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MCS hosts grand opening

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Mortgage Contracting Services opens new Ruston facility
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The expectant arrival of Mortgage Contracting Services into the Ruston area commenced with a ceremonial ribbon cutting on Tuesday at the new facilities located at 1300 Celebrity Drive, just off Interstate 20.
MCS works with mortgage servicing companies to maintain vacant properties and to protect neighborhoods from blight. The company has grown six-fold in the past six years and also maintains offices in Tampa, Fla., and Plano, Texas.

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Tech leader search begins

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Louisiana Tech student and junior class president Austin Vining expresses his thoughts to the Presidential Search Committee about what the students want from their new president.
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The Louisiana Tech University Presidential Search Committee met for the first time Tuesday afternoon to discuss the procedures and policies for the search process to replace current President Dan Reneau and to get some feedback from the local community about what they want in the replacement.
While the search will continue for the next few months, many community members and Tech representatives made it very clear that they do have someone in mind to replace Tech’s familiar president, and it’s with a candidate who is already very familiar with the university — Les Guice, vice president for Tech’s Research and Development and former dean of the College of Engineering and Science.

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GSU kicks off Founders Week

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GRAMBLING — Grambling State University’s largest annual gathering celebrating founding president Charles P. Adams began Monday with an official proclamation and a community breakfast that brought out a diverse group of more than 350 people.
The annual Founders Week Fellowship Breakfast was held in the university’s Black and Gold Room in the Favrot Student Union, celebrating Adams’ vision to create what is today GSU 111 years ago.

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Under 4 Soccer Program added to RPAR roster

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Old enough to walk? Old enough to enjoy soccer!
New this fall at Ruston Parks and Recreation is our Under 4 Soccer Program. It’s not a league, it’s not a game, it’s not about competition or points …… Then, what is it? It’s all about fun and introducing your young David Beckham or Alex Morgan to the sport of soccer.

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La. Chicken Festival names domino tourney winners

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The Dubach Louisiana Chicken Festival Domino Tournament was held Sept. 22 in the Scott Hamilton Warehouse.
Pictured above are Darwin Fortune and Gene Posey, who placed first as a team. J.R. Boyett and Floyd Dean placed second as a team and Jay Atkins and Troy Ham placed third as a team.

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Keep track of blood pressure

When one visits the doctor, having their blood pressure checked is often part of the standard routine.
And during last weekend’s Safety Saturday, presented by the Ruston fire and police departments at Lowe’s, Louisiana Tech nursing students were present to take attendees’ blood pressure.
So why is it so important that people frequently keep track of their blood pressure? Because if the readings are high, it can mean one is at risk for many serious health problems.

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Four decades ago at RHS

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The invitation said it was to my 40th high-school reunion. Surely not. Surely somebody did the math wrong. Has it been 40 years since the night we marched across the stage at Louisiana Tech’s Howard Auditorium to receive our Ruston High School diplomas?

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The battle for the U.S. Senate

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With less than two months to go before the Nov. 6 election, the focus of the media is on the presidential race. Power in Washington is perceived to reside in the White House and understandably so. However, power on the Potomac also splits between President Obama and a divided Congress. The House of Representatives is firmly in Republican control, and they expect it to remain that way. The Senate has a 53-47 Democratic majority (with two of the 53 being Independents who caucus with the Democrats.) The November elections will not only tell us which party controls the White House. They will also determine if one party will once again control Congress and the White House. How key U.S. Senate races unfold will answer that question.

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Reporter, author to discuss La. politics

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=Louisiana Tech will host well-known political reporter John Maginnis for the Louisiana at 200: A Bicentennial Lecture Series at 11 a.m. Friday in Wyly Tower Auditorium.
Maginnis will shed light on the political history of Louisiana in his presentation, “Our Heroes Have Always Been Governors: What Makes Louisiana Politics Different,” through commentary and analyses regarding politics in Louisiana both past and present.

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Tech: The next Boise State?

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Is Louisiana Tech University the next Boise State?
With the way the Bulldogs have started out, don’t be surprised if that’s also in the headline-producing performances of this young 2012 season.
Much in the manner that their former Western Athletic Conference nemesis from Idaho grabbed the college gridiron world’s fancy by crashing the big school’s parties, the ‘Dogs are slowly applying their DNA on the landscape.

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