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October 9th

Williams' talent legendary

If there are questions as to how promising of a college coach Williams is going to be, just look at what his Grambling State University Tigers have accomplished in the last four seasons.
Taking over after the reign of legendary Eddie Robinson in December 1997, Williams’ leadership has taken what was a struggling program and turned it back into a contending team again.
GSU’s return to the upper ranks of black NCAA football programs was marked by back-to-back Southwestern Athletic Conference and NCAA Division I-A National Black Champions.

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Tech looks to upgrade housing

With a plan to phase out high-rise residence halls, Tech officials are working to construct dormitories designed to enhance student life and connect two parts of campus.
"It's a very exciting time," Tech President Dan Reneau said. "It certainly meets the time and the demands of the students."

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Stuckey is the father of Lincoln Parish aviation

He is deemed by many to be the father of Lincoln Parish aviaton.
To this day, if anyone asks someone associated with aviation in the Ruston area who knew Stuckey and what he means to the profession, the stories are endless.
So is the respect for Stuckey as an aviator.
“Beyond a shadow of doubt, S.L. Stuckey is the father of aviation of Lincoln Parish,” said Sevin J. “Steve” Dugas, chief instructor of Tech flight school and professor of aviation.

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State Farm closure hits Ruston

State Farm Insurance Co., one of the largest employers in North Louisiana, announced Wednesday afternoon that it will close its Monroe office.
The closure of the office translates into a loss of 1,100 employees in the North Louisiana area. State Farm officials have said that of the 1,100 jobs, 400 employees will be offered to transfer to either Tulsa, Okla. or Columbia, Mo. But policy holders in Lincoln Parish will not be affected by the State Farm’s decision, according to Skip Russell, a Ruston agent for State Farm.

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Snyder's touch in classroom was poetic

Robert Snyder takes his time these days, rarely in a hurry for anything.
It could probably be attributed to his age.
After all, Snyder is in his 80s.
Or it could just be some sense of uncanny patience Snyder developed from his years as an English professor at Louisiana Tech, listening and tolerating excuses from students who were only interested in passing his course and apathetic toward reading the great works of literature.

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Porn store shuts down

Less than a month after Dan Sasha Birman, 23, former owner and operator of Fantasy Video, was convicted on one count of a four-count indictment charging obscenity last month in the 3rd Judicial District Court.
“We should have everything out of here by tomorrow,” said one of the workers who did not give his name to The Leader. “They said they wanted us out of here.”

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Sanderson grew legendary dreams for community

The late William Lynn “Ikey” Sanderson, who served as mayor of the village of Choudrant for 42 years, was a true dreamer.
His vision led the village of Choudrant above and beyond what many small communities had in their day and has continued to help the municipality stay current in rapidly changing times.
But he always managed to keep his feet on the ground and help those who depended on him for everything from working on stadium lights at Louisiana Tech University to hooking up water service for a home in Choudrant.

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Regents ask state for a four percent increase

The measure — intended to address mandated cost increases in retirement contributions, insurance premiums and civil service merit raises — includes a financial hardship waiver for students who lack sufficient means to absorb the added cost. The fee would generate $17.7 million statewide.

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Mays elected as jury president

Mays, who defeated former jury president and longtime board member Jack Beard for the District 12 seat in the March 9 election, eased past District 1 representative Charles Owens to win the seat.
“I think the eight new jurors reflected what the local population wanted,” Mays said “They just wanted a new face.”
District 5 representative David Hammons was chosen as vice president.
Mays served on the jury from 1980 to 1984.

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Garrett's legend goes beyond just football

This is mostly true in the sports realm.
Babe. Gehrig. Mantle. Jordan. Kareem. Wilt. Elway. Marino. Montana. Just mentioning these names brings back memories for many people.
Ruston lays claim to the roots of another such one-name legend — Hoss.
Hoss Garrett was a legendary football coach for 35 seasons at Ruston High School, but to those who knew him best, Hoss was so much more than just a mentor on the sidelines.

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