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December 24th

Holtz, players talk up big game

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Tech’s preparations continue for Friday’s Heart of Dallas Bowl
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DALLAS — Coaches and players from Louisiana Tech University and the University of Illinois met the press Tuesday as preparations for Friday’s Heart of Dallas Bowl continued.
The Heart of Dallas Bowl kicks off at noon Friday. The Bulldogs bring an 8-5 record into the contest while the Fightin’ Illini stand at 6-6.

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Early advantage evaporates as Bulldogs fall at N.C. State

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Louisiana Tech showed how good it can be in the first half Wednesday against North Carolina State, holding a 15-point lead at the break and winning in every statistical category, even rebounding.
The Bulldogs led the entire first half and had as much as an 18-point edge with 14 minutes left in the game, but the tide completely turned and the Wolfpack came back to take a 73-65 win inside the PNC Arena.

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No. 25 TCU tops Grambling 80-39

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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — TCU’s return to the rankings for the first time in almost 16 years doesn’t mean coach Trent Johnson is finished building the program.
It means he’s just getting started.
“When this thing is built, is when we’re having a conversation that we’re in multiple NCAA tournaments — four out of five years, five out of six years,” Johnson said after the No. 25 Frogs beat Grambling State 80-39 Monday night in their first game as ranked team since January 1999. “That’s when it’s a finished product.”

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December 23rd

Rogers moves to the other side of the bench

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Ruston attorney Tommy Rogers has run four marathons and eight half-marathons, but his most important race may be the ballot box contest he won Dec. 6 when he was elected the 3rd Judicial District’s new Division B judge.
Rogers, 62, edged out fellow local lawyer Lewis Jones by winning almost 52 percent of the vote in the Lincoln-Union Parish District. Rogers succeeds retiring Judge Wayne Smith. He’ll be sworn in Dec. 31 and take office Jan. 1. A more formal courtroom ceremony is expected to be held later in January.

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Holiday shopping in Ruston a success

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Judy Copeland, president of the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, wanted to find a way to keep residents of Ruston in town for the holidays.
“We wanted to do something to get people to go out to (local) business for the holidays,” she said.
The Ruston Chamber of Commerce then partnered with Community Trust Bank, and other businesses to create the program called 12 Days of Christmas Shopping in Lincoln Parish, where residents of Ruston could pick up a passport and visit local stores to stamp their card whenever they entered one of the 40 local stores.

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RFD transports in vehicular crash; intersection closes

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A vehicle overturned on East California Avenue at 10:27 a.m. Monday, after what the driver reported to police as a power steering malfunction.
Ruston Police Department Deputy Chief Clint Williams said the 1997 Mercury Mountainer, above left, was being driven by David Lynn Harrell, 21, of Jonesboro.
“He claimed the vehicle’s power steering went out causing him to lose control of the vehicle, leave the road and roll at least once,” Williams said.
Williams said one person, the passenger Katina Harrell, of Jonesboro, was ejected from
the vehicle.

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NAMI Ruston celebrates Christmas

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Recently, the Ruston chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness celebrated Christmas.
The 28th annual NAMI Ruston Christmas Banquet celebration was held on Dec. 16 at the Lincoln Parish Library Events Center. It was a phenomenal success.
This event was attended by 130 persons, more attendees than at any other celebration or event NAMI Ruston has ever hosted. Gift bags were distributed to 49 consumers — persons receiving mental health services — in attendance.

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Bishop performs confirmation

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On Dec. 14, the Rt. Rev. Jake Owensby, Bishop of the Western Diocese of Louisiana, preached and administered the Sacrament of Confirmation, as well as greeting those who received their First Communion at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer. Pictured, left to right, are back row: Thomas Tomlin (confirmed), Mary Tomlin (received), John Price (reaffirmed), Bishop Owensby, Debbie Hightower (verger), Fr. Bill Easterling (Rector) and Art Lackey (Re-affirmed); front row: Morgan Price (confirmed), Pam Price (confirmed), Nate Moller (first communion), and Kahless Carnahan (first communion).

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’Dogs begin ‘Big D’ adventure

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The Louisiana Tech football team rolled into Dallas Monday morning and wasted no time getting down to business, as the Bulldogs headed to Highland Park High School to prepare for the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl against the Illinois Fighting Illini on Friday at the Cotton Bowl.
For junior running back Kenneth Dixon, like many of his teammates experiencing their first bowl game, the week brings a mix of excitement and focus.
“It’s a great experience to be here in Dallas for the Heart of Dallas Bowl,” Dixon said. “It makes it sweeter because it’s my first one.”

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Millsap meets with Tech football team

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DALLAS — Louisiana Tech and Illinois will duke it out in the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl at noon Friday on the storied turf of the historic Cotton Bowl Stadium.
But Monday night, the Bulldogs’ first night in town for the bowl, the two teams were allowed to be just fans as basketball took center stage.
The bowl treated players to an NBA game — Dallas against Atlanta in American Airlines Center. Tech got an extra reward as former Bulldog star Paul Millsap led the Hawks to a 105-102 win over the hometown Mavericks.

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