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July 25th, 2015

Patton due to emerge for 49ers

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Short servings of all things in the sports world with your Sunday morning cup of coffee:
QUINTON’S TIME?: Will the 2015 season be the time for Quinton Patton to start emerging as one of the leading aerial targets of the San Francisco 49ers?
It certainly appears that way.
After two years in the NFL, the former Louisiana Tech University wide receiver has yet to piggyback his awesome performances/statistics as a Bulldog with that of a 49er wearing jersey No. 11.

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Bulldogs meet the C-USA press

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Holtz, Driskell, Brice represent Tech at Football Media Days
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After a run to Conference USA’s championship game, Louisiana Tech University head football coach Skip Holtz feels his Bulldogs stand a good chance for success again this season.
But he also feels a number of C-USA teams will be in a close race for the league title.
Tech won C-USA’s Western Division last year before falling to Marshall in the league championship game before moving on to defeat Illinois in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

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Wood thrush — Celine Dion of dawn woods

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As my wife goes about doing housework, I’ll often hear the strains of a beautiful song coming from the stereo. I’ll invariably ask her who it is and for the umpteenth time, she’ll patiently say “Celine Dion.” The quality of her voice is a gift that had to have come straight from the portals of heaven.
One morning recently as I took my coffee and paper to the back porch before sunrise, I heard a song equal in quality to Celine. It was a song I’d been listening for all summer and when I heard it, I laid aside my morning paper to soak it all in. The singer was a shy, timid wood thrush.

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LDWF schedules drawdown for Lake Bistineau

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In an effort to control aquatic vegetation, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will open the water control structure on Lake Bistineau near Minden on Aug. 3 for a lake drawdown.
Current estimates include 1,781 acres of giant salvinia coverage in the 17,000-acre lake, reaching the threshold necessary for a lake drawdown as identified in the Department’s Lake Bistineau Management Plan.
The lake will be lowered at a rate of 4 to 6 inches per day, not to exceed a maximum drawdown level of 7 feet below normal pool stage.

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Tech Hall of Fame candidates abound

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Later this year, Louisiana Tech University will have another class of inductees for its athletic Hall of Fame.
Who will comprise that group, one that will take its place among other successful individuals who have performed impressively in their specialties?
Well, we have an idea as to who should be the leading candidates on the ballot that will be finalized following an Aug. 15 deadline for nominations.
Here’s 15 names who should be considered:

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John Allen on national stage again

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A tweak here and a tweak there.
And a substantial rise in self-confidence and belief.
John Allen is hoping to blend those ingredients into a winning recipe today at the 2015 United States Track and Field Federation Masters’ track and field meet in Jacksonville, Florida.
The former Louisiana Tech University javelin thrower will compete in his event today and will do so with the best mark (157-4) of any entrant.

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I.A. Lewis creates new classrooms

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Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series on the ongoing construction of Lincoln Parish schools.
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Construction on classrooms, a pathway and several repairs at I.A. Lewis Elementary School should be complete by summer 2016.
Transportation Coordinator James Payton said construction is moving along at a steady pace, even with some minor setbacks.

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Hospital chef cooks for community

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Northern Louisiana Medical Center’s new chef wants to bring the community back to the hospitals cafeteria.
Food Nutritional Director Tarouse Pea, who joined the NLMC back in June, said the community regularly came to the cafeteria, especially after church on Sundays.
“A ton of people would show up and come eat what the hospital was offering,” he said. “It was good food. And a lot of families would come after church. I want to bring back that atmosphere here.”

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Community Theatre holding auditions for play

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The Ruston Community Theatre will hold auditions for their upcoming play “The Foreigner” at 6 p.m. Monday at the Dixie Center for the Arts.
Steele Moegle, president of RCT, said they are reviving this play to celebrate a 10-year partnership with the Dixie Center for the Arts.
“We are celebrating 10 years of doing plays at the Dixie Center for the Arts and that’s why we chose to revive this play,” she said. “And as a thank you to the community, we are doing five shows for the price of four.”
The play will open on Oct. 8 and will be directed by Satish Bharadvaj.

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Repairs on parish roads mean business

A recent meeting of the Public Works Committee of the Lincoln Parish Police Jury revealed several area roads were in need of improvement.
Parish Administrator Courtney Hall said the reason improvement is needed was due to the increase of industrial traffic on the roads.
Lincoln Parish currently has 12 active oil and gas wells, according to information released from Baker Hughes, drilling company.
Hall said the roads would not be repaired from one end to the other, but instead portions of the roads that were in the most need of repair would be fixed.

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