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July 17th, 2014

Double honors for Tech’s Dixon

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Junior RB named to All-CUSA preseason team, Doak Walker watch list
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Louisiana Tech defensive lineman Vernon Butler and running back Kenneth Dixon were named to the Conference USA Preseason All-Conference Team Wednesday as the league announced its preseason awards and projected order of finish.
The Bulldogs are projected to finish fourth in the league’s West Division this season by a vote of the league’s coaches, ahead of Southern Miss and UTEP.

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2014 Conference USA Preseason All-Conference Team & Predicted Order of Finish

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2014 C-USA
FOOTBALL COACHES
PRESEASON AWARDS
Offensive Player of the Year
Rakeem Cato, Sr., QB, Marshall
Defensive Player of the Year
James Rouse, Sr., DL, Marshall
Special Teams Player of the Year
Hunter Mullins, Sr., P, UAB
First Team Offense
QB Rakeem Cato, Sr., Marshall
RB Kenneth Dixon, Jr., Louisiana Tech
RB Aaron Jones, So., UTEP
OL Scott Inskeep, Sr., UTSA
OL Chris Jasperse, Sr., Marshall
OL Cyril Lemon, Sr., North Texas
OL Clint Van Horn, Jr., Marshall
OL Mason Y’Barbo, Sr., North Texas
WR Jamarcus Nelson, Sr., UAB

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C-USA, Sinclair Broadcast Group reach deal

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Conference USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky announced Thursday that the conference has reached an agreement with Sinclair Broadcast Group, among the nation’s largest television broadcasting companies, to produce and distribute 100 events each of the next two years.
Included in that agreement are two Louisiana Tech football games this fall — Tech’s Oct. 25 game at Southern Miss and Nov. 8 game at UAB.

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Giving a chance for a change

Ruston native Preston Ponder is just one of thousands of young people in Louisiana who have been able to turn their lives around thanks to a program sponsored by the Louisiana National Guard and supported by U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu.
The National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program is seen as a preventive program. It’s participants are usually viewed as those who are on a dangerous path, but still have the potential to be and do great things, if given a chance. Participants are usually unemployed, drug-free high school dropouts.

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Standing for something not Obama’s M.O.

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I wish the leader of the free world would act like it. At this point, I’m not even sure I care exactly what he does about the thousands and thousands of illegal immigrants flooding into our borders. I just wish he would do something — anything.
“Leadership is not about giving a good speech. Leadership is not about playing politics ... Leadership is about making a difference.”
That was Texas Gov. Perry’s answer when Sean Hannity asked him Saturday what he thought of Obama’s response to the border crisis.

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July is Smart Irrigation Month

The State of Louisiana has proclaimed July to be Smart Irrigation Month to draw attention to the importance of using water efficiently.
July is traditionally the month of peak demand for water for lawns, gardens and landscapes in North America. The Irrigation Association named July as Smart Irrigation Month to increase public awareness about simple practices and innovative technologies homeowners, businesses and property managers can use to:
• Save money on utility bills.

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Local publishes book

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“Louisiana Grassroots,” written by May Shadoin, a native of West Carroll Parish and long-time resident of Ruston, is now out. Published by LifeRich, an imprint of Reader’s Digest, the book is a first-hand account of life during the Great Depression and World War II. The book provides a picture of life in the Depression and on the homefront during World War II and provides a look at the war through experiences of some of the men who fought to protect the nation.

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EMMS group learns about saving money

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The Community Trust Bank of Ruston trained the Ethel Mae Movers and Shakers Youth Group to open savings and checking accounts recently.
On June 21, more than 25 students from the surrounding community gathered at the Mt. Olive Outreach Church in Ruston to learn banking skills from Tim Everett, supervisor at Community Trust Bank.

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GUNAA convention begins on Friday

ULS System President Sandra Woodley and Grambling State University Interim President Cynthia Warrick are among the many supporters, fans and alumni expected to participate in the Grambling University National Alumni Association Convention slated for this weekend at the Clarion Hotel in Shreveport.
Hosted by the Shreveport Alumni Chapter, the three-day event will feature several meetings, programs, seminars and sessions, including its Coaches Luncheon, Life Membership Recognition Breakfast and Black and Gold Banquet and Gala, which are open to the public.

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Fellowship clubs collect fans

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The GSU Tiger Men’s Fellowship group teamed up with the Birthday Fellowship Club to collect $700 for the fan drive during the month of June. The fans will be donated to the Lincoln Parish Christian Community Center for persons in need of fans. Pictured, left to right, are Bobby Rabon, Felton Evans, Ben Williams, Jack Elam (squatting), Frank Kelley, Richard McKeever, Grambling Mayor Edward Jones, President Joseph Capers, A.P. Butler, Flynn Ludley, Edward Mason and Willie Young.

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