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Mixing fun with business

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’Dogs will enjoy San Diego, but also want win
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SAN DIEGO, Calif. — No, Louisiana Tech University’s football team won’t be a part of the television reality show called “The Real World, San Diego.”
But during their five-day stay, the Bulldogs will be partaking of just about every other well-known tourist attraction or event that is planned for the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.
“The big key is mixing the fun with the business that we have out there,” said Bulldogs’ Head Coach Sonny Dykes. “It’s a pleasure trip, but it’s also a busine

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O.K.’s Corral

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San Diego: Great reward for Bulldogs
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SAN DIEGO, Calif. — As gloomy as the early part of this season was for Louisiana Tech University, it’s only fitting that the football season will end in sunny San Diego.
In so far as the so-called “lower tier” of the vast bowl landscape is concerned, the San Diego Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl is located in one of the most beautiful and livable cities in the U.S.
At least that’s what I’ve read, been told and heard about.
San Diego is one of the few places in Caiifornia I haven’t been to, so I have to admit to some subtle “cheering” for that city when the list of Tech’s prospective bowl sites were circulating right after clinching an outright Western Athletic Conference title.

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Tech radio: fun ride to bowl

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(Editor’s note: Teddy Allen made his debut as an analyst to legendary play-by-play announcer Dave Nitz for Louisiana Tech’s football broadcasts this seson. For sure, Allen and his cohorts in the booth and on the sidelines had a special look at the team’s march to a bowl game).
SAN DIEGO, Calif. — It started at 9 at night in a south Mississippi tropical storm and ended in mid-evening in a steady north Louisiana rain. In between was the football version of something mixed up enough to look like the inside of my grandmamma Ruth’s handbag.

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Tech rallies from 13 down to beat UALR

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RUSTON — Behind a career-high 26 and 18 points from freshmen guards Raheem Appleby and Kenneth Smith, respectively, Louisiana Tech (6-5) came back from 13 down in the second half to defeat Arkansas-Little Rock (3-9) 71-68 at the Thomas Assembly Center Saturday night.
The Bulldogs took their only lead of the first half 3-2 at the 19:01 mark.
Senior guard Trevor Gaskins was able to cut the UALR advantage to two, 10-8, but the Trojans responded with an 8-0 run.

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Memphis ends Techster’s three-game winning streak

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QUEENS, N.Y. - Shantale Bramble-Donaldson recorded her fourth double double of the year, but it wasn't enough as Memphis defeated Louisiana Tech 86-67 Saturday afternoon at Carnesecca Arena in the first day of the 2011 St. John's Chartwell Holiday Classic.
Brittany Carter scored 24 points and Jasmine Lee added 23 points as Memphis (9-1) won for the seventh straight time while snapping LA Tech's (5-7) three-game winning streak.
The Tigers shot 51 percent (31-61) from the field, including 64 percent (14-22) in the second half, while holding the Lady Techsters to only 33 percent (22-66) shooting.

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Finley speaks to Grambling grads

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More than 400 receive degrees
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When Stephanie Finley graduated from Grambling State University in 1988, she took the knowledge she gained there and made a life many would be proud to call their own.
Finley, who was selected by President Barack Obama in January of 2010, and confirmed by the United States Senate in June 2010, to serve as the United States attorney for the Western District of Louisiana — also making her the first woman in the state of Louisiana appointed as a U.S. attorney — shared her knowledge and life experiences Friday at the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center to the more than 400 GSU graduates who received their diploma at the 2011 Fall Commencement.

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Valuing the Act 54 plan

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Locals speak up on new teacher evaluation tool
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Every issue has at least two sides and the plan to base teacher evaluations at least partially on student performance is no different.
Community leaders, as well as those throughout the state in the field of education, have varied opinions about the proposed new plan, which Lincoln Parish and 11 other school districts will begin piloting in January. The entire plan is set to be implemented in the fall of 2012.

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Headed for a boom or bust?

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Possibility of oil, gas prompts Union land leasing surge

Editor’s note: The following is the second of a three-part series looking into gas and oil exploration in the Lower Smackover Brown Dense rock formation under much of Union Parish. The series will explain current exploration, what that exploration has already meant for the parish and what it could potentially mean in the future.

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Students present ‘Messiah’

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The Dixie Center for the Arts will be filled with the sweet sound of children singing on Monday as A.E. Phillips third-sixth graders present the “Messiah.”
Students, along with a small orchestra from Louisiana Tech University, will take the stage twice at 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Monday to allow more community members to attend. The event will cost $2 for students and $5 for adults.
Randall Boyd, A.E. Phillips choir director, said the group has been working on the piece since August and this is the second time the school will present the piece.

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Aggies offer support to troops, veterans

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November and December have been busy for the Choudrant High Aggies. We
have shown our Aggie spirit in a number of ways, including Veterans Day and
State Fair activities, a food drive and support for our troops in Afghanistan.
Support for troops
and veterans
Choudrant High Future Business Leader’s of America and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America chapters conducted a community service project to “Stuff the Stockings” for troops serving in Afghanistan. The groups collected hundreds of items including DVD’s, handwarmers and treats for the holidays. The postage to mail the items was sponsored by FBLA, FCCLA and Beta Club.

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