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October 4th

Bulldogs’ losses all feel bad

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Whether it’s by one point or 18 points, a loss is a loss for Louisiana Tech University’s football team this season.
Going into Saturday night’s Western Athletic Conference-opening game against Hawaii at Joe Aillet Stadium, the Bulldogs (1-4, 0-1) had lost two games by two or fewer points.
Against the Warriors (3-2, 1-0) got whipped by 18 points at 44-26.
Maybe the differential was different, but the feeling was the same.

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Tech Hall: All about family

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From start to finish, the emphasis was on “family” and “people” at Saturday afternoon’s ceremonies for the 2011 induction class of Louisiana Tech University’s athletics Hall of Fame.
More than the long list of accomplishments, records and statistics compiled by the “Elite Eight” who comprised the group, this was about remembering those who helped make the special day possible.

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GSU takes week off to regroup

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GRAMBLING — Grambling State University gets a week off to return to a “startup” mode for the 2011 season.
The Tigers (1-4, 1-3) will be idle Saturday before resuming its schedule on Oct. 15 with a home game against Concordia College.
Grambling suffered its fourth straight loss last weekend with a 31-23 finale against Prairie View A&M in a Southwestern Athletic Conference Western Division showdown at the Cotton Bowl stadium in Dallas.

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RPAR hosts football skills’ competition

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Chauncey Lee, Kate Lisbon, Josh Begale, Parker Madden, Cole Liston and Anna Logan were first place finishers in the recent NFL “Punt, Pass and Kick” local competition hosted by the Ruston Parks and Recreation Department.
Lee was the champ for the 6-7 boys’ division, while Kate Liston won the title in the girls’ 8-9 category. Begale captured top honors for the boys’ 8-9 division, Madden was the winner of the boys’ 10-11 division, Cole Liston topped all competitors in the boys’ 12-13 category and Logan was the leading performer in the girls’ 14-15 division.

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October 3rd

Board to discuss scores, lawsuit

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Employees of the Lincoln Parish School Board may see some changes to their health insurance beginning in January.
On the agenda for the regularly scheduled board meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, board members are expected to discuss a proposal suggesting that the school system switch to Blue Cross and Blue Shield for administrative and network services. Currently Covenant Insurance provides those services.

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Renovated park celebrated

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A crowd made up of city officials, community members and Louisiana Tech University staff and students gathered last week for the grand opening of the newly-renovated Huckleberry Trails Park and Nature Area.
The park, located on Magnolia Avenue in the ward of City Council member Marie Riggs, has been undergoing improvements for about five years, said Ruston Parks and Recreation Department Recreation Supervisor Ashlynn Shell.

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Amendment deals with retirement systems

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Editor’s note: The Daily Leader is printing information about each of the five proposed Constitutional Amendments on the Oct. 22 ballot this week. Details are provided by the Council for a Better Louisiana, a nonpartisan statewide organization designed to work in the public interest to focus attention on important state-related issues.

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Cultural district in the works

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SHREVEPORT (AP) — A downtown cultural district boasting boutiques, art galleries, a sculpture garden, an urban dog park and various residential options could be on the horizon for Shreveport.
The Times reported today that city leaders, downtown businesses, nonprofits and private investors are moving ahead with a unified vision to revive the nine-block area known as Shreveport Common.

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Beard seeks PJ District 12 position

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Ruston resident Jack Beard has announced his candidacy for Lincoln Parish Police Jury District 12.
Beard has lived in District 12 since 1963 and is a retired professor for Louisiana Tech University. Having spent 24 years as a juror, eight as president, Beard believes he is well-qualified for the office.
Beard said during his tenure as jury president, Lincoln Parish became known as one of the leading parish governments in North Louisiana.

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Celebrate mental illness awareness

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In 1990, the U.S. Congress established the first week in October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW), in recognition of the National Alliance on Mental Illness’s (NAMI’s) efforts to raise awareness of mental illness.
This year, Mental Illness Awareness Week takes place October 2 – 8 and is an opportunity to learn more about serious mental illnesses, such as major depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

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