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January 5th, 2015

New Year, new vacation destinations to be discovered

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At the start of the new year, many people make promises to themselves that this will be the year that something changes. For many, one of the top goals for any new year is to travel more or to finally take that dream vacation they’ve been pining after for years.
“I think it’s a great New Year’s resolution to take that trip of a lifetime,” said Jane Gunn, a travel consultant with The Travel Company in Monroe. “Don’t keep putting it off, you never know what the future holds.”
Byron R. Moore, CFP with Argent Financial, said one of the main reasons people put off traveling is money.

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Driskel headed to LA Tech

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It worked for Louisiana Tech University’s football program last year with Cody Sokol.
Now the Bulldogs are hoping the second time will be the charm, too.
University of Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel 28-20 led the Gators to a 28-20 victory over East Carolina in the Birmingham Bowl on Saturday but was released from his scholarship before the game.

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Lady Techsters fall to USM in OT

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Whitney Frazier scored 27 points and grabbed nine rebounds but Louisiana Tech couldn’t overcome 25 turnovers and missed defensive assignments as the Lady Techsters fell 79-77 in overtime to Southern Miss Sunday afternoon at the Thomas Assembly Center.
In a game that saw 14 ties and 12 lead changes, Southern Miss (8-4, 1-0 Conference USA) hit 6-of-7 field goals, including all three of its three-point attempts, in overtime to pull out the conference opener for both teams.

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GSU teams to play at Alabama A&M

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Grambling State University’s basketball teams remain on the road today as their play their second Soutwestern Athletic Conference games of the season at Alabama A&M. The women’s game will tip off at 5 p.m. with the men’s contest following at 7:30. A’Torri Shine (1, pictured above) leads the Tigers (3-8, 0-1 in the SWAC) with 12.3 points per game while Yosha Watson (with ball below) leads the Lady Tigers (3-9, 0-1) with 14.1 ppg.

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Standing strong against domestic violence in 2015

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Happy New Year! If you are like me, you are still adjusting to saying and writing “2015” rather than “2014.” I have had to correct the date on several letters and checks since New Year’s Day arrived. But while I struggle to remember that we are in a new year, I welcome the opportunity to consider new goals, both for me personally and for the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team, in 2015.

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New city administration taking office

In just a few hours, Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker, the five members of the Board of Aldermen and City Marshal Jim Liner will raise their right hands and swear to faithfully discharge the duties of their respective offices.
The event, set for 6 p.m. in the Ruston Civic Center, is largely ceremonial. That’s because paperwork filed by each official with the clerk of court and Louisiana Secretary of State ensured the proper transition into their new terms on Jan. 1.

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Reflecting on New Year resolutions

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Thinking hard about making New Year’s resolutions, I realized there are many I could try:
• The old standard of getting fit and in better shape
• Cutting down on my soft drink intake, which is a big part of my “shape”
• Better managing my time in order to spend more with my family
• Cutting down expenses to try and save more money
• Getting more organized
For me, approaching my 51st birthday, keeping any kind of resolution is not an easy thing.

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January 3rd

Too many bowl games? Yes, but I’ll still watch

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I’ve done it the last several years, or at least ever since they’ve clogged the December calendar page with more bowl games than commercials on car insurance.
Yes, and I’ll express my discontent with teams carrying records of 6-6 or —honest — one with even a 6-7 mark making It on to the postseason stage.
Either through one (or both) of my weekly column or blog, I’ll put such feelings out there for everyone to see and either agree or disagree with all the while the bowl menu is serving up another marathon schedule.

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Tech takes C-USA opener

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. — It was almost 43 years to the day the last time Louisiana Tech beat Southern Miss in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
That streak of eight straight losses ended on Saturday night in the Conference USA opener as the Bulldogs defeated the Golden Eagles, 83-70, in Reed Green Coliseum behind a season-high 30 points from Raheem Appleby.
Tech (10-4, 1-0 C-USA) was able to score 33 points off of 19 forced turnovers in the game and make 13 three-pointers.
Appleby was on fire in the first half, scoring 22 points to give the Bulldogs a 45-29 advantage at the break.

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Techsters to host Southern Miss

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After playing nine of their 11 non-conference games away from Ruston, Louisiana Tech has the luxury of suiting up in their own locker room for the first three Conference USA contests this year, starting against Southern Miss at 3 p.m. today in the Thomas Assembly Center.
The contest can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network on KNBB 97.7 FM and KTKC 92.9 FM with the pregame show set for 2:30 p.m.

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