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Board to discuss scores, lawsuit

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Employees of the Lincoln Parish School Board may see some changes to their health insurance beginning in January.
On the agenda for the regularly scheduled board meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, board members are expected to discuss a proposal suggesting that the school system switch to Blue Cross and Blue Shield for administrative and network services. Currently Covenant Insurance provides those services.

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Renovated park celebrated

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A crowd made up of city officials, community members and Louisiana Tech University staff and students gathered last week for the grand opening of the newly-renovated Huckleberry Trails Park and Nature Area.
The park, located on Magnolia Avenue in the ward of City Council member Marie Riggs, has been undergoing improvements for about five years, said Ruston Parks and Recreation Department Recreation Supervisor Ashlynn Shell.

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Amendment deals with retirement systems

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Editor’s note: The Daily Leader is printing information about each of the five proposed Constitutional Amendments on the Oct. 22 ballot this week. Details are provided by the Council for a Better Louisiana, a nonpartisan statewide organization designed to work in the public interest to focus attention on important state-related issues.

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Cultural district in the works

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SHREVEPORT (AP) — A downtown cultural district boasting boutiques, art galleries, a sculpture garden, an urban dog park and various residential options could be on the horizon for Shreveport.
The Times reported today that city leaders, downtown businesses, nonprofits and private investors are moving ahead with a unified vision to revive the nine-block area known as Shreveport Common.

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Beard seeks PJ District 12 position

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Ruston resident Jack Beard has announced his candidacy for Lincoln Parish Police Jury District 12.
Beard has lived in District 12 since 1963 and is a retired professor for Louisiana Tech University. Having spent 24 years as a juror, eight as president, Beard believes he is well-qualified for the office.
Beard said during his tenure as jury president, Lincoln Parish became known as one of the leading parish governments in North Louisiana.

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Celebrate mental illness awareness

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In 1990, the U.S. Congress established the first week in October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW), in recognition of the National Alliance on Mental Illness’s (NAMI’s) efforts to raise awareness of mental illness.
This year, Mental Illness Awareness Week takes place October 2 – 8 and is an opportunity to learn more about serious mental illnesses, such as major depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

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Pet of the week

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Chester is a 1-year-old shepherd mix that is neutered and up-to-date on shots. His happy go lucky personality and sweet disposition could make him a great pet. Chester loves scratches behind the ears and playing outside. Call 251-DOGS for more information about Chester.

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Hospital Auxiliary searches for past mementoes

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Northern Louisiana Medical Center joins hands with the Northern Louisiana Hospital Auxiliary in preparation of the Auxiliary’s 50th Anniversary celebration to be held March 22.
A gala event is being planned to honor the 94 charter members and the current members of Northern Louisiana Hospital Auxiliary.

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Prep league play opens Friday

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RHS hosts Ouachita in 2-5A, Creek at GHS in 2-1A
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So much for the “preseason” schedule for Lincoln Parish’s three high school football teams.
Official business kicks off on Friday when Ruston, Cedar Creek and Grambling will begin district play.
The Bearcats (3-2) will play host to Monroe Ouachita (4-1) in District 2-5A and the Cougars (4-1) and Kittens (1-4) square off in a District 2-1A and parish duel at Robinson Stadium, both starting at 7 p.m.

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Dykes on WAC loss: ‘A car wreck’

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Tech coach disappointed in league-opening performance
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Sonny Dykes called it a “car wreck.”
At the very least, his Louisiana Tech University football team seemed to be involved in a “demolition derby” at Joe Aillet Stadium on Saturday night.
In what the second-year head coach described as “probably the poorest performance we’ve had since I’ve been here,” the Bulldogs stumbled in their Western Athletic Conference opener with a 44-26 loss to preseason favorite Hawaii.
“I was really disappointed in our performance,” Dykes said. “It was like we panicked to do the things we needed to do and stayed that way for most of the night. We lost our composure. We didn’t handle things very well. We made too many mistakes. This game certainly wasn’t a microcosm of our team.”
And the Bulldogs had entered the contest with so much hope, even though they had gone 1-3 in their first four games and had suffered all of their defeats by a combined nine points.
One ESPN commentator had called Tech “the best 1-3 team in the country” earlier in the week.
“I really thought we were moving forward,” Dykes said. “I felt good going into the game and I know our players did. We came out in the second half and got a quick touchdown to make it 20-13, but we couldn’t sustain it.”
But from there, it was downhill for the Bulldogs, much of the rough stumble coming about with two crucial turnovers in less than a minute during the third quarter. On each mistake, Hawaii cashed in to take a 41-13 advantage with just under eight minutes to go in the quarter.
“Those were back breakers,” Dykes said of the turnovers. “They made the difference. We made some bad decisions.”
Once the fall occurred, Tech couldn’t pick itself back up.

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