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Elliott’s toughness helps Bulldogs win

So when Louisiana Tech University needed to upgrade its intensity level and maintain its lead over the Aggies, he knew right where to turn.
Marcus Elliott.
“He’s the kind of player who brings toughness to both ends of the floor, especially on the defensive end,” Richard said of the junior guard from Ft. Walton Beach, Fla. “He’s what we needed in there in this type of game and he brought us not only toughness, but some big plays offensively and defensively.”
How he did.

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Ruston is changing — quickly

Many things have changed in the past 15 years, when I first left Ruston as a 9-year-old. Brace yourself though, because they aren’t finished yet.
With the recent reopening of the Dixie Center for the Arts, known to my mother when she was growing up as the Dixie Theater, I’m reminded of the old saying, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”
Ruston will always and forever be a small, Southern town. It will never be confused for Shreveport, Baton Rouge or New Orleans.

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Support our local arts

While much of the credit can go to the long-awaited return of the Dixie Theater, now known as the Dixie Center for the Arts, the local arts scene actually goes much deeper.
From the plays put on by the Ruston Community Theater to the many local artists and art shows, there are many opportunities around Ruston to help keep the arts alive.
The North Central Louisiana Arts Council, who along with the RCT and Ruston Civic Symphony will be housed at the Dixie, promote a variety of programs throughout the area to help preserve and enhance the arts.

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Officials take a lot of abuse

The banter on sports talk radio this week has been about blown calls during the pro football playoffs, while anyone who has attended a Louisiana Tech University men’s or women’s basketball game this year would swear the refs don’t have a clue.
But, whether you like these men and women or not, you have to admire them. On every call, half of the crowd thinks they’re wrong and lets them know it.
At the Thomas Assembly Center on the Tech campus, I have heard officials called stupid, morons, idiots and blind. And that’s just what I can print in a family paper.

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Friends’ efforts at parish library need support

Even if a person can not afford the price of a new book, libraries offer an opportunity to read for free through the use of a library card.
Lincoln Parish is blessed to have one of the finest public libraries in the state. It offers a range of reading materials that includes books, magazines, newspapers and the Internet. It also provides programs such as G.O.A.L. — Grade One At the Library — which provides all first and second graders in Lincoln Parish public schools with a library card.

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Keeping Hometown Spirit alive

I have recently been thinking of the benefits of all three.
The varied and rich benefits of our area’s educational, socioeconomic and spiritual heritage is something which is carried with us for a lifetime. No matter what geographical journey our lives may take, that makes the journey with us. It provides the foundation for an adulthood which is also enriched.
The senior years may be spent in the vast resources of this area in abundance which will enhance the latter years. Not only are there a number of senior living complexes, but there are also a vast supply of resources.

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Area schools stay on track

According to Education Week magazine’s 2006 report card, Louisiana ranked first in the nation in standards, accountability and efforts to improve teacher quality.
While some might be surprised the Bayou State has earned such a lofty grade, those of us who have seen the work put in by our teachers, administrators and legislature aren’t.

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GSU being checked by NCAA

The Tigers, who went 11-1 overall and captured an outright championship in the Southwestern Athletic Conference and a share of the black collegiate crown, are reportedly being probed for the use of ineligible players during the 2005 campaign.
According to interim athletic director Duer Sharp, the university’s compliance office is evaluating and working on the various parts of the investigation.

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’Dogs test NMSU at home Saturday

It was backcourt woes that applied a major thorn in the side of the Bulldogs (11-7, 4-1) during their 64-55 league mid-week loss at Utah State.
“We just had terrible guard play in the second half,” summed up Richard.
“Too many turnovers, problems running the offense and particularly getting the ball into Paul (Millsap, junior forward). Our guards forgot about Paul late in the game. He hardly touched the ball during the last five minutes. Our guards just got way too tentative.”

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Clausen unwavering in Judson’s support

Clausen requested the closed-door meeting to address demands from the president of the Grambling University National Alumni Association (GUNAA), James Bradford, and several Grambling residents that Judson, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Robert Dixon and Vice President of Finance Billy Owens step down or be fired.
The Grambling City Council met in special session Thursday to discuss and endorse a petition calling for the termination of the three top administrators at GSU, but tabled the issue after speaking with Clausen.

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