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A brief moment in the spotlight

But before I could pretend I was in the safety of my home singing into my hairbrush, the words “You say you haven’t been rocked in a long, long time ...” went whirring across the screen. Here we go.
Flashbacks of my uhh, uhh, uhhhing the majority of my nine minute-long final speech during my senior year at Louisiana Tech came rushing back. I think this is a resulting of having spent the majority of my life being afraid of being the center of attention in a public capacity.

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Darting deer a daily danger

After I traveled a short distance and could detect no law enforcement presence, my right foot slid on the accelerator, and my right hand eased back into the fry carton.
Suddenly, I saw a hazard directly in front of car. I slammed on the brakes and looked in amazement at what my lights illuminated: three deer standing smack in the middle of a well-traveled, well-lit city street looking at me as if I were in the wrong.
It scared me so badly I lost my grip on the french fries.

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Get involved with youth Internet use

The Internet can be a valuable tool for entertainment, music and research. A vast array of information can put a world of information at a child’s fingertips. However, too much information could harm them.
There are things online that children do not need to see, and there are certain things they do not need to say. They may intend for only their friends and family to see the details they post about themselves online, but there are sexual predators among us who could use that information for ulterior motives.

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’Dogs try and recover from latest loss

With new “life,” Fresno State got possession and promptly drove to an eventual game-winning 33-yard TD carry by hard-to-stop Dwayne Wright, who would gather up 295 yards and average nearly a dozen per mission before the scoreboard clock ticked to 00:00.
One minute, Tech was on the verge of its fourth win of the season.
The next, they’re walking off of that FieldTurf with their ninth loss, fifth against Western Athletic Conference opponents.
Dang, what else can go wrong in this Season of Mishaps for the Bulldogs?

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Techsters rocked by Lady Vols

In front of nearly 6,500 fans at the Thomas Assembly Center on Tuesday night, the Techsters tumbled to the nation’s No. 4 ranked team 71-50.
“They have everything to make a run for it,” sized up Long. “You have a player like Parker, well, you find yourself concentrating so much on her and then, if she goes out, you’ve still got five All-Americans on the floor.”

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Moving on toward Christmas

A few nights ago Kyle and I drove through downtown Ruston, where the Christmas lights twinkle so prettily and listened to Christmas music on the way to eat. It was just so nice to look at the seasonal decorations while driving slowly to our destination. That’s what I think the holiday season should be like: slow.

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Shopping locally good for everyone

With Beehive opening in a larger location closer to the hub of activity and Str8 off the Runway, a fashion clothing store, recently opening its doors, our retail industry is thriving.
Ruston residents are finding that they don’t need to spend that gas money traveling out of town. Instead, they can pocket that gas money and use it for shopping in town.
Hollingsworth pointed out that 70 percent of the sales tax in the entire parish is collected in Ruston. The city also accounts for nearly 50 percent of all the property tax collected in Lincoln Parish.

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City’s historic district signage goes up

Burt said the Ruston Main Street Commission paid for the materials and the city of Ruston paid for actually making the signs.
“So far we have had very good comments about doing this,” Burt continued.
“It is another way to identify the heart of our city not only to visitors but also to local residents who may not have realized that this section of downtown is so unique.”
Burt said the economic life of downtown is dependent on making it something which stands out from the ordinary.
She added the new signage will help accomplish that.

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Tech, Tennessee renew rivalry

In this 2006 edition of the long running series, one led by Tennessee with a 21-17 .advantage (six straight wins), the Lady Vols (5-0) will show up at the TAC as heavy favorites.
Ranked No. 4 by the weekly Associated Press and USA Today national polls, Tennessee has remained perfect early on with three victories over top 25 listed opponents: 83-60 over then No. 20 ranked UCLA, 83-74 over No. 11 Arizona State and 77-60 over Stanford.
“I think Tennessee is probably stronger than they’ve been in quite a few years,” said head coach Chris Long of the Lady Techsters.

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