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July 14th, 2014

Tech students explore options, expand marketability with School of Communication

Editor’s Note: This is the first article in a six-part series highlighting academic programs at Louisiana Tech University that are having significant impacts on the region and whose graduates are contributing to the growth of the economies, communities and competitiveness of north Louisiana.
The possibilities for a career in a communications field are not necessarily endless, but they certainly have a wide range.

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Tech’s Fischer on Lou Groza Watch List

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Kyle Fischer, who set a Louisiana Tech school record with five successful field goals in a game last October at Florida International University, was named to the thirty-player Watch List for the 2014 Lou Groza Collegiate Placekicker Award, as announced by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission last week.
As a redshirt freshman last season Fischer connected on 18-of-23 field goal attempts, including hitting 4-of-6 attempts from 40 yards and beyond.

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LA Tech basketball tickets on sale

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Louisiana Tech fans can soon purchase their hoops season tickets for what is sure to be an exciting year for Bulldog and Lady Techster basketball.
Season tickets for the 2014-15 Tech basketball season officially go on sale starting today and is exclusive to those who were a basketball season ticket holder last season and any current football season ticket holder. Other fans wishing to purchase season tickets can do so starting July 29.

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Government affects all of us

The Ruston TEA Party is inviting local legislators to speak about their roles in Louisiana government as well as about recently passed bills during the spring session that will directly or indirectly affect the citizens of Lincoln Parish.

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The Robinson legend lives on

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Eddie G. Robinson Sr. loved football, but his legend, a much-deserved one, runs much deeper than that.
Coach Rob was about much more than football — one of his biggest ambitions was working with young people and coaching the game of life.
And don’t doubt that on Saturday morning, as the seventh annual Eddie G Robinson football camp was held at Greenwood Park in Ruston — the first camp since the death of Eddie Robinson Jr. last fall — both Sr. and Jr. were looking down at the proceedings and smiling, proud that their legacy is living on.

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July 12th

Boning up on crime

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Louisiana taxpayers are the owners of the most comprehensive database in the country of missing and unidentified persons.
This was just one of the things that more than 150 people gathered in the Lincoln Parish Library learned on Thursday night from Mary Manhein, also known as “The Bone Lady.”
Manhein is a forensic anthropologist, so when a skeleton is all that’s left of a crime scene, she is called in to solve the case.
Manhein said she helped create this database with the assistance of the state Legislature.

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Championing comfort

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Advocacy Center working to aid victims of sexual abuse
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Ten years after District Attorney Bob Levy established the Pine Hills Advocacy Center, there is a strong contrast between what used to be pallid walls and colorless floors and the bright murals displayed in the rooms today.
When Director Carol Carson took over in 2012, she said one of her first priorities was to brighten the mood of a building that once created a drab atmosphere for an already devastating experience.
“I contacted (the North Central Louisiana Arts Council) and they were really wonderful,” Carson said. “Overall, we had about 25-30 artists come and help us.”

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2014 Princess Peach Pageant

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Top: Miss Louisiana Outstanding Teen Meagan Crews (left) and Miss Spirit of Ruston 2014 Anna Blake (right) crowned Emmersyn Nations as the 2014 Miss Princess Peach during Saturday’s pageant at Choudrant High School.
Bottom: Winners, from left to right, were Most Photogenic Emory Napper, third runner-up Drew Cramer, second runner-up Taylor Alleman, Miss Princess Peach Emmersyn Nations, first runner-up Presley Wall, fourth runner-up Catherine Williams and Peoples’ Choice Kate Willis.

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Peach Fest good economic draw

Each year the Ruston Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, along with community volunteers, works hard to put together another year of the Louisiana Peach Festival.
During this year’s festival a total of $2.5 million had an impact on the local economy.
The chamber said the total figure came from data gathered from random surveys that are taken throughout the course of the festival.
According to the numbers, 18,500 people attended the two-day event held in late June.

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Louisiana Tech police to the rescue

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I would like to give many thanks, Merci Beaucoup, to the police department at Louisiana Tech University for turning a bad luck incident last Sunday into a happy ending within a record time of 30 minutes.
One must picture a hot, sultry day, typical of late June in the south, when I discovered a flat — yes, a flat — tire on my new car in the parking lot of the Lambright Sports Center.
Naturally, where does one find a service station open on a Sunday? Closed.

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