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September 14th, 2013

Bearcats do it old-fashioned way

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Ruston High grinds out throwback-style 24-10 win over Airline
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It was the stuff movies are made off — a “Back to the Future” kind of night for the Ruston Bearcats Friday at L.J. “Hoss” Garrett Stadium.
On one sideline was former RHS quarterback Bo Meeks, leading Airline against his alma mater. On the other sideline was former RHS Brad Laird, looking for his first win as the Bearcats’ new head coach.
And on the field was a game featuring the kind of old-fashioned, smashmouth football the Bearcats were renowned for as a perennial state powerhouse in the 1980s and ’90s.

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Cedar Creek tops J-Hodge to win home opener

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Cougars move to 1-1 with 42-20 victory
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The Cougars of Cedar Creek relied on their offense to defend their house in the home opener against Jonesboro-Hodge High School on Friday night.
Cedar Creek beat the Tigers 43-20, led by an impressive performance by senior quarterback Mark Van.
Cougars head coach Ben Haddox said his team put a lot of effort in practice heading into the game and were able to push through after an overtime loss at Loyola College Prep last week in Shreveport.

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Techsters falter on final day of Tangi Tourism Classic

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HAMMOND — Louisiana Tech dropped the final two matches of the Tangi Tourism Lion Classic Saturday to end the weekend with one win and three losses at University Center on the campus of Southeastern Louisiana.
Tech began the day with a four-set loss to Stetson and followed up with its second four-setter of the day in a loss to the hosts, Southeastern Louisiana Lady Lions.
After a weekend’s worth of impressive performances, Rebecca Redgen and Alejandra Aviles both represented the Lady Techsters on the All-Tournament Team for their performancea over the course of four matches.

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Tech Golf to open season at Golfweek Conference Challenge

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BURLINGTON, Iowa — Louisiana Tech’s men’s golf team will open the 2013-14 season today as the Bulldogs were invited as the representative from Conference USA for the fifth annual Golfweek Conference Challenge.
The Golfweek Conference Challenge is being held at a neutral site for the fourth consecutive year with the University of Iowa serving as host school. Tech’s line-up for the first tournament of the season includes Victor Lange, John Lewis Sams, Travis Wilmore, Ben Robinson and Chuck Spears.

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Lady Techsters net soccer win over UALR

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — For the first time in the series the road team prevailed as Louisiana Tech notched two goals in the second period to come away with a 2-0 shutout win over the University of Arkansas-Little Rock Friday night at the UALR Recreation and Sports Complex.
Not only did a freshman-heavy Tech (3-4-1) squad have to contend against a very physical and imposing team in UALR (3-4), but they had to do it away from home in what was their sixth straight road match.

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Trenton Street Reopens

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Two-lane traffic resumes
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Much to the delight of downtown businesses, both lanes of traffic on Trenton Street were reopened at 4:30 p.m. Friday. City of Ruston Economic Development Administrator Kristi M. Lumpkin said from what she understood, both lanes will remain open except for brief periods this week when road striping will force temporary closures. Calls to the Ruston Drainage and Streets Department were unanswered, so further information was unavailable as of press time.

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Updating Dubach School

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Renovations, new building to cost $1.6M

Visitors to Dubach School will notice a distinct difference in the population of its students this year.
On average, they’re significantly smaller than they were during the 2012-13 school year, when the building was used as an eighth through 12th grade facility. After board members approved a plan to transfer all Dubach ninth through 12th grade students to Ruston High School and close Hico Elementary School, only kindergarten through eighth grade students are housed at the old high school building now.

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Simsboro contemplates hard liquor sales

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The village of Simsboro contemplated the permitting of hard liquor sales at Thursday night’s monthly meeting.
The owner of Tony’s Mart Sid went before the council and requested to sell hard liquor. Willie Hendricks, mayor of Simsboro, said during the meeting that he spoke with his attorney to see what the process would be for Simsboro to be permitted to sell hard liquor.

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PLAY Festival draws crowd

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Attendees enjoy variety of classes
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A first for Ruston and other area residents to enjoy was the Peace Love Art Yoga Festival held on Saturday.
The event featured 25 vendors, as well as a variety of classes ranging from massages and yoga to permaculture and paddle boarding.
“This has been a great success,” organizer Courtney Thibault said. “We definitely have plans to do this again, maybe next time it will be in the spring.”
When it comes time for the spring festival, Thibault said there would be nine students in her teacher training classes.
“We will have a lot more manpower next time,” she said.

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HeeHaw Hootenanny a success

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Local residents came out Thursday to the Ruston Civic Center donned in their western wear to celebrate the sixth anniversary of North Louisiana Medical Center’s Senior Circle. Attendees enjoyed guest speaker Sen. Mike Walsworth and appearances by Dolly and HeeHaw Girls. The band Saturday Night Special performed at the event, allowing attendees to two-step across the dance floor. A meal was provided by L & L Catering was provided.

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