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January 11th, 2014

Overpowering performance

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Bulldogs win sixth straight as Tech tops Florida International
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No Raheem Appleby. No problem.
Louisiana Tech used a monster 22-0 run in the first half and double-doubles from Michale Kyser and Jaron Johnson to overpower Florida International 85-51 on Saturday night in front of 4,236 fans inside the Thomas Assembly Center.
The victory was the sixth straight for the Bulldogs (14-3, 2-0 C-USA) who needed someone off the bench to score in place of their leading scorer Appleby, and Saturday that was Jaron Johnson.

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Middle Tennesee goes inside to top Techsters

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Blue Raiders score 25 second-chance points as they dominate on the boards
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Ebony Rowe scored 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and Middle Tennessee capitalized on second chance points and Louisiana Tech turnovers to down the Lady Techsters 68-51 Saturday evening at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Middle Tennessee (13-3, 2-0 C-USA) pulled down 25 offensive rebounds which led to 25 second chance points and turned 20 Lady Techster turnovers into 26 more points in the Blue Raiders 12th straight win of the season.

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Lady Jags outlast Lady Tigers

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Freshman guard Dominque Patrick (20) and the Grambling State Lady Tigers fell to 5-9 overall and 2-1 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference as they were defeated 100-92 Saturday at Southern University in Baton Rouge.

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G-Men defeated at Southern

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The Grambling State Tigers fell to 1-13 overall and 0-3 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference Saturday as they fell on the road 73-49 at Southern University in Baton Rouge. Antwan Scott (10), shown in a game earlier this season, had 12 points for Grambling while A’Torri Shine led the Tigers with 13.

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OPHS tops Ruston for Redden Classic crown

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MONROE — Ouachita held off a tough Ruston squad Saturday night to take a 57-51 victory in the championship game of the Don Redden Memorial Classic at Ouachita.
The Lions captured the championship of their own tournament for the sixth consecutive year.
Ouachita (12-7) opened up an eight point lead after one quarter and had a double-digit lead in the second half, but the Bearcats kept fighting and cut the deficit to four points several times. But the Lions made clutch baskets and free throws down the stretch to secure the win.

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Tech opens indoor track season

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Louisiana Tech didn’t let a late start show them down as four sprinters and hurdlers advanced through the first round of competition despite a two hour delay at the UAB Blazer Invitational at the Crossplex in Birmingham.
Kim Francis led the way with a 60m hurdles time of 8.57 as she finished third in the A-section prelims to advance to Saturday’s finals, where she was joined by Bianca Jackson who advanced with an 8.60 time, finishing sixth.

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Zoning Commission to consider changes

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dewalk dining downtown and more flexible development regulations in several key commercial areas are among the changes city planning officials are recommending to Ruston’s zoning code.
The list of 52 proposed revisions would relax the zoning ordinance adopted in 2012 by the Ruston’s Board of Aldermen. A public hearing on the recommendations will be held Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. at the Ruston Civic Center.
If the planning and zoning commission approves of the changes, the revised ordinance will be introduced before aldermen in February and voted on at the board’s March 3 meeting.

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Pointing to the past

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Native American exhibit on display at parish museum
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The Lincoln Parish Museum has a Native American pottery and arrowhead exhibit up for residents to view.
Museum Director Margaret Ann Emory said she brought the exhibit down in August.
“I carried all the boxes down from the attic myself,” she said.
“I didn’t even know what I was bringing down until I looked in the boxes.”
Emory said there have been several people stop by to see the exhibit.

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Leader by example

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McHale remembered for business insight
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Former Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce President Andy Halbrook remembers the day 12 years ago he spotted John J. “Mickey” McHale across the room at a birthday party.
“We had been looking for someone to be the lead public figure in the restaurant referendum,” Halbrook said.
“I saw Mickey and knew he was the man for the job.”
By yearend, with McHale as the head of a political action group called LINCPAC, voters had approved the referendum that allowed restaurants to serve alcohol by the drink, and Ruston was set for one of the biggest business growth spurts in decades.

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Fire departments report statistics for 2013

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Each year men and women dedicate their time to serving Ruston and Lincoln Parish, and throughout 2013 local firefighters were on the call whenever they were needed.
Fire and emergency medical service responders in Ruston, Lincoln Parish and Grambing took on upwards of 3,000 calls in 2013.
Ruston Fire Department Public Education Officer Eric Brazzel said the department responded to 158 times for potential fires. Of those 158 calls, 32 were structure fires.

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