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February 13th

Techsters host Hawaii tonight

It will mark the debut of Weatherspoon as interim head coach, a role she was chosen for Monday afternoon after Athletic Director Derek Dooley announced the termination of duties for Chris Long.
“It’s a new role, but it’s still basketball,” said the former Wade Trophy winner and Kodak All-American at Tech. “Basketball is something I’ve done all of my life. It’s just a different position now. I guess you could say I’ve gone from being a part of the staff to being a CEO.”

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What makes love worthwhile?

Ah, the dreaded and celebrated “L” word ... Love. In February, that only means one thing: Valentine’s Day. As you read this, it’s Friday, Feb. 13, and tonight, Jason will be resurrected again in theaters for the 67th time to terrorize yet more kids at Camp Crystal Lake (why hasn’t that place been shut down yet?). It’s a bitter appetizer to the main course of tomorrow, where gifts, roses, chocolate, cards, jewelry and endless sweet nothings are exchanged in valiant demonstrations of true love. I hate to break the ice and the Cold Duck that awaits with your Barry White CD, but St.

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Get excited about our downtown

There’s a lot coming around the corner for the city’s center. A number of construction and renovation projects are already under way or are soon to be. The corner of Trenton and Alabama streets has buzzed with activity for months, and word spread this week that one new facility will house a new barbershop. Two other units are also planned for the structure, and what businesses might end up there are still uncertain.

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Ruston 21 spotlights residents’ concerns

“We should keep things with character, like the buildings downtown,” Goodwin said.
“Downtown is where it all started, and people can walk downtown instead of driving their cars across Interstate 20 to get to businesses on the north side of town.”
The meetings this week were held as a follow-up to November’s Community Visioning Day, where approximately 400 local residents gathered to discuss what they would like to preserve and what they would like to change in the city.

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February 12th

Parish seeks stimulus funds

“Along with those projects, we informed our senator that we had matching funds for our projects,” Russell said. “We were told that would move ours up to the top of the list. We’re shooting for everything we could get our hands on.”
Those matching funds ultimately could amount to whatever would be necessary to close the gap between a project’s total cost and the federal money put toward it, he said.

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Garbage issue can't be trashed

Rest assured, our trash problem is staring up at us with anticipation. In forests and on roadsides, on property public and private, our parish is dotted with filth generated by our anonymous neighbors.
How can others keep their surroundings clean while we struggle so much with the concept? Don’t think it’s not in your area, either. The Styrofoam, cardboard, plastic and other waste is nearer to you than you may think, maybe even as close as on your property. Maybe the idle pedestrian tosses his drink cup into your yard with a casual malice knowing no one is watching.

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Ruston 21 needs your voice

These are concerns broached by local residents as the city seeks feedback to create a long-term plan for its future.
Last year, city officials hired a consultant and began asking for community input to create Ruston 21, an initiative that is expected to produce concrete plans for economic development, land use and capital improvements.
During Community Visioning Day in November, around 400 residents weighed in on different issues, and at a series of meetings around the city this week, the city’s consultant Ken Tipton gave a compilation of public input.

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’Dogs host Fresno State tonight

“We’ve been in a lot of dog fights,” said second-year coach Kerry Rupp. “We would just like to start winning some of them.”
Is another “dog fight” in the works at the Thomas Assembly Center tonight when Tech (9-15, 3-8) meets up with Fresno State (9-14, 1-7) starting at 7 p.m.
If anything, Rupp and Company would prefer it to be much closer than when the two clubs met in Fresno less than three week ago. The Bulldogs — well, the ones from California, anyway — were a 63-46 winner.
That loss stung because, as it’s turned out, it currently the only league defeat on FSU’s
ledger.

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Learning in a new ‘space’

The professors involved collaborated on a syllabus with a broad scope. It combines robotics, cryptography, culture, politics, philosophy, ethics and architectural concepts.
“One of the things that’s nice about cyberspace is it brings together or has the potential to bring together all of these things, because it changes so many aspects of our world,” said history professor Brian Etheridge, one of the cadre of teachers involved, who also heads Tech’s honors program. “And the unifying concepts here are critical thinking and problem solving.”

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February 11th

Main Street gets moving

“What Main Street needs is an advocate — a leader. That’s where you come in. Main Street needs you and your voice.”
Burt encouraged those in attendance to sign up for one of four committees based on four points she deemed as keys to success for the Main Street program — organization, promotion, design and economic restructuring.
“We need each of you to sign up and join the organization, promotion, design on economic restructuring committee,” Burt said. “The way this is going to get done is by your volunteer efforts, but together we can do this.”

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