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November 25th

’Dogs close home football schedule

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Tech to play at ‘The Joe’ Saturday
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Sonny Dykes and his Louisiana Tech University football team aren’t taking anything for granted during this 2011 season.
With seven wins and a current first place position in the Western Athletic Conference standings, they realize how tough it is to achieve success in the parity-oriented college game.
On Saturday, in a 3 p.m. kickoff against New Mexico State (4-7, 2-3) at Joe Aillet Stadium, they can add some more glitter to their resume.

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Black Friday shopping abuzz

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Black Friday shopping was in full swing in Ruston last night and this morning, as customers braved the crowds and rushed out to get the best deals on merchandise.
With Walmart getting a head start on the Black Friday sales last night at 10 p.m., many people waited a little while before coming out this morning to start their shopping.
“I have been doing Black Friday for four or five years now,” said Jennifer Inman. “I plan on going to Beehive and then back to Walmart.”
Inman went to Walmart last night at 7:30 p.m. to wait in line until they opened their doors at 10 p.m.

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Grambling’s Delta Sigma celebrates 10 years

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For the past 10 years, members of the Grambling Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Sorority Inc. have given back to the community in hopes of making it a better place for all to live, and during those years they have spent their time in one building.
On Dec. 4, the members of the sorority are coming together to celebrate their achievements over the past 10 years, while also celebrating the anniversary of the founding of the building that has housed them and their efforts during that time.

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RFD responds to car fire

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At approximately 2 p.m. Wednesday, the Ruston Fire Department responded to a car fire at the Exxon station on Tech Drive. Schuyler League, assistant chief and paramedic with the Ruston Fire Department, said the owner of the car reportedly turned the vehicle on and it caught fire. League said motor oil ignited when the car roared to life creating a spark and heat. The owner had reportedly complained that the transmission wasn’t working correctly, which could be the cause for the fire.

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Practice creativity this holiday season

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The North Central Louisiana Arts Council just wrapped up its fall scheduling and is very excited about the upcoming month of December. From classes to art openings NCLAC is sure to keep your holiday season art filled.
On Dec. 7, NCLAC and 102 a Bistro will host an art opening featuring the work of Mandi Zimmer. “Enlisted: Home and Away” spotlights America’s veterans in a unique and personal style. Zimmer chooses to focus on the individuals out of uniform and in their daily life. Russell Pirkle, an avid NCLAC volunteer, will share more information about Mandi and her work during next week’s Art Talk. The show will be from 5-7 p.m. and as always 102 will highlight some of their delicious appetizers and entrees.

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Scouting for Food

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Cub Scout Pack 59 of Ruston held their Scouting for Food drive Nov. 5-12. Bags with instructions were placed in neighborhoods around Ruston.  The scouts picked up the bags full of donations and delivered them to Christian Community Action. In all, Pack 59 collected more than 2,800 pounds of food.  Pictured is Bear Scout Brendan Hood with a full donation bag.

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Lee: Tech’s ‘diamond in rough’

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Freshman walk-on running back proving skeptics wrong
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In a day and age of Facebook, Twitter and more statistics than you can shake a slide rule at, you would think there’s no way Hunter Lee could have flown under the radar.
But he did and now, Louisiana Tech University is having the last laugh.
As a senior running back at Class 5A Flower Mound High School in Texas, Lee had a combined 2,800 offensive yards (1,400 rushing and 1,400 receiving), 3,400 all-purpose yards and 38 touchdowns.

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RPAR FOCUS

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RPAR assistant, hoops’ fan
1. Who is your all-time favorite professional basketball player and why?
Michael Jeffrey Jordan. His love of the game of basketball and he does not like to lose and I don’t either.
I remember the Gatorade commercial, ‘I want to be like Mike” back in 2006.
2. Who is your favorite ESPN sports announcer and why? “Dickie V.” He knows the game of basketball and some of his catch phrases are funny.
Some of his phrases that I like are “Diaper Dandies,” “Dipsy-doo-Dunk-a-roo” and “Shoots the area code J.”.

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GSU leaders step up in turnaround

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Tigers show poise, confidence after sluggish start

GRAMBLING — Grambling State University has been a “rags to riches” story this season.
If you base how a team might fare on what they do during the first half of a campaign, then the Tigers were doomed for gloom this fall.
In their first five games, they won only once, that being a 21-14 finale in the opener against Alcorn State University.

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Tech’s Nitz: 426, counting

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Statistics will apply not only to Louisiana Tech and New Mexico State at Joe Aillet Stadium on Saturday, but also to the Bulldogs’ Hall of Fame play-by-play announcer.
When the two teams hook up in a Western Athletic Conference game, it will mark Tech football broadcast No. 427 for Dave Nitz. His current total of 426 is the seventh most of any college play-by-play announcer in the country while representing one school.

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