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August 12th, 2014

Finding a ‘comfort zone’

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DL Bates feeling at home as new Bulldog
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Fifth-year senior Houston Bates, a transfer who graduated from the University of Illinois in May, has already made a home for himself as a big part of Louisiana Tech’s defense.
That’s only fitting for the Covington native, who has returned home to Louisiana to close out his college career.
Bates and Louisiana Tech are no strangers— the Fighting Illini played Tech when Bates was a sophomore, but he didn’t play due to an ankle injury.

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Diamond ’Dogs add assistant coach

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Louisiana Tech head baseball coach Greg Goff announced last week the addition of J.D. Hulse to his coaching staff as an assistant coach for the Bulldogs for the upcoming 2014-15 campaign.
Hulse, who spent the last two seasons at Birmingham-Southern, joins Goff’s first-year coaching staff, which is comprised of Rick McCarty and Jake Wells, who were hired as assistants earlier this summer.

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August 11th

Crowning Beauty

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On Saturday afternoon, local young ladies competed for the coveted crowns of Miss Dixie Gem Peach and Miss Spirit of Ruston. Pictured, from left to right, are Miss Dixie Gem Peach Teen Princess 2015 Caroline Colvin, Miss Dixie Gem Peach’s Outstanding Teen 2015 McKay Crews, Princess Peach 2015 Emmersyn Nations, Miss Dixie Gem Peach 2015 Kelly Ann Bernard, Miss Spirit of Ruston 2015 Julianne Tippen and Miss Spirit of Ruston’s Outstanding Teen 2015 Macie Bell McCoy.

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2 sisters face drug charges

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Two sisters, Wendy Ann Swanson and Bobbie Joe Vandenburg were booked on several drug charges at 303 Lamar St. in Ruston at approximately 10:30 p.m. Friday.
The Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office received information that Vandenburg was possibly selling methamphetamine at her residence at 303 Lamar Street. Drug enforcement agents went to the residence to contact Vandenburg and, according to the arrest report, observed a foil pipe in plain sight by the door. In the report, officers said the pipe smelled like burned marijuana.

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Woman accused of ramming vehicle

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Report: Suspect resisted arrest, battered officers
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Ameenah Williams, of 159 Nutmeg Drive, was arrested for aggravated criminal damage to property, reckless operation of a vehicle, resisting an officer and two counts of battery of an officer early this morning.
At approximately 1 a.m., Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s deputies responded to 404 Chandler Road in reference to a disturbance. During the response, a complainant called and stated the suspect, Williams, had left the scene, according to the arrest affidavit. A deputy continued to the scene as other deputies searched the area for William’s vehicle.

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Police Jury to meet Tuesday

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The Lincoln Parish Police Jury will convene in regular session Tuesday night to discuss, and possibly approve an ordinance authorizing the public sale of a parcel of adjudicated property located on West Alabama Street.

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All Hours Fitness moves to new, bigger facility

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Late last month, All Hours Fitness Manager Trey Smith was able to realize a more than three-year dream — a new location for the fitness center.
Shortly after Smith took over the gym in 2008, he knew that something needed to change to provide members with the quality he wanted them to have.
“So far we’ve had a good response,” Smith said of the new location. “Everybody seems to like it. It’s been a long-time coming. I’ve been looking for a new facility for more than three years.”

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Unsung heroes in DART’s rural parishes

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In Lincoln Parish, the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team maintains a very visible presence because a bulk of our employees and services are here.
Our administrative office, located at 108 W. Alabama Ave. in downtown Ruston, is open to the public from 9 a.m.-5p.m. Monday through Friday. This office houses our Executive Director Cathy Ayo, as well as our Legal Advocate and Rural Program Supervisor Wanda James.

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EMMS youth group learns computer skills

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Kim Proctor taught the Ethel Mae Movers and Shakers Youth Group on the campus computer skills during the July 17 meeting at Grambling State University. First, she taught the group about the parts of the computer.
Proctor explained that there are a variety of input devices which can be used to interact with a computer. She taught students how to use mice, keyboards and touchpads. She also discussed the monitors, webcams and speakers. She explained that the printer was an output device that puts text and graphics on paper.

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Tech’s young guns being noticed

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Freshman QB duo’s performance leaves coaches excited about future
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Louisiana Tech sophomore quarterback Ryan Higgins is in a tough duel as a frontrunner to become the starting quarterback for the Bulldogs along with senior transfer Cody Sokol.
But one thing that has shown through the first week of camp is that it looks like Higgins will have solid competition for years to come.
That’s because true freshmen signal callers Price Wilson of Marietta, Georgia, and Alex Woodall of Summit, Mississippi, have also caught the attention of Tech coaches.

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