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February 28th, 2014

Laying it on the line

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RUSTON — First place will be on the line Thursday night as Louisiana Tech plays its final home game inside the Thomas Assembly Center this season versus league-leader Middle Tennessee at 6:30 p.m.
Tech (22-6, 10-3 C-USA) and MT (21-7, 11-2 C-USA) have certainly made their presence known in their first year in Conference USA with the Bulldogs in a four-way tie for second place and just one game back of the Blue Raiders.
The two teams will collide though with conference title and double bye hopes as the regular season nears its end.

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UALR walks away with win over Tech

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The University of Arkansas-Little Rock took advantage of 11 walks courtesy of 12 Louisiana Tech pitchers as the Trojans defeated the Bulldogs, 11-2, Wednesday night at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
With a two-run lead heading into the seventh inning, three Tech (2-5) relief pitchers combined for seven walks in the top half of the inning, which eventually led to nine runs allowed by UALR (6-2) in the frame.
Nine runs and 11 walks is the most given up by a Bulldog pitching staff since the 2011 season.

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RHS playoff tickets on sale; Kittens to play tonight

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Tickets for Ruston High School’s boys bi-district playoff game against Jesuit are currently on sale in the RHS school office.
The Bearcats (20-9), seeded No. 12 in the 5A bracket, are set to play host to 21st-seeded Jesuit (14-10) at 7 p.m. Friday in first-round action.
Cost of the tickets are $6 each.
The Bearcats’ district rival Natchitoches Central is the No. 2 seed in Class 5A and will play host to Slidell in first-round action.

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Tech track headed to C-USA Indoor Championships

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The Louisiana Tech track and field programs return to the Birmingham CrossPlex for the third time this season but this time with hardware on the line as the 2014 Conference USA Indoor Track and Field Championships begin Friday.
The two-day meet will mark the first C-USA Championship meet for Louisiana Tech but entering a new league is simply old hat for head coach Gary Stanley.
Currently in his 26th year as head coach, Stanley is guiding Tech’s program into its fifth new league.

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More than $500k raised in Lincoln/Union Campaign

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United Way of Northeast Louisiana hosted a “Celebrating Excellence” awards reception Tuesday in honor of the outstanding employee campaigns and individuals for their extraordinary efforts and unwavering commitment to helping people and improving the community.
The 2013 Lincoln-Union Parish Campaign was very successful with the community raising $500,100, which is a 15.23 percent increase over the 2013 campaign.

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Arrests made at Grambling post office

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Three men were apprehended at the Grambling Post Office by the Lincoln Parish Narcotics Enforcement Team for drug-related charges on Tuesday.
According to to the arrest affidavit, at approximately 1 p.m. agents received a call from a postal inspector stating he had intercepted a parcel package with suspected marijuana inside.
LPNET agents, along with Louisiana State Police and USPI, arrived at the post office for the investigation.
Through further investigations, it was discovered that Corey Deaunte’ Taylor had made several attempts to sign and take possession of the package.

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LPNET nabs three

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The Lincoln Parish Narcotics Enforcement Team made three arrests at approximately 11 a.m. Tuesday.
According to the arrest affidavit, at close to 10 a.m. agents responded to an anonymous tip of narcotic drug use and sale at a residence in the 500 block of East Georgia Avenue.
Upon arrival agents made contact with Edmario Montez Sowers and Broderick Andrea Samuel who advised agents that they lived at the residence and also reportedly gave agents the consent to search.

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Igou awarded at Kiwanis Art Festival

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Shawna Igou has been an artist her entire life, and on Monday afternoon she was rewarded for her passion.
Shawna, a senior at Ruston High School, was named the overall winner of the eighth annual Kiwanis Youth Art Festival during an awards reception on Monday afternoon at the Community Trust Bank Financial Center.
“I feel really good,” Shawna said after she was announced as the winner. “This is really awesome.”

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Blanche Joiner Burkhalter

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Blanche Joiner Burkhalter, beloved mother and grandmother, died on her 91st birthday, Thursday, February 13, 2014 in Houston, Texas. She was born near West Monroe, Louisiana, the oldest of five children to Morgan S. and Addie Johnson Joiner. She graduated from Gibsland High School and attended Louisiana Tech University, graduating in 1944 with a degree in Journalism, English, and Education. An excellent journalist, she was the first woman editor of the university newspaper. As a dedicated teacher, she taught English and other subjects in many cities during her career.

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RCT to donate proceeds to Strauss Theatre Center

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“Same Time, Next Year,” the romantic comedy written by award winning playwright Bernard Slade, is the next Ruston Community Theatre production. This play is sponsored by Gnemi Financial Services and will run at 7 p.m. from Thursday through Sunday at The Dixie Center for the Arts.

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