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November 21st, 2014

’Dogs set to host Coaches vs. Cancer Classic

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The 2014 Northwestern Mutual Coaches vs. Cancer Classic continues this weekend as Louisiana Tech is set to host a four-team, round robin as part of the sub-host rounds today-Sunday at the Thomas Assembly Center.
The Bulldogs tip off the annual basketball event put on by the Coaches vs. Cancer program benefiting the American Cancer Society at 7 p.m. today in a match-up versus Morehead State televised on ASN.
Tech will face American at 6 p.m. Saturday and the tournament finishes up at 4 p.m. Sunday against Presbyterian which will also be broadcast live on ASN.

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Lady Techsters to play at ULL

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When Louisiana Tech steps on the floor at Earl K. Long Gym to face UL-Lafayette at noon Saturday, it will be just another game for the Lady Techsters head coach Tyler Summitt.
Since Summitt was hired in April, he has preached the same message over and over and over to his team. Focus on the process, and the results will take care of themselves.

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RHS boys, girls win

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Terrance Dodson led the way with 16 points as the Ruston High School Bearcats defeated Parkway Thursday night 62-52 at the RHS Gym. Isaiah Buggs (No. 20, pictured above) added 15 points for the Bearcats while Ty Anderson chipped in with 13 for RHS. In girls’ action, Jesse Anderson (No. 32 pictured below) topped RHS with 16 points to lead the Lady Bearcats past Richwood 44-37. Amani McWain added eight points for RHS while A’Mari Parker added six.

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Voters should consider voting early this week

Early voting for the Dec. 6 general election starts Saturday. We echo Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler’s suggestion that all eligible voters consider voting early.
“This is always a busy time of year with families traveling and time off of work, but it’s important not to forget about the Dec. 6 election, especially with the congressional runoffs as well as many important local races. By casting your ballot early, you can vote on your own schedule when it’s most convenient,” Schedler said.

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Flaws exist in today’s music

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Lauryn Hill said it best in her 1998 “Superstar” album: “Come on baby, light my fire, Everything you drop is so tired, Music is supposed to inspire, How come we ain’t getting no higher?”
The fact is we aren’t getting higher from the music we consume. I say we because I, too, still listen to today’s music. All it needs to be a hit is a good beat and a catchy chorus.
In today’s time, artists have no purpose in their music — no positive purpose, at least.Over the years, musicians have transformed from great influences to straight clowns.

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Vaccinations are here for a reason

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When the temperature begins to drop and the wind begins to howl, sickness has a tendency to set it for all ages.
We recently took the boys to the doctor, Tristan for a check up and Asher because his ear was hurting.
Unfortunately Asher had an ear infection, his first in more than a year. Tristan, on the other hand, was healthy as can be, and got his routine 6-month shots along with the flu vaccine.

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November 20th

Cook brings cheer to Navajo

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For approximately 10 years, Fred Pee, of Choudrant, has loaded a trailer full of gift-filled shoeboxes, winter clothing and other items and brought a little holiday cheer to the Navajo reservation in New Mexico.
Pee is a board member for Open Door Missions, which has its home base right here in Ruston at Cook Baptist Church. And, through this program, more than 1,100 children will receive holiday gifts this year.

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Early voting kicks off

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Early voting for the Dec. 6 general election begins Saturday at the Registrar of Voters office located on the ground floor of the Lincoln Parish Courthouse.
The voting period continues Monday through Wednesday and resumes Nov. 29 following the Thanksgiving holiday. Hours are 8:30 a.m.- 6 p.m. each day. Voters must bring photo identification.
Despite the short ballot — there are only eight runoff races and one proposition — voter interest in the runoffs seems high, Registrar of Voters Dianna Stone said.
“People are calling a lot,” she said.

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‘Pickers’ coming to Louisiana

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Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz have crisscrossed America, looking through barns and basements for dirty, rusty treasures.
The “American Pickers” want to plan a trip to Loui- siana, and are looking for residents’ help.
Lum Farr, president of the Union Parish Chamber of Commerce, said he was contacted by the company that produces the show, now in its fifth season on the History Channel.
“We would love to have them come to Union Parish, and we need the public’s help to make it happen,” Farr said.

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Tech helps DART

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The Louisiana Tech University Women’s Softball Team helped the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team recently by applying a fresh coat of paint to the life-sized silhouettes, which stood in front of The Bridge Community Church last month, in memory of lives lost to domestic violence in our community.
“(The softball team members) were a big help,” said DART Community Advocate Terrie Queen Autrey. “And they were very moved to hear some of the stories of the silhouettes.”

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