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August 28th, 2015

Tech soccer heads to Trojan Classic

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The Louisiana Tech soccer team travels to the state of Alabama this weekend to participate in the Trojan Classic against South Alabama and host Troy.
The first matchup against the Jaguars is set for at 4 p.m. today while kickoff versus the Trojans is Sunday at 3 p.m. Both matches will be played at the Troy Soccer Complex.
The Lady Techsters are very familiar with this tournament having played in it four times and winning it back in 2008.

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Techsters to open volleyball season

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Louisiana Tech head volleyball coach Adriano de Souza and his staff have been busy mixing the old with the new for the past three weeks.
The final product will be revealed this weekend when the Lady Techsters open the 2015 volleyball campaign on the road in Houston.
Tech is set to compete in the Marriott Houston Westchase Invitational, which begins today and is hosted by Houston Baptist.

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Bearcats, Cougars ‘jam’ tonight

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Qay’shon Thurman (left) and the Ruston High School Bearcats and Jace Moss (right) and the Cedar Creek Cougars both start their seasons with 6 p.m. jamborees tonight. Ruston will play host to West Ouachita with varsity play to follow freshman and junior varsity contests around 8 p.m. Three teams will compete in the Cedar Creek Jamboree at Cougars Stadium with Homer and Lakeside joining in on the action.

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Reliving Hurricane Katrina

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Evacuees, shelter directors tell stories

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of stories on Hurricane Katrina that hit Louisiana Aug. 29, 2005.
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When Hurricane Katrina hit 10 years ago, evacuees sought shelter before and after the storm. And in some cases, many ended up in Lincoln Parish.
Treviana Knight, a Grambling State University student, said she recently had moved to Boothville-Venice, in Plaquemines Parish, prior to the storm hitting.
“We moved there because my mother just found a job,” she said. “We had not been out there for a week when we had to evacuate. We had to leave everything.”

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Lincoln Parish prepares for storms

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Lincoln Parish is ready for the next influx of hurricane evacuees.
That’s the word emergency preparedness officials and community agency representatives gave Thursday during the annual Lincoln Parish Hurricane Preparedness and Shelter Planning Workshop.
The meeting came two days before the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the storm that devastated New Orleans and sent thousands of Louisianans fleeing northward, many to Ruston.

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Youth receive supplies

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Greggory Ray, 5, recently received new school supplies from Sammy Collins, handing bag, during a back to school drive.
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The fraternity brothers of Omega Psi Phi in Grambling recently presented more than 100 back-to-school bags to local children.
Sports Coordinator Korick Wilkerson said the back-to-school event was in conjunction with the All-Star Basketball game.
“This was the first year we had the back to school drive with the games,” he said. “It is a great event to give the kids supplies while also having the games.
Bobby Burkes, president of the fraternity, said the chapter is trying to make a difference in the community.

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Tech hosts Happening event

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Louisiana Tech University President Les Guice speaks before a packed house of hundreds of university supporters Thursday night at the 34th annual Happening at the Monroe Civic Center. The annual event, which kicks off the academic/athletic school year, featured speeches by Guice and Tech Athletics Director Tommy McClelland along with a question and answer session with head football coach Skip Holtz and head men’s basketball coach Eric Konkol hosted by event emcee Teddy Allen. See page 6 for more on the Happening.

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Lincoln Parish relives Katrina

On the approaching days and in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Lincoln Parish community took action.
Community members either took the call in helping thousands of evacuees on the home front or some traveled to the Gulf Coast region to aid the rescue efforts.
People like former Civic Center Director Judy Burt, former Ruston Fire Department Deputy Chief Kip Franklin, Trinity United Methodist Church Shelter Manger Allen Tuten, Louisiana Tech Vice President for Student Advancement Jim King and countless others dedicated time and energy to helping those in need.

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Channeling my 'cousin' Will

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I’ve been told all my life that I’m kin to the late newspaper columnist-political humorist Will Rogers. I wouldn’t know how to go about proving or disproving that. I guess I could join one of those on-line ancestry sites but I might find that I’m also kin to a serial killer or perhaps the helmsman of the Titanic — the one who heard the Captain shout: “No, your OTHER left!”

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Work of the Arts at Main Street Exchange

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Julia Cameron writes in her book The Artist Way, “Art is an act of the soul, not the intellect.
When we are dealing with peoples’ dreams-their visions, really — we are in the realm of the sacred. We are involved with forces and energies larger than our own. We are engaged in a sacred transaction of which we know only a little… “ I would add … “and receive so much.”

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