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Tech XX search over

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Mascot reportedly died of heat stroke on Sunday
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The search for Louisiana Tech University’s mascot is off, as it has been discovered that Tech XX passed away.
According to a news release from the university, Tech officials learned of the passing of Tech XX through communication with Dr. Patrick Sexton, with whom Tech XX lived.
“Regretfully, I learned (Wednesday) morning that through negligence of an employee, Tech XX was left outside too long on Sunday evening and passed away from a heat stroke,” Sexton said. “That employee unfortunately chose to handle it the wrong way and attempted to cover it up. Due to this negligence, the employee is no longer employed by Sexton Animal Health Center.”

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A rally of support

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Locals stand up for freedom of expression
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Area residents flooded Louisiana Tech University’s campus on Wednesday to grab a bite to eat at the school’s on-campus Chick-Fil-A restaurant.
But, it wasn’t just the flavor that drew the crowd. Instead, residents were showing up to support the company’s CEO Dan Cathy, after he came out in support of traditional family values last week.
The day, “Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day,” was declared by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee to support a business “whose executives are willing to take a stand for the Godly values.” The appreciation day was in response to protests by gay rights advocacy groups, as well as the removal of Jim Henson Muppet toys in Chick-Fil-A kids’ meals and threats from cities such as Boston and Chicago to withhold building permits for the company.

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Boys, Girls Club summer camp ends

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Youth of all ages could be seen in a flurry of activity as the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana finished the final summer camp session last week.
Ruston Elementary School student Cha’lea Green, 11, was a first-time camper and attended to engage in various activities.
“I (attended so I) would have something to do instead of hanging around the house, watching TV and eating,” she said. “I like playing basketball here, and I like the field trips. We went to Tech pool, Lincoln Parish Park and the movies.”

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Free concert to benefit Dixie

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The era of big bands will come alive on Saturday at the Dixie Center for the Arts, as Russ-Town Jazz is scheduled to perform at 7:30 p.m.
Russ-Town Jazz, a community-based, all-volunteer ensemble, is made of members of the larger Russ-Town Band who have prior jazz experience.
“Our sole existence is to be a service organization, to provide concerts to keep this type of music from fading away,” said Lawrence Gibbs, director of Russ-Town Jazz. “Since the early 1990s, there has been an upsurge in these types of organizations — all volunteer organizations whose members played in high school and college, but now have their professional lives but want to continue to play music.”

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Morgan fufilling lifelong dream

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Ex-Tech star to begin discus competition Monday
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Go ahead, call Jason Morgan a “momma’s boy.”
That’s just fine with him.
Because if there is anyone who has served as a constant beacon of inspiration in the life of Jason Morgan, it is his late mother.
She is the primary reason that he is at the world’s greatest sporting event, just two days away from competing in the discus for his native country of Jamaica at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.

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RHS-Minden: Rivalry renewed at ‘Jam’

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Thanks to the “Jam at the Joe,” the I-20 football rivalry between Ruston and Minden is continuing.
“One of the main reasons why we got into this (the jamboree) was the chance to play Ruston and rekindle the rivalry with us,” said Tide Head Coach Randy Peters on Wednesday, when a ‘Jam at the Joe’ press conference was held at the Jimmy ‘Chick’ Childress field house on the RHS campus. “We hope to keep it going for many years.”

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Dykes, Bulldogs ready to lift off fall camp drills

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So much for any “down time” during the summer.
It’s “liftoff” time for Louisiana Tech University’s football team, which began reporting for preseason workouts today before going through on-the-field drills Friday at 6 p.m.
The Bulldogs will head into fall camp with one of the most anticipated seasons in the program’s history. There are consensus No. 1 rankings in various polls for the Western Athletic Conference, several Top 50 national ratings, 16 starters returning from last year’s league champs and five different players on national “Watch Lists.”

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Grambling starts preseason work

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GRAMBLING — Can a late season surge in 2011 carry over into another championship performance for Grambling State University’s football team?
The Tigers began implementing such an approach today when preseason workouts kicked off for the defending title holders in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
Grambling returns four all-conference players, three team statistical pacesetters and 15 starters from a 2011 squad that won its last seven games after falling in four of the first five.

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Event to help landowners, entrepreneurs

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All farmers, landowners, entrepreneurs and community leaders wanting to enhance their properties and expand their businesses are encouraged to attend The Big Event on Saturday at Grambling State University.
GSU College of Business Dean Carl N. Wright says, “It was Dr. Pogue who requested to organize an event to provide underserved landowners with information that may help them to better manage their land.”

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RHS Bearcat Belles attend summer camp

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The Ruston High School Bearcat Belles recently attended the National Dance Alliance Summer Camp and were awarded a total of 66 ribbons.
Pictured in the front row, from left to right, are Baylee Wright, Junior Co-Captain Ashley Reynolds, Gabrielle Wheeler, Captain Megan Franks, Emily Higginbotham, Senior Co-Captain Marley Ratcliff, Senior Co-Captain Brittany Kelly and DeNinia Melton.

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