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December 6th

Six Bulldogs named All-CUSA

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Tech places two on conference All-Freshman squad
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IRVING, Texas — Louisiana Tech has produced a total of six first and second team members on Conference USA’s 2017 All-Conference football teams, while the Bulldogs also had two newcomers named to the All-Freshman Team, it was announced by the league office on Tuesday.

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December 5th

Cause of player collapse still unknown

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RHS student, family await answers
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A Ruston High School student remains hospitalized in Dallas today after collapsing and having to be resuscitated during a Saturday soccer match against Airline at Bossier City’s Tinsley Park.
RHS soccer coach Joe Aulds said that Nnamdi Nwoha had played the first 10 minutes of the second half but was taking a break on the sideline when he collapsed.

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Aldermen approve pre-loan application

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It took Ruston’s Board of Aldermen only 12 minutes Monday night to work their way through a short agenda that included board authorization of a pre-loan application that could mean more Moving Ruston Forward projects.
The board approval opens the way for the city to submit paperwork to the state Department of Environmental Quality’s to see if Ruston qualifies for a low-interest loan from DEQ’s revolving loan program. The bulk of the money would be used for already-planned improvements to the North Sewage Treatment Plant.

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Simsboro council to consider sales tax

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SIMSBORO — Aldermen were asked to consider supporting a 1.25 percent tax during their regular meeting Monday.
Last year, the residents of Simsboro voted down a 1.25 percent sales tax.
With 305 citizens voting on the tax, it lost 58 percent to 42 percent.
The tax would have collected $2,400 in its first year, and those funds would have been placed in the village’s general fund.
Mayor Sybil Smalling-Foster hopes for a different outcome in an election that could take place as soon as April.
“We are going to try again because we really need it,” she said.

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Grambling Christmas parade scheduled for Saturday morning

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GRAMBLING — Grambling residents will celebrate Christmas spirit with gifts, fruits and candies during the Grambling Joy Fund’s annual Christmas parade starting at 11 a.m. Saturday.
The parade, which has taken place for more than 50 years, will begin at New Rocky Valley Baptist Church, move east on Martin Luther King Avenue, take a right turn on Main Street at the Christian Center, move through the business area and Grambling State University, take a left at the Catholic Center and then end at the Grambling Fire Station on Stadium Drive.

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Making art accessible for the public

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Doug Gitter had the urge for one final road trip after graduating college.
It was a trip that transformed his life.
“I met the most amazing people who were creating art with the things they had at hand,” Gitter said. “Almost immediately, I realized I wanted to help preserve and promote their works.”
As his father had earlier with a collection focusing on art from southeast Asia, Gitter made Southern folk art the focus of his budding collection. To say he was on the leading edge of what became a trend would be an accurate assessment.

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Techsters fall to Clemson, 55-47

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Clemson entered Monday night’s game against Louisiana Tech ranked in the top five in the country in defensive field goal percentage and points allowed per game.
The Tigers (7-2) left Ruston improving on those numbers as Clemson stymied the Lady Techsters (4-4) 55-47 before 2,129 fans at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Tech fell for the third straight game and saw its modest seven-game home winning streak snapped, shooting only 30 percent from the field and committing 25 turnovers in the loss.

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Smith’s career night lifts GSU over Tougaloo

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GRAMBLING — Ivy Smith, Jr. led five players in double figures with a career high in points and assists as Grambling State rolled past Tougaloo College, 111-95, on Monday night at the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.
Grambling State (3-5), which has now won back-to-back games, shot 50 percent (19-of-30) from the floor in the first half and led 57-44 at the break. The Tigers led by as many as 20 points (43-23) in the first half but the Bulldogs (6-2) cut the deficit to four twice in the second half.

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LSU to face Notre Dame in Citrus Bowl showdown

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BATON ROUGE — Two of college football’s most storied programs will meet in a bowl game for the fourth time when 17th-ranked LSU faces 14th-ranked Notre Dame in the Citrus Bowl presented by Overton’s on New Year’s Day in Orlando.
LSU will be making its second consecutive trip, and fifth overall, to the Citrus Bowl, while Notre Dame will play in the bowl for the first time.

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Newcomers pace Tech track teams

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JONESBORO, Ark. — Louisiana Tech officially opened the indoor track and field season on Sunday afternoon with the team’s newcomers shining in the A-State Kickoff Klassic, which was held in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
Louisiana Tech notched a total of 26 top five finishes on the day in both field and running events, while the Bulldogs and Lady Techsters had five individuals claim first place in their respective events in Sunday’s season-opening meet hosted by Arkansas State.

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