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November 19th, 2014

Lady Aggies XC team takes state

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Choudrant High School boys runners up in Class B Championships
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Top: The Choudrant High School Lady Aggies won the Class B Girls State Cross Country Championship Tuesday in Natchitoches, outdistancing second-place Pitkin by four points. Choudrant’s Marrisa Bennett won the individual title with a time of 21:02.7. Team members are pictured above with their championship trophy. First row, left to right: Lacey Futch, Lacey Hotard, Crisanna Weaver and Lena Johnson. Second row: Madeline McVay, Rachel Smith, Alayna Batterton, Emmy Aaron, Kate Posey and Katie Echols.

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Tech softball signs standout

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For the second time in the past three years, Louisiana Tech has signed the Alaska Gatorade Player of the Year in softball as head coach Mark Montgomery announced the addition of Taria Page.
“We have been watching Taria since her eighth grade year,” Montgomery said. “At 6-foot-2, she obviously has big-time power at the plate, but she also has such quick feet. Taria played shortstop for her travel team, but I look for her to compete at the corners at Louisiana Tech.

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Techsters downed by NSU

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NATCHITOCHES — Tiara Davenport scored a career-high 15 points and JaQuan Jackson added 12 points but Louisiana Tech couldn’t overcome a 4-of-36 performance from the 3-point line as Northwestern State defeated the Lady Techsters 69-57 at Prather Coliseum Tuesday night.

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November 18th

GriefShare helps during the holidays

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Tammy Saffel’s father didn’t attend her high school graduation. He didn’t see her off to college. He didn’t walk down the aisle at her wedding.
Saffel’s father died when she was 17. She still remembers that day in March 1991, and the unease that accompanied the holiday events that came eight months later.
“I remember dreading those things because it was never going to be the same,” she said.
Saffel, a licensed Christian counselor, wants to help area residents who are grieving the death of a family member or friend, and who may find themselves dreading the coming holiday season.

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Man found dead on Gill Street

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Police investigating incident as a homicide

Officers with the Ruston Police Department found a deceased black male early this morning.
Deputy Chief Clint Williams said that at approximately 4:16 a.m. RPD received the call of a possible deceased person in a wooded area off of Gill Street.
“Officers from the Uniform Patrol Division responded and located a deceased black male in the reported location,” he said. “Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division of the Ruston Police Department were immediately dispatched to the scene to being a follow-up investigation into the death.”

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P&Z approves OHIP request

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Ruston’s Planning and Zoning Commission has sent to the Board of Aldermen a preliminary plat for a new commercial development along the Interstate 20 north service road.
Commissioners on Monday approved OHIP, LLC’s request to divide approximately 12 acres at the corner of the north service road and Goodwin Road into four lots and build a public street connecting the lots.
The acreage is the site of the old Holiday Inn. The preliminary approval is the first step in the
development process.

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9,000 pounds of food scouted

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Due to the generosity of Ruston residents, organizers say the 2014 Scouting For Food Campaign was a huge success and exceeded the goal of local scouts.
More than 9,000 pounds of food for the Christian Community Action Food Pantry were donated.
Bags of food were collected on Nov. 8 and dropped off at the donation center hosted by Trinity United Methodist Church.
Cindy Brantly, Thunderbird District Scouting for Food Chairman, said she always enjoys greeting the scouts and parents at the donation center.
“I ask the scouts how they feel about participating and serving the

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Kaczvinsky speaks at international conference

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Don Kaczvinsky, dean of Louisiana Tech University’s College of Liberal Arts and George E. Pankey Eminent Scholar in English, was an invited guest speaker at “Reading Graham Swift: International Conference,” hosted recently by the Department of British Literature and Culture for the Institute of English Studies at the University of Łódz in Łódz, Poland.
Kaczvinsky presented a paper titled, “Rejoycing Tomorrow: Graham Swift and Intertextuality,” which considered the family resemblances between Swift’s novel, “Tomorrow” (2007), and the Penelope chapter in James Joyce’s “Ulysses.” 

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Lions Club hosts Goff

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Greg Goff, head baseball coach at Louisiana Tech University, was a recent speaker at the Ruston Lions Club. During his presentation, Coach Goff mentioned that Nov. 12, was the early signing day and that Tech had 13 players scheduled to sign.

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Claiborne Cookers to hold ‘Gobble Till Ya Wobble’

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Claiborne Dutch Oven Cookers and Lake Claiborne State Park are presenting “Gobble Till Ya Wobble — Family Fun Day” from 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. Saturday.
From 9 a.m.–1:30 p.m. there will be Dutch oven cooking, demonstrations and a pot luck lunch at the Nature Center, with the Claiborne Black Pots ‘Unplugged’ 
Band. Those who are interested in cooking in Dutch ovens outdoors using charcoal, should bring their pots, food and supplies.

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