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March 3rd

Techsters can wrap up regular season WAC title

The top 25 (No. 18, USA Today/ESPN; No. 19, Associated Press) nationally ranked club that has won 20 or more games for the past 13 years will seek an outright Western Athletic Conference title on Saturday night.
Tech (22-4, 14-1) already has a share of its fifth consecutive crown in the league, but can make it one of sole ownership with a decision over Hawaii (18-8, 9-6) in the 7 p.m. tipoff time.
All high school students and younger will be admitted for a special promotional price of $2 for the game, which is being held in the midst of quarter and Mardi Gras break by Tech.

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Huckabay deserves state honor

However, the past two times our senators and representatives met at the state capitol, they were focused on saving our homeland. The men and women who were elected by the people of Louisiana to do what is best for state, actually did so — for the most part.
They also found time to take care of a little “local” business. Reps. Rick Gallot, D-Grambling, Hollis Downs, R-Ruston, and Bill Montgomery, D-Bossier City, were able to get a resolution passed in the Louisiana Legislature honoring longtime high school and college coach Rick Huckabay of Simsboro.

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Water from pints to gallons

But I have written a few — important in content but relatively few in comparison to the total carried by The Ruston Daily Leader.
Then a business section article came my way about the effect of waste oil from automobile oil changes being dumped on the ground or leaking out of the landfills and finding its way into our groundwater. It only takes 4 pints of waste oil to contaminate 1 million gallons of ground water. Doesn’t that just scare you to death? Let that sink in — only 4 pints of waste oil to contaminate 1 million gallons of ground water.

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One transported to LGH following wreck on I-20

Dyane E. Williams, a Ruston resident, was driving her 2004 red Dodge pick up truck when she lost control of the vehicle and hit an 18-wheeler.
“They said the lady (Williams) was traveling eastbound on I-20 in the speeding lane,” said Officer Aundrea Livingston of the Grambling Police Department. “She lost control and ran across the median and hit the 18-wheeler that was traveling westbound.”
Arthur Benjamin of Fort Worth, Texas, was the driver of the other vehicle, which was a Dart Transit Company truck. He was uninjured in the accident.

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March 2nd

Oil change truths clear

Let that sink in — four pints and 1 million gallons. It’s a threat to the water we drink, the water we use in cooking, the water we use to irrigate crops and the water we use to bathe. And that is only on the personal level. The water supply which must be available for industry can stop economic growth dead in its tracks if it is not present in the abundance and quality required.

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Pictures unveil bits of reality

This statement has reached my ears before. It’s usually one I hear from close friends or relatives when I appear angry, washed-out or heavier than I perceive myself to be in a photograph.
However, after 1 1/2 years of snapping pictures for The Ruston Daily Leader, I’m beginning to believe this starting statement is only a half truth. Unless a picture is splashed across the front of a tabloid, we can assume most photos we see are true to life in that the photo subject was actually in the place they are pictured.

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Simsboro girls end run in semifinals

Simsboro, state champions from two years ago and the No. 1 team in Class B, faced off against Fairview, last year’s title-winner from Class C and the second-ranked team entering the playoffs, at the University Center on the campus of Southeastern Louisiana University.
In the end, the defending champions remained in the hunt for this year’s title, as Fairview (35-2) defeated the Lady Tigers 41-33.

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Annual jam to rock tavern

The event begins at 5 p.m. and lasts until midnight with only a $10 donation to get in the door. Proceeds from the music fest will go directly to the John Simoneaux endowed memorial scholarship at the department of music at Louisiana Tech University.
“John Simoneaux was a musician from down around the Baton Rouge area. He got his bachelor’s degree in guitar from Tech,” said Ken Carter, the drummer for the Ruston Road Kings. “He was an up and coming musician who tragically died in a car wreck in January 2000 on his way to Austin, Texas.”

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March 1st

Kittens advance with victory

Grambling Lab, led by its intense pressure defense and highly efficient offense, raced to a 19-point lead after one quarter and never looked back on its way to a dominating 82-48 victory in the second round of the Class 1A playoffs.
The Kittens (22-1), ranked No. 1 in the state, forced 18 first-half turnovers, including 9 steals, while opening up a 46-17 lead at the half.
“You really can’t simulate (Grambling’s pressure) in practice,” Plain Dealing assistant coach John Johnson said.

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CCC project spells victory

Even after Gov. Kathleen Blanco chose not to recognize projects which fell under the Governor’s Office of Urban Affairs following hurricanes Katrina and Rita, private donations have kept the CCC above water.
Recently its decision to keep operating has reaped great results.

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