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March 18th, 2017

When a stroke honestly has a good side to it

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Believe it or not, there’s a good thing about having a stroke.
At least it has been for me, crazy as it might sound.
First of all, I don’t wish a stroke on anyone.
It’s that unexpected and unwanted territory that nobody wants to discover.
But for me personally, I have faced it as a challenge to conquer and remain positive.
The latter is of utmost importance.
When one undergoes a drastic change in their health and lifestyle, there are two options: travel the ‘’woe is me’’ route or turn off at the ‘’optimistic and upbeat’’ exit.

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Dunkin’ Dogs drop pair to USM

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Louisiana Tech (15-4) tallied nine runs and 10 hits, but it wasn’t enough as the Bulldogs fell to Southern Miss (15-4), 13-9, on Saturday afternoon at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
Jordan Washam was the star of the day for the Diamond ‘Dogs as the senior launched three home runs and collected four RBIs. He was joined by his brother, Jonathan Washam as the only Bulldogs to register multiple hits.

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Most important part of turkey is the gobble

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I still remember the first gobble I ever heard more than 30 years ago. Ruston’s “Blue” Parkman, one of the pioneers of turkey hunting in north Louisiana, invited me to go along with him to see what turkey hunting was all about. He was packing his shotgun while I was unarmed except for my camera.

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Civil War soldier recognized

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On Oct. 15, 1861, 21-year-old Isom Franklin enlisted in the 35th North Carolina Regiment, Infantry Company K. By Jan. 1862, the unit was transferred to the Confederate Service, joining the ranks of the Army of Northern Virginia, commanded by Gen. Robert E. Lee.
Pvt. Franklin survived the war — he saw action all four years — and moved his family to North Louisiana around 1889, settling in the Mineral Springs Community of a relatively new place called Lincoln Parish. He died in 1910 of pneumonia at age 70.
His simple tombstone lists only his date of birth and date of death.

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March 17th

Tech welcomes medical illustrator to speak

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Natalie Doolittle, director of medical animation at High Impact, Inc., will visit Louisiana Tech University on March 27 for a presentation titled, “Biomedical Visualization: Art Influencing Science and Medicine,” as part of the New Frontiers in Biomedical Research lecture series.
Doolittle’s lecture will take place at 3:30 p.m. in University Hall on the Louisiana Tech campus. The event is free and members of the campus and local communities are cordially invited to attend.

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GSU junior selected for ESPN fellowship

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Miniya Shabazz has been a Grambling State University student less than 24 months and she’s already an editor for the campus newspaper, a reporter with the university media bureau and she’s been published in area publications. Now she’s become a part of the ESPN family.

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Homelessness in Ruston

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Meeting set to gauge interest in building a local shelter

Luke Hockenjos knows what it’s like to be homeless. For seven months, he lived in the back of his truck in downtown Ruston.
Now Hockenjos has joined several other community residents in organizing a meeting to gauge interest in the possibility of opening a homeless shelter in Ruston. The meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Community Room of Origin Bank, located at 1511 on North Trenton Street.
The meeting is open to the public.
The closest homeless shelters to Ruston are in Monroe and Shreveport.

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Dixie looks forward to Wildwood Express

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It’s looking like spring and that can mean only one thing. The biggest annual show at the historic Dixie Theater is on its way.
Mary Ann Woods and Travis Woods have been busy collecting the music for the iconic Wildwood Express Band and the singers who come from near and far to celebrate the life of Joe Woods and the music that was heard each week on the stage of the venue known today as Dixie Center for the Arts.

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Diamond ’Dogs set to start C-USA season vs. USM

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Following a thrilled 6-5 victory over nationally-ranked Lafayette, Louisiana Tech’s baseball team quickly turns around and gears up for its first Conference USA action of 2017, welcoming in the Golden Eagles of Southern Miss.

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Tech speeds past ULM, NSU at Jim Mize Invitational

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Louisiana Tech Track and Field enjoyed a successful start to the 2017 outdoor season as the Bulldogs and Lady Techsters defeated both UL-Monroe and Northwestern State in the annual Jim Mize Invitational Wednesday at the Jim Mize Track & Field Facility in Ruston.
In double-dual scoring, Louisiana Tech’s men defeated Northwestern State with 70 points compared to 49 by the Demons and ULM (71-52), while the Lady Techsters defeated NSU (59-52) and ULM (66-41) in team scoring on Wednesday in Ruston.

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