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October 8th, 2014

Bulldogs picked to win C-USA

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IRVING, Texas — Coming off a program record-tying 29 victories and an appearance in the National Invitation Tournament quarterfinals, the Louisiana Tech men’s basketball team was chosen as Conference USA preseason favorites on Tuesday, voted on by the league coaches.
Tech returns four starters from last year’s squad that, for the second straight season, earned a share of the conference regular season title for head coach Michael White.
A trio of Bulldogs — Kenneth Smith, Alex Hamilton and Raheem Appleby — was also selected to the 10-person C-USA preseason team.

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Tech baseball sets High School Showcase

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Louisiana Tech head baseball coach Greg Goff has announced the date for this fall’s upcoming Bulldog Baseball High School Showcase, which will be a one day event featuring students entering grades 9-12.
The showcase is scheduled for Nov. 15 at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park in Ruston and will last from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. that afternoon. The cost for those participating in the showcase is $110 per player and is only open to the first 75 players to ensure a good player-coach ratio.

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Suddenlink gives school supplies to Boys, Girls Club

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Local Suddenlink Manager Ruthie Evans presents the children of the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana with school supplies. Suddenlink, along with several individuals in the local community, gave school supplies at the beginning of the school year, and these supplies were given to club members to help defer costs for parents. The Boys and Girls Club offered thanks for the support they receive from so many people in the community.

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Support local performers

Ruston-Lincoln residents are lucky to have a full-fledged theater right in our back yard.
Not only do we have two universities to offer theatrical performances, but we also have the Ruston Community Theatre.
Each RCT production consists of a varied number of actors and actresses from the community. Some of them have been participants for years, while others are just starting out.
Thursday will mark the beginning of the 2014-15 RCT season with the opening of “Til Beth Do Us Part.”

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Remember all cancer survivors

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I am a cancer patient. I am a cancer survivor. For the rest of my life, I’ll have periodic oncology visits, blood tests and CT scans.
Three years and eight months ago, I was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma — kidney cancer. Like most folks with RCC, my diagnosis came out of the blue. The tumor on my right kidney was discovered in a routine test when my doctor was looking for something else.
In the early stages, kidney cancer has no symptoms. Researchers don’t know exactly what causes it; there’s no fairly direct causal link like there is for some other cancers.

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Time to reform Supreme Court

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Impeachment! A strong word for a strong action. It is my belief that once the Supreme Court became strictly a political arm of the Republican Party, it ceased to be a forum for ultimate settlement of law and its concepts that is fair and meaningful. I accept that in Washington, politics is king. However, the Supremes, at least in the 20th century for the most part, has separated politics from interpreted law according to the Constitution. With the current incarnation of this court, that no longer is the case.

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October 7th

Bus driver reportedly at fault

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At 3:45 p.m. Monday on Louisiana Highway 33 Lincoln Parish School District bus No. 66, with approximately 25 children on board, was involved in an accident.
According to reports from Eric Brazzel, Ruston Fire/EMS public ieducation officer, the driver of the buss was heading north on Hwy 33 when she failed to stop as the vehicle in front of the bus decreased its speed.
James Payton, LPSB transportation supervisor, said the driver was following too closely and overlooked the car in front of it. He reported there was only minor damage to both the bus and other vehicle.

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LPSB meeting today

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The Lincoln Parish School Board will meet in regular session tonight to discuss several items including updates on various capitol improvement projects such as additions to Cypress Springs Elementary and improvements to the Choudrant High School track and the Ruston High School baseball complex.
Other items on the agenda will include reports on sales tax receipts and financial, personnel and health plan updates.
Also, Chief Financial Officer George Murphy will discuss November salary supplement checks and Superintendent Danny Bell will give a monthly report before adjournment.

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New penalties for parking begin Nov. 1

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Downtown shoppers will soon have an additional hour to leave their vehicles parked in the same parking place before being ticketed.
Ruston’s Board of Aldermen unanimously approved a package of downtown parking changes Monday night that include:
• increasing timed parking from the current two hours to three hours per space,
• raising the overparking fine from $5 to $25 per infraction,
• eliminating existing all-day free parking on the south side of West Park Avenue and on the block of North Monroe Street between West Park Avenue and West Mississippi Street and

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Local teen tapped for international competition

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On Oct. 18, Cedar Creek senior Erik Eklund will join talented young piano players from across the globe in the Louisiana International Piano Competition.

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