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February 8th, 2014

Bulldogs speed past N. Texas

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Junior point guard Kenneth “Speedy” Smith notched his third career double-double Saturday as Louisiana Tech raced to its 20th win of the season Saturday night with a 90-75 win over North Texas before a Thomas Assembly Center crowd of 5,123.
Smith netted 17 points to go along with 10 assists. A few of those assists were dishes to Kenyon McNeail, who recorded a game-high 18 points, including a match of Smith’s four 3-pointers, all coming in the second half to help the ’Dogs pull away.

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Lady Techsters topped at Marshall

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HUNTINGTON, W.V. — Whitney Frazier had a career day against Marshall. Louisiana Tech did not.
The junior forward scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for her 12th double double of the year.
Frazier’s jump shot with 11:06 to play in the game was also a milestone as she became the 41st player in Lady Techster history to join the 1,000 point club.
However, while Frazier was hitting on all cylinders against the Thundering Herd, the Lady Techsters were misfiring as Tech fell 69-55 at Cam Henderson Center Saturday afternoon.

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Lady Tigers lose heartbreaker to Southern

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GRAMBLING — So close, but so far away.
That was the story for the Grambling State Lady Tigers Saturday afternoon as a late comeback try against Southern fell just short in the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.
A steal by Joanna Miller sent GSU’s Jessica Watkins racing down a wide-open court with only seconds remaining and the Lady Tigers trailing by two points.

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Southern explodes past GSU, 104-54

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GRAMBLING (AP) — Malcolm Miller pumped in 22 points as Southern humbled Grambling State, 104-54 Saturday night.
The Jaguars roared to a 55-29 lead at the half and throttled back only a little in the second, closing with a 49-25 run.
Miller connected on 8-of-11 shots from the field and was 6- of-9 from 3-point range while Southern shot 43 of 72 from the field as a team (59.7 percent).

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Tech softball falls twice Saturday

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Tournament play to wrap up today vs. Houston Baptist
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Louisiana Tech rallied for four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to post a dramatic come-from-behind 4-3 victory over Saint Louis Saturday night at the Lady Techster Softball Complex.
The improbably win salvaged a split on the day for Tech (2-1), which fell 10-9 in eight innings to Wichita State in the first game of the day.

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Bearcats beat West Monroe, 68-44

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WEST MONROE — The Ruston Bearcats maintained their second place District 2-5A standing Friday with a 68-44 win at West Monroe.
Ruston now stands at 17-8 overall and 5-1 in district play.
West Monroe fell to 4-20 and 1-5 in district play.
Lady Rebels 57, Lady Bearcats 41
WEST MONROE — The Lady Rebels opened strong and never looked back en route to a District 2-5A win over Ruston Friday night.
West Monroe stormed out to a 13-4 lead by the end of the first quarter before Ruston rallied somewhat, outscoring the Lady Rebels 14-11 in the second stanza to trail 24-18 at intermission.

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Ruston man shot by LPSO deputy

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Fatal incident occurred after suspect reportedly pointed pistol at officers
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At approximately 1 p.m. Friday, deputies with Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office were involved in the fatal shooting of a 23-year-old Ruston resident.
Chad Alexander, public information officer with the LPSO, said deputies were on routine duty at East Side Mini Mart, located at the intersection of South Farmerville Street and Martin Luther King Drive, immediately prior to the incident.
“The deputies came into contact with a group of individuals in the parking lot of the convenience store,” Alexander said.
“One of those individuals immediately (fled the scene) on foot.”

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Creating perfect smiles

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Peach Tree Dental provides free treatments
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More than 100 people braved freezing temperatures and a wintery mix of precipitation Friday night into Saturday morning in downtown Ruston.
And it was Peach Tree Dental that delivered with its seventh annual Dentistry from the Heart event.
The event provided people in need, including those without dental insurance, the choice between a tooth extraction or teeth cleaning at no charge. That meant $20,000 worth of services were provided on the day.
Four dentists and a small army of dental assistants joined in with other volunteer support staff members to make the event success.

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Musical mission

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Carter draws inspiration from everywhere
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Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of features running in February in recognition of Black History Month.
Ruston’s Ken Carter has a passion for music, and because of those who fought for his rights and freedoms, he has seen no one stand in the way of his pursing that passion.

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Stats show fewer area arrests in 2013

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Law enforcement officials have released statistics for 2013 on the number of arrests made as well as what this means for the community.
Sgt. Clint Williams, public information officer with the Ruston Police Department, said the number of arrests made in 2013 dropped quite a bit from 2012.
“Very rarely do we see a drop in all categories reported to the Uniform Crime Reporting system,” he said. “But in every category we had a decrease in arrests for 2013, and that is a very good thing.”

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