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October 29th, 2014

Big history between Bulldogs, Hilltoppers

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Last meeting between schools was for 1973 Division II national title
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When Louisiana Tech University plays host to Western Kentucky University meet for the Bulldogs’ Homecoming at 2 p.m. Saturday, it will mark the fourth meeting between the teams.
It will also mark the first match-up between the schools since Dec. 14, 1973, when the Bulldogs and Hilltoppers met in Sacramento, California, to decide that season’s Division II national championship.
That was the first year for a Division II playoff and national championship game. Tech’s 1972 National Championship was in the NCAA Small College division.

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RHS swim teams place second

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ALEXANDRIA — The Partially-depleted Ruston High School boys and girls teams each nabbed second in their respective divisions and combined for an overall second-place finish in the 33rd Alexandria High School Invitational Saturday.
The Bearcat and Lady Bearcat teams were missing 11 swimmers due to illness and another school function, according to head coach Paulette Crawford.
“Missing 11 swimmers hurt us in team points, but those swimmers who competed did a nice job and finished with some good times,” Crawford said.

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October 28th

Bulldogs preparing to face pass

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Coming off a big Conference USA road win at Southern Mississippi, the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are working to stay focused on one game at a time.
This week, that means slowing the high-octane passing attack of Western Kentucky University.
The Bulldogs (5-3, 5-0 in C-USA) take on WKU at 2 p.m. Saturday in what will be Tech’s Homecoming at Joe Aillet Stadium.

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Tech raises awareness

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Louisiana Tech senior Gerard Babin, of New Orleans, (in vehicle) used a high-tech simulator to experience the potential consequences of drunk driving and distracted driving. The UNITE Arrive Alive Tour was on campus Monday seeking to educate young drivers about the risks of driving while intoxicated, as well as driving while texting or talking on a cell phone. Chris Emmorey, Arrive Alive simulator technician, checked the “violations” that occurred during Babin’s simulated drive.

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LMCH corrects problems, receives clean audit

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The Ruston-based Louisiana United Methodist Children and Family Services has corrected two areas of audit deficiency dating back to 2011 and received a clean opinion for 2013, the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s office said.
“According to the auditor, they have been resolved,” Joy Irwin, director of local government services with the Legislative Auditor’s office, said Friday.

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Distinguished alumni to be honored at Alumni Awards Luncheon

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Some of the best and brightest to ever earn a diploma from Louisiana Tech University will be celebrated as part of Homecoming 2014 during the annual Alumni Awards Luncheon at noon Friday in the Louisiana Tech Student Center.
Bill Cox, a 1959 geology graduate, is being recognized as the 2014 Alumnus of the Year and Jamie Adams, a 2004 computer information systems graduate, will be named the 2014 Young Alumnus of the Year. In addition to Cox and Adams, five other Tech graduates will be designated Distinguished Alumni in their respective colleges.

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PT Plus offers unique services

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After running a similar clinic for the past 13 years in Jonesboro, Ruston resident Jerry Yarborough recently decided to open up shop in Ruston.
Yarborough, owner of PT Plus, has more than 20 years of experience in physical therapy and he said he has always wanted to open a location where he lives, and the timing finally seemed right.
“I love what I do,” Yarborough said. “Physical therapy is who I am. I’m always doing research, and I’m always studying.”

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Disabled homeowners helped by amendment

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Editor’s Note: Louisiana voters will be asked to decide on 14 proposed amendments to the Louisiana Constitution on the Nov. 4 ballot. The Leader will be running a series of articles provided by the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana to better inform voters about the issues that will be on the ballot.
Amendment No. 9 will ask voters to allow disabled homeowners age 65 or older to not certify their incomes each year.
Current Situation

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Athletes stand up to violence

Kudos to the Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University athletics departments for taking a proactive stance and joining with the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team (DART) in trying to do something about the problem of domestic violence.
Last week Tech held a seminar for its student athletics with DART community advocate Terri Queen Autrey leading a panel of five men well-known in north Louisiana for their athletic histories in talking to students about recognizing domestic violence and steps they can take to avoid it or do something about it.

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Snacking, traveling with friends

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My coworkers and I just returned from a road trip this week. We traveled to Baton Rouge to attend a three-day training. We always enjoy traveling together. It gives us a chance to share work ideas and catch up with each other’s family. One thing we all have in common is we like to snack on these long trips. Any time we stop for gas or a bathroom break, we meet each other at the checkout counter with our munchies.

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