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March 4th, 2015

Ruston ‘tags’ Louisiana Tech

City of Ruston vehicles are sporting a new look — the red and blue of Louisiana Tech University.
No, the city hasn’t foregone its signature Ruston peach logo, it’s just added to it. In yet another example of the joining of town and gown, each truck and car in the city’s 200-plus vehicle fleet now has a “state and T” Tech emblem license plate affixed to its front bumper.

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Finding common ground in development

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Talk about being between a rock and hard place, that’s where Ruston’s Planning and Zoning Commission found itself in February.
At issue was a developer’s request for conceptual approval of a plan to construct a 2,700-square-foot building on South Vienna Street. The building would be divided into two small restaurants: a donut shop and a drive-through-only fried chicken place.
The problem wasn’t the eateries, but where the developer wanted to put them: on a lot bounded on two sides by residences.

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Lions claw past Bearcats

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Ruston High School boys’ basketball coach Bekari Beckwith told his Bearcats heading into their second-round Class 5A playoff game that bench play against Ouachita would be crucial in the game’s outcome.
The District 2-5A rivals split road wins during regular-season play, and the Lions made it a road sweep Tuesday with a 65-59 road win at the RHS boys’ gym.
It was Ouachita’s bench that made the difference as senior guard Charles Wright came off the bench with 16 points, including four-of-five shooting from behind the 3-point arc.

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Tigers take out Stanley in Class B

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SIMSBORO — It wasn’t the way head coach Lance Waldron drew it up, but he said he the most important thing was getting the victory.
The Tigers of Simsboro High School defeated the Stanley High School Panthers, of DeSoto Parish, 67-59, Tuesday night in Class B boys playoff action.
“We wanted to play better,” Waldron said. “They dominated us in the post and we need to do a better job than that. We’re going to have to travel (to Midland High School), and we (need to improve on some parts of our game).”

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Bulldogs football team recognized

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The 2014 Louisiana Tech University football team was honored Saturday during halftime of the Bulldogs men’s basketball game against the University of Texas-San Antonio at the Thomas Assembly Center. Bulldogs Vernon Butler and Kenneth Dixon joined head coach Skip Holtz (pictured holding microphone) in talking to the crowd and showing the off Tech’s Heart of Dallas Bowl championship trophy and previewing the 2015 football season.

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GSU to begin spring football today

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Grambling State University kicks off its 2015 spring football practice today.
The Tigers finished the 2014 season at 7-5, being stopped inches short of earning a berth in the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship game as Southern made a goal-line stand on the game’s final play to win this year’s Bayou Classic.
GSU head coach Broderick Fobbs was named Southwestern Athletic Conference and Louisiana Sports Writers Association Coach of the Year in his first season at the helm of the Tigers football program.

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Tips for keeping exercise routines in the cold

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Needless to say, we have had some wicked cold and wintery days over the last couple of weeks.
However, cold weather does not mean that you must put your exercise regimen on ice. Winter can frustrate even the most motivated of exercisers. And ­— if you’re not so motivated — it’s all too easy to pack your workout gear away with your summer clothes and at the same time, pack on the pounds.
But keeping up your exercise routine in cold weather can be rewarding.

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March 3rd

NLMC buys Green Clinic Surgical

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Northern Louisiana Medical Center has acquired the Green Clinic Surgical Hospital.
The acquisition was announced today in a joint press release from the two healthcare providers.
Officials of both NLMC and Green Clinic said the move is the part of a new collaboration between the two entities and is aimed at the betterment of medical care in Lincoln Parish and surrounding areas.

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Robken to keep on directing

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The man under the famous hat and one of Louisiana Tech University’s most beloved and well-known entertainers said his life was turned upside down last year.
Jim Robken, director of Tech’s Band of Pride and Hoop Troop Basketball Band, was diagnosed with prostate and kidney cancer in late April of 2014.
“Two surgeries (were performed) — and I just wasn’t sure how I was going to come out of that,” he said. “At the time, we didn’t know how serious it was.”

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State offers land for Sparta project

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The Union Lincoln Regional Water Supply Initiative board is asking its attorney to review a proposal from the state offering to sell the group land upon which to build a water treatment plant.
The state wants $115,000 for the approximately 21-acre tract in the Old D’Arbonne State Park in Farmerville. The plant would be part of a project aimed at the reducing the draw on the Sparta Aquifer.
ULRSWI members looked at the first draft of the proposed cash sale agreement Monday.
“It’s another step in the right direction,” said Stein Baughman, ULRSWI’s president and Farmerville mayor.

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