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January 16th, 2015

Giving thanks to our local educator

Anyone who doubts that education is a big deal in Lincoln Parish need only look to the emphasis placed on improving the area during the Ruston 21 planning sessions held several years ago.
Because of this emphasis, facilities providing kindergarten through 12th grade education and universities in the area have seen numerous upgrades and improvements throughout the past years. One such improvement has been the effort to create a closer bond between educators, parents, students, businesses and other volunteers in our community.

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Losing the stress of losing weight

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New Year’s resolutions typically mean people are hitting the gym, health food stores or trying to kick a bad habit.
But for the many who don’t create a resolution, it doesn’t mean they don’t want to better themselves. To me it means that those people always want to better themselves not just for a temporary time.
You may be wondering where I am going with this tiny rant. Well my gym recently opened its new facility.
Let me just say it’s amazing. With extra equipment and more room the possibilities are endless.

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Bulldogs battle back to beat UAB

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Louisiana Tech men’s basketball team prides itself on defensive play.
Fortunately, the Dunkin’ Dogs can get offensive, too.
And maybe even more fortunately, they have senior guard Kenneth “Speedy” Smith spearheading both their offensive and defensive efforts.
Both of those factors played big roles Thursday as the Bulldogs remained undefeated in Western Athletic Conference play as they rallied from behind for a 74-71 win over Alabama-Birmingham before a crowd of 3,815 at the Thomas Assembly Center.

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Operation Sellout 2.0 promotions set

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Last year for the first ever Operation Sellout, a rowdy crowd of 7,355 fans piled into the Thomas Assembly Center to watch the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs defeat Marshall.
Fast forward to 2015 and Operation Sellout 2.0 has joined forces with the annual Coach White Out for Saturday’s game against Middle Tennessee.
Tipoff is set for 3 p.m. and will be televised on FSN.
Every fan in attendance for the game will receive a voucher to another Conference USA game this season as they leave the game.

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Lady Techsters rally on road to defeat Blazers

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BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — Trailing by 18 points early in the second half, Louisiana Tech flipped a switch as the Lady Techsters clamped down defensively and recorded the fourth largest come-from-behind victory in program history defeating UAB 61-55 at Bartow Arena.
The Lady Techsters (8-7, 3-1 Conference USA) slept walked through the opening 20 minutes against UAB (7-8, 1-3 C-USA) and found themselves down 35-20 at the half. However, Tech played an inspired final 20 minutes of basketball in pulling off the improbable win.

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Tech track to compete at Texas A&M meet

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Louisiana Tech heads to College Station, Texas Saturday for the Texas A&M Team Invitational hosted by the Aggies.
In Saturday’s scored meet, the Bulldogs and Lady Techsters will face Abilene Christian, Baylor, Stephen F. Austin, TCU, Texas A&M, UTA, UTSA and Texas State.

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GSU to face TSU

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Grambling State University will play a Saturday doubleheader at Texas Southern University in Houston, with the women’s game set for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off with Chase Cormier (10) and the Tigers starting the men’s game around 7:45 p.m.

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Tech tennis to hit courts

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RUSTON — It did not take long for head coach Chad Camper to put his stamp on the Louisiana Tech tennis program.
In just his first year at the helm he led the Lady Techsters to a 15-7 record in the school’s first season in Conference USA, a program-record 11 straight wins and a ranking of seventh in the ITA Southern Region.
First serve of the spring season starts this weekend when the Lady Techsters travel to take on No. 55 Wichita State today and No. 19 Oklahoma State on Saturday.
These are two of the six nationally-ranked opponents Tech will face this season.

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Tech bowlers play today

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Louisiana Tech’s women’s bowling team will kick off the 2015 portion of its season today as the team is set to compete in the annual Mid-Winter Invitational in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
The three-day tournament is hosted by No. 3 Arkansas State and will be held at the Jonesboro Bowling Center. The invitational will feature 10 nationally ranked teams, including the host Red Wolves who are ranked No. 3 in the country heading into this weekend.

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Students out of school Wednesday

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After only a couple of weeks back in school, Lincoln Parish students are likely celebrating the fact that they’ll see a three-day mini vacation next week.
The Lincoln Parish School system made the decision earlier this month to add an extra student holiday on Wednesday due to the need for additional teacher training.
Despite this additional day off, Chief Academic Officer Mike Milstead said students will still end the school year at the originally planned time.

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