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October 9th, 2005

Alexander speaks to GEAR UP graduates

But after the week at the Ruston campus, the youngster has set himself a goal.
"I want to be a computer engineer or an architect," he said. "And if Tech will give me a scholarship, I'd love to come here."
Williams was one of more than 100 youngsters who took part in GEAR UP on the Tech campus.
The GEAR UP program is a discretionary grant program designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education, Glenn Beer, director of the Science and Technology Education Center, said.

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Simsboro girls continue to win

The Lady Tigers, who finished No. 6 in the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class B state poll, moved their record to 37-5 with the victory.
Next up for Simsboro will be a third round game against Simpson, the state's No. 4 ranked club and a 51-47 winner against unranked Lacassine during second round play Monday night.
Simsboro will travel to Simpson probably on Thursday for a 7 p.m. tipoff. Admission will be $4. A bus for Simsboro fans is also scheduled and more details will be announced later in the week.

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Simsboro dominates semifinals

The 69-49 win by the Lady Tigers (39-5) booked them a spot in Saturday's championship game at 2:30 p.m. and a second game in Hammond against the winner of Thursday's Negreet-Maurepas match-up.
The Lady Tigers also learned that two sisters are better than one.
As has been the case all season for Simsboro, the Patterson sisters led the way offensively.
Sophomore forward Cherryl finished with 36 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks, and senior guard Victoria added 16 points, five assists and three steals.

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Gipson proves value as senior

Last week, Gipson was named All-State MVP by Louisiana’s sportswriters. Earlier in the year, the 6-2 senior forward was named MVP for District 2-B.
Now, he can add MVP award No. 3 to his list of senior accolades. Gipson has been named Most Valuable Player for the 2003-04 version of The Ruston Daily Leader’s All-Parish team.
“He was very deserving of this honor — which is a good honor,” Dubach head coach Shane Lee said. “There are a lot of good players in this parish. It ought to mean something to him. He worked very hard for us.”

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Hilburn's influence spread through region

To the naked eye, the answer to that age-old question is a newspaper.
But throw two words — Wiley Hilburn — into that equation and the whole world of journalism and politics opens up.
To those familiar with Hilburn’s work, the response to that simple riddle includes a myriad of answers — news stories, political commentary, books, columns and editorials — all of which serve as a source of delightful enlightenment for readers.

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Williams' talent legendary

If there are questions as to how promising of a college coach Williams is going to be, just look at what his Grambling State University Tigers have accomplished in the last four seasons.
Taking over after the reign of legendary Eddie Robinson in December 1997, Williams’ leadership has taken what was a struggling program and turned it back into a contending team again.
GSU’s return to the upper ranks of black NCAA football programs was marked by back-to-back Southwestern Athletic Conference and NCAA Division I-A National Black Champions.

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Tech looks to upgrade housing

With a plan to phase out high-rise residence halls, Tech officials are working to construct dormitories designed to enhance student life and connect two parts of campus.
"It's a very exciting time," Tech President Dan Reneau said. "It certainly meets the time and the demands of the students."

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Stuckey is the father of Lincoln Parish aviation

He is deemed by many to be the father of Lincoln Parish aviaton.
To this day, if anyone asks someone associated with aviation in the Ruston area who knew Stuckey and what he means to the profession, the stories are endless.
So is the respect for Stuckey as an aviator.
“Beyond a shadow of doubt, S.L. Stuckey is the father of aviation of Lincoln Parish,” said Sevin J. “Steve” Dugas, chief instructor of Tech flight school and professor of aviation.

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State Farm closure hits Ruston

State Farm Insurance Co., one of the largest employers in North Louisiana, announced Wednesday afternoon that it will close its Monroe office.
The closure of the office translates into a loss of 1,100 employees in the North Louisiana area. State Farm officials have said that of the 1,100 jobs, 400 employees will be offered to transfer to either Tulsa, Okla. or Columbia, Mo. But policy holders in Lincoln Parish will not be affected by the State Farm’s decision, according to Skip Russell, a Ruston agent for State Farm.

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Snyder's touch in classroom was poetic

Robert Snyder takes his time these days, rarely in a hurry for anything.
It could probably be attributed to his age.
After all, Snyder is in his 80s.
Or it could just be some sense of uncanny patience Snyder developed from his years as an English professor at Louisiana Tech, listening and tolerating excuses from students who were only interested in passing his course and apathetic toward reading the great works of literature.

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