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December 7th

Experience hometown Christmas

I am getting excited about this upcoming Saturday. Not because it’s a day off of work — because, for me, it isn’t — or because it’s a game day — because I won’t be going to any athletic event. Instead, as soon as the pages are laid out for the paper, I will be jumping in my car with my husband and traveling a few miles down the road to the village of Choudrant to see a green winter wonderland.
This year, Choudrant is hosting its first Christmas in the Village, which may very possibly turn into an annual event.

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No bowl, but a good year

Granted, it’s a major disappointment after the super way in which the Bulldogs’ squad closed out this 2005 season on Friday night.
Despite being a three-touchdown underdog in some circles, Tech hammered top 25 ranked Fresno State 40-28 at the California school’s home field.
But even with that impressive win, one of the biggest in school history, the Bulldogs will be remaining at home during the soon-to-be-busy bowl season.
On Sunday evening, the final bowl matchups were announced and Tech was a “no show.”

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Recent death signals need for change

The young man was walking home following an evening of drinking alcoholic beverages at one of the establishments on the Service Road. He told friends he would walk home to avoid a potential arrest for driving while intoxicated.
He was then struck by an automobile driven by an employee of the same establishment. The police report of the incident said the employee had nearly three times the amount of alcohol in his system allowed by Louisiana law.

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Listen up 'Dog doubters

Friday night’s thrilling 40-28 victory over No. 22 ranked and bowl-bound Fresno State was one of the best jobs of preparation, coaching and execution as you’ll ever see — anywhere.
Tech, at 6-4 and coming off a heart-breaking loss to Boise State in front of a home crowd, could have very easily thrown in the towel. Experts said the loss knocked the Bulldogs out of any chance for a berth in a post-season bowl. After battling Boise State for three quarters, Louisiana Tech wilted in the fourth quarter.

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Tech’s Lips, Santiago, Williams named to All-WAC first squad

Of the four first unit representatives from the Bulldogs’ squad, three played on the defensive side.
The trio included lineman Moqut Ruffins, linebacker Byron Santiago and secondary member Tramon Williams.
Tech’s other top team member was Aaron Lips, an offensive lineman.
Overall, the seven-win Bulldogs placed seven players on the two clubs chosen by the head coaches in the 10-member league.
Picked for the second team were placekicker Danny Horwedel, offensive lineman Marcus Stewart and linebacker Barry Robertson.

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Bulldogs won't be bowling

Until the latter part of Sunday afternoon, the Bulldogs were regarded as a major candidate for the Motor City Bowl.
In fact, at approximately 4 p.m., the bowl projection lineups at various collegiate football web sites had “Louisiana Tech vs. Akron” as the likely matchup in the Ford Field-hosted event scheduled for Detroit the day after Christmas.
But that was about as close as the ‘Dogs got to making a trip to Michigan later this month.

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Moats makes major impact in win

While he did actually appear in his very first NFL game back on Oct. 23 against the San Diego Chargers, it was his second appearance on a recent Sunday that provided a much better indication of his future at the game’s highest tier.
In a 19-14 victory over the Green Bay Packers, the former Louisiana Tech University running back rushed six times for 24 yards.

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Bulldogs take home opening win against Jaguars

Louisiana Tech coach Keith Richard’s record in home openers remained perfect at 8-0 as the Bulldogs escaped with a 61-52 win over Southern University at the Thomas Assembly Center
Tech coach Keith Richard said he wasn’t going to apologize for an “ugly” win.
“It’s too difficult to win in Division 1 basketball to not be happy about a win, no matter how bad you played,” Louisiana Tech’s top dog said.
Richard chalked up his team’s poor play to opening night jitters.

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Ruston could see first taste of winter

A National Weather Service meteorologist says we might also have a chance — albeit a very light chance — at a wintry precipitation mix.
“This doesn’t necessarily look like a big event,” Mike Berry of the NWS’s Shreveport office said. “But it will be a pretty good shot of cold air.”
Berry said that while north central Louisiana should see clear skies today, that will change by tonight.
“We’ll see increasing clouds tonight, with much colder temperatures tomorrow,” Berry said. “Highs Wednesday are only expected to be in the upper 40s.”

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Ruston decides rezoning issues

After extensive discussion regarding expansion of a business at 104 King Ave. which would involve additional structures and large truck traffic, Reg Shurling’s request application to rezone a lot from R-10 One Family Residential to B-2 Light Business was unanimously denied by the Board.
The second property met with rapid approval. That was an application for rezoning from R-10 Single Family Residential to B-2 Light Business. The request came from Miracle Temple of God in Christ at 1405 South Farmerville for a day care program. The board approval was unanimous.

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