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January 4th, 2018

Dunkin’ Dogs to play host to Texas-San Antonio

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Louisiana Tech looks to put an end to a two-game losing streak and a two-game home losing streak at 6:30 tonight as the Bulldogs begin the new calendar year versus Texas-San Antonio inside the Thomas Assembly Center on Karl Malone Court.
The matchup will be streamed live online by Stadium at WatchStadium.com. Ron Thulin and Tim Scarborough will call the action.

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Lady Techsters use ‘D’ to stop N. Texas

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With Louisiana Tech clinging to a three-point lead in the final 90 seconds of its C-USA opener against North Texas, junior guard Taylor Stahly came through in the clutch.
Stahly’s 3-pointer with 1:18 to play — her fourth of the game —snapped a six minute scoring drought and propelled the Lady Techsters (10-4, 1-0) to a 61-53 victory over North Texas (9-4, 0-1) before 1,749 fans at the Thomas Assembly Center Wednesday night.
The game pitted two of the top defensive teams in C-USA and it played out to script.

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Families invited to explore at cultural construction

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The Ruston Cultural District is bringing Cultural Construction to the Ruston Civic Center Area from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 20.
“Come take a look at large construction vehicles up-close,” said Haley Perot, of the Ruston Cultural District. “Sit in the driver’s seat, flash the lights, turn on the siren, have fun.”
Families with children of all ages are welcome.
The event will begin with a quiet hour from 10-11 a.m. for those sensitive to loud sounds.
Tickets are $5 each (cash only) and will include a hotdog meal courtesy of First National Bank.

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RCT announces cast for ‘Murder’s Bad But Monday Can Kill You!’

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Ruston Community Theatre has cast its next show “Murder’s Bad, But Monday Can Kill You!,” a murder-mystery comedy play by Pat Cook.
The play will be directed by Mary Watkins and sponsored by Graham Real Estate and Property Management.
Audience members will see several new performers to Ruston Community Theatre and as well as many familiar faces.
Harry Monday is back and may be in over his head as he is called out to investigate three murders at the Restful Glen Psychiatric Annex.

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Teach 1 to Lead 1 continues its successful run

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From the beginning, the Teach 1 to Lead 1 program had all the right tools to become successful in Lincoln Parish.
Former and current educators loved the idea, the 3rd Judicial District Attorney’s office supported it and even community stakeholders seem to come in droves when signing up to become mentors.
In fact, more than 24 Lincoln and Union Parish residents initially volunteered to become mentors for the program that takes at-risk students through a 14-week journey that teaches universal principles of scripture toward a life of purpose.

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Resolve in 2018: Be a recycler

It’s been a year since Ruston began curbside household recycling and judging by the latest numbers, we pronounce the program is a success.
As of early December, approximately 220 tons of trash and garbage that once would have gone into the parish landfill have been recycles. That averages just over 18 tons per month, which, by anybody’s standards, is a considerable mound of paper, plastic, cardboard and aluminum cans.
In fact, recycling became so popular so quickly, that only a month into the program, the city expanded collection from twice a month to weekly.

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McCallum first to enter appeals court contest

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Third Judicial District Judge Jay McCallum, of Farmerville, is the first person to qualify for the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals seat that opened with the retirement of long-time Judge Harmon Drew, of Minden.
Qualifying for the March 24 election began Wednesday and continues through 4:30 p.m. Friday at the Louisiana Secretary of State’s office in Baton Rouge.
As of midmorning, McCallum was still the lone qualifier for the 2nd Division, District A seat, according to the Secretary of State’s website. McCallum listed no party affiliation.

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Total solar eclipse, hurricanes mark 2017

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Editor’s Note: Weather in 2017 brought hurricanes and an eclipse.
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North Louisiana experienced 70 percent of a total solar eclipse on Aug 21. Dubbed “The Great American Eclipse” by the media, a total solar eclipse visible within a band across the entire contiguous United States, passing from the Pacific to the Atlantic coasts.

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January 3rd

MMA event set for Saturday

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With UFC 219 in the books all local eyes now focus on the upcoming Friction Fighting Championships. FFC 1 is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Saturday at the West Monroe Convention Center.
Gorilla Fight Promotions of West Monroe, a promotion company for pro and amateur Mixed Martial Arts, is putting on the event. John Blunschi, owner of Gorilla Fight Promotions, has been bringing fights to this area since 2007 and most recently GFP presented Rumble at the Revelry in Ruston back in July.

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Choudrant girls down Quitman

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QUITMAN — The Choudrant Lady Aggies held off a fourth-quarter rally try from homestanding Quitman Friday as CHS took a 45-41 win over QHS.
Choudrant (17-18) was led by Madi Joyner with 13 points while Olivia Hennen added 11 points for the Aggies.
The Lady Aggies will next play host to Downsville on Jan. 11.

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