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Ruston’s Jones signs to compete for Tech

Heading into his senior season at Ruston High School, the All-American signed a national letter-of-intent to compete at Louisiana Tech University, where he will receive a full scholarship.
“The big deciding factor was the deal I received was too lucrative to turn down,” Jones said. “(Tech throws coach Larry) Carmichael is the most knowledgable coach I know. His throwers have competed very well against LSU’s throwers.”

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G-Men finally play Alcorn State Saturday

The two long-time Southwestern Athletic Conference rivals were originally scheduled to play on Sept. 3.
But that was before Hurricane Katrina showed up.
Thus, a move from being the first game on both teams’ schedule for this season was made into the final regular season slot for this weekend at the Braves’ field in Lorman, Miss.
Kickoff time will be 2 p.m.

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’Dogs face difficult task at Fresno

First, their 8 p.m. (CDT) duel with Fresno State is on national television (ESPN2).
Secondly, there’s the matter of trying to put away a second consecutive win against their namesakes from California, the wild showdown in ’04 ending up in a 28-21 conquest in Ruston.
Thirdly, it’s almost a “bowl game” atmosphere, if you will, Tech probably locking away a postseason trip with an upset win at FSU’s stadium.
And plus this:
Tech (6-4, 5-2) would love to pull itself off of the mat and recover from a 30-13 knockout punch administered by Boise State at Joe Aillet Stadium last week.

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Kittenettes off to hot start in ’05-06

The Kittenettes (2-1) won a barnburner Thursday night, outlasting Sterlington 52-51 in overtime.
“We were fortunate to win this game,” head coach Cecil Gray said.
Gray, a longtime Grambling coach who took a sabbatical last year during Kittenettes’ rough year, has been helped by the arrival of some new faces — five of which landed in Grambling in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Three of those evacuees — Tyonne Wilson, Jasmine Butler and ZainDymeka Eugene — started for the Kittenettes and helped power them to the victory.

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D.A.R.T. Angels to brighten Christmas

The concept of the Angel Tree is simple: A child makes a wish for a toy or clothing and that wish is written on a cut-out angel and hung from a tree. Adults wanting to help a less fortunate person can then pick an angel and fulfill a child’s wish.
“Our angels have a child’s age and gender and a small wish from them of what they want for Christmas,” Domestic Abuse Resistance Team (D.A.R.T.) Child Advocate Keena Ogle said. “We have Angel Trees with about 50 angels on each tree at Curves and the Vision Center, and people are already putting packages under the trees.”

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Three area schools awarded gift cards

“Any extra funding the schools can get will benefit the school directly, impacting not only the hurricane students but students in the school,” Director of Instruction, Personnel and Special Programs Mary Null said.
Through an online application, Best Buy’s Emergency Response Awards offered up to $3 million in gift cards to schools throughout the United States that enrolled children displaced by the disasters.
Ruston Elementary School was one of the local recipients.

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Sims' father takes stand Wednesday

Wayne Guidry Jr., 29, of Luling, is on trial for the murder of former Louisiana Tech English teacher Stephanie Pepper Sims.
Sims vanished without a trace on Jan. 5 and her fully clothed body was discovered Feb. 13, face-down, in an eight and a half foot deep hole off Sisemore Road in the 32,000 acre Jackson/Bienville Wildlife Management Area in northern Jackson Parish. She had a single gunshot wound to the center of her chest.

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LPNET lands major bust

Lincoln Parish Narcotics Enforcement Team (LPNET) officers spotted a large, black customized bus ,worth an estimated $1.3 million, driving eastbound on Interstate 20 about 3:30 a.m. What caught their eye was a big-screen plasma television mounted in full view of the driver, so the van was stopped.
“We were impressed with the inside of the bus and started looking around,” LPNET Deputy Jim Stephens said. “But as we went toward the back of the bus the two men inside started acting nervous, so we asked for permission to search the van.”

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Embrace experience of giving

First — the extremely wealthy. There are probably a lot of extremely wealthy people who do not give anything to anybody, but I truly believe that very few of them are populating our parish. I prefer to look at the other side of that coin.

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Area schools above water

More than 500 hurricane evacuees were attending parish public schools in September. Additional bus transportation, supplies, uniforms and temporary teachers have been necessary to accommodate the extra students.
The number of displaced students was greatly reduced by Nov. 1 but still lingered around 300.

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