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October 23rd, 2013

Hot Halloween set for Saturday

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The weather is cooling off, but things are just now starting to heat up at the Ruston Fire Department.
At 10 a.m. Saturday RFD is teaming up with local junior high and high school Future Business Leaders of America clubs and Beta Alpha Psi from Louisiana Tech University to put on the eighth annual Hot Halloween Happening at the RFD headquarters, located at 920 East Georgia Ave. During Hot Halloween Happening, there will be games, candy, a free hot dog lunch and a tour of a firehouse.

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Kiwanis names new board

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Ruston Kiwanis Club named the board members for the 2013-14 club year.
Pictured on the first row from left to right are Ed Shell, incoming president Jack Thigpen, past president Kari Quinnelly and Sammy White.
Pictured on the second row are Jeff Woods, Randy Alexander, secretary and treasurer Tracy Calloway, Richard Raue and bulletin editor Earvin Ryland.

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NCLAC arts academy offers workshop

In partnership with Louisiana Tech University’s master’s in fine arts program, the North Central Louisiana Arts Council presents Visual Rhythm, a workshop combining public, collaborative art with music. To celebrate music in the community, MFA candidate Matthew Knopps will be leading teams consisting of one adult and one child age 10–16 in creating a sculpture installation focusing on principles such as rhythm, variety and repetition. The artwork will be on display in the windows of the new Percussive Arts Institute of Ruston (PAIR) during this fall’s Holiday Arts Tour.

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Quilters honor 12 veterans

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The Senior Circle Quilters for America’s Heroes will honor 12 local veterans with heirloom quilts at 2 p.m. Nov. 14. The ceremony will take place in the front courtyard of Northern Louisiana Medical Center. There will be a reception held in their honor following the presentation.
This is the quilters’ third annual quilt presentation. The mission of this group is to present these heirloom quilts once a year, on or around Veterans Day in November, to local veterans who have served this country so bravely.

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Grambling football dispute draws attention to cuts

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BATON ROUGE (AP) — A nearly weeklong boycott by the Grambling State University's football team including forfeiting its game at Jackson State has made more people aware of the campus's financial struggles and drummed up interest from donors around the country, Grambling's president said Tuesday.
For its part, Jackson State said late Tuesday night that its losses over canceling its homecoming game Saturday could cost the school and the city millions and that it "plans to pursue litigation against Grambling State and others," which could cause Grambling even more headaches.

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Saluting our nation’s heroes

Each November, we all take a few moments on Veterans Day to recognize our noble countrymen who have sacrificed their own hopes and dreams to make sure that we can all pursue ours.
The Lincoln Parish Library, however, didn’t think that only one day was enough. So, for the entire month of November they have set aside the Chautauqua Gallery for their “Hall of Heroes” exhibit.

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Put your money where your mouth is

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It’s best not to talk about money with Louisiana’s public colleges and universities. State dollars are a commodity they don’t have much of these days.
“We know we cannot rely on state funding to achieve our goals,” Louisiana Tech University President Les Guice told the school’s faculty and staff in September. “We will clearly have to focus on the growth of our student body. That is the No. 1 driver of our economic engine.”

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Grambling football back on track

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‘Dirt’ Winston faces media for first time as interim head coach
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New Grambling State interim head football coach Dennis “Dirt” Winston held his first football press conference Tuesday as his Tigers got back to business after a weeklong boycott over a variety of issues.
Ending the boycott has made things feel like the start of a new season for the Tigers, and for a team that stands at 0-8 this season and 1-18 over the past two — that’s a good thing.
“It’s an exciting day for me and for Grambling State University,” Winston said.

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’Dogs end up third

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Wilmore finishes third overall at Jim Rivers Intercollegiate
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CHOUDRANT — Senior Travis Wilmore led the Bulldogs with a low round score of 67 and finished third overall as Louisiana Tech placed third at the Jim Rivers Intercollegiate at Squire Creek Country Club Tuesday.
Southern Miss held on for the win despite shooting 8-over-par in the final round, finishing with a 3-over-par 867 team score (293-278-296 — 867). The Golden Eagles entered the day with a nine-stroke lead over Southeastern Louisiana (298-282-291 — 871) and held on late for a four-stroke win over the Lions.

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Tech hoops teams to hold ‘Madness’

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The Louisiana Tech Lady Techster basketball team will hold an open practice at 10 a.m. Saturday at Scotty Robertson Memorial Gym on the university campus.
The practice is open to the public and will last approximately two hours.
Following the practice, members of the Lady Techster basketball team will autograph posters for any fans in attendance.
Head coach Teresa Weatherspoon and the Lady Techsters will also join Mike White and the Bulldogs this Thursday at 7 p.m. at Scotty Robertson Memorial Gym for Tech Madness.

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