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January 1st, 2014

Ag Expo tickets on sale through Jan. 16

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Advance tickets to Ag Expo 2014 will save adults $2 each. General admission at the door for Ag Expo will be $7 for adults; advance tickets are $5 each. Children under 6 are admitted free.
Advance tickets are available in Monroe at Louisiana Land Bank, 2411 Tower Drive in West Monroe, at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center, 501 Mane St., in Ruston at Irrigation-Mart, 300 S. Service Road East and Southern Ag Credit, 2025 Farmerville Hwy during regular business hours.
Ag Expo will be held Jan. 17 and 18 at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center in West Monroe.

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Make 2014 a great year

Today is the first day of a brand new year filled with endless possibilities.
Many residents began the day with a renewed vision of what they’d like to accomplish before they ring in 2015. Local community leaders are also likely eyeing various goals to accomplish during the next 365 days.
Numerous events made 2013 a noteworthy year. Residents interested in an extensive round-up can pick up a copy of the Dec. 31 edition of the Daily Leader.

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Happy political New Year

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Today is New Year’s Day. For most people that means food, football and maybe a few well-intended resolutions.
But for local political junkies, today begins the official countdown to the 2014 election season. And what a year it’s shaping up to be. Even though the candidate elections aren’t until November, the contenders are already making their intentions known.

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GSU turmoil tops year end round-up

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Player boycott, ‘coaching carousel’ dominate local 2014 storylines
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It was something never seen before in college football, or probably any sport.
Three head coaches in one season. A game forfeited due to a player boycott that caused Jackson State University’s Homecoming game to not be played. And the glare of a national spotlight focused in on all of the turmoil.
The wild ride that became known as Grambling State’s “coaching carrousel” finally wound down in December as Broderick Fobbs was hired as head coach after a football season that saw three other men split time as head coach of the school’s historic football program.

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Leader Executive Sports Editor O.K. ‘Buddy’ Davis enters Tech HOF

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O.K. “Buddy” Davis never donned a Louisiana Tech University uniform.
He never scored a touchdown, made a tackle, swung a bat or pulled down a rebound.
Nor did he sprint out of the blocks, spike a ball, drive one down the fairway, serve up an ace or head a ball into a goal.
But that didn’t top him from being one of the most important figures ever for Louisiana Tech athletics.
His tools were his golden pen and a press pass.
But the work he did with those tools was way more than enough to deserve his November induction into the Louisiana Tech Athletics Hall of Fame.

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December 31st, 2013

Top local stories of 2013

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Russian controversy, LPDC switch, DA’s office, GSU troubles on list, Ruston sees construction, Guice takes the helm at Tech
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Ruston makes international news
Lincoln Parish became the subject of international news earlier this year when 3-year-old Max Shatto, an adopted Russian boy, died unexpectedly in January 2013. Because of the family’s local ties, the young boy’s funeral was held in Ruston, which drew Russian media representatives to the parish. Shatto’s body allegedly showed signs of bruises, though his death was officially ruled an accident. This story became part of the international debate that eventually led Russia to ban Americans from adopting Russian children.

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Tech hoops worth watching

If you haven’t yet made your New Year’s resolutions, the Ruston Daily Leader has a suggestion — if you haven’t been to a Louisiana Tech basketball game yet this season, do so as soon as possible.
That’s because if you haven’t seen the new Paul Millsap Vision scoreboard presented by Community Trust Bank, you’ve been missing out.
The only thing more exciting than the new scoreboard is the way the Bulldogs are playing, especially after last night’s thrilling overtime win at Oklahoma.

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Cookery winners announced

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Lincoln Parish 4-H held the Annual Lincoln Parish 4-H Cooking Contest on Dec. 7 at Tractor Supply of Ruston. 4-H members from throughout Lincoln Parish had the opportunity to enter the Cooking Contest. The contest offered five divisions that included a total of 12 categories. The divisions and categories were as follows:
Beef: Quick and Easy and One-Dish Meal; Poultry: Chicken and Other Poultry Meat; Seafood: Shrimp and Crawfish; Egg: Appetizer/Salad, Main Dish, and Dessert; Pecan: Cookies, Candy and Other.

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Calhoun man dies in ATV accident

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CALHOUN, La. (AP) — Authorities say a cattleman and farmer from Calhoun was killed in a four-wheeler accident on his ranch.
Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Maj. Mike Moore told The News-Star deputies responded to a call from Ronald Richardson’s family Saturday evening.
Moore said it appeared the four-wheeler turned over in a small ravine and landed on top of Richardson.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Bulldogs sink Sooners in OT

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NORMAN, Okla. — It was a situation fans of Louisiana Tech Bulldogs basketball had seen before.
The sting of past results could still be felt.
Louisiana Tech was winless in eight tries against Oklahoma, two of which went into overtime.
One of those overtime heartbreakers was the last time the two teams met in 2001. The other was the unforgettable Sweet Sixteen matchup in 1985.
And on Monday night the Bulldogs and Sooners went into overtime again, but this time Tech Nation would feel the thrill of victory as Tech shocked the Sooners, 102-98, inside Lloyd Noble Center.

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