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August 30th, 2016

We’re ready for some football

After ninth months of waiting, the time has finally around for Lincoln Parish football fans as the 2016 season officially kicks off this weekend.
Area high school teams begin play on Friday night while Grambling State and Louisiana Tech universities begin their seasons on Saturday.
Ruston High School is the lone prep team playing its season opener at home as the Bearcats take on Neville in one of the longest rivalries in the state.
“It simply comes down to the fact that anytime Ruston plays Neville it’s a big game,” said RHS head coach Brad Laird.

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Watering in drought conditions

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Forget Porgy and Bess, the words from the song “Summertime” by George Gershwin must have actually been written for gardeners experiencing an August with unexpected rainfall. The living really has been easy.
It is such a treat to lazily linger over my morning coffee rather than rush into the yard to haul and position water hoses to administer desperately needed moisture for dying plants and trees.

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August 29th

Proposal Request

The Winnfield Housing Authority requests proposals from qualified firms to perform Professional Fee Accounting Services. Proposals will be received until 4:00 p.m. on September 1, 2016. Any questions regarding the RFP should be submitted in writing to the following email address: wnfld@bellsouth.net.
RFP packages can be obtained from the Winnfield Housing Authority office located at: 901 Neil Wagoner Drive, Winnfield, Louisiana 71483 or by email to wnfld@bellsouth.net.
4td: August 12,16, 22, 29, 2016

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GSU provost names two deans

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Grambling State University Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Ellen D. Smiley has named new deans at two of the university’s colleges.
Smiley said the moves are aimed at strengthening the institution’s academic offerings while seeking creative approaches to help the colleges, and the university, grow.
Danny Hubbard has been appointed interim dean of the GSU College of Arts and Sciences and Donald White has been appointed interim dean of the College of Business. Both appointments are effective Thursday.

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Hometown Teams program to feature Davis

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O.K. “Buddy” Davis never scored a touchdown, made a tackle, swung a bat or pulled down a rebound, but his prominent place in the history of north Louisiana sports is secure.
As the executive sports editor of the Ruston Daily Leader, Davis has worked tirelessly to bring national attention to athletes competing at high schools and universities in the piney hills of Lincoln Parish.
Well more than 50 years into an award-winning career, Davis continues to earn praise from athletes, coaches and administrators for his dedication to the region’s teams.

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Late Billy Laird honored

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Former Ruston High School football coach Billy Laird, who passed away last summer, was honored Saturday with a Bayou Jamb Lifetime Achievement Award. Pictured is Billy Laird’s widow Brenda picking up the award with Former Bearcat Bobby Williams, center, and Laird’s son Brad, right, current head coach of the Bearcats football team.

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DART thanks Men Standing Strong leaders

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Last week, I introduced five of this year’s Men Standing Strong Team Leaders: Drake Mills, Gary Stokley, Brian Smith, Clarence Williams, and Wilbert Ellis.
Today I will introduce the remaining five leaders. The entire group is an impressive one, with a variety of backgrounds. It includes athletic leaders, bank presidents, business leaders, professors, an architect, a physician, and a prosecutor.

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Celebrate RHS coach’s legacy

It was quite the journey for Robert “Demp” Smith.
The former Lincoln High School football coach became the first African American to lead Ruston High School’s football team 40 years ago this year.
For his accomplishments as football coach at RHS, the Lincoln Parish School Board and RHS will honor Smith during a reception from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday at the Lincoln Parish School Board Title 1 Office.
Following the reception, Smith will be presented a plaque during halftime of RHS vs. Neville High School football game at 7 p.m. Friday at L.J. “Hoss” Garrett Stadium.

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Flashy-blue-lights escapade

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Driving through Bastrop, admiring the city’s courthouse while returning from our Sweet Adelines chorus gig in Oak Grove, I saw those infamous, pretty blue lights flashing. “I couldn’t possibly have been speeding,” I thought. But I dutifully pulled over, thinking the officer would pass us for the real culprit. Nope. Pretty blue lights pulled up behind me and my four Piney Hills Harmony compadres.
“Where you coming from, ma’am?” the officer asked.

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Techsters soccer plays Arkansas St. to tie

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Louisiana Tech and Arkansas State came into Sunday with the all-time series tied and it ended up staying that way as the two teams played to a 1-1 draw in front of 155 fans at the Lady Techster Soccer Complex.
After a scoreless first period and a 30-minute lightning delay, Tech (2-1-1) got on the scoreboard first with a goal scored by Kathryn Sloan. However, A-State (1-1-1) came up with the equalizer later on. Neither team could register the golden goal in the two overtime periods.
The Lady Techsters dominated possession for the first 45 minutes, outshooting the Red Wolves 9-0.

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