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Bulldogs nipped by USM

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Did Louisiana Tech University’s football team start showing signs, however subtle they might have been at times, of progress at Joe Aillet Stadium Saturday night?
Yes, it was another loss — make it three in a row now — and yet the barriers of frustration may be loosening just a bit after a one-point (13-12) differential against the University of Southern Mississippi.
“It was another loss, but I was incredibly proud of our players with how hard they fought and the effort they gave against a very good football team,” head coach Sonny Dykes of the Bulldogs said. “It just came down to not making the plays down the stretch. We had some opportunities, too, in the second half to do it.

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Grambling stops Prairie View

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DALLAS, Texas — Grambling State University sent an early message in the Southwestern Athletic Conference’s Western Division race here Saturday night.
The Tigers (2-1) improved their league mark to 2-0 and maintained a tight hold on to the top spot in their division with a 34-17 victory over Prairie View A&M before 43,754 fans at the annual State Fair Classic at the Cotton Bowl Stadium.
Grambling overcame a 10-7 first quarter deficit to take a 14-10 halftime lead and then sealed the win with six points in the third quarter and two touchdowns in the final quarter.

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RHS alumni share memories at banquet

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Ruston High School Alumni and friends gathered to salute their alma mater and rehash old tales on Friday at the annual RHS Alumni luncheon.
The event, which was held at Squire Creek Country Club, featured an update by RHS Principal Mike Milstead. Additionally, three alumni and three teachers were honored for their success and contributions to the school.
The alumni association chooses one current teacher, one retired teacher and one deceased teacher, along with alumni representing three categories. The chosen categories this year were commerce, humanitarian and medicine.

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GSU hears complaints for ban

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GRAMBLING — Grambling State University was hit with complaints last week stating the school’s e-mail policy infringes on rights granted by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
The Foundation for Equal Rights in Education and the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana have sent letters to GSU President Frank Pogue to protest the decision and asked the school to immediately change its policy to allow all forms of free speech.

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Flocking together

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Area residents head to Chicken Fest
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Despite the rising temperature throughout the day Saturday, hundreds of people went to Dubach to see what was in store for the 22nd annual Louisiana Chicken Festival.
Festivities for the day included booths, a parade, the drumstick eating contest and the Strut, Cackle and Crow contest.
Booths lined Main Street showcasing jewelry, a clown making balloon animals for children, pets for adoption with 4 PAWs for Rescue and of course food. The mayoral candidates for Dubach were also out campaigning at the festival.

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Area youth learn valuable lessons

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Kids were all fired up at Lowe’s Saturday for the Ruston Fire Department, Ruston Police and Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office’s Safety Day. They learned about fire safety and prevention, gun and seat belt safety.
Louisiana Tech University School of Nursing Students volunteered their time at the event while also getting practice taking blood pressure.
Nearby, firefighter Cade Griswold manned an ambulance to show children what was inside.
“Some of the kids don’t want to see,” he said. “They’re kind of scared of it.”

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James Thomas 'Mix' Howell

A memorial service for James Thomas Howell will be held on Sunday, September 26, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church in the Burkhalter Chapel. Reverend Brian Mercer will officiate. Visitation will follow the memorial service at the church.

Graveside services will be Monday, September 27 at 10:00 A.M. at Oak Grove Cemetery in Simsboro, LA under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston.

Thomas was born on November 22, 1919, at home in Simsboro, LA. He passed away on September 25, 2010. Thomas was known affectionately as “Mix” by family and friends. The nickname came from an early cowboy movie star, Tom Mix.

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Detectors part of city revival effort

Residents who live in the area South of California Street were probably at least a little surprised to have fire fighters and other community members knocking on their doors on a sunny Saturday afternoon. They quickly discovered that they weren’t there to warn of a fire, but to make sure that area residences were prepared if a fire ever did occur.
RFD Public Education Officer Eric Brazzel said that while the department has offered a smoke detector service for some time many people probably don’t know about it, so what one particular organization has done is great.
The southern part of Ruston has been on the community service radar of local organizations for a while now because of the work by students at the Louisiana Tech University School of Architecture, who have lovingly dubbed the area SOCA and were also on hand to help out Saturday.

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Tech golfers have high ranking

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After opening the season with a pair of top four finishes in their first two events of the year, the Louisiana Tech University Bulldog golf team has earned its highest recorded ranking ever with a No. 39 ranking by Golfstat.com
The previous highest ranking was No. 98, accomplished twice in the past 20 years.
Tech, which is 25-5-1 through two tournaments this fall, is the second highest ranked Western Athletic Conference team (trailing only No. 43 ranked San Jose State) and the third highest ranked team in the state behind No. 20 ranked LSU and No. 49 ranked Southeastern Louisiana.

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Tech’s Paige: A perfect leader

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It’s 2005 and Olajuwon Paige, having just capped an outstanding prep career at Aiken High School, is working in the fast food industry.
While delivering orders of cherry limeades and extra long cheese coneys as a car hop at Sonic (without the roller skates), Paige thought back to his high school career. He thought about his days as an All-State selection as a quarterback in the state of South Carolina and being named Most Valuable Player of the Down Under Bowl, a showcase for top high school players that takes place in Australia.
It’s tough taking a year off from playing the game that’s brought so much success in a person’s life. Having played football since the age of five, Paige needed football and didn’t want to feel, in his opinion, as a waste of talent.

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