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Tech gets red carpet

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Louisiana Tech University is getting the red carpet treatment at the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.
When the Western Athletic Conference champions arrived at the San Diego International Airport on Saturday morning, there were approximately 70 members of the bowl committee waiting for them as they got off of their Sun Country chartered plane.

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Seeking nominees

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Robert E. Russ award to honor outstanding citizen

Area residents have an opportunity to voice their thoughts on who should receive one of Lincoln Parish’s most prestigious recognitions.
Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2011 Robert E. Russ Award, named after Ruston’s founder.
The first Russ Award was presented in 1984.

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Grambling parades in the Christmas spirit

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The weather was perfect, the treats were free and Santa even made an appearance Saturday morning in Grambling as the town hosted its annual Christmas parade to get the residents ready for the quickly approaching holiday.
Hundreds of residents lined the streets of Grambling for the event, as city leaders, civil service groups, organizations and churches all drove the parade route, tossing candy to the eager children waiting for a handful of free treats.

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Tech will have strong fan base in S.D.

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. — It’s more than 2,000 miles away from north Louisiana, but Louisiana Tech University is scheduled to have a solid fan base for Wednesday’s San Diego Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.
According to Ryan Richard of the Louisiana Tech University Alumni Association, approximately 400 tickets have been purchased by Bulldogs’ fans located in the San Diego area. That number comprises individuals who are members of the alumni group.

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Ex-RHS star makes perfect ‘feel good’ story

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Think about this when you're searching for a "feel good" story in college football and, specifically, at Louisiana Tech University.
Four years ago, Stephen Warner was simply hoping to get an opportunity to play at the college level.
Nothing more, nothing less.
Despite being an All-State selection by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association as an offensive lineman and an integral part of Ruston High School's offense, Warner received only a sampling of feelers from collegiate coaches.

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Techsters survive triple overtime thriller in N.Y.

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QUEENS, N.Y. - Jelena Vucinic and Kiara Young each scored a career-high 21 points and Louisiana Tech overcame a 16-point second half deficit to defeat Prairie View A&M 89-83 in triple overtime Sunday afternoon at Carnesecca Arena on the campus of St. John's University.
After an Asha Hampton-Finch jumper at the 7:05 mark of the second half, Prairie View led LA Tech 57-41. However, behind a combined 13 points from Vucinic and Young, the Lady Techsters closed regulation with a 21-5 run as Jasmine Bendolph's three-pointer with 49 seconds to play sent the game into overtime. Tech hit eight of its final nine shots in regulation.

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Classic letter exhibits real ‘reason for the season’

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Remember that classic letter, “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus”? I can’t help thinking of it this time of year. Those of us who work at DART are privileged to know many Santa Clauses. Every day at work is a reminder of the true meaning of Christmas as individuals and organizations in the community make the season merrier for the families we serve.

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Pet of the Week

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Oliver is a young tiger mix that has a personality mixture of playful, feisty, cuddly and sweet.
When he was rescued, he had a badly injured paw and was quite underweight, but he received needed medical care. He is healthy and thriving. Oliver is neutered and up-to-date on shots. His adoption fee is $50. Call 251-DOGS for more information about Oliver.

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Concert collects for ‘Toys for Tots’

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Toys were collected at the door at the annual Russ-Town Band Christmas Concert on Dec. 16 and then donated to the Ruston Jaycees Toys for Tots drive. Pictured are Dixie Center for the Arts board member Sandra Hart (center) and Jaycees members Shane and Callie Grubb.

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Lincoln Parish is ahead in reform

In January, schools in 12 districts across the state, including Lincoln Parish, will begin piloting the implementation of Act 54.
This new program will base 50 percent of every teacher’s evaluation on student performance, specifically growth on high-stakes testing. The news that the plan has been approved by state lawmakers has resulted in various opinions across the state.

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