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October 17th

Techsters stunned by Rice, men fall at home

Senior guard Amber Obaze's three-pointer at the buzzer rattled off the back of the rim as the Lady Techsters lost a conference game for the first time since falling to Rice 57-56 in February of 2002.
Despite trailing by as many as 18 points in the first half, Tech (8-2, 1-1 WAC) fought back to cut the Rice lead to 12 at the half at 41-29 and then quickly cut it to 45-42 with 15:14 remaining.

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Grambling men fall to Marquette

The Golden Eagles (6-0) took a 71-55 win behind the double figure scoring of forward Scott Merritt (12), forward Terry Sanders (12), guard Travis Diener (13) and forward Karon Bradley (10). Grambling, now 1-4 on the year, got a 24-point effort out of guard Brion Rush and additional double digit contributions from forward Paul Haynes (13) and center Larry Haygood (11).
Coach Larry Wright's G-Men shot 36.7 percent from the field, but was 43.5 in the second half when it made their comeback. In the first half, GSU shot 30.8 percent.

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Flying just a family tradition for scholarship winner

"My granddad flew in World War II, and my uncle flew in Vietnam. My mom was a stewardess with Braniff Airlines, and my brother, Chris, is currently flying for the FBI," Sweeney said. "My family has always been my motivation.
"Sweeney, who comes from the Houston suburb of Katy, is joined at Tech by his twin brother, Kyle, who is also in the professional aviation program.
After he graduates next spring, Sweeney plans to continue the family tradition of flight and join a major airline.

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Nursing graduates receive pins

The speaker for the evening was Elizabeth Barron.
Award winners were Bonnie Smith, Eros, who received the Academic Excellence Award, and Iva Hobdy of Jonesboro, who received the Clinical Award.
Names of other students who received pins and their hometowns are:
- Lynn Reis Gorman, Ruston;
- Rebecca Young, Simsboro;
- Brad Terral, Downsville;
- Kimberly Barr, Farmerville;
- Carrie Binkley, Calhoun;
- Wendi Smith Gathright, West Monroe;
- Roslyn Cooper and Judith James, Monroe;
- Melissa Brunn, Rayville;

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Top fire officials recommend renter's insurance

Assistant Ruston Fire Chief Alvin Norman, Ruston Fire Department Public Education Officer Jerry Lewis and Lincoln Parish Fire Protection District #1 Chief Dennis Ford all recommend renter's or content insurance.
The topic came to the forefront as firefighters were removing the few salvageable items from a Tuesday fire that cost seven Louisiana Tech students most of their personal possessions, including clothing, CD players, big-screen televisions, original art and laptop computers.

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Groundbreaking for Grambling fire station held

About 50 people were on hand at the King and Stadium street construction site to either take part in or witness the historic moment.
"The construction clock starts ticking 10 days from now," Ben Rauschenbach, an engineer from BALAR Associates, Inc., of Shreveport said. "We expect equipment to be moved in and dirt to start moving then."

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Weyerhaeuser providing building materials for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Ne

Weyerhaeuser, a forest products company with operations and forestland in Louisiana, is donating the materials as a national partner of the show. Each week, the top-rated ABC series rebuilds a home — often from the ground up — for a deserving family.
The Leslie family was chosen for the show after the family lost the father and the oldest son in a fatal car accident in December of 2003.

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Major drug sting underway

A Lincoln Parish grand jury handed down a series of sealed indictments which led to the arrests on a variety of drug charges, but not all those indicted could be arrested because of the lack of space at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center, Stone said.
"The LPDC stays near capacity," said Stone. "It makes it very difficult for us to enforce the law effectively, but we will eventually get all these suspects arrested."

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D.A.R.T. named model of excellence

Three leadership programs of the 21 in the state, were cited for excellence, including D.A.R.T. Each of the three was recommended to receive 100-percent of its proposal request by the Family Violence Program (FVP) and OWP.
D.A.R.T. Executive Director Cathy Ayo was both elated and slightly saddened by the news.

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Reservoir group discusses sites

The group, headed by state Reps. Hollis Downs, R-Ruston, and Rick Gallot, D-Grambling, state Sen. Bob Kostelka, R-Monroe, along with Mike Thompson, who operates a private consulting business specializing in reservoir construction, said such a project could only come to pass if they could convince the U.S. Corps of Engineers that the lake was capable of providing potable water. Mike Thompson is the brother of state Sen. Francis Thompson, D-Delhi.
Mike Thompson was the consultant in a Richland Parish Reservoir District project he said cost state taxpayers about $25 million.

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