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November 14th, 2013

RHS receives technology award

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Ruston High School Eco-Car teacher and coach Randall Elliott (left) and Principal Mike Milstead showcase the $1,500 technology award recently presented to RHS by the Cyber Innovation Center. This cash award is provided to support the school’s efforts in the 2014 Shell Eco-Marathon. The funds will be used to purchase equipment and supplies that will assist in the design, construction and fabrication of the eco-friendly car being created by the RHS Eco-Car Team.

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New Tech seniors present Crusades video games

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Project highlights effects of Crusades on society, culture
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Seniors in the New Tech @ Ruston World Studies class recently presented their “Crescent vs Cross” projects at Louisiana Tech University’s Memorial Gym.
With the project developed by teachers Tara Griffin and Stephen Ehrhard, the students were challenged to answer the question “How can we, as game designers, create a video game that accurately and entertainingly illustrates how the Crusades cemented systems of belief and the effects of the Crusades on society and culture?”

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Bulldogs blast Centenary, 106-59

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It was a night for celebration for the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs basketball team Wednesday before a crowd of 3,942 at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Not only did things tip off with a pregame ring ceremony and banner unveiling in honor of the 2012-13 Western Athletic Conference regular season championship, but the Tech kept the party rolling in its first home game as a new member of Conference USA as the Bulldogs blew past Centenary 106-59.

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Lady Techsters sign four basketball players

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Louisiana Tech head coach Teresa Weatherspoon announced Wednesday that the Lady Techster basketball program has signed four high school prep stars to National Letters of Intent on day No. 1 of the early signing period.
Tech received signed NLI’s from guards Daja Chase (Monroe/Ouachita HS), Tiffany Murdock (Malvern, Ark./Malvern HS) and Candice Williams (Atlanta, Ga./St. Francis HS) and forward Tiara Davenport (Duncanville, Texas/Duncanville HS).

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Bearcats baseball trio ink NLIs

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Tech, ULM, Ranger JC add Ruston High hardballers
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Three Ruston High School baseball players decided on their next steps on the road to the future Thursday morning as they each signed National Letters of Intent to play for the colleges of their choice.
Pitcher David Michael Burkhalter signed with Louisiana-Monroe while home is where the heart is for infielder Cannon Brauswell as he inked on with the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs.
Burkhalter finished 11-1 last season with a 0.93 ERA while striking out 117 batters and walking only 14.

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GSU ladies to face UNO

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The Grambling State Lady Tigers return to action at 7 p.m. tonight as they travel to the Big Easy to take on the University of New Orleans.
GSU’s women stand at 0-2 with losses to Baylor and Southern Methodist.
In a 110-55 loss to Baylor, GSU increased its scoring and lowered turnovers after halftime. The Lady Tigers had four players score in double figures.
In the end, they still got doubled up by the Lady Bears, who opened their first season without Brittney Griner with a 110-55 victory Saturday night.

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Tech softball team gets seven new recruits

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Louisiana Tech head coach Mark Montgomery and his coaching staff has been busy since their arrival in Ruston just over a year ago.
On Wednesday during the first day of the early national signing period, Montgomery and Co. announced the addition of seven high school prep stars to the Lady Techster softball program, including four from the state of Louisiana.

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November 13th

LPPJ tables DA funding

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Sides hope to discuss options

The Lincoln Parish Police Jury tabled Lincoln/Union District Attorney Bob Levy’s request for a significant increase in funding for his office Tuesday night to give the two sides time to meet and try to “discuss options” about how much additional money should be given to the DA’s office.
Meetings between the LPPJ and Levy concerning the requested funding are expected to take place over the next several days.
The LPPJ also tabled approval of its 2013 amended budget and 2014 budget until the issues with Levy’s office are worked out.

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McAllister offers views on various topics

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Two candidates for 5th District disagree on approaches to issues
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Fifth District Congressional runoff candidate Vance McAllister said the United States should fence its borders in an effort to curb illegal immigration.
“A fence, I think that’s as simple as can be. There’s nothing wrong with putting a fence on the border,” McAllister told about 45 people at the North Central Louisiana TEA Party’s monthly meeting Monday night.
McAllister, a Republican from Swartz, faces fellow Republican state Sen. Neil Riser in Saturday’s general election to fill the 13 months remaining in former Congressman Rodney Alexander’s term.

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CTB named one of the best banks to work for in the U.S.

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Community Trust Bank has been named one of the top three Best Banks to Work For by American Banker magazine in the $3 to $10 billion range. The program, which was initiated in 2013 to identify, recognize, and honor the best banks to work for in the nation, is a project of American Banker and Best Companies Group.

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