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D.A.R.T. radiothon total in

“We had speakers come in throughout the day,” she said.
Ogle said about $20,000 was raised from the previous year’s radiothon, though total donated funds usually vary from year to year.
“We’d like for more to be raised each year, but we lacked a little this year,” she said.
Ogle said one charity, the D.A.R.T. Angel Tree Drive, in December may have taken some of the attention away from the total radiothon donations, simply because so much community support went to holiday giving.

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Tech reunion: Hoops memories

It appeared, on that particular night at Memorial Gymnasium in Ruston, that the Colonels were on the verge of an upset over the Bulldogs.
But in the final seconds of the overtime period, Dean was able to get the basketball and hurl in a near mid-court shot that gave Tech a 90-86 victory.
How he got the basketball is where the story began to divert the other night when the second annual reunion became a time for approximately 50 former Tech players to recall some of their highlights, memorable moments and — yes — wacky times while wearing the Bulldogs’ uniform.

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Athletics are part of total Tech package

So, the money spent to keep the athletics programs vibrant could be invested in pushing Tech further up the ladder of academic prestige.
But it’s almost a matter of record that students come to a university for more than its academic credentials. They want to walk away with a degree that gives them personal prestige and employability, obviously, but they also want that hard-to-define “college experience.”

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State sees season of change

It is truly a season of change for Louisiana’s leadership, but that change is not solely on the state level.
Jindal’s new role creates an opening in the Louisiana Congressional Delegation, but his Capitol Hill shoes are not the only ones that will have to be filled in the year to come.
Soon there will be two other pairs, and they’re pretty big.
To say U.S. Rep. Jim McCrery and U.S. Rep. Richard Baker will be missed in our delegation is a feeble attempt to commend the two gentlemen who have served Louisiana in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1986.

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Ruston not just blowing smoke

If there is a defect in plumbing or dry drain traps, some residents in the affected areas might also see smoke rising out of their toilets or sinks as testing is taking place.
“We did a study and identified major basins (or areas) associated with the 35 sewer lift stations,” Water Utilities Director Richard Aillet said. “We had meters to determine how much flow is normally in the system and how much it had after rainfall. We picked this area (to smoke test) because it had the most inflow after rainfall.”

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TAC crew makes things run right

And not just for them, for every person that walks through the door to watch them play.
That team is comprised of the invaluable folks who skillfully handle the “behind the scenes” action that makes game day appear effortless as it comes off without a hitch.
“Game day for us actually begins about a week ahead of time,” Tech’s Director of Athletic Facilities Tommy Sisemore states.  “Because we have to already be thinking about everything that needs to be done. Right now we’re in basketball and practice schedules vary and we have to determine how to make those transitions smoothly.”

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Louisiana shows signs of bounceback

Alexandria, Lake Charles and Monroe showed declines from November to December, which may be a symptom of many factors, but a situation that deserves a bit of attention in the coming months.
Overall, the report is good.
With the state adding more jobs, there is more tax money coming in, and with a new governor who seems bent on transparent and accountable government, it means the hopefully well-oiled machine will have more oil to smooth out the running in the form of tax dollars.

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Small gestures ease pain of a tough week

I actually made a list of these things and spent a few minutes studying it. What I realized was that none of the things on my list were big gestures.
In fact, the people who made these acts of kindness most likely didn’t go out of their way and probably didn’t even realize the positive effect they had on me.
They were simply being thoughtful, which is a characteristic we all possess. For some reason, though, it seems to be something that we quickly abandon when we feel overwhelmed, over-stressed or just tired.

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Icy roads bring vehicle pileup

“At 7:49 a.m. is when the call came in from the woman who said she hit a pedestrian,” Brazzel said.
After hitting the pedestrian, Brazzel said the driver slid to a stop. Following this, he said a Lincoln Parish school bus, which was behind the SUV, also stopped, resulting in a succession of cars rear-ending each other.
“The car behind the bus slid to a stop and bumped the bus in the rear,” he said. “Then another car hit the car which bumped the bus in the rear.”
The RFD responded with a command unit to assist on the scene, and Brazzel said the extent of injuries was not yet known.

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