

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LA Tech Sports Properties General Manager Mason Ellenberger announced that LA Tech Sports Properties, a property of Learfield Sports, has hired Logan Lewis as senior account executive.
Lewis transitions to his new position from within the Tech Athletics Department where he has worked within the Aspire Group since November of 2011. He replaces Andrea Nieman, who served in the position for the past two years.

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When to start planting, landscaping for springtime

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I hope everyone is having a special Holiday Season. During this time of year most gardeners are busy with holiday matters and have little time for gardening. Once the New Year arrives it will be back to normal, allowing our attention to return to the landscapes and gardens.
The following are brief reminders of possible tasks which may be performed after the Holiday Season.

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Pet of the week

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Pictured above is Mrs. Wiggins. She is a very happy young lady.
She first came to 4 Paws as a Miss, and gave them a litter of puppies and has been known as Mrs. Wiggins since.
About 10 months old, she is now spayed and would love to have a home of her own. She is a golden color, and would make a great family pet.
The adoption fee is $65.00.
Call 251-DOGS today for more information. Come see all the dogs at 290 Rodeo Road, just south of Tech Farm Road.
The office is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or by appointment.

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December 30th

Man dead after robbery, kidnapping

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A man is dead after a series of violent events that reportedly culminated in an officer involved shooting.
According to a press release, at midnight Sunday, the Ruston Police Department responded to an armed robbery at a gas station on Louisiana Highway 33 in Ruston and an aggravated kidnapping at Walmart.
From witnesses’ description of the subject along with evidence at both scenes, police were reportedly able to identify Joseph Glenn, 22, of Grambling, as the suspect of both crimes.

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