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November 12th, 2014

Pilgrims doomed from the start

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I’m not a big fan of holidays. About the only thing they’ve got going for them is a day off from work — sometimes.
In the news business, holidays typically mean more assignments to get done in less time: seasonal stories to write, special events to cover and attempting to explain to way-too-cheery friends and family why “jolly” is neither on our faces nor in our vocabulary. Humbug.

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OGB still a concern for many

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One of the main concerns that has been at the forefront of many peoples’ minds and the reason for a number of contacts, calls, emails and text messages, has been the issues concerning the Office of Group Benefits. As I have said countless times, the people, when they get engaged and involved, can bring about changes in the decisions made by the people in government. Let me bring you up to date on where I believe we are on the OGB question.

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November 11th

More than 500 flags placed on graves

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In honor of Veterans Day and in partnership with the local VFW Post, Boy Scout Troop 45 and Cub Scout Pack 45 placed flags at the graves of veterans at six local cemeteries. The boys place more than 500 flags out several times a year to recognize the brave men and women who have fought for this country.
Pictured above are: back row — Barrett Moore, McKinley Moore, James Ellenberger, Ryan Williams, Ivan Valentine and Ethan Brantly. Front row — Tanner Andrews, Riley Moegle, Eli Stevens, Hunter Ellenberger, Colton Kent and Travis Cox.

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LTPD, RPD make arrest

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Two burglary suspects apprehended today

The Louisiana Tech and Ruston Police Departments were instrumental in apprehending two suspects in burglaries from early today.
Tech Chief of Police Randal Hermes said he appreciates RPD’s help in arresting the two men in this case.
He said at approximately 2 a.m. there was a vehicle burglary in the vicinity of the apartments behind the Louisiana Tech Baseball Complex.
“Then at 6:30 a.m. RPD received a report of an attempted strong arm robbery outside Steeples Glen Apartments,” Hermes said.

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Pipes: Serving is good for you

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Honoring those who have served is a large part of what today is about, but for one Choudrant native it is much more than that.
Jack Pipes, 88, was born and raised in Choudrant, and drafted at 18 he set out for California and the U.S. Navy.
“I was dry behind the ears when I was drafted,” he said. “There were five of us from Lincoln Parish that were drafted then, but I was the only one who got the Navy.”
Pipes would end up serving a little more than two years before being discharged from the Navy.

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WISE Council approves UL System campus plans for $9.5M

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BATON ROUGE — The Workforce and Innovation for a Stronger Economy (WISE) Council approved the University of Louisiana System’s campus plans for $9.5 million of state funding for workforce and research initiatives on Monday.
Pending final approval by the Louisiana Board of Regents, the UL System’s nine universities can move forward with plans to grow student enrollment and graduates in high demand workforce fields as outlined in their WISE plans.
University of Louisiana System President Sandra K. Woodley presented the campus plans.

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Tech’s Sigma Xi chapter receives award

Louisiana Tech University’s chapter of Sigma Xi, an interdisciplinary honors research society that encourages collaborative research and community outreach, has been recognized with a Chapter Program of Excellence Award for 2013-14.
The award is given annually to the top 2-3 percent of Sigma Xi chapters in the United States. Tech’s chapter was formally recognized at last week’s Annual Meeting and International Research Conference in Glendale, Arizona, and in Sigma Xi’s publication, “American Scientist.”

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Dunkin’ ’Dogs set to start season

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Simply put, it was going to be no picnic for head coach Michael White and the Bulldog basketball team to match the historic 2012-13 season — a conference title, 27 wins, program records broken and a postseason appearance in the National Invitation Tournament.
No worries though. Not only did they match much of those achievements, they trumped them.

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Bowden speaks at FCA event

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Bobby Bowden, who has coached more football wins than any other coach in major college football, was the guest speaker Monday at the annual Fellowship of Christian Athletes fundraising luncheon, held at the Thomas Assembly Center. For more on Bowden’s visit to Ruston, see Sunday’s Ruston Daily Leader sports section.

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Tech’s Britos named CUSA Player of Month

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After a stellar performance at the ITA Southern Regionals, Louisiana Tech’s Jazmin Britos was named Conference USA’s Player of the Month for October.
The sophomore knocked off opponents from SEC foes Mississippi State, Auburn and LSU en route to being the only non-SEC player to advance to the quarterfinals of the singles main draw.
Britos defeated Naomi Tran of Mississippi State in the Round of 128 in straight sets before upsetting Auburn All-American Emily Flickinger, 6-1, 6-7, 6-3. Flickinger was ranked 94th at the time for the Tigers who ranked 27th as a team.

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