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October 25th, 2014

James’ repeat performance snags big buck

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Between the years of 1975-78, Louisiana Tech defensive end Jackie James no doubt found himself having to make a tackle a fellow defensive lineman had missed.
On Oct. 15, James cleaned up after another miss. This time, though, the miscue he corrected was his own.
After missing a big buck with his bow, James credits a quick prayer for another chance, his prayer was answered and he nailed a big 13-point buck weighing just over 200 pounds, a buck that green scored 149 inches at Simmons Sporting Goods Big Buck Contest.

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Buddy's Blog: Tech, GSU having fun time on gridiron

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Talk about a year making a huge difference for the football programs at Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University.
But that’s definitely the story lines that have evolved over the past 12 months for the Bulldogs and Tigers.
When the 2013 campaigns had shut down, the Lincoln Parish teams had records that were lower than a snake’s back.
Tech finished at 4-7.
Some disgruntled fans were wanting to run new head coach Skip Holtz out of town before the season reached the halfway stage.

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Hervey sparks win for Tech soccer

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Sophomore Kailee Hervey was the only substitution for Louisiana Tech in the first half and it paid off as she knocked in a diving header late in the first period for the 1-0 win against WKU on Friday night at the Lady Techster Soccer Complex.
The Tech (11-5-2, 3-4-1 Confernce USA) defense was just as stellar as the effort by Hervey on the game winner, allowing just five shots the entire match.
Tech continues its home stand at noon today against Marshall.

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Tech volleyball team tops Charlotte

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History repeated itself on Friday night as Louisiana Tech’s volleyball team went in to Halton Arena and knocked off the Charlotte 49ers, 3-1 (19-25, 25-23, 25-18, 25-20), for the team’s first Conference USA victory of the season for the second straight season.
A season ago, the Lady Techsters defeated the 49ers, 3-1, in road play for the team’s first league victory of the 2013 season.
One year later, Tech (9-14, 1-8 C-USA) played almost an exact replica of that match as the team came back from down a set to defeat Charlotte (13-14, 2-8 C-USA) in its home arena.

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RHS to honor alumni, educators Friday

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Three Ruston High School teachers and four graduates have been named the RHS Alumni Association’s 2014 Achievement Award recipients.
This year’s distinguished educator winners are current teacher, Emily Howell, retired Home Economics teacher, Frances Harrison and the late teacher of science, Sybil Edmunds.
Alumni award recipients are Edwin Davis, D.V.M, Class of 1960; Loyce Garrett Miller, Class of 1962; Carl A. Albritton, Class of 1979. The Young Alumnus of Distinction is Joy Tellis Cooper, Class of 1992.

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Teens at risk for domestic violence

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Autrey: Highest rate of DV for young women is between ages 16-24

Nearly one in three teens that have been in a dating relationship have experienced sexual abuse, physical abuse or threats of physical harm to a partner or self.
Likewise, according to statistics provided by the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team, the highest rate of romantic partner violence is against women aged 16-24.
Terrie Queen Autrey, community advocate for DART, said while DART doesn’t directly serve teens, they can offer resources to parents who suspect their teen might be experiencing dating violence — including helping them obtain restraining orders against the aggressor.

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ARToberfest supports NCLAC

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The fifth annual ARToberfest featured a host of local and statewide brewers showing off their most prized infusions in support of the North Central Louisiana Art Council.
Pictured, local brewer Ryan Nestrud cheers taste testers Erin Mitchell (back) and Macky Brewer as the Louisiana Tech University students tried Nestrud’s two home brews -— “Biscuit,” a citrusy “first beer of the mornin’” Indian Pale and “Breakfast Blend,” a lager infused with a bohemian coffee blend.
The nights event also featured live music from four local bands, raffle prizes, food, contests and games.

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RPD, RFD respond to crash

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At approximately 12:25 p.m. Thursday the Ruston Police Department and the Ruston Fire Department-EMS responded to a two vehicle accident at the intersection of Monroe Street and Georgia Avenue.
RPD reported that the driver of a 2014 Jeep Wrangler turned into a 1998 Buick Regal as the crossed the intersection of Monroe and Georgia.Only minor injuries were sustained, according to reports.

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Bonus homestead exemption for veterans a possibility

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Editor’s Note: Louisiana voters will be asked to decide on 14 proposed amendments to the Louisiana Constitution on the Nov. 4 ballot. The Leader will be running a series of articles provided by the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana to better inform voters about the issues that will be on the ballot.
The proposed Amendment No. 7 will ask voters to give a bonus homestead exemption to certain veterans.
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LPSD has a lot to be proud of

The Lincoln Parish School District may have fallen five points short of scoring an “A” on its comprehensive report card score from the state Monday, but the LPSD still has a lot to be proud of.
I.A. Lewis School went up a letter grade from a “C” school in 2012-13 to a “B” school in 2013-14. This was the first time I.A. Lewis has been ranked at a “B” with an overall gain of nearly three points. Also, Choudrant High School has a lot to be bragging about with a gain of nearly six points — causing CHS to remain the only “A” school in the district with an overall average of 110.

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