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November 26th

No excuse for hunting mishaps

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It always sends chills down my spine when I read in the newspaper or hear on radio or television that another hunter has been injured or killed as the result of a hunting accident. With hunting seasons in full swing, I know I’ll be hearing about more such tragedies and that’s troubling.
I personally know several hunters and have heard of others who have been injured or lost their lives while hunting.
Some of these incidents have been the result of a hunter being mistaken for game or a mishandled gun firing accidentally.

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Bearcats eliminated

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Four turnovers lead to 26-0 defeat
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MANDEVILLE — They never made the Top 10.
But now they’re in the Final Four.
Mandeville, unheralded most of the season combined an outstanding defensive effort with four touchdown passes by Matt Bergeron to blank Ruston, 26-0 at Sid Theriot Stadium Friday, and advancing to the semifinals next week at perennial power West Monroe.
It’s the first time the Skippers (11-2) have ever reached the semifinals and it’s coming in a season when they were never ranked statewide.

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RJHS runners close out super season again

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Ruston Junior High School’s cross country team for boys and girls had another successful year, as the girls returned home with another state title and the boys brought home a third place finish.
The Lady Bearkittens recently captured their fifth consecutive state title with a total of 30 points at the annual Louisiana Junior High School meet.
Five Lady Bearkittens paced the way with Top 10 finishes.

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Kittens feature balanced scoring in win over RHS

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GRAMBLING — Four players scored eight or more points to help guide Grambling High to a 60-50 victory over Ruston High in the final round of the inaugural Paul Millsap Classic.
Pacing the Kittens to overall victory No. 12 against four losses were Chauncey Wiley with 15 points, Brauhnye Turner with 13 points and LeCordez White and Deon Dade with eight points each.
Wiley also had a game-high 10 assists and Turner was the top rebounder with 10.
Ruston High got a 23-point effort from Jerry Melton and eight points from Patrick Hall.

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Tech adds baseball signees

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Bulldogs ink four jucos, prep standout

Louisiana Tech University baseball head coach Wade Simoneaux has announced the signings of four high school prep stars and one junior college star as part of its 2012 recruiting class.
Middle infielders Hunter Travis and Taylor Love and pitchers Adam Derouen, Sam Saunders and Richie Navari have signed national letters- of-intent during the early period.
“We have a strong recruiting class coming in next season,” said Simoneaux. “We have five players who can come in and immediately make an impact on our program.”

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Tech needs to keep Dykes long-term

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How long can Louisiana Tech University keep Sonny Dykes?
With the success of this year’s team and a promising future, maybe not long.
So maybe, it would be an excellent idea to start talking contract extensions with the second-year head coach.
Because I got this hunch that Dykes is going to be pursued for some other jobs in the aftermath of one of the Bulldogs’ best turnarounds ever.
Ole Miss, which took a 27-7 whipping from the ’Dogs a few weeks ago, is reportedly among the schools taking more than a passing interest in Dykes.

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GSU is divisional champ

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Tigers stop Jags for SWAC West laurels

NEW ORLEANS — D.J. Williams was right on the money Saturday afternoon.
The true freshman quarterback threw for three touchdowns to Mario Louis to lead Grambling State to a 36-12 victory over Southern University on Saturday in the 38th annual Bayou Classic.
The victory gave the Tigers (7-4, 6-3) the West Division title in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. Grambling State will play against SWAC East Division winner Alabama A&M (8-3, 7-2) in the championship game Dec. 10 in Birmingham, Ala.

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Tech basketball teams suffer losses

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Women fall to Alabama, men tumble to Portland State

Kiara Young and Shantale Bramble-Donaldson each registered double doubles but it wasn’t enough as Louisiana Tech couldn’t overcome 23 turnovers in its 67-59 loss to Alabama Saturday at the 2011 Paradise Jam held in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands,
With the victory, Alabama (5-2) captured the title in the Island Division while Louisiana Tech finished third with a three-game record of 1-2.

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Recent Chamber Ribbon-Cutting Ceremonies

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Top: Ribbon cutting held for Dr. James Finley’s new office
Ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held Nov. 9 for Dr. James Finley’s new Ruston office, located at 707 S. Vienna St. in Ruston. The event was sponsored by the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.
Middle: Ribbon cutting held for Scott’s Catfish
Ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held Nov. 17 for Scott’s Catfish, located at 2480 Louisiana Highway 33 in Ruston. The ceremony was sponsored by the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.
Bottom Left: Ribbon cutting held for Organo Gold Gourmet Coffee

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Area students graduate from Louisiana Tech University

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Louisiana Tech’s fall quarter commencement exercises were held Nov. 19. 
The following area students received diplomas:
Arcadia — David Eli Williams, bachelor of arts
Bernice — O’darius Quaye Akrong, bachelor of science electrical engineering technology
Calhoun — Tina Reacheal Calhoun, master of education; Clint Copes, graduate certificate;
Donald P. Johnson, master of science; Richard Pate Long, graduate certificate
Chatham — Cary Lance Seymore, bachelor of science
Choudrant — Mackenzie Rea Harris, bachelor of science; Paris K. Rainey, master of business

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