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January 14th, 2015

Tech hires McFarland to coach OL

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Louisiana Tech head football coach Skip Holtz has announced the addition of Robert McFarland as the program’s new offensive line coach.
A former head coach with over 20 years of collegiate experience, McFarland joins the Tech Family after spending the last three seasons at Copiah-Lincoln (Co-Lin) Junior College.

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Lady’ Cats drop district opener

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Garrietta Dupree and Latrancia Waldon led the Lady Bearcats with eight points each as Ruston fell 57-27 Tuesday night in the District 2-5A opener for both teams.
Grambling Lab 33,
Cedar Creek 26
GRAMBLING — Amber Collinsworth dominated the paint with 16 points, 10 rebounds, six blocked shots and two steals to lead the Lady Kittens past Cedar Creek Tuesday in the District 1-1A opener for both schools.
Ashuntee Hamilton added seven points, eight rebounds, four steals and a blocked shot as Grambling Lab won its second straight game to move to 2-12 overall.
BOYS

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Give back throughout year

In November and December each year residents come out in full force to help their neighbors enjoy a happy holiday season. They donate time, money, toys and more to help those in need. Unfortunately, when the Christmas decorations go back into storage and the New Year rings in, many people forget the spirit of goodwill they felt during the holiday season.
Stephanie Mitchell Matthews, director of Christian Community Action, recently emphasized that individuals in our community need our help each and every month throughout the year.

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New officials need to take charge

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They’re real now. Ruston’s new aldermen, the 3rd Judicial District’s new Division B judge and the new district attorney have all raised their right hands and sworn to uphold the laws of the land and of their respective jurisdictions.
They’ve gone to work, too. The aldermen have had their first meeting; Judge Tommy Rogers, his first trial and District Attorney John Belton, his first decisions as the parish’s top prosecutor.

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Park improvements under way

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The City of Ruston Parks and Recreation Department not only provides several programs for adults and youth, but also attempts to make its park facilities user friendly. With that goal in mind, several improvements are underway and others are planned for 2015.
Park facility improvements can be divided into two types ­— new construction and upgrades to current facilities. This year, RPAR has plans to do both.

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Bible Study Fellowship creates satellite class in Ruston

Two satellite classes are being formed from the interdenominational women’s Bible Study Fellowship group that currently meets in Monroe.
Welcomes for the new classes will be at:
• 7 p.m. Jan. 21, First United Methodist Church, located at 1411 Glenwood Drive in West Monroe.
• 10 a.m. Feb. 6 at John Knox Presbyterian, located at 2106 Cooktown Road in Ruston.

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January 13th

Tech sweeps weekly C-USA, state honors

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Louisiana Tech University swept Conference USA and Louisiana Sports Writers Association Player of the Week honors with Kelia Shelton taking women’s accolades and Raheem Appleby being recognized on the men’s side.
Appleby shared LSWA Men’s Player of the Week honors with Marvin Williams of Louisiana-Monroe and the C-USA award with George Fant of Western Kentucky.

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Tech baseball camp deadline approaching

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Louisiana Tech Baseball is set to host a two-part specialty camp, which will be a one-day event for ages 13-18 on Sunday at at Pat Patterson Park.
The cost for those participating in the camps is $90 for Session 1 and $65 for Session 2. Campers can participate in both sessions for a cost of $140.
Those interested can register online at www.GregGoffBaseballCamps.com. The deadline to register online is Friday. Walk-up registration will also be available.

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GSU splits with Alcorn

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Grambling State University split a home Southwestern Athletic Conference doubleheader with Alcorn State on Monday, with the Lady Tigers winning 64-57 and the Tigers being edged 72-70. Bre’Nae Andrews (13, pictured above) led the Lady Tigers (4-10, 2-2 SWAC) with 17 points while Shanice Poole chipped in with 16. A’Torri Shine (1, pictured below) topped the Tigers (2-12, 0-4) with 21 points while Chase Cormier added 12 and Remond Brown totaled 10.

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Experts discuss current state, future of Sparta Aquifer

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Though the rate of decline in the Sparta Aquifer has slowed, water is still being pumped out of the giant underground formation faster than it’s naturally recharging.
That’s the word a panel of local aquifer authorities brought to the North Central Louisiana TEA Party on Monday night.
“For the first time since we’ve been recording data on the Sparta, it’s recovering in a regional sense,” Ben McGee, supervisory hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, told about 40 people at the TEA Party’s monthly meeting.

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