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Archive - Dec 16, 2005

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Bulldogs stay at home against McNeese

The one that shocked Texas Tech 68-53 recently or the one that then lost against winless Southern 63-47 a few nights later?
Or the one that fired in outside shots with scary pin-point accuracy during an 85-78 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette earlier this week?
With this Bulldogs’ squad, a quick and precise read on just what might happen might be difficult to correctly decipher less than 10 games deep into the campaign.

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Watching our Mama crying

They had moved to Ruston before Hurricane Camille struck, but they did not fully escape its aftermath. For weeks, for months, for years, their friends and associates who were still there and survived Camille would come to our home in Ruston.
Mama and Daddy would sit in the living room with them and they would tell stories of what had happened to the many townspeople our parents knew. Our father would maintain a rather stoic demeanor, but our mother would listen and wipe away the tears.

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Thanks for keeping our area in mind

During Waggoner’s presentation, a couple of themes seemed to tie together the three issues — the work done by our legislators and the cooperation between Union and Lincoln parishes, as well as the cities of Ruston, Grambling and Farmerville.
Waggoner said he had never seen a group of legislators come together to secure funding for projects like Sens. Mary Landrieu, D-New Orleans, and David Vitter, R-Metairie, and Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-Quitman, have for all three of the above mentioned projects.

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Bulldogs’ assistant coach suspended

Ryan Cross, who was in his third season on the staff, was suspended indefinitely with pay by the university Wednesday after being among the latest people indicted as part of an investigation into a Kansas junior college’s athletic program.
The 32-year-old native of Canton, Ohio, has been charged with two counts of wire fraud for his participation in a grade-fixing scandal at Barton County Community College, where he had previously served as both the head coach and assistant coach.

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Sistrunk steps down from Airport Authority

Chairman Dale Sistrunk stepped down, retiring from the board after serving as chairman the past six years, and Ben Humphries was unanimously voted to take his place.
Sistrunk, who has been involved with aviation in Ruston since taking over as the aviation department head at Louisiana Tech University in 1984 after retiring from the Air Force, will retire from Tech in July and move to Texas to be closer to his mother.

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Moats shines in place of Westbrook

In nine of the team’s first 10 games, the former Louisiana Tech University running back was on the inactive roster.
But when starter Brian Westbrook was recently injured (sprained right foot) and sidelined for the rest of the schedule, the call went out to veterans Reno Mahe and Lamar Gordon and rookie Moats.
Moats, who was a two-time rushing champ in his final two years at Tech, responded with a super performance during a 26-23 loss to the New York Giants last weekend.
He stole the show, in fact, for the Eagles’ offense, albeit in a losing effort.

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Innovative cooking ideas on fire

The teensy, weensy little inferno ignited after I decided marinade sauce could substitute for butter at the bottom of the pan to keep the poor bird from sticking. After about an hour, however, the marinade formed into a thick, crisp black matter with a smoky smell. I turned the catcher’s mitt-sized wing over with a towel. A few seconds later my towel was engulfed in flames and I was yelling “Fire! Somebody do something!”

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Tax holiday comes at right time

There are those shoppers that take care of buying all of their gifts throughout the year and are done by the time December rolls around.
On the other hand, many people choose to wait until the last minute before hitting the stores in the weeks leading up to Dec. 25.
For those shoppers, this weekend is one to be taken advantage of.
Instead of waiting until the very last minute, how about the last hour? The state of Louisiana, in order to help shoppers in the wake of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, has declared a “tax-free” holiday beginning Friday and lasting through Sunday.

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Businesses ready for tax holiday

For area merchants, this means a possible increase of sales and of, most likely, a bit of confusion.
“It’s going to be very nice for people with this being so close to the holidays, but they need to watch what they purchase,” Scott Terry, president of the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, said.

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Bulldogs' outside shots help pave way to victory over ULL

“We put on the board as one of our points of emphasis for this game to make the open shots,” said the Louisiana Tech University head coach about preparing for the University of Louisiana-Lafayette at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Did the ‘Dogs ever respond.
There were open shots galore on the outside and Tech (4-4) took advantage by cashing in on 14-of-26 three-point attempts and firing in field goals at a 53.3 percentage mark during the second half to provide an 85-78 win over an estimated 3,800 fans.

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