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February 18th

Tech, Sun Belt link just might be rejuvenated

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Merger has become the buzzword around Louisiana Tech University this week, be it within or outside of the sports world.
There’s that much-discussed plan of merging the school’s Ruston campus with the one located in Shreveport and then there’s that one involving conference alignments.
Ah, yes, that’s the one we want to discuss in this corner on this Sunday morning, particularly so in the aftermath of two interesting developments on the NCAA landscape in recent days.
By now, and unless you’ve been too engrossed in “American Idol” or “Dancing with the Stars” to care otherwise,you should know that:

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Tech speeds past UCA

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As his nickname suggests, Kenneth “Speedy” Smith was in a hurry on Saturday afternoon.
The first-year guard for Louisiana Tech University’s Bulldogs was eager to put himself into the record books and do his part in helping the team complete a sweep of two non-conference home games this week.
In both cases, it was mission accomplished.
Smith registered a school record 15 assists in aiding the ’Dogs to an 84-62 ESPN BracketBuster victory over the University of Central Arkansas (7-18) at the Thomas Assembly Center.

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Prep hoops: Playoffs next

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A second season begins for 11 different Lincoln Parish high school basketball teams next week.
Six boys’ teams and five girls’ squads located in the parish have qualified for the annual Louisiana High School Athletic Association playoffs which tip off Tuesday.
Except for Cedar Creek, all of the parish boys’ teams will be playing at home.
The Cougars will go to East Iberville in Class 1A opening-round action.

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Techsters tumble; GSU women win

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Just when it appeared that they might be getting some late season momentum, the Lady Techsters of Louisiana Tech University stubbed their toes on their own court Saturday night.
The defending Western Athletic Conference champions struggled in all areas and it led straight to a 61-49 defeat against Hawaii at the Thomas Assembly Center.
“It’s tough, really tough,” summed up Tech Head Coach Teresa Weatherspoon about the loss which ended a three-game winning streak for the team. “That’s about the only way I can describe it. Tough. It was such an important game for us to keep building some momentum before we go back on the road.

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Bulldogs lose to UTA in slugfest, 17-10

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Sophomore catcher Kyle Arnsberg came off the bench and drove in five runs on two hits, including a grand slam home run in his first at-bat, but Louisiana Tech University fell in its season baseball opener 17-10 to the University of Texas-Arlington Friday night at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
Among the offensive highlights for Tech was infielder Ryan Gebhardt had a single that stretched his consecutive games’ hitting streak to 18 extending from last year. The Monroe product has also reached base in his last 30 games, again extending to last year.
“We have a lot of new faces out there,” said Simoneaux. “It’s going to take 10-15 games to figure out line-ups and understand the tenacity it takes to play well. It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.”

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Seek first to understand, then be understood

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Question: We know we need to make changes in our budget. We spend too much. But whenever my wife and I discuss this, we end up arguing. I say she is asking me to do all the sacrificing. But then she basically says the same thing back to me. We’re stuck.
Answer: I hear you, brother!
But have you heard her? Really? Would she say so? Why don’t you find out?

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Don’t be afraid to change your asset allocation

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Asset allocation is a time-tested strategy that can help take the guesswork out of choosing investments for your portfolio. Instead of putting all your eggs in one basket, you spread your eggs (dollars) among a variety of baskets (stocks, bonds and cash). The baskets can be further divided within each type of investment.
Although many investors understand that they should invest in a variety of securities, they often stumble when it’s time to choose an asset allocation that’s right for them. The allocation that you choose should be based on how much risk you are willing to assume, why you are investing and when you will need to tap your investments.

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Learn how to put the power of a tax deferral to work for you

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As an investor, you may sometimes feel frustrated. After all, your portfolio seems to be at the mercy of the financial markets, whose volatility is beyond anyone’s control. Yet you can control the quality of the investments you own and the diversification of those investments to improve your chances of attaining your long-term financial goals.  One way in which to do so is to put as much as you can afford, year after year, into tax-deferred investments.

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Valius earns board certification in sleep medicine from ABMS

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Mary Beth Valiulis is now board certified in sleep medicine after successfully completing the Sleep Medicine Certification Exam held by the American Board of Medical Specialties.  She is the first and only private practice psychiatrist board certified in both psychiatry and sleep medicine in North Louisiana. 
According to the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, there are only 181 physicians in the country with these qualifications.

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Be wary of teen dating violence

When one is a teenager, a dating partner can seem like the most important thing in the world.
There may be pressure to have a date to the dance or be in a relationship. Sometimes, however, teens can be so eager to get into or remain in a relationship that they make decisions that put themselves in emotional or physical danger.
February marks Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. This is a time for anyone who comes in contact with teens in a leadership role, whether parents, older siblings, mentors or church leaders, to make sure young people understand what is healthy within a relationship.

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