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November 23rd, 2013

Bearcats knocked out of playoffs

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Ruston falls in second round on the road at Destrehan
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DESTREHAN — Don’t be deceived by the score, the Ruston Bearcats stayed within striking distance of Destrehan until the fourth quarter Friday.
But the Wildcats pulled away late in the contest as Destrehan (11-1) rolled to a 34-7 win over Ruston in second-round action of the Class 5A state playoffs.
Ruston’s season ended with a record of 8-4.

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Cougars roar to Division IV quarterfinals

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Cedar Creek ran away, literally, in its second-round playoff game at Cougar Stadium Friday night as the Cougars roared to a 40-8 win over Catholic Point Coupee.
The Cougars (8-3) will remain at home next week as they’ll play host to St. Edmunds in quarterfinal action on Friday.
Creek totaled 476 of offense — 464 coming on the ground, as the Cougars methodically marched away with the win.

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Diamond ’Dogs ink nine in early signing period

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Nine future Bulldogs have signed letters of intent in the early signing period and are committed to play for head coach Wade Simoneaux and the Louisiana Tech Baseball program in the coming years.
As a whole, Simoneaux and Co. had four junior college players and five high school recruits sign letters of intent, with four signees hailing from inside the state of Louisiana.

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Annual event a success

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For 16 years the North Central Louisiana Arts Council has brought local artists to the attention of the community through the Holiday Arts Tour.
Nicole Duet, an assistant professor of art at Louisiana Tech University, said this was her first year to participate in the tour.
“This has been a great chance to meet so many people in the community,” she said. “I have wanted to participate in the tour for several years.”
Duet said this is her third year at Tech.

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Winter weather advisory issued

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The National Weather Service office in Shreveport has issued a winter weather watch for much of the region, including Lincoln Parish, from 6 p.m. tonight through noon Monday.
There is a 60 percent chance of precipitation tonight with temperatures expected to drop into the low 30s after dark.
Freezing rain possibly mixed with sleet and snow is expected across much of the area with ice accumulations near a quarter of an inch possible.
The chance of frozen precipitation will continue until Monday afternoon when temperatures are expected to climb above freezing.

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Sharing a journey

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Rike lets others know it is possible
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In the blink of an eye, Abby Rike’s whole life changed. In October of 2006, Rike’s husband and two children were killed in a head-on car crash. After that, she became a contestant on the reality television show, “The Biggest Loser,” which focuses ongetting overweight people healthy. At 5:30 p.m. Thursday, during the Lighten Up Lincoln event, Rike told her journey to life through loss.
Kay Defreese, a participant at Lighten Up Lincoln, said she is a big fan of “The Biggest Loser,” so she had to come hear Rike speak.

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Financial issues arise for detention center

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On Thursday, during the Lincoln Parish Detention Center’s regular monthly meeting, Sheriff Mike Stone committed to paying one half of the 85 percent of the Lincoln Parish Police Jury’s part in the deficit at LPDC.
Jim Tuten, warden of LPDC, presented the board of commissioners with a 2013 budget analysis, which ended on a deficit of $1,747,872.33.

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Dubach traffic fines to be discussed

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In its regular monthly meeting, the town of Dubach discussed the appointment of a new board member on the board of commissioners for the Lincoln Parish Fire District No. 1 and an increase in fines on violation tickets.
Bob Jensen, mayor of Dubach, said their current commissioner John Barnett no longer wanted to fill the position after his term was up.
“John’s term ends on Dec. 31,” Jensen said. “He is not wanting to continue in the position after his term is up, so we are looking for a new board member to fill his spot.”

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Tech’sFall quarter graduates announced

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Louisiana Tech’s fall quarter commencement exercises were held Nov. 16, with diplomas awarded to 304 graduates. Commencement marked the close of fall quarter activities at the university, with winter quarter classes to begin Dec. 4. Area graduates — listed by parish, city and degree — are as follows:
• Arcadia
Scarlett Savannah Bracey, doctor of philosophy
• Calhoun

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Tech announces honor students for fall quarter

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Louisiana Tech has announced the names of students on its fall quarter President’s and Dean’s honor lists.
Students whose names are followed by an asterisk earned recognition as members of the President’s Honor List. That distinction signifies achievement of at least a 3.8 academic grade point average on a minimum of nine semester hours completed (100-level or higher), with no grade lower than a B.

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