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August 26th

‘Jam at Joe’: A full Saturday

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Ten area teams ready to meet on Tech’s turf
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At an early June press conference, David Franklin could have very well been speaking for all of the head coaches involved in Saturday’s “Jam at the Joe.”
Said the top boss at Haynesville High:
“We’re going to go over there to have fun, but we’re also going to use this time as an opportunity to see where we are as a team.”
The nine other head coaches for the biggest jamboree in the state will surely give a “thumbs up” to that statement.

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Tech soccer team off to solid start

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Louisiana Tech University’s soccer team is off to an unbeaten start and in a winning mode entering a road test against McNeese State tonight.
The Lady Techsters soccer team downed LSU-Shreveport 7-0 earlier this week at “The Swamp,” marking the third straight game in which the Lady Techsters have blanked their opponent.
The school record for most consecutive scoreless games is four, which occurred in the 2005 and 2008 seasons.

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Bulldogs’ defense tough

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Louisiana Tech’s defense dominated in the team’s final scrimmage of fall camp as the defense racked up seven sacks — Matt Broha led with four — as the Bulldogs closed out fall camp at Joe Aillet Stadium Wednesday night.
The seven sacks by the defense were a mixture of a strong defensive line and an offensive line that sat a few players during the mid-week session. The scrimmage was held at 9 p.m., the same late start time that Tech has when it opens the season at Southern Miss on Sept. 3 in Hattiesburg, Miss.

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Isham named Tech starter

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Nick Isham has won the preseason duel of California native quarterbacks for Louisiana Tech University.
The true freshman from Hidden Hills, Calif., was announced Thursday as the Bulldogs’ starter for the 2011 season opener against the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.
Isham got the nod over junior Colby Cameron, a Newbury Park, Calif., native who started in three games last year and who was projected as the probable regular season starter coming out of the spring.

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Techsters begin volleyball campaign in Texas

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Louisiana Tech University will open its volleyball season today with a 4:30 p.m. game against the University of Texas-Pan American at the annual Sam Houston State Invitational in Huntsville, Texas.
Here’s a final position look at the Techsters as they start off a new campaign.
Setter
The setter position remains strong this season as veteran and three-time letterwinner Bianca Bin returns for her senior year.

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Tech student’s work in exhibit remembering 9/11

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Cathartic Art: Remembering 9/11 is an art exhibition sponsored by the West Baton Rouge Museum to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States of America. It features 46 original works of art from local and national artists in nine states including Louisiana. The monetary awards were made possible by the West Baton Rouge Historical Association.

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August 25th

Deputy arrested

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A Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy has been terminated and arrested by the Louisiana State Police after a citizen complained that the deputy was abusing his authority.
Around Aug. 19, the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office received a citizen complaint against Deputy Gene Butler. The complaint alleged that Butler had used his position of authority to force or coerce the victim to sell a vehicle for a reduced price to the deputy.
According to a press release by the LPSO, the Louisiana State Police was immediately contacted and asked to conduct an independent criminal investigation of the complaint.

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Storm causes fires

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The Lincoln Parish Fire Department responded to two reports of lightning striking almost simultaneously on Wednesday afternoon at two distances not far from each other. LPFD spokesman Jim Hilton said at 12:58 p.m., lightning struck a tree on Plez Road off of Louisiana Highway 33. LPFD Chief Dennis Ford (pictured above) said the tree was in flames from the base up to about 40 feet when they arrived on the scene.

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Winds bring outages

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Storms caused thousands to lose power in Lincoln and surrounding parishes on Wednesday.
Entergy Customer Service Manager Jim Pesnell said a total of about 7,000 customers were without power in Lincoln, Jackson, Union and Bienville parishes, with about 4,000 of this number in Lincoln.
“We had storms move through around mid-afternoon, and the damage was done,” Pesnell said. “This was more due to wind damage, with trees on lines.”

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Fire count high

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Burn ban continues despite rain

In the past seven days, the Lincoln Parish Fire Department has responded to 12 grass and/or woods fires throughout Lincoln Parish.
Jim Hilton, spokesman for the LPFD, said that although Lincoln Parish has received much needed rainfall during the month of August, the area is still experiencing extremely dry conditions.
Hilton said three of the fires began on Aug. 18 and were the result of lightning strikes during a thunderstorm where there was heavy rainfall, which confirms that conditions are very dry and susceptible to fire. As a result, the burn ban for Lincoln Parish that began on June 6 remains in effect.

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