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December 12th

Tech professor, students to present at international nanotechnology conference

Louisiana Tech University doctoral students Chris Boyer and Sonali Karnik will accompany David K. Mills, professor of biological sciences and biomedical engineering at Tech, to the third International Conference on NanoTek recently in Las Vegas, Nev.

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Bulldogs beat Demons, 93-71

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RUSTON — For a game that was destined to be a track meet, it sure helped that Louisiana Tech had a guy nicknamed Speedy on its team.
Despite going out of the game for a period of time due to cramps, point guard Kenneth Smith delivered a double-double performance with 12 points and a season-high 12 assists, along with four steals, to outrace the Demons, 93-71, on Wednesday night in front of 3,547 fans inside the Thomas Assembly Center.

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Lady Techsters shuts down Northwestern State

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Former Lady Techster star and Louisiana Tech fan favorite Brooke (Lassiter) Stoehr made a homecoming to her alma mater Wednesday night as she led her Northwestern State Demons into the Thomas Assembly Center.
After a warm welcome by the Tech faithful in pregame introductions, Stoehr and Co. ran into a buzz saw.
Tech (3-6) recorded its most complete game of the season as the Lady Techsters played 40 minutes of basketball on both ends of the floor in a 74-40 victory over Northwestern State.

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Simpkins, Benjamin join Tech athletics staff

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The Louisiana Tech Athletic Department has announced the hiring of Reggie Simpkins to serve as the Assistant Athletic Director of Academics, along with Brandon Benjamin, who will handle the duties of academic advisor for football.
Simpkins will oversee all academic services pertaining to the Bulldog and Lady Techster athletic programs, while Benjamin will serve as the primary academic advisor for the Bulldog football team and its student-athletes.

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Science fair winners named, spreading holiday cheer

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Science Fair
The Department of Science at the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts held its annual science fair on Dec. 5 in the school gym.
Awards were presented in introductory biology, advanced biology, chemistry and physics.
First place in introductory biology were Chris Carter, Chris Jackson, Justin Goff and Antonio Milton with “Seed Germination in Specific Temperatures with Little to No Water.”

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AJB students go ‘green,’ visit the library

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Going Green
Alma J. Brown Elementary is off to a good start with our Go Green Project. LSU AgCenter, along with our sponsors, Walmart, Community Trust Bank and Dr. Rhonda Pruitt, of True Care Dental, helped us to begin our garden project. A special thanks goes to Daisy Fielding for making our garden beautiful and Wanda Wilson, our garden caretaker.
School supplies

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December 11th

18-wheeler turns over

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At approximately 10:30 a.m. Tuesday the Ruston Fire Department as well as Ruston Police Department responded to an 18-wheeler turning over on Interstate 20. The driver of the 18-wheeler was traveling east bound on I-20 and reportedly had a medical emergency which caused him to go through the median and turn over.
Eric Brazzel, public education officer for RFD, said that upon arrival, bystanders had removed the driver from the vehicle and started CPR.

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Christmas provided by DART angels

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For more than 10 years, the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team has been giving hope to their clients during the Christmas season.
Community Advocate Terrie Queen Autrey said program participants have been with DART for the past two years.
“We always have some very good partners who are willing to pick up last minute items when we need them to,” she said. “We know that there is usually going to be someone, some family that has something come up and needs our help.”

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Blind walker struck by a vehicle

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At approximately 3 p.m. Tuesday, the Ruston Police Department along with Ruston Fire Emergency Medical Services responded to a vehicle and blind pedestrian collision at Mississippi Avenue and Bonner Street.
Eric Brazzel, public education officer for the Ruston Fire Department, said the pedestrian was from the Louisiana Center for the Blind.
“The student was transported to Northern Louisiana Medical Center by ambulance,” Brazzel said. “The student appeared to have non-life threatening injuries.

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USMC helps Toys for Tots

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Since Nov. 20, the United States Marine Corps has been collecting toys for children in need who might not have a Christmas otherwise. On Saturday, the Marines will be wrapping up their Toys for Tots event at Walmart.
Marine Sgt. Anthony Shoemake, coordinator for the Toys for Tots event, said local residents have been donating toys to more than 15 locations since Nov. 20.

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