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December 22nd

Horned Frogs ‘stick’ it to Tech

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. — The Horned Frogs proved too sticky for Louisiana Tech on Wednesday night.
TCU (12-2) lived up to their pre-game favorite’s tag in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl by ringing up a 31-24 victory over the Bulldogs (8-5) before 24,607 fans at Qualcomm Stadium.
It was a familiar outcome for the Mountain West Conference champs when making a postseason appearance at the Poinsettia Bowl. TCU is now 3-0 under such a setting, plus boosted its all-time bowl record to 14-13 (including seven wins during this decade).

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Dykes agrees to extension

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Louisiana Tech head football coach Sonny Dykes has agreed to a contract extension announced Wednesday by the University.
The extension will keep Dykes at Louisiana Tech through the 2017 season.
"We are very excited to retain Coach Dykes as the leader of our football program," said Tech athletic director Bruce Van De Velde. "The progress we have made under his and his staff's leadership has been exemplary and we look forward to continued progress in the near future.

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Lady Cougars pull away from Crusaders

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The Cedar Creek Cougars Girls Basketball team beat Claiborne Christian 47-38 Tuesday night at Cedar Creek thanks to a 19-point performance from Cougar Ruby Richie.
Richie also added six rebounds and three assists to help the Cougars pull away from Claiborne Christian.
Allison Ewing and Blair Bennett also added eight points each for the Lady Cougars.

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Frazier’s career day lifts Techsters to win

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Whitney Frazier scored a career-high 20 points to lead five Louisiana Tech players in double figures as the Lady Techsters defeated Tennessee Tech 82-64 before 2,479 fans at the Thomas Assembly Center Wednesday afternoon. With the victory, Tech (7-7) enters Christmas break having won five of its last six games as the Lady Techsters will return to the floor Dec. 29 when they host LSU at 7 p.m.
Frazier hit 9-of-11 field goals and 2-of-2 free throws and scored 16 of her game-high 20 points in the opening half helping Louisiana Tech build a 39-28 halftime advantage.

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NELTC holds graduation

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After much hard work and preparation for the work force, Northeast Louisiana Technical College students went out with a bang at NELTC’s graduation exercise.
NELTC held convocation ceremonies for all six of its campuses on Dec. 8 at the Monroe Civic Center. Students from Bastrop campus, Delta-Ouachita campus in West Monroe, North Central campus in Farmerville, Northeast campus in Winnsboro and Ruston campus came together to celebrate the completion of their technical college careers.

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AEP brings home gold in Lego contest

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The Lego League Team from Louisiana Tech’s A.E. Phillips Laboratory School returned with the first place trophy this month after competing in the First Lego League state championship in New Orleans. The team’s Lego robot won first place in the design category for programming and fifth place in the performance competition. 
A.E. Phillips was one of 57 teams from across the state of Louisiana who qualified to compete. In keeping with this year’s theme, “Food Factor,” the teams, comprised of students ages 9-14, built robots out of Legos, which had to accomplish a series of food safety tasks. The teams also completed individual projects related to common food contamination problems.

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Homecoming to be marked with dress-up days

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Elementary Science Fair
Simsboro Elementary School recently held its annual Science Fair. All participants did an excellent job on their projects. The winners are as follows:
• Second grade — First place: Rena Doss
• Third grade — First place: Kareline Young and second place: Braxton Taylor
• Fourth grade — First place: Kassidy Cherry; second place: Jayla Allen and third place: Matthew Gates

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Twelve students to perform at Carnegie Hall

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Twelve Ruston High School students have been selected for the 2012 American High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. Participation in the Honors Orchestra, Honors Band and Honors Choir is limited to the highest rated high school performers from across North America and select international schools.
RHS Choir Director Mindy Martin said this is the largest number of students from any one school to be chosen for the honor choir. Acceptance to the elite group is a direct result of the talent, dedication and achievements demonstrated in each student’s application and audition recording.

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Remember those lost in Iraq

The War in Iraq officially ended Dec. 15, but troops weren’t completely pulled out until Sunday.
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs website, in over eight years the United States has lost 4,484 military personnel to the war effort. However, that number does not include the thousands that were physically and mentally wounded because of the war.

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Growing numbers behind bars

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Last week I wrote about the benefits of local addiction recovery programs in helping to cut down the number of those arrested and thrown into the Lincoln Parish Detention Center.
I also mentioned that at one time it seemed like a rarity to know someone who had been to jail, but the increasing number of drug arrests is making it more commonplace.
Then this week my eyes fell upon a report that indicates this seemingly high percentage of people that have been arrested is not my imagination.

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