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February 13th

Community members honored at Gala

John Shealy, a retired forest products industry executive, won the Chamber’s 2005 Robert E. Russ Award and Richard Durrett, a leader in the effort to reclaim the Sparta Aquifer, won the 2005 Lincoln Humanitarian Award.
Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce President Scott Terry said the awards represented a select group of the many residents who go about their business improving the community on a daily business.

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Techsters trip Aggies

Ditto on Saturday night at the Thomas Assembly Center, where the Western Athletic Conference leaders dumped Utah State 88-54.
The No. 24 ranked team in the weekly Associated Press poll recorded a season-best seventh consecutive win, moved its home court mark to 11-0 and forced yet another regular season conference foe to exit with an L.
Now, the number 109 is inscribed on the Techsters’ fact sheet column that reads “consecutive regular season conference wins at home.”

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'Dogs go after WAC win at Nevada

He gets his chance tonight.
The senior point guard and his teammates at Louisiana Tech University will go up against the Wolf Pack in Reno during an 11 p.m. ESPN2 ‘Big Monday’ telecast.
It’s the second and final regular season matchups of the two Western Athletic Conference title contenders, the first resulting in a 65-53 victory by Nevada at the Thomas Assembly Center 11 days ago.

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Levee bill clears first hurdle

The bill was one of two prominent items discussed during the fourth day of Gov. Kathleen Blanco’s second special legislative session called to deal with issues left in the wakes of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
The second major item — a bill introduced by Sen. Walter Boasso, R-Baton Rouge, that would consolidate the levee systems in south Louisiana — is set to be debated on the Senate floor Sunday.
There was an attempt to take the two New Orleans sheriffs — criminal and civil — out of the government consolidation bill, Rep. Rick Gallot, D-Grambling, said.

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February 10th

Techsters maul Wolf Pack, 75-34

The way she crashed the glass at the Thomas Assembly Center on Thursday night, the spotlight will definitely be on the junior forward for Louisiana Tech University’s Lady Techsters.
Check this out: 21 rebounds, 18 points and two steals in a 75-34 blowout of Nevada in a Western Athletic Conference game staged before 2,742 fans (and one loyal Techsters’ supporter named Jay Martin who was stunningly decked out in a cheerleader uniform).

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Senate must look at the entire state

If our state is ever to escape the widely-held beliefs that our government is rife with corruption, it needs to start by passing this bill.
Granted, the levee districts actually have nothing to do with the design or construction of levee systems in Louisiana. That job is handled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
But it’s the perception that these boards are at the root of the levee problems in New Orleans. To counter that perception, change is needed.

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Having the best of both in city

That is simply not accurate.
Ruston has an active historic downtown center which is also thriving and an asset to our community.
Both have key players in their prosperity. Some are strictly involved with the interstate area and some are strictly involved with the historic downtown center.
One of the most active figures in the new life of the downtown center is photographer Kevin Hawkins. I always enjoy seeing what work he has on
display in his windows, and sometimes I stop in for a visit.

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Broken main belongs to city

Grambling Director of Public Works and Services Calvin Wortham said that at the point of the break the GSU water main and a city main run parallel about four feet apart.
“The water main break was the city’s,” Wortham said. “When the break was discovered, GSU assumed it was their line, so they shut down their system as a precaution. We provided assistance with a backhoe and other equipment to help the university, but when excavation began, we discovered the line was ours.”

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February 9th

Support St. Jude research

It is the first institution established solely to conduct research for catastrophic childhood diseases, mainly cancer.
It costs approximately $923,000 per day to run.
Welcome to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
On Feb. 13 and 14, Ruston will host the 25th annual St. Jude Radiothon to support this worthy and beneficial organization. From 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday and from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Epsilon Sigma Alpha and KXKZ, Z-107.5., The Peach 97.7, and ESPN 99.3. at Radio Center will ask people to call in and donate money. This year’s goal is $140,000.

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Valentine Gifts 101: No irons

Why the holiday appears to be of more significance to women than men in most cases I am not sure. It seems the only people who ever forget Feb. 14 is a special day are those with Y chromosomes.
So, while some women are passively awaiting Feb. 14 with the hopes their men will 1) remember the holiday and 2) buy them something they like, coworker Judith Roberts and I are taking action.

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