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October 4th, 2013

Gun range open for practice

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Local hunting enthusiasts will have the chance to sight in their hunting rifles beginning today.
Tommy Doss will open the Lincoln Parish Gun Range, located in Simsboro. The facilities will be free to the public from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. today, Oct. 11, Oct. 18, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1.
“We’ve been doing this for two or three years,” Doss said. “It’s just a public service thing we do to let people come sight in their rifles prior to deer hunting season.”

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Walk to help Ella Kate

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Ella Kate Whitaker is the 3-year-old daughter of Ron and Meredith Whitaker. She was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes on Jan. 22 when she was just 2 years old. She attends Emmanuel Baptist Preschool and Trinity United Methodist Church. She loves dancing, playing outdoors and swimming. She also loves watching her big brothers play baseball and watching her sister cheer for the Ruston High School Bearcats. She is just one of the local children who could be helped if the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is able to find a cure through its efforts.

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A Sportsmans’ Paradise

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Doors for Ruston’s Annual Gun, Knife and Coin Show will open at 9 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday in the Ruston Civic Center. The event will feature selling, trading and displaying of guns, knives, scopes, reloads, antique firearms, shooting accessories, jewelry and gold and silver coins. All guns brought in by attendees for trade or sale will be inspected at the door. “American Hoggers” star Krystal “Pistol” Campbell will also be present for a meet and greet from 1-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. until noon Sunday.

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NCLAC abuzz about ARToberfest in one week

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We are abuzz in the office this week, preparing for ARToberfest, our beer-tasting fundraiser, scheduled for Oct. 11 at Ruston’s Historic Fire Station. This year’s event will be a night of clean air, as it’s sponsored by the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living. Marsala Beverage is back again this year as a sponsor as well, providing more than 50 commercial beer varieties, including a handful that are brand new, such as Goose Island’s Sophie.

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Campus leaders speak to new Louisiana Tech students “Navigating the First Year”

Louisiana Tech University President Les Guice, Athletics Director Tommy McClelland and Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics Pei Liu will share their first-year experiences with new Louisiana Tech students, Tuesday as part of the “This I Believe” speaker series.

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’Dogs look to dig up win over Miners

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Louisiana Tech hits road to take on C-USA foe UTEP on Saturday
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Old conference foes renew acquaintances in a new league at 6 p.m. Saturday as Louisiana Tech (1-4, 0-1 C-USA) and Texas-El Paso square off (1-3, 0-1 C-USA) for their first meeting as members of Conference USA.
The two teams last met in 2004 when UTEP won 44-27 in Ruston, snapping a five-game series losing streak in the process. Tech owns a 6-2-1 advantage between the two teams in the series that dates back to 1939.
Both teams have first year head coaches looking for their first conference win of the year.

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GSU to battle P.V. for first 2013 victory

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Winless Grambling State gives it another go at 4:30 p.m. Saturday as the Tigers take on Prairie View A&M in Southwestern Athletic Conference action at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.
GSU stands at 0-5 and 0-2 in the SWAC while the Panthers are 3-2 overall and 2-1 in conference play.
“We’re close,” GSU interim coach George Ragsdale said. “We’ve been playing better every game. This team just has to keep their heads up and keep fighting. We will turn that corner.

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Tech tennis to play

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The Louisiana Tech tennis team heads south this weekend to participate in the Ragin’ Cajuns Fall Classic, an ITA sanctioned tournament hosted by UL-Lafayette at Cajun Courts.
Along with the host school the tournament fields an impressive lineup that includes Arkansas State, Lamar, UL-Monroe, McNeese State, Mississippi State, New Orleans, Nicholls State, Northwestern State and Southern Miss.

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Grambling Lab wins; Ruston, Creek on road tonight

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Grambling Lab picked up its first win of the season Thursday as the Kittens traveled to Tensas and took a 28-6 win.
The Kittens (1-3) totaled 385 offensive yards with tailback Jerome Hudson grinding out 143 yards and two scores on 16 rushes and Austin Andrews adding 101 yards and a score on six carries.
“We needed that one,” Grambling Lab coach Jerald Kennedy said of his team’s first win of the season. “It gives us something to build on and hopefully rejuvenates us as we get ready to start district play.”
Grambling Lab opens District 1-1A play next week on the road at Cedar Creek.

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Tech volleyball team away for three-game stretch

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Louisiana Tech is looking to get back on track in Conference USA play as the Lady Techsters hit the road to face Charlotte at 7 p.m. today and a 1 p.m. match in Huntington, W.Va., to take on Marshall Sunday.
These matches are the beginning of a three-match conference road stretch that will see Tech traveling up the coast the following week to face East Carolina in Greenville, N.C., on Oct. 11.
The Lady Techsters continue to notch that elusive road victory as the team is now 0-4 away from its home court in the Thomas Assembly Center.

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