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February 20th, 2014

Techsters top Tulsa

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TULSA— Louisiana Tech head coach Teresa Weatherspoon called it a team victory.
However, she was also quick to point out that junior point guard Chrisstaisa Walter spearheaded her team’s 82-75 overtime win over Tulsa Wednesday night at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
Walter hit big shot after big shot on her way to a career-high 32 points while adding eight rebounds, six assists, four steals and two blocks as Louisiana Tech (8-17, 3-9 C-USA) snapped its 14-game road losing streak dating back to last season.

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Bulldogs to battle E. Carolina

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After 12 years of having to go to the west coast to face conference opponents, Louisiana Tech will now be making a rare appearance on the east coast with a showdown at East Carolina on at 6 p.m. tonight inside the Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.
Tech (21-5, 9-2 C-USA) is on a four-game winning streak which has propelled the Bulldogs into a three-way tie atop the standings with UTEP and Middle Tennessee.

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Girls playoffs start tonight

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Cedar Creek has been here before. Now the Lady Cougars are looking for a different outcome.
Creek (13-17) enters the Class 1A playoff as the No. 29 seed and will play at fourth-seeded Vermilion Catholic (25-4) at 6 p.m. tonight.
Vermilion Catholic defeated Cedar Creek in first-round action of last year’s playoffs.
“These girls had a goal to make it again this year and they fought hard to get in,” Cedar Creek coach Katie Eagles said. ‘The game on Saturday was a big game for us in the aspect that it took us out of that bottom spot and we went from 32 to 29 in the power rankings.

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Hoping for the springtime

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It’s almost here. I can feel it. Just a little longer. Spring is in the air.
I know technically we’re still on the tail end of winter but what’s getting me through these short days and long nights is knowing that soon enough, flowers will bloom again, green grass will grow and the sun will shine longer.
Most of the time I think I take seasons in stride but this year I’m impatient about the upcoming change. Maybe it’s because this winter has seemed particularly long. Maybe it’s because spring represents everything winter doesn’t: new life and, ultimately, hope.

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Doris Blalock Hennigan

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Doris Blalock Hennigan, 78, formally of Jonesboro, passed away February 18, 2014 of a sudden illness in Monroe, Louisiana. Visitation will be held at Edmonds Funeral Home in Jonesboro, on Friday, February 21, 2014, from 9:00 am to 11:00 am, with service following in the funeral home chapel with Reverend Karvin Adams of Cypress Street Church of God, of West Monroe officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Olive West Cemetery, under the direction of Edmonds Funeral Home. Doris was born in Punkin Center to Charles Loyd and Lou Allie Blalock on July 17, 1935.

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Tommy Dean Callaway Hearne

Tommy Dean Callaway Hearne, 82, of Ruston, passed from this earth Tuesday February 18, 2014 after a brief illness. Tommy Dean was born May 23, 1931 in Monroe, Louisiana to Margaret Jeffress Callaway and Thomas Dean Callaway, and grew up in Jonesboro. She met her husband of 66 years, Eugene, while attending Jonesboro- Hodge High School.

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February 19th

Collier: Drive based on era

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When Grambling State University looked last fall to “significantly ramp up the university’s alumni affairs, friendraising and fundraising efforts,” it looked to a familiar face.
Last December GSU named Carolyn Collier as interim director of alumni affairs. A 1974 GSU graduate, Collier, the first Miss Grambling (1973-74) to actually be a Grambling native, has served in numerous positions for the school for more than 28 years.

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Local taxes lost to Internet sales

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The Lincoln Parish Sales Tax and Use Commission met Tuesday to discuss collections and year-to-date earnings as well as an impending problem with local sales taxes being lost to Internet sales.
Commission Administrator Jerry Moore opened the meeting with a report on 2013’s fourth quarter and annual audit.
“The fourth quarter for the year has gone fairly well,” Moore said. “I’m thankful it ended up so good.”

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Single car accident occurs

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At approximately 2:30 p.m. Tuesday a single motor vehicle accident occurred at U.S. Highway 167 and the Interstate 20 eastbound onramp when a small red sedan struck a the light pole. Ruston Fire Department responded to the call with one engine unit, one ambulance and one rescue company.
Eric Brazzel, RFD public education officer, said one person was transported to Nothern Louisiana Medical Center for what appeared to be minor injuries.

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Dubach audit deemed clean

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The board of aldermen for the town of Dubach met in regular session Tuesday night to hear audit findings for the fiscal year 2012-13.
Don McGehee, the town’s certified public accountant, said in his opinion this was a clean audit.
“I didn’t see anything wrong,” McGehee said. “This is as good as it gets.”
McGehee went over several pages of the audit with the board and mayor to help them better understand the information being presented.
“The town has a healthy bank balance,” he said. “You’re liabilities are less that $10,000, which is a very good thing.”

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