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November 26th

Tech adds baseball signees

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Bulldogs ink four jucos, prep standout

Louisiana Tech University baseball head coach Wade Simoneaux has announced the signings of four high school prep stars and one junior college star as part of its 2012 recruiting class.
Middle infielders Hunter Travis and Taylor Love and pitchers Adam Derouen, Sam Saunders and Richie Navari have signed national letters- of-intent during the early period.
“We have a strong recruiting class coming in next season,” said Simoneaux. “We have five players who can come in and immediately make an impact on our program.”

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Tech needs to keep Dykes long-term

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How long can Louisiana Tech University keep Sonny Dykes?
With the success of this year’s team and a promising future, maybe not long.
So maybe, it would be an excellent idea to start talking contract extensions with the second-year head coach.
Because I got this hunch that Dykes is going to be pursued for some other jobs in the aftermath of one of the Bulldogs’ best turnarounds ever.
Ole Miss, which took a 27-7 whipping from the ’Dogs a few weeks ago, is reportedly among the schools taking more than a passing interest in Dykes.

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GSU is divisional champ

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Tigers stop Jags for SWAC West laurels

NEW ORLEANS — D.J. Williams was right on the money Saturday afternoon.
The true freshman quarterback threw for three touchdowns to Mario Louis to lead Grambling State to a 36-12 victory over Southern University on Saturday in the 38th annual Bayou Classic.
The victory gave the Tigers (7-4, 6-3) the West Division title in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. Grambling State will play against SWAC East Division winner Alabama A&M (8-3, 7-2) in the championship game Dec. 10 in Birmingham, Ala.

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Tech basketball teams suffer losses

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Women fall to Alabama, men tumble to Portland State

Kiara Young and Shantale Bramble-Donaldson each registered double doubles but it wasn’t enough as Louisiana Tech couldn’t overcome 23 turnovers in its 67-59 loss to Alabama Saturday at the 2011 Paradise Jam held in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands,
With the victory, Alabama (5-2) captured the title in the Island Division while Louisiana Tech finished third with a three-game record of 1-2.

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Recent Chamber Ribbon-Cutting Ceremonies

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Top: Ribbon cutting held for Dr. James Finley’s new office
Ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held Nov. 9 for Dr. James Finley’s new Ruston office, located at 707 S. Vienna St. in Ruston. The event was sponsored by the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.
Middle: Ribbon cutting held for Scott’s Catfish
Ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held Nov. 17 for Scott’s Catfish, located at 2480 Louisiana Highway 33 in Ruston. The ceremony was sponsored by the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.
Bottom Left: Ribbon cutting held for Organo Gold Gourmet Coffee

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Area students graduate from Louisiana Tech University

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Louisiana Tech’s fall quarter commencement exercises were held Nov. 19. 
The following area students received diplomas:
Arcadia — David Eli Williams, bachelor of arts
Bernice — O’darius Quaye Akrong, bachelor of science electrical engineering technology
Calhoun — Tina Reacheal Calhoun, master of education; Clint Copes, graduate certificate;
Donald P. Johnson, master of science; Richard Pate Long, graduate certificate
Chatham — Cary Lance Seymore, bachelor of science
Choudrant — Mackenzie Rea Harris, bachelor of science; Paris K. Rainey, master of business

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Winning showmanship

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Above: These Angus enthusiasts won junior showmanship at the 2011 State Fair of Louisiana Junior Angus Show Oct. 26 in Shreveport. Pictured from left to right are Faith Guice, Downsville, first; Elizabeth Shackelford, Mer Rouge, second; Destiny Jones, Ruston, third; Connor Collins, Chestnut, fourth; and Olivia Shepherd, Lake Charles, fifth.

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State needs to get on track with education

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We’ve all been made aware of Gov. Jindal’s desire to sell or privatize the Office of Group Benefits (OGB) and use the funds generated to balance the budget and make himself look good. One does not have to be an accountant to calculate that a private takeover would be a for profit group that would do just that, make a profit off the state employees and make sure they generate enough profit to pay for this acquisition. The OGB is not broken, so it does not need Jindal to fix it.

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Pastor against Sunday liquor sales

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I would like to respond to the article in last Sunday’s Ruston Daily Leader about the expansion of alcohol to include Sunday sales in restaurant bars. I am personally and unconditionally opposed to this expansion for various reasons. I will just name three.

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Chamber member opposes proposition

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The Ruston City Council will have Sunday sales of alcohol and extended hours of sales on its December agenda. I hope the citizens of Ruston will recognize that this is strictly an effort to raise more money for the city coffers versus trying to maintain the quality of life for which Ruston is noted. Alcohol sales and quality of life are diametrically opposed to each other. They do not go hand in hand. It is all about money, money, money.

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