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January 23rd

Aggies’ Brister goes to next level

“It’s just always been my dream to play college ball,” Brister reflected before a grin overcame him. “And I’m ready to get started.”
But Brister isn’t alone. According to BPCC pitching coach O.J. King, they can’t wait to get started with Choudrant’s talented #6.
“T.J. is a great kid with a lot of potential. You bet he’s good now, but he’s going to get better.”
A former junior college player himself, King brings invaluable insight to the table.

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Arbor Day beneficial

For last week’s celebration, the second one celebrated by the city of Ruston, a Red Oak tree was planted in front of City Hall, which is lined with mature Red Oaks. Ruston City forester Claire Moxley said she hoped to see a full canopy in front of the area in years to come.
Arbor Day, according to the National Arbor Foundation Web site, was first observed in Nebraska in 1872 as an estimated one million trees were planted in that state, which was before a treeless plain. Since that time, Arbor Day has rooted itself into celebrations across the world.

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We have to love the little ones

The mailman stopped at their house.
Anxiously waiting, my dad said he remembered peeking out from their hiding spot and watching the mailman talk to my grandfather, no doubt telling him what mischief the kids were up to. The mailman left... and my grandfather called for the kids to come from their hiding place.
They never threw rocks at the mailman — or anyone else, for that matter — again.

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Pipeline crossing

There are 86,883 miles of pipeline crisscrossing the state, carrying a number of different substances, most of them potentially dangerous if disturbed.

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January 22nd

State police seize 10 pounds of cocaine

A subsequent search of the vehicle yielded approximately 10 pounds of cocaine in the passenger sliding door of the van, according to records.
After being taken to the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office for further questioning, the three adults were taken to the LPDC and booked on charges of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute (more than 400 grams), conspiracy to distribute cocaine and three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.

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Foundation laid for Habitat house

The fifth year architecture majors are building a Habitat for Humanity House, which will be located on South Bonner Street, but they say that while they have received donations from area businesses, more is needed to complete the project.
“We need to raise $22,000 more for the project,” said fifth-year senior Jenny LaBatt. “We’ve found that people closer to home will give more.”
LaBatt said the major contributors to the project have been Ruston’s Builders’ Supply and Pearce Lumber, as well as Vantage Health Plan of Monroe, which has contributed the largest amount of donations.

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Support two new university coaches

New top Bulldog Derek Dooley has brought a spark to the Tech campus that has not been seen in a long time. Ticket sales are brisk, enthusiasm is widespread and optimism is high. Add to that a schedule that has the Bulldogs playing one of its most interesting home schedules in recent memory and you have the ingredients for what should prove to be an exciting and successful season.

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If only someone had told me

Face it; I’m a mess.
My blood pressure and sugar count is too high, but my good cholesterol is too low.
My vision has gone from 20/20, to both near-sighted and far-sighted.
I know when its cold not by checking the thermometer, but by the arthritis pain in my hands and knees; a heat rash lets me know when its hot.
I weigh too much and don’t sleep enough.
There are cadavers in better shape than me.
And Mom and Dad never gave me any warning.
Of course, I should have expected it. It’s not the first time they failed to warn me about certain pitfalls.

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Catching up with Techsters

Six years later, that’s become a given.
While still not at a level of many other NCAA Division 1-A conferences, the WAC is gradually gaining a reputation of being more than just a “one team” league, the reference pointing directly to the Lady Techsters, of course.
The league’s overall RPI is taking a move upward and ditto for other teams besides just Louisiana Tech.
Enter: Boise State, suddenly in the spotlight and making an early impact on the conference standings after a convincing 68-47 verdict over the Lady Techsters recently.

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Saints’ dream ends

“Being the first black coach to lead this team, of course our players knew about it and they wanted to help us make history,” Smith said after a 39-14 rout of the New Orleans Saints for the NFC championship Sunday. “So I feel blessed to be in that position.
“I’ll feel even better to be the first black coach to hold up the world championship trophy.”
To do that, the Bears will have to beat the Colts in two weeks in Miami. Indianapolis rallied to defeat New England 38-34 for the AFC crown.

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