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September 23rd, 2016

SWEET MELODIES

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Optician eyes country charts
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Ruston’s Jan Houck is not only an optician — she’s also fine-tuning her songwriting skills.
Houck and lifelong friend Sam Thomas, a Ruston native who now lives in Nashville, have penned a song called “Shame On You” and the pair is hoping it can make a mark on the country charts.
They’ve called on Nashville singer Sammi Moore to record a song demo.
“She has a phenomenal voice and has that grit in her voice I wanted for our song,” Houck said. “She can sound angry and hurt.”
The song is about a toxic relationship.

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Tech ranks No. 1 in mid-career salaries

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PayScale.com places local university No. 57 among nation’s public institutions

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana Tech University earn higher average mid-career salaries than graduates from any other public or private university in the state, according to PayScale.com’s 2016-2017 College Salary Report released Tuesday.

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Garden of the Month

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Garden selected by Ruston Garden Club for September garden of the month is that of Peggy Grau, Homer St., Ruston. This is a traditional cottage garden with many flowers such as zinnias, cockscomb celosia, Turk’s cap, rose and many others.

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NCLAC to present ‘Donald Cried’

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The North Central Louisiana Arts Council is excited to announce Donald Cried as the next film in our 2016-17 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. The film will be shown on at 7 p.m. on Oct. 3 at the Dixie Center for the Arts. Ticket prices are $5 for adults and $3 for students, and may be purchased online at www.nclac.org, or at the Dixie Center for the Arts.

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Sinatra show brings memories

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It was at my Mammaw’s house that I first heard the smooth, rhythmic voice of Frank Sinatra.
Older generations have talked about their memories of laying on the living room floor listening to the latest LPs. I have those same memories.
My cousins and I, not being allowed in the adult conversations, would lay in the soft blue carpet of my grandparents house and listen to the background music.
Those are wonderful memories.
No phones, no television, no internet, just the soft sounds of my grandmother’s record player
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Chicken Fest is clucking here

The 28th annual Louisiana Chicken Festival begins cluckings away today and rolling through Saturday evening.
The annual festival honoring the flightless bird will begin with a traditional bingo night starting at 6 this evening at the Scott Hamilton Warehouse, said Gina Stokes, Dubach Restoration and Beautification Organization Event Coordinator.
Festival activities will include live music, skeet shooting, an antique car show, arts and crafts and more.
Each year the festival seems to grow with more vendors and more people venturing around Dubach to see what all the talk is about.

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Lady Techsters soccer shut out by Rice, 4-0

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The Louisiana Tech soccer team had its seven-match winning streak come to an end on Thursday night as the Lady Techsters fell to Rice, 4-0, at the Lady Techster Soccer Complex.
The Owls, picked in the preseason to win the Conference USA regular season title, registered two goals on two corner kicks in the first half and added two more in the second half as Tech (9-2-1, 1-1 C-USA) pressed forward trying to get back into the match.

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Payback on minds of G-Men

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GRAMBLING — Grambling State head coach Broderick Fobbs isn’t beating around the bush when it comes to this week’s game against Alcorn State, which kicks off at 6 p.m. Saturday at Eddie G. Robinson Memorial Stadium.
The G-Men took an undefeated Southwestern Athletic Conference record into the SWAC Championship Game last year after defeating the Braves in double overtime earlier in the season.
But the Braves countered in the title game with a 49-21 win.
Fobbs admits that loss still stings for his Tigers.

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Prep teams set for Week 4

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Home is where the heart — and action — is tonight as all three of our local prep football teams play in Lincoln Parish.
Ruston (2-1) will play host to Jonesboro-Hodge while Lincoln Prep and Cedar Creek, both 2-1, open District 2-1A play by facing off at Cougar Stadium.
For the Panthers and Cougars, it will be all about slowing the opposing workhorse.
That’s senior quarterback Tanner Disotell for Cedar Creek and sophomore running back Johlik Madison for Lincoln Prep.

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Bulldogs to open CUSA play at MTSU

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Louisiana Tech opens Conference USA play at 6 p.m. Saturday as the Bulldogs play at Middle Tennessee State in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
The Bulldogs stand at 1-2 while the Blue Raiders are off to a strong start at 2-1.

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