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September 25th

James Thomas 'Mix' Howell

A memorial service for James Thomas Howell will be held on Sunday, September 26, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church in the Burkhalter Chapel. Reverend Brian Mercer will officiate. Visitation will follow the memorial service at the church.

Graveside services will be Monday, September 27 at 10:00 A.M. at Oak Grove Cemetery in Simsboro, LA under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston.

Thomas was born on November 22, 1919, at home in Simsboro, LA. He passed away on September 25, 2010. Thomas was known affectionately as “Mix” by family and friends. The nickname came from an early cowboy movie star, Tom Mix.

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Detectors part of city revival effort

Residents who live in the area South of California Street were probably at least a little surprised to have fire fighters and other community members knocking on their doors on a sunny Saturday afternoon. They quickly discovered that they weren’t there to warn of a fire, but to make sure that area residences were prepared if a fire ever did occur.
RFD Public Education Officer Eric Brazzel said that while the department has offered a smoke detector service for some time many people probably don’t know about it, so what one particular organization has done is great.
The southern part of Ruston has been on the community service radar of local organizations for a while now because of the work by students at the Louisiana Tech University School of Architecture, who have lovingly dubbed the area SOCA and were also on hand to help out Saturday.

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Tech golfers have high ranking

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After opening the season with a pair of top four finishes in their first two events of the year, the Louisiana Tech University Bulldog golf team has earned its highest recorded ranking ever with a No. 39 ranking by Golfstat.com
The previous highest ranking was No. 98, accomplished twice in the past 20 years.
Tech, which is 25-5-1 through two tournaments this fall, is the second highest ranked Western Athletic Conference team (trailing only No. 43 ranked San Jose State) and the third highest ranked team in the state behind No. 20 ranked LSU and No. 49 ranked Southeastern Louisiana.

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Tech’s Paige: A perfect leader

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It’s 2005 and Olajuwon Paige, having just capped an outstanding prep career at Aiken High School, is working in the fast food industry.
While delivering orders of cherry limeades and extra long cheese coneys as a car hop at Sonic (without the roller skates), Paige thought back to his high school career. He thought about his days as an All-State selection as a quarterback in the state of South Carolina and being named Most Valuable Player of the Down Under Bowl, a showcase for top high school players that takes place in Australia.
It’s tough taking a year off from playing the game that’s brought so much success in a person’s life. Having played football since the age of five, Paige needed football and didn’t want to feel, in his opinion, as a waste of talent.

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RHS drops homecoming game

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GRAMBLING — It wasn’t that the Golden Tornadoes came out flattened Ruston at James Stadium Friday night.
Instead, it was the Bearcats’ own flat play that cost them the game against previously-winless Sulphur.
Miscues in the form of three turnovers and a pair of failed fourth-down conversions were too much for Ruston to overcome as Class 5A Sulphur took a 25-15 win to dampen the Bearcats’ Homecoming festivities.

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Kittens defeated on big plays

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GRAMBLING — Fred Hearn, in his first year as head coach of Grambling High School’s football team, had a good early week feeling about Friday night’s home game against Madison.
His Kittens (1-3) were coming off of their first victory (18-8 over Northwood-Lena) of the season and were preparing to face a winless opponent at Robinson Stadium.
But the “big play” bug bit Grambling and the Jaguars exited Lincoln Parish with a 28-6 victory.

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Tech professor honored

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Marcia Simmering -Dickerson, the Humana Foundation/McCallister Professor of Management at Louisiana Tech, was among three academics to receive the 2009 Best Paper Award for organizational research methods.
The Organizational Research Methods Editorial Board and its scholarly publication, Organizational Research Methods, bestowed the award upon the three co-authors for their 2009 ORM article titled, “A Tale of Three Perspectives: Examining Post Hoc Statistical Techniques for Detection and Correction of Common Method Variance.”

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September 22nd

G-Men: Revenge time Saturday?

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Tigers seeking to get past Prairie View in SWAC showdown
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GRAMBLING — Forget about what happened during the 2009 football season concerning Grambling State University and Prairie View A&M.
Granted, the teams went in opposite directions, the Tigers finishing as runner-up to the usually dormant Panthers in the Western Division race of the Southwestern Athletic Conference and missing out on another berth in the league’s championship game.
But that was then.

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Southern Miss facing ‘trap game?’

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Golden Eagles to meet Tech after back-to-back victories
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Former Louisiana Tech University head coach Derek Dooley used to dread hearing the words “trap game” being employed by media members to describe upcoming tests for the Bulldogs.
Head coach Larry Fedora of the University of the University of Southern Mississippi can identify with such a feeling.
With his Golden Eagles (2-1) winning their last two outings, the latest being 31-16 over Saturday, Fedora was asked about this week’s visit to Ruston and confronting a 1-2 Tech team being a “trap game” situation.

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Dykes praises Bulldogs’ fans

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Sonny Dykes would have preferred a win, of course, in Louisiana Tech University’s home opener last week.
But while the 37-23 loss to Navy was disappointing, not so with the support shown by Bulldogs’ fans.
“We really appreciate the great support our fans and the city of Ruston showed in our first home game,” Dykes said. “It was a great energy and atmosphere. This (Joe Aillet Stadium) is a great place to play and when you have the type of support that was there Saturday, then it gives you a home field advantage.

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