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October 13th, 2014

Downtown Howl’oween takes new venue Oct. 31

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Pumpkin pie contest, Civic Center location among changes for 2014
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Pumpkin pie bakers, start perfecting those recipes. A pumpkin pie contest is the newest event in Ruston’s Downtown Howl’oween festivities.
Plans for the annual happening, set for Oct. 31, are beginning to take shape, Kristi Lumpkin, Ruston’s economic development director, said.
“Downtown Howl’oween is an opportunity for people to come to downtown Ruston and to give kids a fun, free and safe activity,” she said.

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Ruston girl stars as Annie

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Ruston’s Chanley Patterson, the 11-year-old daughter of Charles and Jeanne Patterson, has landed the role of Annie in the Strauss Youth Academy for the Arts production of “Annie.” There are two casts, and Chanley’s cast is called the “Easy Street Cast.”
The Cedar Creek sixth grader began performing last week, and will take the stage again at 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.straussyouthacademyforthearts.com.

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DV Awareness Month: A time for commitment

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October is here, and with it comes pumpkins, cool air and the glorious fall colors of russet, gold, and red. But at DART, October has a completely different meaning. October is the month of awareness.
National Domestic Violence Awareness Month gives us many opportunities to promote a greater understanding of domestic violence and dating violence. Before this month is over, members of our staff will have spoken at over 25 events throughout our seven parishes.

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Promote local schools

Starting Wednesday, Lincoln Parish residents ages 14 or older have an opportunity to promote not only safe driving amongst teens, but also help Ruston High School receive possible grant money.

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Applauding education efforts

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It’s something that parents of area school children have talked about over the last month or so.
And as the Nov. 4 elections draw nearer, it’s something that some of our candidates are talking about well.
Common Core state standards is what the talk is all about, and it’s become a platform in the race for U.S. senator, where Democratic incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu and her two Republican challengers, Rep. Bill Cassidy and retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness, are squaring off on the controversial subject.

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Sloan powers Tech past ODU

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NORFOLK, Virginia. — Sophomore forward Kathryn Sloan delivered two second-half goals and goalkeeper Kylee Seto recorded six saves as Louisiana Tech blanked Old Dominion, 2-0, on Sunday evening at the ODU Soccer Complex.
The victory was No. 10 on the season for Tech (10-5-1, 2-4 Conference USA) and it was the second straight weekend the Lady Techsters rebounded from a Friday loss to come back with a strong performance on Sunday.

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FIU nets victory over Techsters

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The Louisiana Tech volleyball team (7-13, 0-7 C-USA) struggled with a .122 hitting percentage as the Lady Techsters fell to league foe FIU, 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-20), on Sunday afternoon in the Thomas Assembly Center.
Tech totaled more kills in the match than the Panthers, but FIU made nine less errors than the Lady Techsters to hold a slight advantage in each of the three sets played on the day.
FIU combined to hit .208 with 41 kills in the match, while the Lady Techsters totaled 42 kills, but committed 25 errors in the loss.

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GSU introduces hoops coaches

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Grambling State University officially introduced its new men’s and women’s basketball coaches during a press conference last week. Women’s basketball Coach Nadine Domond (left) and men’s basketball Coach Shawn Walker were named as the new leaders of GSU’s hoops programs. Dormand previously served as an assistant coach (2002-03) at Hampton University when that team was coached by current GSU Interim Athletics Director Patricia Cage-Bibbs.

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Tech impressive at ITA Regionals

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TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — Louisiana Tech may have gone into the ITA Southern Regional Championships as a sleeper team, but they left having made a big impression on the other top regional programs.
With seven Lady Techsters competing in the biggest fall tournament of the season, Tech notched 10 total singles wins over players from Mississippi State, Auburn, LSU, Tulane and South Alabama.

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October 11th

A-Rod, Ali lead all-time interviews

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Over the span of 50 years, a sportswriter can deal with a variety of interviews from a myriad of subjects.
Such has been our good fortune with the Ruston Daily Leader.
No telling who might be the next athlete or coach on our question-and-answer list.
Two of the more interesting subjects have been Alex Rodriquez and Muhammed Ali.
Read on about them and others we’ve queried in this second installment of “What’s he like?”

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