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Alumnus, group give $1M to Tech

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Funding for COB, new athletics facilities
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Mike McCallister, chairman and CEO of Humana Inc. and Louisiana Tech University alumnus, and The Humana Foundation have donated $1 million to McCallister’s alma mater to help fund the construction of new, state-of-the-art facilities for Louisiana Tech athletics and the College of Business.

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Contenders voice views

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With recent redistricting plans adding two senate districts to Lincoln Parish — Lincoln was previously represented by one senator — candidates from two of the three Senate races gathered at the Ruston Country Club Monday night to take part in a candidate forum at the North Central Louisiana TEA Party’s general meeting.

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Fire destroys Flakeboard silo

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A silo at the Roseburg-Flakeboard plant in Simsboro received extensive damages in a dust fire on Monday, said Jim Hilton, spokesman for the Lincoln Parish Fire Department.
The plant, located at 486 Duraflake Road, is owned by Roseburg Forest Products. A representative from their offices was unable to be reached for comment before press time.
Hilton said approximately 20 parish firefighters — along with several from Ruston, Grambling and Bienville — were at the scene from 10:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. getting the fire under control.

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Grambling works to fix water woes

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GRAMBLING — The Town of Grambling is one test away from having its three-well water system back and operating at two-thirds after crews worked during September and early October to get the town’s latest problematic well, well No. 5, back in operation.
With one of the town’s three water wells, well No. 4, out of commission since July, Grambling’s water system took another blow Aug. 24 when it also lost well No. 5, leaving the town and its residents at the mercy of one working well.

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Cool temps, rain bring out the ants, plants

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The other night we received two inches of rain in my gauge. I could not see any standing around. It all soaked into the ground. About two days later I met a friend/good neighbor coming into a store in Farmerville as I was starting to leave. He stopped me and said, “You remember in one of your news articles you said that you didn’t know what had happened to the ants. You had not seen many this summer. Well I know where they are! They are all over my yard. After the rain, I counted nine anthills!”

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Library to host ‘Once Upon a Time in the Land of Oz’

Last October, Lincoln Parish residents traveled through a pumpkin patch when the library hosted its first annual “Once Upon a Time in a Pumpkin Patch” fall festival for people to enjoy.
This year the Lincoln Parish Library invites area residents to journey with them over the rainbow and spend an afternoon walking through “Once Upon a Time in the Land of Oz” from 2 p.m.-5p.m. Oct. 22 in the Library Events Center.

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Exercise your right to vote

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Election Day, Oct. 22 (and earlier)
Please vote.
It is not often that I intentionally lecture or chide, but this is one of those times.
Tens of thousands of good men and women have died for us to have the right to vote. Many in the military are at risk of dying right now. If that seems a little dramatic for you, it really is not.
Please vote.

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Does your lawn need winterizer?

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It’s about that time that we will start seeing signs that say, “It’s Time to Winterize Your Lawn.” But in reality the sign should read “Take a soil sample to see if you really need to winterize your lawn.” We need to remember that just because the sign says to do something, that it doesn’t necessarily mean that you do, and it might just be a waste of time and money to do so.

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Help revitalize Ruston’s SOCA

Many students — both K-12 and university — have been working hard to make a difference in Ruston.
On Saturday, students from I.A. Lewis, Ruston Elementary and Cypress Springs Elementary schools and Louisiana Tech University’s Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority joined Tech’s Community Design Assistance Center in giving back to their community.

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GSU looks to bounce back

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Tigers seek to end four-game losing streak Saturday
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GRAMBLING — Will an open date provide a transfusing for Grambling State University’s football team?
Head Coach Doug Williams and his staff can only hope so, given that the Tigers have dropped four of their first five games.
The lone win so far was a 20-14 season opener nod over Alcorn State at the “Port City Classic” in Shreveport in early September.
Since then, the G-Men have experienced their fair share of woes.

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