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Big news never stopped coming in Tech Nation

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Never a dull moment.
That’s what I love about being a sportswriter.
Oh, there might be lulls over a year’s time, but not enough to keep a journalist from checking his contact book for the latest rumors involving injuries or coaching changes.

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’Dogs grab ‘ugly’ win

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McNeail’s 18 points leads Tech past USM
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In terms of artwork, Louisiana Tech University’s home court victory over the University of Southern Mississippi on Saturday night was more graffiti than Rembrandt.
Good thing, then, that the Bulldogs had an “artist” in unexpected star Kenyon McNeail.
The junior guard came off of the bench to light a fire under the Bulldogs (8-2) in the final half and ended with a game-leading 18 points in a 65-55 victory on the Karl Malone Court at the Thomas Assembly Center.

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Franklin joins Dykes at Cal

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No shocker: Offensive guru was lock for Bears’ position
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The “Sonny and Tony Show” will be appearing at a different location when the 2013 collegiate football season kicks off.
Sonny Dykes welcomed earlier this week as the new head coach at the University of California.
Next to arrive in Bears’ country: Tony Franklin, Dykes’ offensive coordinator at Louisiana Tech University who will be having the same role.

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Manziel wins Heisman Trophy

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When fans filed out of Independence Stadium in Shreveport in the early morning hours of Oct. 13, they knew they had witnessed an exciting game.
Louisiana Tech University and Texas A&M had fought toe-to-toe in a contest that didn’t finish until 1 a.m. and with the Aggies surviving a Bulldogs’ comeback for a 59-57 victory.

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Weighing in on saggy pants

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Public hearing delayed until February to accommodate students

GRAMBLING — For the City of Grambling, the issue of whether sagging pants is a statement of personal style or a finable public nuisance will have to wait a little while longer to be settled as the aldermen voted to postpone a public hearing and vote on the matter until February.
During the Dec. 6 regularly scheduled meeting, the councilmen and women voted to introduce an ordinance to provide for the crime of indecent exposure/sagging and establish penalties for violations thereof. After a brief discussion, the aldermen decided to wait to hold a public hearing at 5 p.m. Feb. 7 in order to allow the students at Grambling State University a chance to voice their concerns. Students will still be on semester break during the regularly scheduled January meeting. If passed, those exposing their undergarments will be subject to fines or jail time if found to be in violation of the ordinance.

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Emergency alert sirens enabled

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Monthly tests may become norm
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The City of Ruston’s Outdoor Audible Emergency Warning System is up and running.
In the last few days, local residents might have heard loud sounds similar to the emergency alert broadcast system on TV as the 13 sirens spread throughout the city were tested.
For now, the testing is over. But, City Utility Manager Darrell Caraway said, in the future, the city will likely conduct monthly testing of the sirens. However, he said the tones would be different than the sound the sirens would make during an actual emergency, so residents will know not to be alarmed.

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Shelter will hold 150 animals

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Building to utilize sustainable, green practices
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Someday, hopefully in the next couple of years, local animals that have been abandoned will have a nice place to stay as they await a permanent home.
The plans have been released for the state-of-the-art, green facility planned to serve as the shelter and office for 4 Paws Rescue Inc.

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School board to examine teacher payment plan

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The Lincoln Parish School Board will hear a variety of reports before being faced with a number of financial decisions during their regular meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
The board will hear reports on two projects they voted to look into pursuing during the Nov. 13 meeting. During that meeting, they voted to enter into a contract with contractor Ron Riley to research the building of a track at Simsboro High School. They also voted to enter into a contract with architect Mike Walpole to examine the possibility of updating the restroom and concession facilities on the home side of the Ruston High School stadium.
Board members will hear updates on the progress of these two projects during Tuesday night’s meeting.

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GSU holds high school poetry contest

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Louisiana’s budding high school poets have a chance to show off their best work and win $100 to $500 in a poetry contest hosted by the Department of English and Foreign Languages at Grambling State University.

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Guice good pick for Tech leader

Considering the support shown for him throughout the process, the Louisiana Tech University and Ruston community likely released a sigh of relief when the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors named Les Guice as the 14th president of the university last week.
Guice, who currently serves as the executive vice president and vice president of research and development at the university, beat out eight other candidates for the top position.

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