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December 5th

Sorority donates to CCA

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Epsilon Alpha Zeta chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. members donated food for Christian Community Action. Members present are from left to right, starting at the bottom row: Emma Wilson, Shirley Burns Archie Tatum, Tiffany Curry, Stephanie Matthews (CCA), Mary Flournoy, Barbara McIntyre and Martha Pierce.

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Angels among us: Christmas a time to share love, hope

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This fall has been a wild ride of ricocheting emotions for me.
My husband and I celebrated our 30th anniversary and I had my 60th birthday, both occasions bringing sweet reflections and celebrations.
At the same time, my sister Diane was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on Aug. 9, and after a brief and ravaging journey, died on Oct. 21.
The polarity of these experiences, combined with the profound emotions each brought, made me think of a quote by my favorite writer, Frederick Buechner.

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Beltin’ it out on the old bayou

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Wish I was back on the bayou.
Rollin with some Cajun queen.
Wishin’ I were a fast freight train,
Just a chooglin’ on down to New Orleans.
Not sure what chooglin means, but it sure sounds like fun.
John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival wrote those words from the perspective of someone who wishing he was back in the land of murky water, cypress trees, and Spanish moss. There have been times in my life, like when I lived in New England, that I felt the same way — and I would have swum home to make it happen.

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Designation: Past benefits the future

One step down, one to go.
The Louisiana National Register Review Committee has approved Ruston’s application for creation of a Federal Historic District. But the final decision rests with the National Park Service.
With any luck, the city should have a decision by February. We’re excited about the prospect of a Federal Historic District designation and hope the National Park Service shares our enthusiasm.

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Dixon’s time has arrived for Ravens’ offense

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The time has arrived for the No. 1 rusher in Louisiana Tech University history (nearly 4,500 yards) to make his impact in the NFL.
Or, if you will, put more punch in the Baltimore Ravens’ offense.
When that team chose Dixon in the fourth round of this year’s draft, they envisioned the most famous native of Strong, Arkansas., being a dual threat in the Joe Flacco-quarterbacked attack.
With four regular season games remaining, Dixon could have serious playing time/touches on his first-year resume.

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Bulldogs Armed Forces Bowl bound

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Following an 8-5 season with one of the highest-ranked offenses in the nation, Louisiana Tech has accepted a bid to play in the 2016 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 23 at Amon G. Carter Stadium on the campus of TCU in Fort Worth, Texas.
The game will air nationally on ESPN as the Bulldogs face No. 25 Navy with kickoff set for 3:30 p.m.
Sunday’s announcement marks the first time in school history Louisiana Tech will appear in three consecutive bowl games and it will be the Bulldogs’ first appearance in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl.

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Dunkin’ Dogs to host Alcorn

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The Louisiana Tech men’s basketball team looks to extend its home winning streak to 12 when they face off against Alcorn State at 6:30 p.m. today inside the Thomas Assembly Center.
This marks the fourth and final game that is part of the multi-team event that is the California Bears Classic. Thus far, the Bulldogs are 2-1 with wins over Maryland Eastern Shore and Southeastern Louisiana.

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Lady Techsters top McNeese St.

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LAKE CHARLES — Sophomore Reauna Cleaver scored a career-high 20 points and Louisiana Tech held the high-scoring McNeese State Cowgirls in check as the Lady Techsters won 66-56 Sunday afternoon at Burton Coliseum.
Tech (4-2) won its third straight game and improved to 19-7 all-time against the Cowgirls while McNeese State fell to 4-3.
McNeese State entered the game averaging more than 80 points a game, but Tech held the Cowgirls to only 30 percent (20-65) from the field and a season low in points.

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December 3rd

‘Fun factor’ marks season for Tech, GSU

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Reasons why fans of Grambling State University and Louisiana Tech University have loved their football so much this season:
(We penned a similar column a couple of weeks ago, but given that the G-Men and ’Dogs earned berths in their league title battles, an update is warranted. So enjoy).
• Well, naturally, the No. 1 reason is that they both have been winning. The Tigers (nine) and Bulldogs (eight) registered eight or more wins during the regular season.

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G-Men get their revenge on Alcorn

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HOUSTON — The ball can bounce a lot of ways in a football game.
Grambling State junior running back Martez Carter proved that to be true Saturday as he overcame an early miscue to turn in 344 yards of total offense and earned Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship Game Offensive MVP honors as he led the Tigers to a 27-20 title game rematch win over Alcorn State at NRG Stadium.
A Carter fumble deep in Alcorn State territory on GSU’s opening possession turned the ball over to the Braves, who marched more than 80 yards downfield to score on their second drive of the game.

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