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October 30th, 2013

Rain expected tomorrow

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Lincoln Parish could be in for some heavy rainfall tonight and Thursday in advance of a cold front that’s beginning to make its way across the country.
Kip Franklin, director of Lincoln Parish Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, said this morning that though the chance of severe weather still exists, the threat appears to be lessening.
“It’ just going to be a typical cold front coming through,” Franklin said.
The National Weather Service predicts a 60 percent chance of rain tonight and a 100 percent chance of rain on Thursday.

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Ruston at play: Winding down the season

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The final team activities of the 2013 recreation seasons are nearing an end and we are already looking ahead to 2014, but we would be in error not to congratulate those teams and individuals who helped make our programs a success.
Our Youth Flag Football is wrapping up with 10 teams participating in a six-week season. At this time, we thank our volunteer coaches. For the 5-6 year old division: Texans’ coach Matt Tyler, Colts’ coach Jeremiah Thomas, Titans’ coach Cameron Faniel and Jaguars’ coach Mike Hammons.

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Exercise your right to vote

Beginning on Saturday, residents will once again be asked to exercise their greatest civic duty when early voting for the Nov. 16 election begins.
During this particular election, residents will be voting on two separate measures. The first will be a run-off from the Oct. 19 election to fill the seat vacated by long-time 5th Congressional District Rep. Rodney Alexander. Alexander stepped down from his post in September after serving approximately 10 years.

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Riser, McAllister to face off

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And now there are two. Most folks figured state Sen. Neil Riser would be one of the runoff candidates in the 5th Congressional District race, but most folks didn’t figure political newcomer Vance McAllister would be the other contender.
That’s because not many people ever heard of McAllister until about six weeks ago. Now everybody who’s paying attention — and probably some people who aren’t — have surely heard about both men.

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Dunkin’ Dogs to start preseason play

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Tech to play host to Arkansas-Monticello in exhibition game at Scotty Robertson Gym
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The 2013-14 basketball season has finally arrived as the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs get ready to face Arkansas-Monticello in an exhibition game to be played at 6:30 p.m.tonight inside the historic Scotty Robertson Memorial Gym.
This will mark the first time since Feb. 25, 1982, that the Bulldogs will play a basketball game in Memorial Gym and will be the first of two exhibition contests for Tech as it tips off the new season.
However, it will be hard pressed for any Bulldog fan to find a new face amongst the squad.

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RHS boys, girls cross country teams take home meet

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Ruston High Schools girls and boys cross country teams each took first play in the RHS Cross Country Meet held Saturday at the Louisiana Tech Farm/Equine Center.
The Bearcats teams’ next competition will start at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 6 in Natchitoches.
Following are the indvidual results for RHS at its home meet:
Boys Results
Place Name Time
2nd Brandon Smith 17:23
3rd Landon Sims 17:26
5th James Davison 17:35
9th Myles Griffin 18:01
12th Tanner Stark 18:12
13th Micah Williams 18:15

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Critical regular season finale up next for LA Tech soccer

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Win and you are in.
That is the mantra the Louisiana Tech soccer team will have on their minds as they host Rice at 7 p.m. tonight in the Lady Techsters’ regular season finale.
Despite the most grueling road swing of the season ending in two shutout losses last weekend to Colorado College and UTSA, Tech (9-9-1, 4-5 Conference USA) still controls its own destiny in qualifying for the Conference USA tournament with its 20th and final match to come.

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October 29th

Tech announces $18M expansion

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Groundbreaking for south end zone football complex to be spring 2014
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Louisiana Tech University announced a giant leap for its athletics department Monday as school officials unveiled plans for the centerpiece of its “Quest for Excellence” — the construction of the new south end zone complex, which will close the south end of Joe Aillet Stadium.
During a lunchtime press conference held at the Charles Wyly Athletic Center before a room filled with Tech coaches, administrators and fans, Tech Athletics Director Tommy McClelland and Tech President Les Guice presented updated plans for the 70,000-square-foot-plus facility.

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Heating up the holiday

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More than 600 attend fire safety event
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Ruston Fire Department hosted their annual Hot Halloween Happening on Saturday, with more than 600 residents coming to join the fun.
Eric Brazzel, public education officer with RFD, said the event went very well.
“At 11 a.m., we’d already had 430 people come through the gates,” he said. “We’ve had a really good response, everyone seem(ed) to be having a lot of fun and getting candy.”
Brazzel said the event was mainly for the kids.
“We just like hosting this city event, prior to Halloween, so that the kids can have a chance to dress up and come out to have some fun,” he said.

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Five arrested in firecracker incident at GSU

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At 11:46 p.m. Monday Grambling State University’s police department arrested five men at College Avenue and Main Street with charges of battery on a police officer by an exploding firecracker among other charges.
According to the arrest affidavit, GSU officers were reportedly supervising a large group of students at a dorm on GSU’s campus when a white Lincoln Town Car approached them from the east side of Robinson Street traveling westbound.

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