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October 15th, 2014

Tech’s Ashton honored by C-USA

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Senior named conference’s Cross Country Athlete of Week
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IRVING, Texas — Louisiana Tech senior Taylor Ashton was named the Conference Cross Country Athlete of the Week after winning the Northwestern State University Pre-Conference Meet and leading the Bulldogs to a team title.
Ashton led Louisiana Tech to a first-place finish at the NSU Pre-Conference Meet as he notched his first win and third consecutive top-10 finish of the season.
The Benton native finished the 8k race in 27:07.6 as he claimed the individual championship and led the Bulldogs to a team title.

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Damages approximately $25k

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At 5:41 p.m. Monday the Ruston Fire Department was notified through 911 of a house fire located at 1701 Goodwin Road at Evan James Apartments across from Lowes. Responding to the scene where the kitchen was involved in fire were one command unit, two pumpers, two aerials, one rescue, one ambulance and one support vehicle. Firefighters extinguished the fire before it spread to the adjoining apartment. Investigations revealed a pan of oil on top of a burner which reportedly ignited and spread onto the cabinets and attic area.

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Fire Prevention month is here

When the first leaves hit the ground and cooler weather makes its way to the area, many make a run for the kitchen to begin cooking up tasty treats of all kinds.
But as with any fun activity, cooking precautions should be taken. And since October is Fire Prevention Month what better time to stress the importance of safety than now.
During recent weeks, Ruston Fire Public Education Officer Eric Brazzel has spoken with youngsters about the necessity for fire and kitchen safety, as well as what to do when there is a fire.

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New parking regs. may be unsafe

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I’d never signed a petition before. It just didn’t seem like the right thing for a reporter to do, no matter how worthy the cause.
But several weeks ago when a fellow downtown worker walked into the office seeking signatures on a petition asking Ruston’s Board of Aldermen not to turn parking places on the south side of West Park Avenue into timed parking, I broke with my own professional tradition.
Along with my publisher and coworkers, I signed the petition. But the druthers of the 55 people who work in the block closest to those parking places didn’t matter.

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Assuaging issues with the OGB

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The Office of Group Benefits situation has been prevalent in the news lately. I have talked to many people concerning this and I know, based upon my personal knowledge, that there is much fright, fear and anger. I will attempt to tell you where we are, where we’ve been but, with my crystal ball broken and cracked, I can’t tell you where we are going.

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October 14th

Grambling won’t be fooled

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Tigers determined not to fall into ‘trap’ game mentality
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GRAMBLING — Riding a four-game win streak and being the only unbeaten Southwestern Athletic Conference team in league play is something Grambling State head football coach Broderick Fobbs is proud of.
But with half the season still in front on the Tigers, Fobbs is focused on taking things one game at a time, which means not overlooking their next opponent — Arkansas-Pine Bluff — which stands at 1-4 overall and 0-3 in the SWAC.

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Tech, GSU to face off on volleyball court

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Louisiana Tech (7-13) will step out of league play briefly this week in the team’s first midweek match since early September, as the Lady Techsters play hosts to Grambling State (2-15) in the annual “Dig Pink” match at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Thomas Assembly Center.
Tech faced off against UAPB earlier in the season in midweek non-conference action and the Lady Techsters returned home from the road contest with a 3-0 straight-set victory.

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Lady Techsters continue hoops preparations

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Summitt focused on keeping things simple
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When Louisiana Tech head coach Tyler Summitt and his wife AnDe moved to Ruston this summer, they bought a house.
However, as Summitt and the Lady Techsters enter their second full week of team workouts, he said he is now in the process of building one.
“Brick by brick, we are slowly making progress,” Summitt said. “Coach (Mickie) DeMoss keeps reminding me that it is a process to change the culture. I’m very thankful how hard the staff is working and how most of the players are working to buy in to the system.

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TEA Party hosts candidates

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Six of the nine men who want to be the next congressman from the 5th Congressional District wooed voters Monday night during a forum sponsored by the North Central Louisiana TEA Party.
Ralph Abraham, Harris Brown, Zack Dasher, Clyde Holloway, Ed Tarpley and incumbent Rep. Vance McAllister, all Republicans, spent about 90 minutes talking about their platforms and answering questions from the audience.

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McNeal to tell her story at annual vigil

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Selebrity McNeal never thought the day she started her new job at a Ruston supermarket would also be the day her mother died.
It was shortly before 6 a.m. on June 8, 2012. McNeal’s mother, Katherine West, 35, was just arriving at work at the Sonic Drive-In near the intersection of Cypress Street and Well Road in West Monroe. West’s estranged husband, Desmond West, 34, had apparently been waiting for her to arrive.

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