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Bookstore atrium dedication

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A crowd gathered outside Saturday morning in the Quad of Louisiana Tech University campus for a dedication of the Virgil Orr Bookstore Atrium.
Orr is a former vice president for academic affairs and Louisiana Tech Alumnus of the Year.
“The individual must be deceased to name the building (after him), so we named the atrium,” Tech President Dan Reneau told attendees. “(Orr) was always accessible. Every faculty member felt comfortable in his presence. His door was truly open to faculty and students.”

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Locals partake in a ‘Hot Halloween’

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The Ruston Fire Station on George Avenue was a happening place to be on Saturday.
Hundreds of families gathered to take part in the Ruston Fire Department’s annual Hot Halloween Happening.
Along with receiving treats and playing games, children were given some first-hand fire safety knowledge. They were also able to catch a ride into the sky on a fire truck, practice using a fire extinguisher to put out a fire and learn how to exit a smoke-filled home.

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Exhibit to feature artists’ works

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Louisiana Tech’s School of Art will feature work of professional artists Nate Larson, Marni Shindelman and Peter Jones.
Exhibitions will take place Tuesday through Dec. 16 at the School of Art Galleries, located at 1 Mayfield St.
Larson and Shindelman’s work, “Geolocation,” will be displayed in the Main Gallery, and Jones’ work, “Peter Jones: Retrospective, Paintings, Photographs and Very Early Work by Peter Jones,” will be displayed in the Bellocq Gallery.

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‘Our Town’ explores American dream

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Wednesday night I attended opening night of the Louisiana Tech Theatre department’s production of “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder, which ran Oct. 26-29 and continues at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday.
“Our Town” is a play about the American dream in a small idyllic town at the turn of the century. It is a play about life, death, time and space. It is the quintessential American play, and just as it strips down our national mythology to its basic components, it also strips theater down to its basic components, with pantomime, minimal stage design and few props.

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Pet of the Week

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Emry is a young female beagle that is spayed and current on shots. She is said to have a sweet disposition, affection for people and loves to be outside playing. Call 251-DOGS for more information on how to make Emry part of the family.

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Bearcats gained crucial win

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Ruston High got its first district victory and moved one step closer to a playoff berth on Friday night.
It was a double dose of success for the Bearcats (5-4, 1-2) at James Stadium with a 21-6 win against Natchitoches Central.
Before stopping the No. 15 Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 5A ranked Chiefs, RHS had dropped back-to-back league losses.

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Techsters edged by Hawaii

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The Louisiana Tech University soccer team fell to Hawaii on a penalty kick in overtime Sunday afternoon at Lady Techsters Soccer Complex. Prior to the game, the Lady Techsters’ seven seniors — Cat Buchanan, Brittany Coffinbargar, Scotti Culton, Rachel King, Olivia Lukasewich, Amy Quintana and Chelsea White — were recognized for their accomplishments the past four seasons on the field.

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Area supports MDA efforts

Muscular Dystrophy affects more than 1 million Americans, and with no cure available, those affected rest their hopes that researchers can continue the hunt for a cure and dedicated citizens continue to fund their efforts.
According to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (mda.org), there is no single disease with the name muscular dystrophy, but rather it designates a group of hereditary neuromuscular disorders that weakens a person’s muscles over time. The age of onset, places where it attacks and progression all vary individually.

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Flooding leads to corn problems

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The Agriculture Department’s October crop report released recently shows a reduction in the U.S. corn crop compared to the September report, mainly because of a drop in the estimate for harvested acres.
USDA estimates farmers will produce 12.433 billion bushels of corn this year, down from 12.497 billion bushels in the September estimate.
In the October report, USDA estimates corn farmers will harvest 83.9 million acres, a drop of 452,000 acres from the September estimate.

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Parents must provide united front

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Q: My husband won’t allow our 17-year-old daughter to date. She is an excellent student, very involved in activities at school and church, and has never given us any major problems. A rather brave boy has tried repeatedly to ask my husband to date our daughter, but my husband won’t even give him the time of day, despite the fact that he’s a good kid from a good home.
We know his family, and it’s become embarrassing for all of us, except my husband, that is. He refuses to even discuss it. The whole situation is making me feel like I’m watching Romeo and Juliet.

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