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October 19th, 2015

Owens seeks election to police jury

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Charles “Chuck” Owens IV has announced his candidacy for the Lincoln Parish Police Jury, District 1, in Grambling.
Owens is seeking the seat held for 23 years by his father, Charles H. Owens III, who served from 1987 to 2010.
“I have literally been campaigning for this position on behalf of my father most of my life,” he said. “Now I am doing it for me. I know the district. I grew up here. I know what the needs are. I know what the issues are. I know what is here, and what is not here. That is why I am running.”

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Backus makes re-election bid

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Incumbent Lincoln Parish Police Juror Jody Backus today announced his bid for re-election to the District 7 Lincoln Parish Police Jury seat.
“After much consideration and prayer, I have a heartfelt desire to seek re-election. I have a deep love for Lincoln Parish and want to use my business experience and conservative leadership for the advancement of this great parish,” Backus, a Republican, said.

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Candlelight vigils remember lives lost

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October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, is a time when DART’s focus is on education, awareness, and prevention.
We plan a variety of awareness events throughout the community, such as the Pumpkin Patch at Townsend House Gifts and our Men Standing Strong campaign.
We give talks at local events, and teach classes at area schools. But the highlight of the month comes in the form of our Silent Witnesses Display and our Candlelight Vigils.

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Soup for Soul benefits CCA

Christian Community Action, food pantry and aid organization, faces many challenges ahead as the group continues to run low on funds and supplies.

The group resorts to purchasing for the pantry.

An opportunity to help CCA is about to take place.

The annual Soup for the Soul, a community supper benefiting CCA, will be held from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Ruston Civic Center.

Tickets cost $10 plus a canned meat item.

The meal consists of three soups and homemade desserts with the ticket purchase.

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Weather changes expected

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Burn bans have been an all too common occurrence in Louisiana in recent years.
But statewide burn bans are a whole other story.
Still, as of this morning, Louisiana remains under a statewide burn ban in response to extremely dry conditions, abnormal emergency response and adverse future weather predictions.

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Brunet made unlikely run to Tech HOF

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When Robert Brunet makes his acceptance speech into the Louisiana Tech Hall of Fame it will finalize the most improbable march into this prestigious organization that any Bulldog athlete has ever made.
Granted, that is quite a statement — “most improbable ever” — but what else can you say about an athlete who did not play one meaningful moment of high school football until the playoffs of his senior season — because until then Robert Brunet had served as the team’s manager.

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LA Tech Hall of Fame class best ever?

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Every Hall of Fame induction class is special, be they in Cooperstown or Ruston.
But the next such group to be honored Saturday at Louisiana Tech University is extra special.
It might not be a stretch at all to classify the 2015 induction class as arguably —overall, across the board — as the best ever since Tech began staging such an event in 1984.
I say this in terms of overall achievements, worth to their teams, individual accolades and also intangible factors.

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October 17th

Booted in battle of Bulldogs

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Mississippi State takes down LA Tech, 45-20
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STARKVILLE, Miss. — Louisiana Tech’s Jeff Driskel turned in a strong day Saturday, passing for more than 300 yards at Mississippi State.
Unfortunately for Driskel and his fellow Bulldogs, Zack Prescott from Haughton High School was even better.
Prescott tossed three touchdown passes and ran for another score to lead Mississippi State to a 45-20 victory over Tech. He had scoring throws of 5, 20, and 12 yards, completing 30-of-43 passes for 347 yards and no interceptions.
Tech jumped out to a 14-0 lead early on as Driskel directed a pair of long drives going more than 70 yards each.

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Tech’s Hall plaques need to be moved?

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Later this month, Louisiana Tech University’s 2015 induction class for the athletic Hall of Fame will be held in the Waggoner Room of the Thomas Assembly Center.
And with the honoring of five individuals who will boost the membership total to 93 will be the presentation of beautiful plagues to each of the recipients.
Later, those plaques will be placed on the north wall of the room.
But for the most part, will this be the final time that a lot of Tech fans, friends and family members will actually have to check out all of these awards?

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Grambling edges Alcorn State in OT

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LORMAN, Miss. — Martez Carter scored on a 1-yard run — and then booted the extra point — in overtime as Grambling rallied to defeat Alcorn State 35-34 and rise to 5-0 in conference.
Alcorn State scored on a 7-yard run by John Gibbs Jr. but Haiden McCraney’s PAT kick was blocked.
The game was a meeting of the Southwest Athletic Conference’s unbeaten teams.
Grambling (5-2, 5-0) tops the SWAC West. Alcorn State (4-2, 3-1) still leads the East.
Carter had his second-straight 100-yard game, rushing for 133 yards on 11 carries.

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