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October 16th, 2018

Ribbon cutting held for apartment complex

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The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony during the open house of North Village Apartments on Sept. 26. The luxury apartments are located at 2301 Timberline Court in Ruston. Owners are Wayne and Ellen Brown, Edward and Wendy Taylor, Marie Head and Don Miller, Karl and Kay Malone, Rand and Susan Falbaum, and Lisa Smith Hodges. Property manager is Alissa Hood. More photos are available on Facebook.com/RustonChamber.

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TODAY IN HISTORY

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Today is Tuesday, Oct. 16, the 289th day of 2018. There are 76 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Oct. 16, 1793, during the French Revolution, Marie Antoinette, the queen of France, was beheaded.
On this date:
In 1758, American lexicographer Noah Webster was born in Hartford, Connecticut.
In 1859, radical abolitionist John Brown led a group of 21 men in a raid on Harpers Ferry in western Virginia. (Ten of Brown’s men were killed and five escaped. Brown and six followers were captured; all were executed.).

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Barker gains C-USA honors

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Leads Techsters to two wins
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RUSTON – After registering three goals and helping Louisiana Tech to two home conference wins this past week, freshman forward Connor Barker was chosen as the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week.
The striker went into week nine having seen action in just seven games (one start) with an average of 31 minutes per match and just one total goal to her credit. She ended up starting both matches against UTEP and UTSA and was a huge reason why LA Tech was able to come away with two important league victories.

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Early Christmas for GSU

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — De’Arius Christmas earned the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Defensive Player of the Week honor, the conference announced on Monday morning.
Christmas, who was named the SWAC College Sports Madness Defensive Player of the Week, led the Tiger defense with eight total tackles, including seven solo stops. He had a pair of sacks and one interception – his second of the season in leading Grambling State to a 34-21 win against conference opponent Texas Southern.

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BUDDY’s BLOG

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Tech pipeline to NFL keeps getting longer
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Louisiana Tech University’s pipeline to the National Football League continues to be impressive.
Three of the scheduled starters in Monday night’s game between the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers hailed from the Bulldogs’ program:
Trent Taylor, 49ers, slot receiver; Tramon Williams, Packers, defensive back; Kentrell Brice, Packers, defensive back.
It was the highest number of ex-Bulldogs in the same regular season game since the NFL Draft era kicked off.

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October 13th

LSU, NFL great Jim Taylor dies at 83

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Jim Taylor, the ferocious Hall of Fame fullback who embodied the Green Bay Packers’ unstoppable ground game during the Vince Lombardi era and helped the team win four NFL titles and the first Super Bowl, died Saturday.
Taylor was 83.
He died unexpectedly at a hospital in his hometown of Baton Rouge, the team said.
Taylor played on the great Packer teams and was the league’s MVP in 1962.
He scored the first rushing touchdown in Super Bowl history.
Taylor was voted into the Hall in 1976.

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St. Frederick holds off Cedar Creek, 21-13

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The “Lane Train” was running full steam, but the Cedar Creek Cougars still ended up being derailed Friday night at St. Frederick High School.
A scoring strike from Warriors quarterback Andy Williams to wide receiver Pat Johnson pushed their lead to eight points with 8:10 remaining and the St. Frederick defense took control from there to hold on for a 21-13 home win over Cedar Creek.
St. Frederick moved to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in District 2-1A while Cedar Creek fell to 3-4 and 2-2 in district play.

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Ruston rallies to top Ouachita

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MONROE — The Ruston High School Bearcats saved their best for last Friday night in a 23-20 District 2-5A win over Ouachita Parish at the Lion’s Den.
With time winding down, RHS senior quarterback Eric Outley took a third down snap, dropped back in the pocket and evaded the ensuing pass rush before sprinting up the middle to score an emphatic 25-yard, game-sealing touchdown run with 11 seconds left in a fourth quarter that included three lead changes.
The seven-play, 79-yard drive gave Ruston the win in a game in which Ouachita had seemingly controlled on both fronts until late.

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Drew Brees: a ‘small’ slice of NFL history

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Drew Brees, the Lilliputian (more on that later) of NFL quarterbacks, is now king of the universe for most career passing yards in NFL history.
Before you know it, he’ll be flirting with 100,000 and beyond.
At 39, he’s in the best shape of his career. He could play well into his 40s.
About that word Lilliputian. As a noun, it means a small person.
Listed at 6-foot, Brees is the shortest of all the QBs on the all-time aerial yardage charts.
Peyton Manning, now No. 2, is 6-5.
Notice how often Brees has to leap from his tiptoes to see over his lineman to make a pass.

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Tech’s defense dominates

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Bulldogs smother Roadrunners, 31-3
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SAN ANTONIO, Texas — On a night where Louisiana Tech couldn’t muster a consistent running game, J’Mar Smith passed for over 300 yards and the Bulldog defense held the University of Texas-San Antonio out of the end zone in a 31-3 Conference USA victory before 20,057 fans at the Alamodome Saturday.
Tech rebounded from last week’s loss against UAB while snapping the Roadrunners (3-4, 2-1 C-USA) three-game winning streak and spoiling UTSA’s homecoming festivities.

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