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September 24th, 2013

Chase yields two arrests

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Monday pursuit leads to aggravated burglary charges for two Ruston men
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On Monday, the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office embarked on a chase of two men, which lead to one suspect hiding in a bathroom cabinet.
At approximately 12:05 p.m. Monday, a resident on Louisiana Highway 818 in Ruston, contacted LPSO because his door was kicked in and he was robbed of numerous firearms. The suspects reportedly had fled from the scene.

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Huge oak topples in Tech’s Quad

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A big piece of history in the Louisiana Tech University quadrangle was lost over the weekend as this huge oak tree split with a bulk of the branches coming to the ground.

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Alexander: God told me to go home

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Many lives were affected by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, luckily one local lady says she listened to the Lord when he spoke to her and left New Orleans only a few days before the storm hit.
“I was working for my church and I had worked there for 27 years, and my mom was getting sick,” Mary Alexander said. “So I wanted to come home. I told my pastor I needed to retire, and asked would he give me retirement and he said no.”
Alexander said she was hurt, but she had to leave anyway.

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GSU kicks off Founder’s Week

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Dignitaries serve during annual Fellowship Breakfast
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Grambling Mayor Edward Jones thinks he’s attended nearly all of the Grambling State University Founder’s Week community breakfasts. Jasmine Hill attended her first.
The annual Founder’s Week Fellowship Breakfast was held in the Black and Gold Room at the Favrot Student Union on Monday morning. The large room with black and gold tile was filled with 25 tables which were dressed with large, white tablecloths. Attendees feasted on pancakes, grits, eggs, biscuits, sausage, Canadian ham, fruit salad and potatoes, all served on faux porcelain plates.

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Tech ranked No. 1 in state for grad’s starting salaries

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PayScale.com released its 2013-14 College Salary Report and has ranked Louisiana Tech University No. 1 among Louisiana’s public and private universities in average starting salaries for recent graduates, and No. 1 in the state for overall return on investment (ROI.)

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Plant cool-season annuals for color, fragrance

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August and September’s hot dry weather has taken its toll on many warm season annuals and most gardeners are ready to make the landscape exciting and colorful again in the typical dreary brown winter landscape. Cool season bedding plants can be planted in the fall. These bedding plants prefer to grow in cool to mild days and chilly to cold nights. Most of these plants are hardy down to at least 20 degrees Fahrenheit.
There are many good selections which give a variety of colors and heights. Plants recommended for north Louisiana include:

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Devon helps Neighborhood Watch

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Devon Energy Corporation gave a check for $500, one of many they have given in the past to the Neighborhood Watch Program. They have been a big part of supporting the Neighborhood Watch Programs. Devon Corporation is committed in sponsorship of the Senior Citizen Expo each year. Sheriff Mike Stone and the TRIAD division are thankful for their help to the community of Lincoln Parish.
Pictured is Charles Thomas receiving the $500 check. Left to right are Michelle Gantt, administrative assistant, with Devon Energy Corporation, Thomas and Amie Skipper, field assistant.

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Who to start behind center for Tech?

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Redshirt freshman Ryan Higgins could get second career nod vs. Army
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Many football programs feel that there is no such thing as a quarterback controversy, only a “coach’s decision.”
And if that’s the case, Louisiana Tech head coach Skip Holtz faces his own tough “D-Day,” as in decision day, this week.
Holtz said Monday that redshirt freshman Ryan Higgins appears to be the likely candidate to start Saturday when the Bulldogs play Army in Dallas at the Cotton Bowl.

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No panic button for GSU’s Ragsdale

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GRAMBLING — The ship appears to be listing, badly.
But the interim captain of the Grambling State football program is saying “Steady as she goes,” as he struggles to maintain the helm for the Tigers.
George Ragsdale took over as interim coach of the Tigers two weeks ago following the dismissal of former head coach Doug Williams.
The Tigers have lost twice since then to drop their record to 0-4 on the season after last year’s frustrating 1-10 finish. Last weekend’s 52-21 loss at Alabama State was the latest setback for GSU, but Ragsdale said he won’t be pushing any panic buttons.

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Tech volleyball set to face NW State

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Louisiana Tech will close out non-conference play with a midweek matchup with in-state opponent Northwestern State at 7 p.m. tonight in the Thomas Assembly Center in Ruston.
The contest will mark the final match before the Lady Techsters begin their first season in Conference USA play.
Tech is coming off a straight-sets loss to Central Arkansas on the road and is looking to notch its first win over the Lady Demons since the 2009 volleyball season.

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