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September 20th, 2013

POW, MIA personnel never forgotten

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President Barack Obama issued a proclamation declaring today National POW/MIA Recognition Day. In recognition of this day members of the Louisiana Tech Air Force ROTC will stand in front of the Ruston Civic Center to remember those men and women who have been prisoners of war or who are missing in action.
“America remains steadfast in our determination to recover our missing patriots,” Obama said. “Our work is not finished until our heroes are returned safely to our shores or a full accounting is provided to their loved ones.”

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Tech hosts cyber security workshop

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Louisiana Tech University hosted a cyber security workshop at University Hall on Thursday.
Speakers included Kelley Dempsey, information security specialist for the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and Corey Harris of the FBI’s InfraGard program.
The workshop was not just about cyber security, but also small business security. Dempsey covered the basics of security such as locks, alarms, lights, fences and guards.

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MCS celebrates first anniversary in Ruston

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Firm creates more jobs than anticipated

Mortgage Contracting Services is celebrating the first anniversary of its 10,300-square-foot facility in Ruston.
The operations center has already added 70 new jobs to the area — well ahead of its anticipated creation of 90 jobs in five years.
The facility, which currently accommodates up to 90 employees with the ability to expand to hold 180 employees, opened in September 2012 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that included Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and officials from Louisiana Economic Development, the City of Ruston, Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University.

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Area residents to strut across the stage in Dubach

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The residents of Dubach will be strutting across the stage for the Louisiana Chicken Festival on Sept. 27-28 during the annual talent show.
“In the past, we have had a lot of entries,” Gina Stokes, events coordinator for the Chicken Festival, said. “Last year, we had such good talent.”
Talents will include singing, dancing and telling jokes.
“Last year, we had a lady do a tribute to Minnie Pearl,” said Stokes. “It was wonderful.”

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Dance Saturday night away at the Dixie

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We really want to roll out the red carpet for the Harmon Drew Super Group at 7 p.m. on Saturday night.
A recent automobile accident has affected the lives of Judge Drew and his wife Jean.
As Harmon puts it, “Jean and I are fortunate and blessed to still be here. The first responders were amazing. Jean was bunged up worse than I was. We hope that she is back to 100 percent in a couple of months. She’s a trooper and will be OK. I am already at 96 percent which is as good as I’ve been in the last 20 years. At my age 96 percent is the new 100 percent.”

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Tech history organization receives national honors

Continuing a long tradition of excellence, Louisiana Tech University’s Lambda-Rho Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, History Honor Society Inc., has once again walked off with national honors in the society’s annual best chapter competition.
According to Phi Alpha Theta national executive director Graydon A. “Jack” Tunstall, the Tech chapter has been officially recognized as best chapter for 2013 in Division IV, colleges and universities with enrollments of between 10,000 and 15,000 students.
Lambda-Rho Chapter was also designated as recipient of the Nels A. Cleven Award for 2013.

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All three parish prep teams at home

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Kittens looking for first win of season while ’Cats, Cougars go for second straight
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The Grambling Kittens look for their first win of the season tonight while Ruston and Cedar Creek look to make it two straight victories as prep football action hits week three.
All three parish teams are at home for 7 p.m. game tonight as Ruston takes on Rayville, Cedar Creek plays host to Buckeye and Grambling Lab battles Lake Providence.
Following are preview capsules on each game:
Ruston (1-1) vs.
Rayville (1-1)
Kickoff: 7 p.m.; Ruston
Two teams coming off of season-opening wins last week face off at “Hoss” Garrett Stadium as the Bearcats play host to the Hornets.

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Bulldogs look to bounce back against KU

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Looking to shake off a frustrating nationally-televised loss to Tulane, Louisiana Tech’s football will try to bounce back at 11 a.m. Saturday as the Bulldogs (1-2) head to Lawrence, Kan. to take on Kansas (1-1) at Memorial Stadium.
The Bulldogs will again be featured on national television as Fox Sports 1 will broadcast the game with Justin Kutcher (play-by-play), James Bates (analyst) and Brady Poppinga (sideline) calling the action. The game at Kansas marks LA Tech’s second of three consecutive games on the new 24-hour national sports network by Fox.

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GSU looking for first win of season

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Grambling State returns to Southwestern Athletic Conference action at 5 p.m. Saturday as the Tigers take on Alabama State in Montgomery, Ala.
GSU interim head coach George Ragsdale knows things won’t get any easier for his Tigers, who stand at 0-3 after last weekend’s loss to Division II Lincoln University of Missouri.
Ragsdale said the GSU Nation shouldn’t have been shocked by the loss to Lincoln, which he said featured plenty of offensive firepower.

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Tech tennis, volleyball teams ready to play

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The Louisiana Tech tennis team opens up the fall season this weekend at the second annual Big Easy Tennis Classic at the University Tennis Center in New Orleans.
After getting back on track with a convincing win over Grambling earlier this week, Tech’s volleyball eam will pack its bags and travel to Conway, Ark. to take on the Sugar Bears of Central Arkansas at 7 p.m. tonight at the Prince Center.

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