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January 6th, 2017

Dunkin’ Dogs ice Miners’ shooting

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Tech’s defense shines in 64-44 C-USA win over UTEP
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It was a freeze-out performance by Louisiana Tech’s defense on a frosty Thursday night at the Thomas Assembly Center.
The Bulldogs pulled away late behind that defensive effort as Tech took a 64-44 victory over Texas-El Paso to remain undefeated in Conference USA play before a crowd of 3,205 at the TAC.

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January 5th

‘Battle Buddy’: Veteran finds hope at 4 Paws

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A miracle happened Dec. 30.
Jeffrey Hataway, a retired police officer and Marine veteran, has been searching for a dog that could help him as a service dog.
On Dec. 30, he found Charlie and an unbreakable friendship began.
“I am a former United States Marine and a 16-year veteran law enforcement officer. I suffer from PTSD, anxiety and depression,” Hataway, of Monroe, said. “I qualified for a service dog to comfort me when in distress. Now the hard part was finding a dog.”
In an attempt to find his new best friend, Hataway made his way to Ruston’s 4 Paws Rescue.

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Officials: Winter weather poses ‘minimal’ threat

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Lincoln Parish could get its first blast of winter weather for the new year beginning early Friday morning, but officials expect the impact to be minimal.
“Any accumulation at all will be on bridges and overpasses and that won’t be until Saturday morning,” Kip Franklin, Lincoln Parish director of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness said.
The National Weather Service forecasts another cold front to move into the area tonight dropping temperatures to near 30 degrees, with a light snowfall possible during the day Friday.

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2 of Hooshang’s genres in 2 museum exhibitions

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Two of Hooshang Khorasani’s genres — a floral and an equine painting — are part of museum exhibits in Montana and Massachusetts.
“Equine Allure,” a 30x40-inch painting of a running horse, will be displayed during the 49th Art Exhibit and Auction at the Yellowstone Arts Museum in Billings, Montana, beginning Jan. 19.
The event culminates with a live and silent auction March 4.
The exhibit showcases a mix of styles that typifies the culture of Montana. Artwork ranges from cutting-edge contemporary to traditional landscape and Western.

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NCLAC announces annual members meeting

The North Central Louisiana Arts Council’s Annual Members’ Meeting and Holiday Party is set for Jan. 10 at 5:30 p.m. Current NCLAC members are invited to join the nonprofit at Co:Lab, located at 800 West Alabama Avenue in Ruston, to review the year’s programming and look forward into 2017. Dinner will be provided, and guests will be treated to the talents of musical guest Rod Allen Payne. Board President Peter Jones will present the President’s Awards, including Patron, Volunteer, Corporate Sponsor of the Year and more.

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New Year comes with new goals

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I could go on about how awful 2016 was, but I refuse to.
That statement has become cliché.
I’d rather spend time on something entirely different.
I took a step back and journeyed through my year in 2016 and realized how much I could learn from 2016’s failures and work on fixing them in 2017.
Like a New Year’s resolution, but bigger.
For example, and I mentioned this in an earlier column, I would like to build a better relationship with my grandparents.

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Local officers deserve thanks

Ruston has had more than its share of crime news lately: two murders, one attempted murder, a rash of vehicle burglaries and, sadly, the list goes on.
But there is a bright spot among the heartbreaks. Area law enforcement agencies have partnered with each other to apprehend suspects that could lead to solving several of the crimes.
Cooperation between Louisiana Tech University police and Ruston city police resulted in the arrest of a suspect in three on-campus vehicle burglaries as well as other vehicle burglaries in Ruston.

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Techsters hit road to take on Lady Miners

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EL PASO, Texas — After winning its Conference USA opener against Southern Miss at home six days ago, Louisiana Tech will take to the road for league play for the first time this season when the Lady Techsters face defending C-USA champion Texas-El Paso at 8:05 p.m. today at the Don Haskins Center.

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Dunkin’ Dogs to host UTEP tonight

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The Louisiana Tech men’s basketball team will don its red uniforms for the first time at home this season on when they play host to UTEP in the third annual Red Out game which tips off at 6:30 p.m. today inside the Thomas Assembly Center.
The matchup will be streamed live on CampusInsiders.com and Twitter will Brett Dolan (play-by-play) and Darius Walker (analyst) calling the action in Ruston.
Tech (9-5, 1-0 Conference USA) is 2-0 all-time in Red Out games, a fairly new tradition that started in 2015 against none other than UTEP (2-11, 0-1 C-USA).

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January 4th

Another $1M to bail out UP jail

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Lanny Parker knew the numbers weren’t adding up.

He was convinced that when they were totaled, they would become another glaring red figure.
The Union Parish Police Jury voted Thursday night to transfer $1 million to balance the operating budget at the Union Parish Detention Center. It marks the sixth consecutive year revenue has fallen far short of expenses in operating the facility.

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