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February 7th, 2014

MOD kicks off campaign

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The time has come to start thinking of babies. The March of Dimes kick-off luncheon was held Thursday at Northern Louisiana Medical Center.
Team captains for Ruston and Lincoln Parish were in attendance to take notes on upcoming events set for this year’s campaign.
Megan Hodge, MOD community director, said this year’s event will be more family friendly.

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Handing out free smiles

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Peach Tree to host Dentistry from the Heart on Saturday
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Residents driving in downtown Ruston on Saturday morning might be a little surprised to see a large group of people sitting on the lawn of Peach Tree Dental.
For the seventh year, the business will present it’s annual Dentistry from the Heart Event beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday.
“Today, there are far too many people who cannot afford dental care,” Joni Howell Porter, clinic administrator, said. “Peach Tree Dental’s Dentistry From the Heart allows those without the means to receive free dental services, including:  exams, x-rays, cleanings and extractions.”

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Dukes and Duchesses introduced for the 2014 ball

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To continue last week’s Art Talk article, let us introduce the Dukes and Duchesses representing the other four nonprofits hosting the 2014 Mardi Gras Ball: John Emory Jr. and Mary Ann Woods, of the Dixie Center for the Arts; Richard and Janine Lewis, of the North Central Louisiana Arts Council; Saul Zalesch and Dianne Douglas, of the Ruston Community Theatre; and Kiley Stephenson and Stephanie Smith, of Troupe Dixie.

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Tech professor focuses on hometown in new book

Many people have grown up in small towns in the South, but how many have turned the experience into a Ph.D. dissertation and then a well-received book?
Assistant professor of history V. Elaine Thompson’s book, “Clinton, Louisiana: Society, Politics and Race Relations in a Nineteenth-Century Southern Small Town” has been published by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press.
A native of Clinton, the parish seat of East Feliciana Parish just north of Baton Rouge, Thompson majored in history at Centenary College, then received her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at Rice University.

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NCLAC calling for artists to exhibit

The North Central Louisiana Arts Council is making its annual “Call for Artists” for the June 2014-June 2015 exhibition year. Each exhibition last three months, and may feature the work of one artist, or the work of a small or large group, at one of two gallery spaces: Crescent City Coffee and Dixie Center for the Arts lobby.
Collaboration with Crescent City Coffee gives NCLAC a space where Opening Receptions are held for the artist(s).

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Techsters on road to face Marshall

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HUNTINGTON, W. V. — Louisiana Tech is looking for its first road win. Marshall is looking for its first conference win.
Something has to give when the Lady Techsters face the Thundering Herd at noon Saturday at the Cam Henderson Center in the first meeting between the two programs.
Both teams come into the match-up with identical 7-14 records on the season. However, Tech is 2-6 in Conference -USA play while Marshall is 0-8.

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Tech battles back to beat Tulsa

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Bulldogs rally in final five minutes for 66-61 conference victory
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The Bulldogs did their best pool shark impression Thursday night, or maybe it was more like Muhammad Ali.
In any case, Louisiana Tech saved its best for last as the Bulldogs battled back for a 66-61 win over Tulsa Thursday night before a boisterous crowd of 4,935 during the annual White Out game at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Like Ali leaning back against the ropes as he if had nothing left before overpowering his opponents in the end, the Bulldogs trailed at halftime and still trailed with 5:00 to go, and were winless in such scenarios.

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Tech’s Ellis, Enemkpali to attend NFL combine

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For the second consecutive year, multiple Louisiana Tech players have been invited to attend and work out at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis on Feb. 19-24.
Defensive tackle Justin Ellis and defensive end IK Enemkpali will represent the Bulldogs in the nationally televised workout event for scouts from all 32 NFL teams.

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Parish Hoops Slate

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Upcoming games for Lincoln Parish high school and collegiate basketball teams:
HIGH SCHOOL
(Boys)
CEDAR CREEK (4-18, 0-7): Today, home vs. La. New Tech; • CHOUDRANT (15-13, 2-2): Today, Home vs. Forest; • GRAMBLING (14-8, 6-1): Today, at Arcadia; • NEW LIVING WORD (25-8, 5-0): Today, at Summerfileld; • RUSTON (16-8, 4-1): Today, at West Monroe; • SIMSBORO (22-6, 4-0): Today, Home vs. Quitman
(Girls)

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Promotions set for Diamond ’Dogs

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Louisiana Tech Athletics has announced the upcoming promotions for the 2014 Bulldog Baseball season, which will get underway at 6 p.m., Feb. 14 as Louisiana Tech hosts Southeastern Louisiana at J.C. love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
The Diamond ’Dogs open the campaign with a 12-game home stand before hitting the road for the first time for a three-game series at Texas A&M beginning March 7. The entire home schedule features 29 games played in Ruston over the course of the season.

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