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September 8th, 2014

Chamber seeks nominations for board members

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The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for both the Russ Award and for 2015 board of directors.
The deadline for nominations to the board of directors is set for Friday. The board of directors is composed of 15 members plus ex-officio (nonvoting representation of organizations in the community) members. The governing and policy-making responsibilities of the chamber are vested in the board of directors.

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A look back at Tech’s big win

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Bulldogs have now won seven straight games over Ragin’ Cajuns
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News and notes from Louisiana Tech’s big win at Louisiana-Lafayette that left the Bulldogs at 1-1 on the season:
• Tech recorded 48 points, the most since Nov. 10, 2012 when they scored 62 in a win at Texas State.
• Tech racked up 533 yards of total offense. The last time that happened was Nov. 24, 2014 at San Jose State.
• Cody Sokol, making his second career start for the Bulldogs, set a career-high in passing yards with 295 and tied his career-high with 22 completions and two touchdown throws.

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DART: 20 years and still going strong

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All week long, I have been working on a newsletter in honor of DART’s 20th anniversary. As I have written of our beginnings and our growth during the past two decades, it is apparent that DART has had a tremendous amount of support from this community. In this column, I want to talk a little about what true community support looks like.
While DART’s founders commonly receive recognition for the formation of this organization, there are a few people helped out without them, we wouldn’t have gotten our very first grant, the one which allowed us to open our doors.

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Pet of the week

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Harley is a Lab mix with a grey and black speckled chest. Around 1 year old, she has been at 4 Paws since she was a pup. Harley gets along with both children and other dogs. She is always happy and affectionate, never causes any trouble. She pretty much blends in and does not get noticed. Adoption fees are $65. Call 251-DOGS today for more. See all of the dogs up for adoption at 290 Rodeo Road, just south of Tech Farm Road. The office is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or by appointment.

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Play it safe on local highways

In recent weeks we have seen an influx of traffic crashes throughout the parish.
Labor Day weekend alone saw more than a handful of motor vehicle accidents with several passengers being transported for injuries.
Sgt. Clint Williams, public information officer with the Ruston Police Department, said in a recent interview that driving is a task that deserves a person’s full attention.
“When you throw the phone in there, you’re not giving driving your full attention,” he said.

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Try to avoid rare respiratory virus

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It hasn’t hit in Louisiana — yet — but doctors warn that a respiratory illness that has already sickened more than 1,000 children in 10 states is likely to become a nationwide problem.
The disease hasn’t been officially identified but officials suspect it is a rare respiratory virus called Human Enterovirus 68. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the virus is related to the rhinovirus, which causes the common cold.

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September 6th

Bulldogs enjoy Cajun feast

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Dixon’s 99-yard burst helps Tech top ULL 48-20
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LAFAYETTE — Louisiana Tech’s offense struggled to get going in last week’s season-opening loss at Oklahoma.
Maybe the Bulldogs were just saving up for in-state rival Louisiana-Lafayette.
Tech’s offense was as red hot as any Cajun cooking Saturday as junior running back Kenneth Dixon helped the ’Dogs power past ULL 48-20 in front of 25,607 fans at Cajun Field.
The Bulldogs (1-1) ignited for 533 yards of offense and never trailed while Dixon set a new Tech and Conference USA record for the longest rush with a 99-yard burst to open scoring.

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O.K.’s Corral: Two cents’ worth on all things sports

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Our two cents’ worth of opinions and observations on all matters dealing with sports:
TECH OMITTED?: Here we are, two games into the 2014 collegiate football season and predictions are already being made for the bowl games.
Honest.
I am not kidding.
Granted, much of the prognosticating is based on what teams have coming back from last year, but even then, it’s a major shot in the dark open to plenty of second guessing.
For instance, Louisiana Tech University is a no show to reach a bowl game, according to the Bleacher Report website.

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Tech volleyball falls; soccer team nets win

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LAKE CHARLES — Louisiana Tech wrapped up a weekend’s worth of matches at the Big Daddy’s Invitational as the Lady Techsters dropped their final contest of the weekend to UT Arlington, 3-0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-18), at Memorial Gym in Lake Charles.
Tech (2-4) matched UT Arlington point for point in the first two sets, but a late boost in each set by UT Arlington, a team that improved to 7-1 on the season with the win, helped the Mavericks gain the advantage over the Lady Techsters.

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The wave of the future

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LPSO gets technical
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With the opening of its new facility, the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office has launched a new website and application for smartphones.
Public Information Officer Chad Alexander is directing residents to visit www.lincolnparish.org and selecting the link for sheriff.
“This will route the viewer to the newly designed website for the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office,” he said. “There is more work to be carried out on the inmate portion of the website, however, persons can see arrest data.”

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