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No Austin Ginn, but Creek ground game still tough

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What we’ve already learned and can also expect from the 2012 football season:
• Cedar Creek High’s offense is going to be fun to watch again, even in the post-Austin Ginn Era. Remember him? He was one of Louisiana’s top running backs the past several years and deemed not replaceable when his record-setting career concluded.
Sure looks like that “run by committee” game plan by Head Coach Ben Haddox is going to work just fine.
From Grant Jonkheer to Donald Jenkins and Shilo Perry, the Cougars appear to have a group of Austin Ginn-like ball carriers.

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’Dogs corner Cougars

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HOUSTON — Louisiana Tech University survived this time against the University of Houston.
In a 2011 showdown of the regional rivals, the Bulldogs (1-0) watched a big lead dissipate to an eventual 35-34 loss to the Cougars (0-2) at Joe Aillet Stadium.
But at Robertson Stadium on Saturday night, Tech built up a big enough advantage to hold back a determined Cougars’ squad and take a 56-49 victory.

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Grambling blistered by TCU

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FORT WORTH, Texas — It was to be expected.
But TCU made sure there was no such thing as a major upset during the opening of its renovated Amon Carter Stadium here Saturday night.
The Horned Frogs (1-0), a heavy favorite against an opponent from the Football Championship Series, took a dominating 56-0 victory over Grambling State University.

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Kyle Williams praised by Jets’ head coach

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That “other” Williams in the Buffalo Bills’ defensive line is well known and highly respected, too.
Just ask Rex Ryan, the New York Jets’ head coach who will have to deal with not one, but two pass rushers with last names of Williams today.
The Jets kick off their 2012 NFL season at home against the Bills, who are putting together the potentially best defensive interior in the league.

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Tech’s Dunn wins gold medals, world title

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Jordan Dunn keeps adding to his soon-to-be-overcrowded trophy case.
The Louisiana Tech University powerlifting star recently earned three gold medals en route to a world championship while playing a major role in Team USA gaining an overall title at the International Powerlifting Federation Junior World Championship held in Szezyrk, Poland.
Dunn, 21, competed in the 74-kg class at a body weight of 161 pounds and registered the highest squat and bench press in that division while taking gold in both events.

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New movie theater plan dead?

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It looks like movie fans in the parish won’t get the Christmas present they were hoping for this year.
It appears that the United Entertainment Corp. movie theater, originally slated to open up behind Super 1 Foods by Christmastime, won’t be coming to Ruston after all.

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Love retires

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After 12 years of working to drive the municipality of Ruston forward, City Administrator Lewis Love has stepped down.
The retirement was effective Aug. 31.
“Lewis has played a key role as part of a team of individuals in the city who have contributed much to the progress of our community,” Mayor Dan Hollingsworth said. “His knowledge of the heavy equipment and construction business have been extremely helpful to the city over these past years. We are very appreciative of his dedication and commitment to serving our citizens and wish him the very best in the future.”

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Outdoor lovers flock to local stores to save

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Just one month after the State of Louisiana gave its residents a two-day break from state sales tax on a multitude of items, area outdoorsmen were given a price break as well during the Louisiana Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday taking place this weekend.
Area hunters were out and about all weekend trying to take advantage of the annual holiday that provides an exemption from state and local sales and use taxes on individuals’ purchases of firearms, ammunition and hunting supplies.

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A special park built

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Jana Beck was overjoyed on Wednesday when she celebrated the realization of her vision along with the birthday of her son Bailey Jack, who inspired it.
Legacy Park, which is located inside Lincoln Parish Park, is a boundless playground designed to allow children of all abilities to play together. Beck was inspired to create the park shortly after the birth of Bailey Jack, who was born with Down Syndrome.

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Grandparents deserve recognition

Today we celebrate National Grandparents Day, which was proclaimed by President Jimmy Carter to be observed on the first Sunday after Labor Day.
Since the holiday’s first observance in 1978, the roles and responsibilities of grandparents have changed drastically for many American families.

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