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November 22nd, 2013

Tech alumnus displays photos in LSMSA gallery

The work of Jess Van Alstyne will be on display now through Nov. 30 in the Art Gallery of the Center for Performance and Technology located on the campus of the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts.
Van Alstyne received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography from Louisiana Tech University in the spring of 2013. Her artwork has been exhibited at both the Mary Wilifred Moffett Gallery and the Enterprise Center Gallery in Ruston and the Downstairs Gallery in Monroe.

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Good Sams Club meets

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Cooler crisp days were present for the Caney Lake Sammers Oct. 23 – 26. They were welcomed by hosts Joe and Mary Lanning and Bill and Cindy Austin. Nine camper rigs participated, with several campers coming in to various events. Four couples who were Vickie and Fred Benefield, Pat and Joe Dickson, Carolyn and Hubert Estes and Janece and Louie Miller were on a mission trip for their church in West Virginia. Those present enjoyed the beautiful Lincoln Parish Park.

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’Cats, Cougars set for Round 2 of playoffs

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Ruston High and Cedar Creek enter round two of the playoffs today with the Bearcats hitting the road and Cougars playing a home contest.
The Bearcats travel south for a matchup with Destrehan for a Class 5A matchup while Cedar Creek is at home for a Division IV against Catholic Point Coupee after sitting out the first round with a bye.
Both games are set for 7 p.m. starts.
Ruston enters the game as the 13th seed in Class 5A while Destrehan is the No. 4 seed. The Wildcats stand at 10-1 on the season.

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Tech hopes to keep bowl dreams alive vs. Tulsa

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Louisiana Tech will honor its 23 seniors and close out its 2013 home schedule as the Bulldogs host Tulsa at 6 p.m Saturday at Joe Aillet Stadium.
The game will be televised on the CBS Sports Network with Brent Stover (play-by-play), Corey Chavous (analyst) and Lisa Byington (sidelines) calling the action.
Louisiana Tech (4-6, 3-3 Conference USA) enters the final two weeks of play needing to win both games in order to gain bowl eligibility. The Bulldogs meet a Tulsa (2-8, 1-5) team that dropped a high scoring affair at home last week in a 45-34 decision to Marshall.

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In-state showdown: Lady Techsters to host LSU

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Louisiana Tech continues its tough non-conference slate when the Lady Techsters host the 15th ranked LSU Lady Tigers at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Thomas Assembly Center.
Head coach Teresa Weatherspoon’s squad faces its second Top 25 ranked opponent in three games as Tech fell at No. 21 South Carolina in their season opener. Tech lost its last game against ACC foe Virginia on the road in Charlottesville.
Weatherspoon said the early season challenges will only help her team progress.

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Tech soccer earns academic award

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For the sixth straight year, the Louisiana Tech soccer team earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award, announced today by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
To receive the award, a program has to post a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
Tech was one of 593 women’s soccer programs to do so, achieving a grade point average of 3.36, the third highest in the state.

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November 21st

Ruston Police, Fire combine dispatch

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The telephone rings. Natalie Taylor touches her computer screen and answers, “Ruston police and fire.” There’s a hit-and-run traffic accident on East Georgia Avenue. Taylor dispatches a police officer to the scene.
Across the room, Kasey Franklin takes another call and sends an ambulance to the north part of town.
It’s midmorning in the central dispatch room at the Ruston Police Department. The day has been slow so far, but that can change in an instant.
“Most people think we just answer the phone. That’s just the start of it,” Taylor, a dispatcher for 14 years, said.

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Bertaut speaks on health care

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At 2 p.m. Tuesday the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and McCarter Financial Group hosted a free, informational meeting featuring Michael Bertaut, an expert from Blue Cross Blue Shield on the Affordable Health Care Act, at Trinity United Methodist Church.
Greg McCarter, owner of McCarter Financial Group, said with the Affordable Care Act being a touchy subject, it is best to have an expert on the subject tell the public about it.
“The rules (of the Affordable Care Act) keep changing,” McCarter said. “That is why we have brought Michael Bertaut, a foremost expert, to come speak.”

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Building bridges across the world

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The Phillips family has learned a great deal about the cultural traditions of India and Nepal right from the comfort of their own homes.
For approximately the past five years, Andrea and Gregg Phillips, as well as their children, have been a part of the Friendship Family program.

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Club news: Long Leaf Pine Chapter DAR

Long Leaf Pine Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution met at 1 p.m. Nov. 5 at Trinity United Methodist Church with 13 members and one guest.
Regent Melissa Wiygul opened the meeting with the DAR ritual and conducted chapter business.
Secretary Kara Giddings read the minutes and they were approved.
National Defense chairman Sue Parker gave a short history of Veterans Day and ways to celebrate it. Members were encouraged to visit the Lincoln Parish Library exhibit “Wall of Honor.”
American Indians chairman Kay Goss-Knotts gave an Indian minute.

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