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August 3rd

Roaf set for Hall induction

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Ex-Tech star to be enshrined in Canton Saturday
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Imagine Willie Roaf being inducted this weekend in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame instead of that famous shrine in Canton, Ohio.
Well, don’t chuckle.
It just might have happened had the former Louisiana Tech University star kept playing hoops instead of putting on a football uniform.

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‘Jam’: Big deal for prep teams

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Whether it’s a team that has made it an annual part of their preseason calendar or one showing up for the first time, the “Jam at the Joe” is a big deal.
So it will be again Aug. 25 at Joe Aillet Stadium when eight area schools participate in the fourth edition of the grid fest that continues to grow in popularity and interest.
“It’s a great event and our kids loving coming to Louisiana Tech University and playing on their turf at Joe Aillet Stadium,” said Head Coach Joe Spatafora of Farmerville, which will meet Shreveport Calvary Baptist at 6 p.m. “We find out a lot about our team early each year when we play in it and it tells us what we need to work on before we play our first regular season game.”

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’Dogs earn national poll votes

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Louisiana Tech University’s football team is starting off the 2012 season like it closed out its 2011 campaign: receiving votes in the weekly USA Today coaches’ national poll.
The defending Western Athletic Conference champions who began reporting for fall workouts Thursday and will go on the field at 6 p.m. today for their first practice earned 10 votes to share the No. 36 position in the poll.
Tech earned a Top 40 listing in the final 2011 USA Today rankings after going 8-4 and reaching the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl against TCU.

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James, Roaf named for New Orleans Hall

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Call it a “Hall of Fame Summer” for Aaron James and Willie Roaf.
If there’s an induction ceremony on the calendar, there’s a good chance two of Lincoln Parish’s legendary athletes are involved in it.
James, a two-time All-American and three-time All-Southwestern Athletic Conference basketball player at Grambling State University, has already been inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and GSU Legends Hall of Fame.

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Eddie W. Harvey

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Eddie W. Harvey was born on October 21, 1936 in Quitman, LA., to Lawson C. "Pete" Harvey and Mary Cooper Harvey. He passed away on August 1, 2012 following a lengthy illness.

Funeral services will be held at First Baptist Church, Ruston, on Friday, August 3, 2012 at 2:00pm, with visitation from 12:00 until funeral time at the church.

Mr. Harvey was a graduate of Quitman High School and of LA. Tech in 1959 with a degree in petroleum engineering. While at Tech he met his wife, Melva Jones, of Bastrop, LA. They were married on November 8, 1958.

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Elaine Colvin Boyd

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Graveside services for Mrs. Elaine Colvin Boyd, age 91,of Ruston will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, August 4, 2012 at Fellowship Cemetery in Dubach under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Ruston. Officiating the service will be Rev. Connie Smith.
Mrs. Boyd was born August 28, 1920 and passed away August 1, 2012.

She was preceded in death by her husbands: Thomas Harden and Leon Boyd; siblings: Bessie Lea Goss, Perline Bristow, Judson Colvin, Johnny Colvin, Huey Colvin, Max Colvin, and Hays Colvin.

Mrs. Boyd was a retired Beauty Operator in Kansas.

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August 2nd

Tech XX search over

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Mascot reportedly died of heat stroke on Sunday
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The search for Louisiana Tech University’s mascot is off, as it has been discovered that Tech XX passed away.
According to a news release from the university, Tech officials learned of the passing of Tech XX through communication with Dr. Patrick Sexton, with whom Tech XX lived.
“Regretfully, I learned (Wednesday) morning that through negligence of an employee, Tech XX was left outside too long on Sunday evening and passed away from a heat stroke,” Sexton said. “That employee unfortunately chose to handle it the wrong way and attempted to cover it up. Due to this negligence, the employee is no longer employed by Sexton Animal Health Center.”

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A rally of support

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Locals stand up for freedom of expression
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Area residents flooded Louisiana Tech University’s campus on Wednesday to grab a bite to eat at the school’s on-campus Chick-Fil-A restaurant.
But, it wasn’t just the flavor that drew the crowd. Instead, residents were showing up to support the company’s CEO Dan Cathy, after he came out in support of traditional family values last week.
The day, “Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day,” was declared by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee to support a business “whose executives are willing to take a stand for the Godly values.” The appreciation day was in response to protests by gay rights advocacy groups, as well as the removal of Jim Henson Muppet toys in Chick-Fil-A kids’ meals and threats from cities such as Boston and Chicago to withhold building permits for the company.

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Boys, Girls Club summer camp ends

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Youth of all ages could be seen in a flurry of activity as the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana finished the final summer camp session last week.
Ruston Elementary School student Cha’lea Green, 11, was a first-time camper and attended to engage in various activities.
“I (attended so I) would have something to do instead of hanging around the house, watching TV and eating,” she said. “I like playing basketball here, and I like the field trips. We went to Tech pool, Lincoln Parish Park and the movies.”

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Free concert to benefit Dixie

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The era of big bands will come alive on Saturday at the Dixie Center for the Arts, as Russ-Town Jazz is scheduled to perform at 7:30 p.m.
Russ-Town Jazz, a community-based, all-volunteer ensemble, is made of members of the larger Russ-Town Band who have prior jazz experience.
“Our sole existence is to be a service organization, to provide concerts to keep this type of music from fading away,” said Lawrence Gibbs, director of Russ-Town Jazz. “Since the early 1990s, there has been an upsurge in these types of organizations — all volunteer organizations whose members played in high school and college, but now have their professional lives but want to continue to play music.”

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