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September 6th, 2013

Lincoln Parish ready if disaster strikes

Don’t let your guard down just yet. Even though we’re halfway through the 2013 hurricane season and haven’t had a hurricane, it’s still a bit too early to breathe a sigh of relief.
If you live in Louisiana, even in North Louisiana, hurricane preparedness can be a true lifesaver. Representatives of local and state agencies, law enforcement, volunteer groups and the American Red Cross, gathered in Ruston recently to review disaster shelter plans, should a storm occur and drive evacuees to Lincoln Parish. Their conclusion — Ruston and Lincoln Parish are ready.

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Bulldog fans prep for tailgating

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Aug. 31 was the first game of the season for the Louisiana Tech University Bulldogs and like any good alumna with children, we woke up in game-day spirits.
Asher donned the newest of his Tech apparel and ran around the house yelling “Go Dawgs!”, while I constantly checked the score of the game.
And although Tech’s opening game was a tough loss, we supported the Bulldogs all the way to the end.
But now, we are gearing up for our first home game. Like many other in Ruston, we plan going out to tailgate and show our support for our beloved Dawgs.

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Tribulations came with a storm

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On Aug. 29 merely eight years ago, winds moved buildings and roofs, water overflowed stores and tremendous damages to a city full of life made it seem so dull. Killing more than 1,800 people, Hurricane Katrina put a dent in the wonderful city of New Orleans.
Loitering, looting, robbing, raping and killing all came along with this hurricane. But the most heartbreak of all was separation.
On Aug. 30, following Katrina, I was separated from my mother.

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Prep teams to kick off regular season

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Area high school football officially gets under way tonight as Ruston, Cedar Creek and Grambling Lab all begin their 2013 campaigns.
Grambling will do in the friendly confines of Robinson Stadium by playing host to Red River while Ruston renews the state’s longest-running rivalry as the Bearcats play at Neville while Cedar Creek heads for Shreveport to take on Loyola Prep.
Following are preview capsules on each game:
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Kickoff: 7 p.m.; Monroe

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Bulldogs to begin home slate vs. Lamar

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After a sluggish season-opening start at North Carolina State last weekend, the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are looking to roar back into business at 6 p.m. Saturday as they play host to Lamar at Joe Aillet Stadium.
The Bulldogs (0-1) return home hoping to avenge themselves of the four turnovers committed in a 40-14 loss at NC State last weekend. Lamar is making its first of two consecutive trips to FBS-level programs just a week after throttling Oklahoma Panhandle State, 75-0.

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GSU looks to get back on track at ULM

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Grambling State is hoping the third time will be the charm as the Tigers take on the University of Louisiana-Monroe at 6 p.m. Saturday at Malone Stadium in Monroe.
GSU and ULM and have squared off twice previously on the football field, with the Warhawks winning 28-14 in 2007 and 35-7 in 2011.
Those two games drew plenty of north Louisiana fans and marks ULM’s second and third largest home game crowds of all time with 30,101 cheering on the teams in 2007 and 26,532 in 2011.

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RJHS defeats FJHS

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Ruston Junior High School took a pair of wins over Farmerville Junior High School Friday at RJHS, with the seventh-graders winning 12-6 and the eighth-graders winning 30-6. Pictured is RJHS Jesse Sawyer (21) scoring the opening touchdown for the Bearkits in the eighth-grade game.

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Lady Techsters to host Fairfield Volleyball Invitational

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The Louisiana Tech Volleyball team is set to welcome three teams to Ruston for the Louisiana Tech Fairfield Volleyball Invitational with a total of six matches scheduled for today and Saturday in the Thomas Assembly Center.
The tournament will commence today with a 10 a.m. match featuring Western Michigan (2-1) and New Orleans (0-4), while Tech (2-2) will begin tournament play approximately at noon following the conclusion of that match. The Lady Techsters will face off against the Cowgirls of McNeese State (3-1) to begin their part this weekend’s competition.

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Tech soccer team heads south to battle in-state foes

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The Louisiana Tech soccer team heads south this weekend to take on two in-state foes along I-10 beginning at 7 p.m. tonight versus UL-Lafayette and on Sunday at 1 p.m. against McNeese State.
Tech (1-3-1) is coming off an appearance in the Trojan Classic tournament where they notched their first win of the season, a 2-0 shutout of Troy, and suffered a hard-fought 1-0 loss to South Alabama.

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Langston, Robbins to Wed

Mr. and Mrs. Bud Langston, of Ruston, are pleased to announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Haley Britt Langston to Norman Ballou Robbins III, of Fort Worth, Texas.

The bride elect is the granddaughter of Mrs. Mary Nell Hathorn Williamson, the late Charles S. Williamson and the late Claude Hathorn, of Oakvale, Miss., also Mrs. Jean Nye Langston and the late Thomas E. Langston, of Columbia, Miss.

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