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November 1st, 2014

Celebrating love, leadership

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I’m been thinking of a special day — for me alone, that is. This past week, on Oct. 28, is the day 70 years ago that I was married at Fort Wolters, Mineral Wells, Texas, where my father was chaplain during World War II. I’d planned to be married at Temple Church in Ruston, but the war changed all that.
I used to think it would be wonderful to celebrate 50 years of wedded bliss, but that time has come and gone quite some time ago. Many of you were not even born yet in 1944 when I was 23, and if you were, you’re headed for old age yourself.

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CTB helps DART

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Sarah McKinnie of Community Trust Bank presents the proceeds of the bank’s tailgate party to Domestic Abuse Resistance Team Community Advocate Terrie Queen Autrey. “This is such a great gesture,” Autrey said. “Every little bit helps us!”

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October 31st

Bulldogs, Hilltoppers meet Saturday

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Forty-one years after battling for the NCAA Division II Championship, Louisiana Tech University and Western Kentucky University renew their rivalry at 2 p.m. Saturday at Joe Aillet Stadium.
The Bulldogs won that 1973 championship contest 34-0 and will be looking for that same kind of showing again as they play their 89th Homecoming game in front of the Tech faithful. Saturday’s game will be broadcast on the Fox Sports Network.

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Saturday Poker Run to benefit Serpas

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A benefit Poker Run for Ken Serpas, a Louisiana Tech offensive lineman in the 1970s now suffering with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), will be held from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday.
Sign-up will be at the Harley Davidson outlet in Bossier City with an entry fee of $20 per person. Riders are asked to be there by 9 a.m. with a silent auction at 9:30 a.m., kickstands up at 10 a.m. and the last bike out at noon. The winner will receive $250 with all proceeds going to the Serpas family.

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Techsters exhibition play starts Saturday

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When Tyler Summitt walks out of the tunnel and onto Karl Malone Court Saturday night for Louisiana Tech’s first exhibition game of the season, it will mark the seven month anniversary of when he was introduced as the sixth head coach in Lady Techster history.
Tech officials made the announcement of Summitt’s impending press conference on April 1 and the son of the legendary Pat Summitt was formally introduced the following day. Tyler Summitt won the press conference. And although not as instantaneously, he has won over his players during the course of the past seven months.

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Tech soccer earns C-USA berth

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Louisiana Tech picked a perfect time to come up with its first golden goal of the season and it was a little extra golden on Thursday night.
The match went into overtime at nil-nil as the Lady Techsters could not find the back of the net, hitting the crossbar, hitting the post and the rest being saved by Florida Atlantic’s goalkeeper.

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Homecoming time in Ruston

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Louisiana Tech University and Ruston High School will both play their homecoming football games this weekend. Cody Sokol (19, pictured left) and the Tech Bulldogs will put their undefeated Conference USA record on the line at 2 p.m. Saturday against Western Kentucky University at Joe Aillet Stadium, while Aulontay Rachal (3, pictured right) and the Ruston Bearcats will play host to Alexandria Senior High at 7 p.m. today at L.J. “Hoss” Garrett Stadium.

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FTC, BBB warn of subscription scam

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Across the country, individuals with newspaper and magazine subscriptions have been tricked into sending their subscription fees to fraudulent third party accounts.
In Ruston, residents with newspaper subscriptions should know that P.O. Box 520 is the address for payments to the Ruston Daily Leader. Alternatively, residents with questions on the matter may call 202-5871 or visit rustonleader.com and click on Circulation for more information.
The Federal Trade Commission recently released information regarding the bogus newspaper subscription renewal notices.

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Domestic violence victims honored at vigil

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During the annual Domestic Abuse Resistance Team Candlelight Vigil, keynote speaker Selebrity McNeal lit a candle in remembrance of her mother Katherine West, who died at the hand of her estranged husband in 2012. McNeal shared her story with attendees at the annual event, and candles were lit in remembrance of the 34 individuals who have lost their lives to domestic violence in the areas that DART serves. Community members gathered at the event to remember those 34 individuals, which included 28 women, four men and two children.

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Amendment No. 12 could change WLF memberships

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Editor’s Note: Louisiana voters will be asked to decide on 14 proposed amendments to the Louisiana Constitution on the Nov. 4 ballot. The Leader will be running a series of articles provided by the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana to better inform voters about the issues that will be on the ballot.
Amendment 12 wouldchange the membership of the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission to require that two at-large members come from parishes north of a line created by Allen, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Evangeline and Pointe Coupee.
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