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March 13th

Tech, parish show assets

The future foresters and their professors hosted the 49th annual Southeastern Forestry Conclave Thursday through Saturday, and by all accounts the event was a rousing success. Each day’s events were filmed by a crew from ESPN to be televised at a later date on ESPNU.

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Missed layup scores empathy

Our team in the summer of 1972 — the end of the sophomore or junior year for most of us — included a bunch of boys who had played basketball together since the fifth grade. We had grown up together, played elementary and junior high ball together, then put together a recreation team for our high school years. While there might have been teams with better individual players than we had, very few were able to overcome the team-style play we threw at them.

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‘Dogs get 5 seed in NIT, face Clemson

The Bulldogs (20-12), which received the No. 5 seed in its quadrant of the National Invitation Tournament, will travel to face No. 4 seed Clemson (18-12) at ? p.m., Wednesday.
“I’m very happy that our players have been rewarded for what they’ve accomplished this season,” Tech head coach Keith Richard said. “We won 20 games overall and finished tied for second in the Western Athletic Conference, which is the ninth toughest conference in the country. I’m thrilled that our program and these kids have been rewarded.”

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Huckabay made strong impact in area

Huckabay’s ties to the parish go back to the 1960s, when he was a baseball player for Louisiana Tech University. However, it wasn’t until the latter part of his Hall of Fame basketball career that he graced Lincoln Parish with his presence.
Along his journey he won state championships at Rapides and Redemptorist high schools, was an assistant coach at LSU and the head coach for five seasons at Marshall University.

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Local legend offered life lessons

As journalists, we all get caught up sometimes in “remaining unbiased” and “not becoming part of the story.” Yet, I must admit, there are times when all of that “theory” becomes impossible to practice.
Rick Huckabay did not allow you to remain professional with him. His personality drew you in, and nearly instantly, you felt at home talking and interacting with him.
I’ll never forget the day I found out about Rick Huckabay, when his name surfaced in 2003 as a candidate for the Ruston High School boys basketball job.

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Storm knocks down trees, power

At Cathedral of Praise Worship Center on Louisiana Highway 33, funeral preparations turned into a patchwork of the church building.
At approximately 10:40 a.m., a large pine tree fell onto the church building, leaving a hole in the roof and damage to the sanctuary.
Pastor Bo Nicholson and his staff were preparing for the visitation and funeral of Glen Atkins, a church member who was instrumental in the transformation of the church building from the old skating rink into a house of worship.

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March 10th

Underage drinking a big problem

As appalling as that statistic is, here’s one that’s even more alarming: many of those drunken drivers were under 21, the state’s minimum age for consuming or buying alcohol.
Underage drinking is a problem that certainly affects Lincoln Parish, an area with two universities. For too long we’ve chalked up underage drinking to “kids being kids.”
But when young men and women take the life of someone because they chose to drive a 3,000-pound vehicle while not in complete control of their senses, it moves from “kids being kids” to a felony.

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On the toes — on the plates

On both evenings at 7:30 p.m. a Dinner Theater featuring a guaranteed to be polished ballet performance and a guaranteed to be delicious dinner are guaranteed to offer a memorable evening.
I really could not tell you exactly what Upper Crust Catering might be doing to whip their recipes into their usual first class offerings, but I do know a little bit about what is going on at Louisiana Delta Ballet. The members of the senior company who will be featured in the production are putting in 25 hours a week in rehearsal time.

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’Dogs take ugly win over BSU

Call it a typical “ugly” Bulldogs’ victory.
But certainly call it one more big step towards Louisiana Tech University hoping to realize either a national postseason berth, league tournament championship or even both after a scrappy 75-64 victory over Boise State in the quarterfinal round of the Western
Athletic Conference postseason tournament here Thursday night.

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ESPNU set to film Stihl event

The Exposition, located on the Farmerville Highway north of Ruston, will be the setting for the Stihl Timber Sports Collegiate Challenge at 7 p.m., pitting the best axemen, buck saw operators and chain saw operators from 14 southeastern universities, against each other.
“The really neat thing about this contest is that an ESPNU crew will arrive Thursday, set up and film the event,” Stihl spokesman Roger Phelps said.
“Usually, at these collegiate events, a group of guys will show up with ESPNU painted on their torsos; they always make the show.”

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