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October 3rd

Pet of the week

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Hospital Auxiliary searches for past mementoes

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Northern Louisiana Medical Center joins hands with the Northern Louisiana Hospital Auxiliary in preparation of the Auxiliary’s 50th Anniversary celebration to be held March 22.
A gala event is being planned to honor the 94 charter members and the current members of Northern Louisiana Hospital Auxiliary.

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Prep league play opens Friday

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RHS hosts Ouachita in 2-5A, Creek at GHS in 2-1A
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So much for the “preseason” schedule for Lincoln Parish’s three high school football teams.
Official business kicks off on Friday when Ruston, Cedar Creek and Grambling will begin district play.
The Bearcats (3-2) will play host to Monroe Ouachita (4-1) in District 2-5A and the Cougars (4-1) and Kittens (1-4) square off in a District 2-1A and parish duel at Robinson Stadium, both starting at 7 p.m.

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Dykes on WAC loss: ‘A car wreck’

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Sonny Dykes called it a “car wreck.”
At the very least, his Louisiana Tech University football team seemed to be involved in a “demolition derby” at Joe Aillet Stadium on Saturday night.
In what the second-year head coach described as “probably the poorest performance we’ve had since I’ve been here,” the Bulldogs stumbled in their Western Athletic Conference opener with a 44-26 loss to preseason favorite Hawaii.
“I was really disappointed in our performance,” Dykes said. “It was like we panicked to do the things we needed to do and stayed that way for most of the night. We lost our composure. We didn’t handle things very well. We made too many mistakes. This game certainly wasn’t a microcosm of our team.”
And the Bulldogs had entered the contest with so much hope, even though they had gone 1-3 in their first four games and had suffered all of their defeats by a combined nine points.
One ESPN commentator had called Tech “the best 1-3 team in the country” earlier in the week.
“I really thought we were moving forward,” Dykes said. “I felt good going into the game and I know our players did. We came out in the second half and got a quick touchdown to make it 20-13, but we couldn’t sustain it.”
But from there, it was downhill for the Bulldogs, much of the rough stumble coming about with two crucial turnovers in less than a minute during the third quarter. On each mistake, Hawaii cashed in to take a 41-13 advantage with just under eight minutes to go in the quarter.
“Those were back breakers,” Dykes said of the turnovers. “They made the difference. We made some bad decisions.”
Once the fall occurred, Tech couldn’t pick itself back up.

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Tech soccer squad wins WAC opener

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Senior Olivia Lukasewich scored the only goal of the game to give the Louisiana Tech soccer team a 1-0 victory over New Mexico State Saturday afternoon at Lady Techster Soccer Complex in the Western Athletic Conference opener for both teams. The win was the first to open conference play in Lady Techster history.
“The win today was massive,” said head coach Kevin Sherry. “If you are going to finish in a tie at the end of the season, a win like the one today is huge because of the head-to-head win.”
Tech improves to 8-2-4 on the season and 1-0 in the WAC. The Aggies are now 7-5-1 and 0-1 in conference.

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Meyer paces way for RHS swimmers

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LAFAYETTE — Only five Bearcat swimmers recently competed in a optional meet held in Lafayette.
Individually, Ruston freshman Morgan Meyer pulled down a pair of second-place finishes (500-meter freestyle and 50-m freestyle) along with sophomore teammate Natalie Dyke, who finished in second in the 500-m freestyle. She also finished sixth in the 50-m freestyle.

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Help give back to area youth

Over the past few weeks, area residents have joined together to support the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana with the hopes of helping them win a $50,000 grant.
The club needed to place in the Top 10 of the Pepsi Refresh Campaign to win the money, which was going to be used to take the club to the older youth in the parish.
Eldonta Osborne, executive director, said although they did not win the need for taking the club to older youth is still there.

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Canceled seminar being looked into

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Louisiana’s inspector general said Friday that he is investigating the cancellation of a training seminar involving one of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s little-known opponents within two weeks of her entrance into the governor’s race.
“I can confirm that we are looking into that matter at the request of the governor’s office. I am unable to comment further while the matter remains pending,” Inspector General Stephen Street said in an e-mail.

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Parents need real mission statements

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the difference between the way I and almost everyone else in my generation (I was born in 1947, the year the flying saucers returned … just a coincidence) were raised and the way today’s kids are being raised. The two ways in question reflect two entirely different mindsets; specifically, two entirely different understandings of the responsibilities involved in being a parent.

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Vehicle crash deaths in decline

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For more than 100 years roadways have been graced by the presence of motor vehicles. Those of which ranged from the elite luxury and sports cars to the most basic model a person could purchase.

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