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July 18th, 2014

Tech announces golf slate

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New Louisiana Tech head golf coach Jeff Jenkins announced the Bulldogs’ 2014 fall schedule as he prepares for his first season at the helm of the program.
The fall slate includes four tournaments capped off by the Jim Rivers Intercollegiate at Squire Creek Country Club in Choudrant on Oct. 20-21.

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July 17th

Emergency responders experts in multiple areas

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Responding to more than 3,000 calls each year, Ruston Fire Department personnel have their jobs cut out for them.
But community members may not understand why certain equipment is sent to the various calls received.
RFD Chief James Austin said a lot of times people in today’s society still associate the whole process of firefighting or emergency response with just the title of firefighter, fire truck and fire.

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LPNET makes drug bust

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In a multi-department execution of a search warrant two Ruston residents have been arrested on multiple drug-related charges.
Chiquita Jones, 26, and Juakese Lowe, 29, both of 1300 Stewart St., were arrested by members of the Lincoln Parish Narcotics Team after a search warrant was served early today.
According to the arrest affidavit, LPNET agents along with members of the Ruston Police Department SWAT team executed a search warrant at 1300 Stewart St.

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Hunter’s Ed. classes begin Monday

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Lincoln Parish residents will have an opportunity to participate in the upcoming Hunter’s Education Program.
Lincoln Parish Sheriff Mike Stone announced recently that the sheriff’s office would be sponsoring the upcoming classes.
Lt. James Colvin said classes for the program would be held at the Lincoln Parish Fire Training Center, located at 415 Fire Training Road.
“Hunter’s education is to teach hunting safety, hunting regulations and respect for wildlife and the outdoors,” Colvin said.

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Library board to apply for Shakespeare grant

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During the monthly meeting of the Library Board of Control news of a possible exhibit was discussed.
Library Director Vivian McCain said the library is getting everything together to apply for the William Shakespeare Grant.
“We must meet their standards in order to get the grant,” McCain said. “I do believe we are the only library in the state applying for the grant, and if we get it we will have an actual piece of (William Shakespeare’s) work to display.”
The piece of work that would be presented to the library for display would be “First Folio.”

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Parish cattle enthusiasts excel at Angus competition

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Top left: Pea Ridge Rito 6041 won reserve grand champion bred-and-owned bull at the 2014 Louisiana Junior Angus Field Day on May 24-25 in Lecompte. Dalton Jones, of Dubach, owns the August 2013 son of Bayou Rito 237 of 1851 8059. Ryan Cummins, of Katy, Texas, evaluated the 28 entries.
Top right: These Angus enthusiasts won junior showmanship at the 2014 Louisiana Junior Angus Field Day on May 24-25 in Lecompte. Pictured from left are Ryan Cummins, judge; Lani LeBeauf, Deridder, second; Dalton Jones, Dubach, first; and Olivia Shepherd, Louisiana Angus princess.

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Double honors for Tech’s Dixon

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Junior RB named to All-CUSA preseason team, Doak Walker watch list
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Louisiana Tech defensive lineman Vernon Butler and running back Kenneth Dixon were named to the Conference USA Preseason All-Conference Team Wednesday as the league announced its preseason awards and projected order of finish.
The Bulldogs are projected to finish fourth in the league’s West Division this season by a vote of the league’s coaches, ahead of Southern Miss and UTEP.

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2014 Conference USA Preseason All-Conference Team & Predicted Order of Finish

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2014 C-USA
FOOTBALL COACHES
PRESEASON AWARDS
Offensive Player of the Year
Rakeem Cato, Sr., QB, Marshall
Defensive Player of the Year
James Rouse, Sr., DL, Marshall
Special Teams Player of the Year
Hunter Mullins, Sr., P, UAB
First Team Offense
QB Rakeem Cato, Sr., Marshall
RB Kenneth Dixon, Jr., Louisiana Tech
RB Aaron Jones, So., UTEP
OL Scott Inskeep, Sr., UTSA
OL Chris Jasperse, Sr., Marshall
OL Cyril Lemon, Sr., North Texas
OL Clint Van Horn, Jr., Marshall
OL Mason Y’Barbo, Sr., North Texas
WR Jamarcus Nelson, Sr., UAB

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C-USA, Sinclair Broadcast Group reach deal

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Conference USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky announced Thursday that the conference has reached an agreement with Sinclair Broadcast Group, among the nation’s largest television broadcasting companies, to produce and distribute 100 events each of the next two years.
Included in that agreement are two Louisiana Tech football games this fall — Tech’s Oct. 25 game at Southern Miss and Nov. 8 game at UAB.

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Giving a chance for a change

Ruston native Preston Ponder is just one of thousands of young people in Louisiana who have been able to turn their lives around thanks to a program sponsored by the Louisiana National Guard and supported by U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu.
The National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program is seen as a preventive program. It’s participants are usually viewed as those who are on a dangerous path, but still have the potential to be and do great things, if given a chance. Participants are usually unemployed, drug-free high school dropouts.

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