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February 21st, 2014

Bulldogs upset on road by Pirates

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GREENVILLE, N.C. — The Louisiana Tech defense held arguably the best 3-point shooter in the country — Akeem Richmond — to just three made field goals,
But the Bulldogs had trouble from long range on their own as a late rally fell short in a 75-68 loss to East Carolina on Thursday night at the Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.
Tech (21-6, 9-3 C-USA) shot only 37.5 percent (24-of-64) from the field and only knocked down 7-of-28 3-point attempts.

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Lady Techsters to play host to Rice Saturday

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Louisiana Tech head coach Teresa Weatherspoon has been looking for a complete 40 minutes of basketball from her Lady Techster team this year.
On Wednesday night in Tulsa, Weatherspoon got exactly that plus some as Louisiana Tech (8-17, 3-9 C-USA) used overtime to defeat the Golden Hurricane for its first road win of the year.
Tech has an opportunity to build upon the momentum garnered from the impressive performance at Tulsa when the Lady Techster host Rice Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Thomas Assembly Center.

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SHS girls move on

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Eighth-grader Jade Anderson led the way with 16 points Thursday nigh as Simsboro High School’s Lady Tigers topped Hicks 51-26 at the SHS gym.
Antoinette Harris added 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Lady Tigers, who also got 11 points from Emari Gipson, 10 from Jesse Anderson and eight from T’Keya Murphy.
“We played really well,” said SHS coach Brandy Tyler. “We did what we do well, which is pressure the ball and push the ball up the floor. We were confident in our game plan and look forward to the next round.”

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RHS getting ready for field turf for James Field

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Ruston High School’s football program will have a new look for the 2014.
Actually, make that two new looks.
First of all, say so long to home games being played on grass.
Artificial turf will be the new playing surface at L.J. “Hoss” Garrett Stadium.
Construction will lkick off around April 1 and is due to be completed within 90-100 days. Bids will be opened on Thursday.
Along with the new turf will be new concession stands and restrooms on the home side of the facility.
In order to make room for these additions, old dressing rooms and other items will be removed.

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City to offer online utility payments

Every business manager knows the value of good customer service. Satisfied customers are loyal. They say positive things. They feel appreciated.
Ruston’s water and light department isn’t exactly like a retail business, but it has thousands of paying customers. In an effort to make life easier for those customers, and to ensure the best use of its own human resources, the water and light department has added three new billing options.
All of the choices — online payment, prepayment and electronic monthly statements — are good opportunities to have available.

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Child's pure joy witnessed

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It’s not every day that adults get to see the pure joy on a child’s face. This is especially true of children who may be deemed underprivileged.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana is a home away from home for more than 130 local youth. And Tuesday night, after much deliberation over the various entrants, six of them were honored as finalists for the Youth of the Year program before the two overall winners — one for elementary and one for secondary — were named.

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Losing the blame game

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The media gets a bad reputation. News organizations, glossy magazines and the 10 o’clock news have all been blamed for things like reporting bias or showing images that influence young people to act in irresponsible ways.
But I never thought I would see the day that our president blamed the media for a broken government.
“Yes, sometimes we (American people) get very divided,” President Barack Obama said in an interview with Chris Matthews of MSNBC in December, “partly because our politics and our media, specifically try to divide them and splinter them.”

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February 20th

Tech, CSC partner together to produce career opportunities

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Louisiana Tech University has entered into a partnership with global IT leader Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), Louisiana Economic Development (LED) FastStart, and the Cyber Innovation Center in Bossier City to offer current and prospective students a comprehensive suite of cyber-related programs and career opportunities designed to meet the current and future needs of CSC.

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Club recognizes greatness of youth

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For some youth the Boys and Girls Club of North Central Louisiana is a home away from home.
Tuesday night marked the second time the club would host their Youth of the Year banquet, sponsored by Aaron’s.
Eldonta Osborne, the club’s chief professional officer, said the idea for the event first began when he spoke with Craig Bass at Aaron’s.
“We were talking about him wanting to do something big with the club,” Osborne said. “So I shared with him the idea of the Youth of the Year Program. He told me that this was the sort of thing he wanted to get involved in and help with.”

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Truck snags electrical wire

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At approximately 10:45 a.m. Wednesday Ruston Police Department responded to a downed electrical line at Maple Street and Alabama Avenue. Police reported that a beverage truck, turning into a parking lot, caught a low-hanging electrical wire and continued turning. The caught wire then caused the electrical pole to break in half. It took utility officials until approximately 5:20 p.m. to fix the pole.

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