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January 21st

Community lauds its leaders

Emory said he is honored and humbled to receive the Russ Award and attributes his success to others who have worked alongside him.
“We never do anything alone,” he said. “I had some great directors and employees who helped.”
Emory, a Ruston resident and native of Choudrant, said other Lincoln Parish residents, including his own grandfather and other family members, influenced him.
“I had role models and mentors,” he said. “Lincoln Parish is a great place. Everybody cares about everyone else and wants them to do well, and that’s all been a part of what’s helped me.”

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Techsters rally past NMSU

Tech did it against an excellent New Mexico State (13-4, 3-1) squad, one that came into Ruston as one of the hottest clubs in the league and on a five-game winning streak; it was the Aggies who knocked the
Techsters out of the league’s postseason tournament, plus snapped a 25-year streak of playing in the NCAA tournament, last year.
The victory came exactly one week after the Techsters had lost 85-68 at home to Boise State. Prior to the Saturday night triumph, Tech had lost two of its last three games.

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Oakes will be hard to replace

There have also been bad times, even recently, when the sports programs at the university have not seemed to produce the glory of days gone by. Through both, Oakes has been steadfast.

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Headline wish list for the year

Today, though, I’m going to write the headlines first.
I’m not going to limit myself with any size or space specifications. These are the headlines I would love to write for the Ruston Daily Leader this year. Maybe once the headlines are out there, the news will follow.
Police Jury comes to unanimous parish trash solution

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Broken axle sends 18-wheeler tumbling

Ruston Fire Department public education officer Eric Brazzel said Mute was traveling south in an 18-wheeler carrying reclaimed asphalt, which was scattered across the two southbound lanes of U.S. 167.
Dennis said Mute was driving a 2003 Sterling dump-truck type of vehicle. He said he received a citation for the faulty axle.
“The driver was cited for having an unsafe vehicle,” Dennis said.

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January 18th

Students plan for the future

“Most of the scholarships must be applied for online, and we encourage seniors to apply for as many as they can,” White said. “The majority of these can be used at any college or university, and some include technical and community colleges.”
The applications, which may be based on parental income, grades or extracurricular involvement, are usually extensive and require an essay, White said. In some classes, like that of one senior English teacher, students are required to apply for at least one scholarship every nine weeks to help them see the process is manageable.

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Lady Techsters host hot Aggies

It’s those two teams who are currently tied for first place in the nine-member loop.
Tech (7-9, 1-2) has dropped two of its last three games, the most recent being an 85-68 decision to defending co-regular season champion Boise State on the Karl Malone Court last weekend.
“We’ve got to dig ourselves out of the hole we’ve put ourselves in and take care of business,” summed up senior guard Nastassja ‘Tub’ Levingston, who had a team-leading 17 points against Boise State. “The way to do it is to go back to practice, work hard and get better.”

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Trees should be revered

Arbor Day is about taking a moment to take stock of the stunning visuals that trees and greenery provide, as well as devoting a day to thinking about what can be done to help keep our landscapes beautiful and inspiring.
From the governmental level on down, there are steps we can all take to ensure the health and well-being of trees.
And that helps us, both in the production of the simple air we breathe and in the less tangible way that greenery enhances our lives.

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Research targets hearing aids

Well, the ANL procedure has now come to Ruston. I graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 2006 and am now an assistant professor at Louisiana Tech University. I am currently performing a research study where I am measuring ANLs on all types of hearing aid users.

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Oakes’ resignation a shock

Into his office stepped Jim Oakes with a letter of resignation as the athletic director.
Try as he might, Reneau couldn’t change the mind of the Homer native who had served his alma mater for the past 13 years as its leader on the athletic scene.
“I’ve tried to several times since then, but when Jim makes a decision, he is going to stay with it,” Reneau said late Wednesday afternoon following a 20-minute press conference at the Hall of Fame Room in the Thomas Assembly Center. “He feels that this is the time to leave and that it is the best time.”

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