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September 27th, 2016

Bulldogs look to shake off tough loss

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There’s an old adage that says close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.
Louisiana Tech head football coach Skip Holtz realizes that all too well.
Holtz and his Bulldogs stand at 1-3 on the season after falling 38-34 in the final minutes Saturday night at Middle Tennessee State University after leading by 20 points earlier in the contest.
That was the second heartbreaker of the season for the Bulldogs who lost 21-20 in the season opener at Arkansas after leading the Razorbacks heading into the fourth quarter.

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Tech’s Higgins earns state honors

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Louisiana Tech quarterback Ryan Higgins is the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Offensive Player of the Week after completing 36-of-59 passes for a career-high 504 yards and three touchdowns Saturday night in the Bulldogs’ conference opening loss at Middle Tennessee State University.
Higgins became only the third quarterback in Louisiana Tech history to pass for more than 500 yards in a single game and the first since current Tech quarterbacks coach Tim Rattay did it on Oct. 30, 1999.

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September 26th

Guice congratulates students, teachers

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Louisiana Tech University President Les Guice spoke to students at A.E. Phillips Laboratory School this morning about the school’s being named Louisiana’s top elementary school by StartClass, an education research site powered by Graphiq — an international technology company that delivers insights from worldwide data.

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GSU kicks off Founder’s Week celebrations

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Grambling State University kicked off its annual Founder’s Week celebration today. The 115-year old institution will mark its history with convocations, campus tours, exhibits, a book signing by former GSU Acting President Neari F. Warner and an address by state Rep. Katrina Jackson, D-Monroe.
Most of the week’s activities are free and open to the public.

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Former Tech coach Jim Mize dies at age 99

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Longtime Louisiana Tech University track and field coach Jimmy Mize died Sunday at the age of 99 in Baton Rouge.
Mize began coaching at Ruston High under L.J. “Hoss” Garrett after graduating from Louisiana Tech in 1938. After two years, Garrett insisted Mize take the vacant coaching job at Arcadia High, 20 miles west, and in that year, 1940, Arcadia won the Class B state championship.

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Community helpers rewarded for hard work in Choudrant

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Choudrant recently had a clean up day as a part of their Saturday in the Park event. Volunteers were assigned a cleanup area and, once completed, would exchange the safety vest for an event T-shirt. A volunteer from Choudrant High School and one from Choudrant Elementary were randomly selected to win a cash prize. From Choudrant High, left, it was Grayson Pylant, a seventh grader. From Choudrant Elementary, it was fourth grader Bailey Weaver, right.

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Pumpkins for Peace: Patch to aid DART

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If you look up “pumpkin” in the Oxford English Dictionary, it will tell you that it is “a large rounded yellow-orange fruit with a thick rind, edible flesh, and many seeds.” But if you are from Ruston, “pumpkin” has a much broader meaning. It means color and community. It means the arrival of fall. It means the start of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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THE JOURNEY: U.T. Tower shooting – 50 years later

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Editor’s Note: It has been 50 years since the University of Texas tower shooting. My former neighbor, M.J. Gabour, and his family were there that day.

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BUDDY'S BLOG: Butler has bright future with Panthers

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One of these days, probably sooner than later, a commentator might be heard saying from an NFL broadcast booth, ‘’the Butler did it!’’
And he would be right.
Vernon Butler, a giant of a man at 6-4 and 323 pounds, could be doing it often as one of the top young defensive linemen for the Carolina Panthers.
So far, and while it’s still early, the former Louisiana Tech University ball carrier crusher, has demonstrated his worth as a first-round draftee.
It took only one game, no less, for Butler to whet the appetite of Panthers’ fans.

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September 24th

Sunday means a full menu of NFL viewing

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And on Sundays, the earth rested.
Well, at least for those who don’t care much for the National Football League.
Don’t count me in that number.
My Sabbath is grounded in a deep faith with the good Lord, but I believe He allows me a free pass (or the NFL Network’s GamePass, if you will) on this day.
I am, and have been, a fan of the NFL since I was knee-high to a blocking sled.
Much of it is grounded in a love of the professional sport’s history and its iconic names: Vince Lombardi, Jim Brown, Sammy Baugh, Sam Huff, Y.A. Tittle, etc.

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