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Cycling to raise awareness

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Pi Kappa Pi Fraternity helps disabled
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In the months to come the members of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity will embark on a journey taking them across the United States.
Push America was a philanthropy project started by the fraternity to provide play units for the severely disabled.
“That is what ‘Push’ originally stood for — Play Units for the Severely Handicapped, before they changed the name,” Kaleb Causey said. “Now we have broadened our range over the past few years.”

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New Year’s weekend slow

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Over the New Year’s holiday weekend, the number of alcohol-related crimes was at a low.
There were five alcohol-related incidents booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center, all involving either driving while intoxicated, or disturbing the peace.
Four of the suspects were charged with driving while intoxicated.
The other suspect was charged with alcohol-related disturbing the peace.

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Stray dogs present problem in Union Parish

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When it comes to the problem of unleashed dogs in Union Parish, law enforcement officials have a problem.
Yes, local laws say that dogs must wear a collar and tags identifying their owners. The problem lies in the fact that there is nowhere to take dogs picked up after such laws are violated.
Local laws say that dogs in violation of regulations must be housed for five days before being turned over to the Ouachita Parish Animal Shelter, which euthanizes such animals.

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Cole, Dykes: More ‘hardware’

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Tech linebacker, head coach honored by national magazine
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Louisiana Tech University’s postseason awards in football aren’t over just yet.
And especially not for Sonny Dykes and Adrien Cole.
For the second time in less than a month, those two Bulldogs have been selected for individual awards in the Western Athletic Conference.
Dykes was selected earlier as the Coach of the Year and Cole as the Defensive Player of the Year in the league after helping Tech win an outright championship and earn a berth in the recent San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.

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Gibson learning on fly in D-League

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Former Tech star returns after missing last season
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CANTON, Ohio — After missing last season with a shoulder injury, Kyle Gibson is back on the court with the Canton Charge of the NBA Developmental League.
The Louisiana Tech product punctuated a stellar collegiate career as the Bulldogs’ leading scorer in 2009-10, averaging 18.4 points and finishing second on the team in assists.
In 2010, he caught on with Miami’s summer league team after going undrafted but suffered a dislocated shoulder, an injury that forced him to sit out last season. “It was tough,” Gibson said. “I just had to be mentally strong and told myself I was going to bounce back from it and here I am-able to play and able to get back to my old self.”

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Grambling tips off SWAC play

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GRAMBLING — Grambling State University basketball teams will tip off Southwestern Athletic Conference action on their own court tonight.
The Lady Tigers (4-6) and Tigers (0-10) will face Alabama State University in a doubleheader set for the Fred Hobdy Assembly Center.
Women’s action will begin the night’s schedule at 5:30 p.m., to be followed by the men’s contest at approximately 7:30 p.m.

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RHS girls’ tourney begins Wednesday

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Ruston High School’s girls will start hosting a basketball tournament on Wednesday.
The tourney will feature three games each day through Thursday at the school gymnasium.
Wednesday’s opening round will have the host Lady Bearcats of Head Coach David Aguilar facing Shreveport Green Oaks at 5:30 p.m. and followed by Shreveport Loyola Prep against Monroe Ouachita at 7 p.m.

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Traffic jams mean progress

As local residents have driven to work or to go Christmas shopping over the past few weeks, they may have found themselves dragging a little bit in traffic.
The city of Ruston and Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development have already launched multiple construction projects, and more work is planned.
Among the projects are a turning lane to be built on Vienna Street near the Georgia Avenue intersection, a sewer line rehabilitation project on Trenton Street from Pine Avenue to Louisiana Avenue; and a subsurface drainage installation project to reduce flooding on Trenton Street between Georgia and Carolina avenues and on Georgia Avenue between Monroe and Trenton streets.

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Veteran: Learn to live within means

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In 1955, I was an army private with a wife and two boys. My pay was $216 a month, and I ran out of money on the 20th of each month.
I worked at three part-time jobs to supplement my income. The army provided no additional monetary allowance for my three dependants. Their policy was: “If the army wanted you to have a wife, they would issue you one.”
It never occurred to me to ask for government assistance. I accepted my status as a natural situation.

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Conserve water this New Year

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With the New Year upon us many of us ponder what we can do for the upcoming year to improve our lives. These so called “New Year’s Resolutions” often don’t make it past Groundhog’s Day.
So this year while pondering on what changes I could make to improve my life for the next year, I tried to make sure that it was something that I could continue with, and it won’t be so difficult that I would give up and pretend that I never set that resolution in the first place. So, what would a good resolution be? Well I considered resolving to be nicer to my co-workers, but then quickly realized that would take all the fun out of work.

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