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April 16th

Ruston residents fight to protect children

Guice said the idea for the law and the organization came after he watched a news broadcast about child molesters and how they were molesting more children after their release.
“I thought if (the molesters) were in jail, then we would know where they were,” Guice said. “They shouldn’t have been released in the first place.”
Guice said after viewing the broadcast, he knew he had to do something, so he started up a petition.

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’Dogs building towards ‘T-Day’

The offense scored five times in the two-hour scrimmage held on a windy, chilly afternoon. Still, the defense followed through on that hell-bent-for-the-helmet demeanor that new head coach Derek Dooley, coordinator Tommy Spangler and other defensive staff members are looking for with their squad.
“I was really pleased with our defense and the progress it had made from the last scrimmage,” said Dooley. “There was a better effort and more toughness. We haven’t seen that (kind of toughness) in a while and that’s what we are looking for.”

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Area students make “big” difference

Members of more than 55 Tech organizations fared Saturday’s dreary weather to help rake leaves, trim hedges and spruce up various sites in the community as part of the Student Government Association’s annual Big Event. This effort grew from 200 students lending a hand in 1998 to 1,400 of today’s students signing up to keep clutter down.
Caleb Smith, SGA president, said he felt the event went well.
“It’s a success, especially considering the weather and rain,” Smith said. “It doesn’t put students in the mood for yard clean up.”

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The problem with “no”

So, why is the word “no” so hard for many women to say?
My sister got married this past March. Since her maid of honor was merely the ripe old age of eight years old, the responsibility of that title was laid on the shoulders of my younger sister and me. Not only were we bridesmaids, but we were cooks, hairstylists, decorators, party planners, wedding coordinators, counselors and babysitters.

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Turnout better than ever for relay

Clark, decked out in a purple survivor T-shirt, said she has been treatment free for nine years.
“It’s amazing because a lot of people last year wanted to make a change and participate in making this happen, and they are,” she said. “We are overcome. It’s so wonderful to see sororities and fraternities from Louisiana Tech and people here who say, ‘We want to make a difference.’”
Clark said the total money raised for ACS last year was $10,000, and as of last week, they had more than doubled that amount.

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Area tourism thriving

And the future looks even brighter.
The Louisiana Military Museum — a significant tourism draw to north central Louisiana — is looking to move into a new home that would allow curator Ernie Stevens to display all of the military memorabilia he has amassed. When the Eddie G. Robinson Museum opens — and Louisiana Secretary of State Jay Dardene told those in attendance at Robinson’s funeral that he was committed to making the museum a reality — that will add one more attraction to draw visitors to this area.

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The legend who walked among us

I would be willing to bet that if you went to the middle of Siberia and asked one of its residents who Eddie Robinson is, you’d get, “The coach of Grambling.”
Now that same Siberian resident might not be able to tell you where Grambling is, but he would probably know that Eddie Robinson and Grambling are synonymous.
Growing up 30 miles away from Grambling in western Ouachita Parish, I took Eddie Robinson the man for granted.

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Rupp is the Bulldogs’ man

A seat placard was placed for Karl Malone on the front row, but the former Tech and NBA star who is a long-time friend of Rupp’s opted to remain in the men’s basketball office after having been unable to attend an early Friday morning meeting of the school’s Athletic Council, where Rupp was introduced by Reneau.
Rupp’s wife, Lori, was unable to attend because of obligations as a dance instructor back in Utah.
“I am going to be the first to be held accountable and, ultimately, everything is going to be judged on how things are done and how we move towards being successful,” said Rupp.

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Police seize drugs, 22 firearms

Following a search of the home, officers recovered almost three pounds of suspected marijuana and approximately 80 Xanax pills from various places at the home, including gallon bags of marijuana stashed in a cooler, in a filing cabinet and in the eaves of the home between the roof and the rafter.

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April 13th

Dogs scrimmage Saturday

It will be yet another important opportunity for Dooley to evaluate his players, recently noting prior to an Easter break that “there’s been a tremendous work ethic and attitude by our players and I’ve been pleased at the progress we’ve been making.”
Tech will actually be having its second scrimmage within the past week, but unlike the pre-Easter meeting, this one is open for all Bulldogs’ fans.
Some of the areas to keep an eye on during Saturday’s gathering:

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