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December 1st

C-USA championship to air on ESPN2

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IRVING, Texas — Conference USA officials announced Sunday that the league’s football championship game between Louisiana Tech and Marshall will be played at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, West Virginia owith an 11 a.m. kickoff on Saturday on ESPN2.
The Thundering Herd (11-1, 7- C-USA) are in the championship game for the second straight year while the Bulldogs (8-4, 7-1) are in the contest for the first time in just their second year in the league.

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November 29th

’Dogs defeat Rice 76-31

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Freshman running back Jarred Craft (22) scored on this 58-yard touchdown run to help lead Louisiana Tech past Rice and earn a berth in the Conference USA championship game Saturday. The Bulldogs will face Marshall next weekend in the battle for the C-USA crown. For more on Tech’s big win, see Page 9A.

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Energy bills could decrease

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Ruston electric utility customers could see a slight decrease in their bills beginning in July if the Board of Aldermen approves a contract to purchase power from Constellation Energy Resources.
A resolution authorizing Mayor Dan Hollingsworth to enter into a power supply agreement with the Baltimore, Maryland-based company is among the items on Monday night’s board agenda. The board convenes at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

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Boxes ready for Toys for Tots

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Lincoln Parish residents have the opportunity to help local children find something special under the Christmas tree through the annual Toys for Tots drive.
Boxes are now out at various locations around the city to allow residents to donate toys to this cause. Sgt. Justin Schnicker, the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots coordinator for the local area — which includes Shreveport, said the local program helped approximately 5,600 children last year.
“Toywise, we accept anything,” Schnicker said. “Though, we ask people to stay away from anything military-oriented and weapons.”

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12 days of Christmas shopping upcoming for Lincoln Parish

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Statistics show if just half the American employed population spent $50 each month in locally-owned independent businesses, it would generate more than $42.6 billion in revenue.
The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, Ruston Daily Leader, Ruston Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau and The Peach 99.3 are collectively rolling out a #ShopRuston campaign sponsored by Community Trust Bank — 12 Days of Christmas Shopping in Lincoln Parish.

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Hollingsworth’s reception planned

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A reception honoring retiring Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Ruston Civic Center.
The event, hosted by city employees, is open to the public. Hollingsworth leaves office Dec. 31 after 16 years as mayor.
The reception will include a special presentation to Hollingsworth scheduled for 4:15 p.m., and remarks by the outgoing mayor, City Administration Ed Pittman said.

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Guys love talking sports at any time

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There’s this classic scene in the movie “City Slickers” where Billy Crystal and his friends are sitting around the camp fire at an Old West dude ranch, and the subject of baseball comes up.
Phil Berquist and Ed Furillo were passionately debating over who was the better rightfielder, Roberto Clemente or Hank Aaron.
Both were quoting little known, yet vital statistics about each one to support their cases.
Also with the “city slickers” was Barbara Robbins, who expressed her wonderment (and a little disgust) as to how two grown men could spend countless hours arguing about sports.

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’Dogs blast past Rice, 76-31

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It was a milestone kind of day for Louisiana Tech Saturday in a 76-31 win over Rice before a crowd of 18,029 at Joe Aillet Stadium.
And by the time the final gun sounded, Tech put notches in the Conference USA record books while earning a berth in the C-USA championship game while giving head coach Skip Holtz his 100th career coaching victory.
The Bulldogs exploded in the second half, breaking open a tight game and scoring the most points they ever have against a conference opponent en route to 76-31 blowout over defending C-USA champ Rice.

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GSU inches short in Bayou Classic

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NEW ORLEANS — Football really is a game of inches, as Grambling State found out the hard way Saturday in the 41st edition of the Bayou Classic.
GSU redshirt junior quarterback Johnathan Williams was stopped inches in front of the goal line as time expired, allowing Southern to escape with a 52-45 win at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Southern (8-3, 8-1 Southwestern Athletic Conference) clinched the West Division crown, and will face East Division champion Alcorn State next Saturday in Houston for the conference title.

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Dunkin’ Dogs defeat Samford, 77-64

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An emotional lift can do wonders to help a team’s momentum in a tight contest.
And thanks to senior guard Kenneth “Speedy” Smith, the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs jumped on “Old Mo’s” back early in the second half Friday night to pull away for a 77-64 win over Samford before a crowd of 4,214 at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Senior guard Raheem Appleby ignited at the end of the half and scored 18 straight points to help Tech pull away, but a “Speedy” return also helped the Bulldogs break open a tight contest.

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