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August 14th, 2017

Time to celebrate: Little brother graduates from Tech

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My brother and I are 18 months apart. We have always been very close growing up. He would let me paint his nails or dress him up in my play dresses, and I would play with cars with him or play soldiers outside. Our friend group tended to be the same group of people, which made us even closer.
Of course, we had the occasional fight every now and then.

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Story time: Off we go into the Big Blue Yonder

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In the fall of 1979, I graduated from Louisiana Tech. When he called me in; my academic advisor said that I had actually exceeded the maximum amount of tuition paid my any un-incarcerated student in Louisiana. My diploma said I had earned a degree in Social Promotion. It was kinda like getting a college level GED. I took it and ran to find a job.

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NCLAC makes impact on community

In 1987, a small group of artists and arts-enthusiasts came together with the goal of developing a regional arts center and a gallery where local artists could display and sell their work.
This year, the North Central Louisiana Arts Council celebrates 30 years of growth in both projects and support.
From humble beginnings, those involved with NCLAC knew they needed to fill a gap in the community — supporting regional arts and crafts.

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August 12th

Bulldogs study personnel at scrimmage

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Louisiana Tech reached the halfway point of fall camp on Saturday as the Bulldogs spent two hours on the field at Joe Aillet Stadium for what was the team’s first scrimmage since reporting to campus two weeks ago.
For the first time this week, it was clear skies for head coach Skip Holtz and the Bulldogs, who were able to get in quality work and live action in the stadium to close out the second week of fall camp.

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Tech volleyball wraps up first week of practice

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With the 2017 NCAA season right around the corner, the Louisiana Tech women’s volleyball team reported for a busy first week of preseason practice.
The Lady Techsters began the week with team meetings on Monday followed by two-a-days and various team activities leading up to the season opener on Aug. 25 against Ole Miss. Head coach Adriano de Souza noted the Lady Techsters’ early willingness to communicate and push each other.

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New experiences in store for fans at Bulldog Village

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Louisiana Tech football fans will have the opportunity to enjoy a host of new experiences at Bulldog Village this year prior to each of its seven home football games.
Bulldog Village is an interactive fan experience zone that will include game day music, tailgating, vendors, autograph signings, food, kid’s activities and other fan opportunities. It will be located next to Argent Pavilion this season (new location) and will typically open four hours prior to kickoff.

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Bearcats ‘D’ strong in scrimmage

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Ruston High School held its annual Bearcat Madness Saturday before battling some of the toughest temperatures so far through fall practice during an intersquad scrimmage that started at noon Saturday.
But first-year RHS head coach Jerrod Baugh said he felt that was a good thing for his team.

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Well-known names can be ‘good guys’, too

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In more than 50 years of being a sportswriter, I’ve dealt with a plethora of characters.
Some bad, some good.
Sadly, it’s the “bad” ones who get too much of the attention and give the impression to the reader that the majority of subjects we’ve written about fall into the “bad” department.
Not true altogether.
Those “bad” — okay, “jerks”— guys may have been confronted or questioned following a tough loss or bad play.
Thus, they’re granted a limited “free” pass for their actions.

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Bearcat Madness photo Gallery

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Top Left: Ruston High School running back Hahsan Jackson (5) was all smiles as he was introduced Saturday during the annual Bearcat Madness event on T.L. James Field at L.J. “Hoss” Garrett Stadium.
Top Right: The RHS Bearcat Belles performed during the Bearcat Madness event.
Bottom Left: Fans braved warmed temperatures for Saturday’s Bearcat Madness event at L.J. “Hoss” Garrett Stadium.
Bottom Right: Freshman Bearcats wore red as they were introduced during Saturday’s Bearcat Madness.

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Guilty as charged

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A district court jury has found Steve Devon Hardyway guilty of attempted first-degree murder and armed robbery of the Subway restaurant on West California Avenue.

The verdict was rendered Friday afternoon after four days of testimony during which Hardyway’s cousin and accomplice identified Hardyway as the perpetrator in the Nov. 4, 2015 incident.

Hardyway shot a female employee more than six times and stabbed her 35 times after hitting, kicking and pistol-whipping her for 30 minutes in effort to get her to open the store’s safe.

Sentencing for Hardyway is set for 9:30 a.m. Oct. 3.

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