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May 24th, 2014

Tech holds Stole Ceremony

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27 student-athletes earn their college degrees
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Twenty-seven Louisiana Tech student-athletes from 13 different sports gathered in the Waggonner Room of the Thomas Assembly Center on Friday morning to take part in the athletic department’s 2014 Stole Ceremony, which honored spring Bulldog and Lady Techster graduates.

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Smith Taylor appears at Tech

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Former Lady Techster basketball player Erica Smith Taylor, left, was joined by Stacy Gilbert for a “selfie” during Smith Taylor’s book signing Friday on the Tech campus.

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Cole strong on NJCAA links

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Cedar Creek School product Jordan Cole of Ruston finished in third place overall and was selected to the All-Region team at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XXIII golf tournament that was held at Wolf Hollow Golf Club in Wesson, Mississippi, earlier this month.
Cole, a freshman at Hinds CC, fired a 73 in the first round, which was good enough for the top spot after the first day. He would then shot an 80 on the second day to finish with a two-day mark of 153, which placed him third overall.

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Big event for Tech

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School recognizes most graduates ever
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It was only fitting that Saturday was one of the biggest days in the lives of 957 new Louisiana Tech University graduates.
That’s because Tech’s 308th Commencement Exercises featured its largest graduating class ever, resulting in probably more people than had ever been in the Thomas Assembly Center at once as a standing-room only crowd packed the 7,600-seat arena.
It was also a big day for three Tech faculty members who were honored during the graduation ceremony.

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Chamber president: Gun Show a benefit

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The president of the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce says she disagrees with parish residents who think the business organization’s gun, knife and coin show harms the local economy.
In fact, the annual show generates revenue for city and parish coffers, Judy Copeland said.

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Gallot repays expenses to campaign account

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State Sen. Rick Gallot has repaid his campaign more than $3,000 in expenses incurred for a 2012 trade mission to Panama.
Gallot, D-Ruston, was one of five legislators singled out by several New Orleans news organizations for allegedly double-dipping by keeping state reimbursement funds that should have gone into their campaign accounts.

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Harris duo leads FOM race with win

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Anglers with the North Central Louisiana division of the Fishers of Men returned to the waters of Lake D’Arbonne on May 10 for the next to last tournament of the season.
With only two tournaments remaining, the race for the season points championship was at the forefront of everyone’s minds as the field of 34 teams launched from Ludwig Brothers Marine as daylight broke over the waters.

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Buddy's Blog

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Ruston High reunion was a great time for all
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Pardon me while I shy away from all things sports with today’s blog.
But I just had to write something about the good time I had last weekend attending the reunion of our 1964 Ruston High School graduation class.
If you are keeping score at home, that’s reunion No. 50.
Holy diploma! Where does time go?
The reunion was held over three days, starting with a casual gathering at the old Ruston Fire Station on Friday, then a supper at the Squire Creek Country Club in Choudrant on Saturday and winding up with a breakfast at the home of Rosie Bromell on Sunday morning.

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The Murph Challenge slated for Monday

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Area workout enthusiasts will get the opportunity to show their stuff on Monday as The Murph Challenge is held starting at 9 a.m. Monday at CrossFit of Ruston.
Lt. Michael Murphy, a Navy SEAL, was the officer-in-charge of a four-man SEAL element in support of Operation Red Wings, tasked with finding a key anti-coalition militia commander near Asadabad, Afghanistan.
Murphy, known as The Protector, was killed in action protecting his team on October 27, 2007.

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Time to give ‘whisker-fish’ a try

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With the conclusion of spring squirrel season today, outdoorsmen and women are left with no more species to hunt until September when doves become legal fare. For most of us, it’s difficult to just quit cold turkey knowing we won’t be picking up a shotgun for another three months.
My good friend and fellow outdoor writer from Little Rock, Arkansas, has a suggestion as to what we can do to fill the days and week until hunting becomes legal again. Go catfishing, he says.

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