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August 12th, 2017

New experiences in store for fans at Bulldog Village

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Louisiana Tech football fans will have the opportunity to enjoy a host of new experiences at Bulldog Village this year prior to each of its seven home football games.
Bulldog Village is an interactive fan experience zone that will include game day music, tailgating, vendors, autograph signings, food, kid’s activities and other fan opportunities. It will be located next to Argent Pavilion this season (new location) and will typically open four hours prior to kickoff.

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Bearcats ‘D’ strong in scrimmage

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Ruston High School held its annual Bearcat Madness Saturday before battling some of the toughest temperatures so far through fall practice during an intersquad scrimmage that started at noon Saturday.
But first-year RHS head coach Jerrod Baugh said he felt that was a good thing for his team.

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Well-known names can be ‘good guys’, too

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In more than 50 years of being a sportswriter, I’ve dealt with a plethora of characters.
Some bad, some good.
Sadly, it’s the “bad” ones who get too much of the attention and give the impression to the reader that the majority of subjects we’ve written about fall into the “bad” department.
Not true altogether.
Those “bad” — okay, “jerks”— guys may have been confronted or questioned following a tough loss or bad play.
Thus, they’re granted a limited “free” pass for their actions.

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Bearcat Madness photo Gallery

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Top Left: Ruston High School running back Hahsan Jackson (5) was all smiles as he was introduced Saturday during the annual Bearcat Madness event on T.L. James Field at L.J. “Hoss” Garrett Stadium.
Top Right: The RHS Bearcat Belles performed during the Bearcat Madness event.
Bottom Left: Fans braved warmed temperatures for Saturday’s Bearcat Madness event at L.J. “Hoss” Garrett Stadium.
Bottom Right: Freshman Bearcats wore red as they were introduced during Saturday’s Bearcat Madness.

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Guilty as charged

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A district court jury has found Steve Devon Hardyway guilty of attempted first-degree murder and armed robbery of the Subway restaurant on West California Avenue.

The verdict was rendered Friday afternoon after four days of testimony during which Hardyway’s cousin and accomplice identified Hardyway as the perpetrator in the Nov. 4, 2015 incident.

Hardyway shot a female employee more than six times and stabbed her 35 times after hitting, kicking and pistol-whipping her for 30 minutes in effort to get her to open the store’s safe.

Sentencing for Hardyway is set for 9:30 a.m. Oct. 3.

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NCLAC celebrates 30 years

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In 1987, a small group of artists and arts-enthusiasts came together with the goal of developing a regional arts center and a gallery where local artists could display and sell their work.
This year, the North Central Louisiana Arts Council turns 30 and has grown in both projects and support.
Humble beginnings
“Susan (Roach) will write the grant and we will get started.” That was one of the first statements made by Kent Follette, first president of NCLAC.

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Local dentist acquitted of insider trading with Shaw Group

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BATON ROUGE — A Ruston dentist whose brother-in-law worked at the Shaw Group in 2012 was acquitted Thursday on federal insider trading charges relating to the announcement that year that Shaw was being acquired by Chicago Bridge & Iron Co. for $3 billion.
Federal prosecutors had alleged that Jesse H. Roberts III reaped a $700,000 profit from confidential information allegedly provided by his brother-in-law, Scott David Zeringue.
Roberts was found not guilty on one count each of securities fraud and conspiracy to commit securities fraud.
He did not testify in his own defense.

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Millage vote is right move

On Tuesday, members of the Lincoln Parish Policy Jury voted to kill an increase in general alimony millages, or funds gathered from property tax.

Last year, the jury voted to make the rates 1.68 mills inside the city of Ruston and 3.37 mills outside the city limits.

By keeping these rates and not rolling them forward to their full extent, 1.82 mills inside Ruston city limits and 3.65 mills outside the city limits — an option that was on the table — jurors saved residents approximately $105,450.

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Alzheimer's disease should not be a stigma

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It’s in the numbers. The law of averages always catches up to us.
That includes celebrity deaths. The older we get, the more likely it is that we’ve felt the loss of someone we admired from afar for whatever reason.
It happened again for me last week with the passing of Glen Campbell after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
I loved Glen Campbell’s music. The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, a variety show that ran from 1969-72, was must-see TV in my house growing up.

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Lincoln Parish schools back in session

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P.E. teacher Loy Seal, top photo, directed students to their classes as Cypress Springs Elementary School opened for the first half day of classes Friday. Bottom photo, teachers and faculty greeted students with a “Welcome Back” sign as Cypress Springs Elementary School opened for the 2017-2018 year. Full-day classes begin Monday.

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