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August 19th, 2014

Strong start for ’Dogs

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NASSAU, Bahamas — The Louisiana Tech men’s basketball team made easy work of the Pyramid Food Rockets late Monday night as the Bulldogs won 134-52 inside Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium.
Michale Kyser, Erik McCree, Raheem Appleby, Kenneth Smith and Qiydar Davis got the start for Tech and helped the ’Dogs jump out to a 60-26 lead at the half, surrendering only 13 points apiece in the two periods by the opposition.
Davis shined in his Bulldog debut as the junior college transfer poured in a team-high 22 points while also grabbing a team-high eight rebounds.

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Tech’s Griffin gets extra year

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The NCAA has ruled that Louisiana Tech wide receiver Sterling Griffin has been granted a sixth year of eligibility.
Griffin, a native of Opa Locka, Florida, was one of Louisiana Tech’s top receivers with 357 receiving yards on 33 catches last year, averaging 10.8 yards per catch. His 74-yard touchdown catch at Rice last November was the longest play of the year for the Bulldogs.

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Born hired as Tech’s external operations director

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Louisiana Tech Athletics Director Tommy McClellandhas announced that Marco Born has been hired as the senior associate athletics director for external operations.
The hiring is pending the approval of the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System.
Born comes to Ruston after spending the past 10 years at Middle Tennessee as a student-athlete and administrator.

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New field turf showcase for RHS

It doesn’t take much to get a Ruston High School Bearcat fans excited about an upcoming football season.
But this year there seems to be even more anticipation in the air than ever.
That showed last weekend during the school’s annual Bearcat Madness event where a large crowd flocked to L.J. “Hoss” Garrett Stadium to check out this year’s team, as well as the source of this season’s added excitement.
It’s all because the Bearcats are hitting a new field this season — an artificial turf that has been put down on James Field.

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Tell the AgCenter about insect issues

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There are many insects that cause problems with landscape plants. We have been dealing with many of these for quite some time. But now there is a new scale insect that has been attacking crape myrtles in north Louisiana and Texas cities. This scale is thought to be introduced from Japan and China. It appears to be closely related to the Azalea Bark Scale.

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August 18th

GSU students protest Missouri teen’s death

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Grambling State University students assembled on the GSU campus at 11 a.m. Friday to show their respect for Missouri teen Michael Brown, who was shot to death in a police incident on Aug. 9. The event included a moment of silence and prayer delivered by graduate student Kimberly Monroe who organized the event. Brown, a Missouri teen, was killed during a struggle with a police officer, which has sparked demonstrations across the country. Police officials have said the officer was pushed into his squad car, then physically assaulted by Brown in the vehicle during a struggle over his weapon.

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Burglary suspect arrested

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A man allegedly responsible for simple kidnapping and aggravated burglary, among other charges, turned himself in to law enforcement on Friday.
According to the arrest affidavit, Marlon Antwan Miller, 31, of 2515 Kavanaugh Road, came to the Ruston Police Department in reference to several crimes that had been committed in the Ruston and Grambling area.
Upon advising Miller of his rights per Miranda, Miller reportedly informed police about the alleged crimes he had committed.

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Cage-Hatter vies for District 2

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The race for Ruston’s District 2 Board of Alderman seat has drawn another candidate.
Sharonda Cage-Hatter will launch her campaign Saturday with a noontime rally at Greenwood Park. Hatter is challenging short-time incumbent Rosalind Jones in the Nov. 4 primary.
District 2 covers southeast Ruston. Candidate qualifying begins Wednesday. The District 2 seat was held by Alderman Elmore Mayfield until his death in June. Jones was appointed in July to fill Mayfield’s unexpired term.

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Ruston’s Locker Room finds new place to call home

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While the size and location might have changed, everything else at Ruston’s Locker Room is business as usual, Yvonne Craft, co-owner of the store, said.
Regular customers may have been surprised at the quick move, but Craft said it was something she and her husband, co-owner Mike, had been interested in for awhile.
“We had a buyer for our (other) building,” Craft said. “And, we had been wanting to downsize.”

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A message for teens as they head back to school

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In the past few weeks, I have spoken to several area young people who are starting high school this fall. Every one of them told me how excited they were. In the coming years, they will be dealing with many young adult issues, such as getting a driver’s license, perhaps getting a job, and preparing for college. Chances are excellent that they will also have to learn how to deal with dating violence.

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