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March 20th, 2017

Tech track closes out ULL Classic

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LAFAYETTE— Louisiana Tech’s track and field teams enjoyed a successful two days in the southern half of the state as the Bulldogs and Lady Techsters combined to record 25 top-10 finishes at this weekend’s meet hosted by UL-Lafayette.
Louisiana Tech senior Chloe Lautric recorded a first place finish in women’s high jump with a mark of 5-7.75 (1.72m). In the women’s long jump, Morgan White finished 13th with a final mark of 15-5.50 (4.71m).

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Buddy's Blog: Burroughs’ Bunch giving fans a showtime act

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Burroughs’ Bunch is the hottest ticket in Ruston these days.
And when they play an unbeaten or nationally ranked opponent, forget it. The fans start lining up quickly.
Not since the exciting era when Louisiana Tech University’s program was guided by the late Pat Patterson has there’s been such crowd-pleasing euphoria around these parts.
And for several good reasons:
• Power Brokers: Ranked and undefeated foes have had the ‘Dogs chomping at the bits.
Included in the early season highlight reel were victories over Arkansas, Wichita State and Louisiana-Lafayette.

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March 18th

Community Center in the works

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Cage: It’s been a dream finally coming true

t’s been 10 years since Kevin Singh, director of the Community Design Activism Center in Louisiana Tech University’s School of Design, came upon the multi-block area of southwest Ruston now known as South of California Avenue project.
About 300 families, mostly lower income, live in the SOCA area that’s bounded by Line Avenue on the north, the city limits on the south, U.S. 167 to the east and Tech Farm Road to the west.

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Ruston’s Got Talent set for Tuesday

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For six years, the Hockenjos family has invited residents from all over North Louisiana to participate in a showcase of their gifts — Ruston’s Got Talent.
The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Dixie Center for the Arts.
Founder Cindy Hockenjos said the idea for the event came as a way to give back to a worthwhile organization that helped her family.

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Late representative recognized Friday

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The Pinkie Wilkerson Memorial Interchange was dedicated Friday at Interstate 20 and state highway 149 with more than 150 area residents and state officials attending.
It was the largest attendance for such an occasion seen by Louisiana transportation secretary Shawn D. Wilson.
A bill to designate the Pinkie Wilkerson Memorial Interchange at the Grambling exit on I-20 was one of the first pieces of legislation that District 11 state Rep. Patrick Jefferson initiated when he took office in 2012.

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Schoolyard Art Brawl: A live painting competition

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The North Central Louisiana Arts Council has announced its Schoolyard Art Brawl, a live painting competition among art teachers in Lincoln Parish.
It will be held on April 8 as part of the Ruston Makers Fair at the Railroad Makers and Music Festival.
The competition will be from noon to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Historic Fire Station.
The participating artists will have one hour to create a painting, and the winner will be determined by “bucks in buckets” — votes that are dropped into voting buckets by the public.

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Big Top offers so much fun

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I’ve always been a dreamer. And as a child, one of my dreams was to join the circus. Maybe it’s because I love playing the clown and entertaining and making people laugh — especially children. Or maybe it’s because I’m really still a kid at heart.
Yes, I know many people don’t believe in circuses anymore, largely for fear of mistreatment of performing animals. And as an animal lover myself, I understand that.

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Variety makes community stronger

It’s going to be a busy week.
On Monday, Ruston’s Planning and Zoning Commission meets to consider, among other things, a request for a major new subdivision development and the city’s desire to annex approximately 83 acres it already owns that abuts the existing industrial park.
On Tuesday, representatives from the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation will be in town to visit with owners of historic houses and commercial buildings who are interested in rehabbing those structures.

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Techsters softball sweeps USM in marathon DH

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Junior Ali Galaz’s two-run double in the top of the 14th inning propelled Louisiana Tech to a 4-2 win over Southern Miss Saturday, giving the Lady Techsters a doubleheader sweep against the Golden Eagles at USM Softball Complex.
Tech (18-10, 4-1 Conference USA) won the first game of the day 4-0 over Southern Miss (13-13, 1-4 C-USA). The two teams will complete the three-game Conference USA series at 1 p.m. today.
LA Tech 4, USM 0
(Game 1)

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Ball takes over as Tech running backs coach

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As Louisiana Tech continues spring football practice, which began last week, there’s a new coach in charge of the Bulldogs’ running backs corps.
Tony Ball comes to Louisiana Tech with more than 30 years of coaching experience at the collegiate level, while also leading his respective teams to 18 consecutive bowl games from 1998 to 2015.
Most recently, Ball spent the 2015 season as the wide receivers coach at LSU, while the Tennessee native split time as a running backs and receivers coach at Georgia for nine seasons prior to joining the Tigers’ staff.

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