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November 27th

Shop Small on Saturday

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After the hustle of Black Friday Shopping, small businesses across the country — and right here in Lincoln Parish — are asking residents to strap their comfortable shoes back on for another day of shopping.
According to the Small Business Administration, Small Business Saturday — always the Saturday after Black Friday — is a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities.

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School millages fall short in UP

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Members of the Union Parish School Board are more determined than ever to get the community behind public education in Union Parish after Monroe City Schools passed a 58.8 million dollar property tax last week by a resounding 72 percent.
Reportedly the Monroe City School Board did not exact a list of projects the money would be put towards but instead called it a “general obligation bond.”

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Gibsland police chief arrested

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At 8:40 p.m. Nov. 21, the Grambling Police Department arrested Gregory Pickens, Gibsland’s newly elected police chief on charges of domestic abuse.
At 2 a.m. Nov. 16 GPD reportedly responded to 100 N. Main St. for a domestic disturbance involving Pickens and an ex-girlfriend. Allegedly, the two of them had an argument that became physical. Pickens reportedly destroyed property, loaded several things from the woman’s home that he allegedly bought during the relationship and fled the scene before GPD arrived at the scene.

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Black Friday shopping safety

While some are enjoying a beautiful Thanksgiving dinner, others will be busy developing their Black Friday shopping game plan.
Each year, stores offer the best deals of the season on the Friday after Thanksgiving to get holiday shopping started with a bang. Residents will line up for sales starting as early as 6 p.m. Thursday to make sure they get the presents their loved ones are hoping to see under the Christmas tree this year.

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Scarecrows create neighbors

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Never underestimate the power of a scarecrow. Especially not when it’s in the hands of Ruston’s District 5 Alderwoman Marie Riggs.
Riggs represents probably the most culturally and ethnically diverse district in the city. District 5 is close to Louisiana Tech University and to the town of Grambling. The district includes well-established older neighborhoods, apartment complexes, college students, retirees, working folks, single parents and grandparents raising grandchildren.

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Flag football from a coach’s perspective

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Motivation, leadership and positivity are just some of the qualities that Jeremiah Thomas brought to Ruston Parks and Recreation youth flag football league by coaching the Indianapolis Colts’ 5 and 6-year-old team this season.
With no coaching background, J.T. relied on his passion and love of sports to connect with his young players.
Thomas said, “Recreational league sports means a great deal to me, considering that this is how I grew up. I learned so much about sports, life and myself from the many recreation centers I attended as a young boy.”

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Locals win award

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Terry Davis, of Choudrant, and Alice Shaw won the "Best Dressed Cowboy and Best Dressed Cowgirl" contest at the Veterans Day Country Dance and Shindig held recently to benefit the renovation of the Fort Hero Veterans Barracks for veterans in need. The Northeast Louisiana Veterans Assoc. Inc. is coordinating the project. Bill Shoemaker sponsored the dance held at the West Monroe Convention Center.

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Club news: Pierian Club holds meeting

Nov. 12 saw 19 Pierian members gather at the gracious home of Bobette Banks.
Co-hostesses were Mary Alice Moore and Emily Baugh. Each lady was treated to pie and a turkey made from chocolate cream drops, candy corn and cookies.
President Carol Young then called the meeting to order and thanked the hostesses. Lynn Edwards led members in the pledge of allegiance and Janice Terry led the collect.

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Bulldogs down Illinois-Chicago

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ESTERO, Fla. — After scoring a rare zero points in the opening round, Raheem Appleby scored a game-high 26 as Louisiana Tech cruised to a 103-78 victory over the University of Illinois Chicago in the semifinals of the Gulf Coast Showcase on Tuesday night inside the Germain Arena.
With its fourth straight win, Tech (4-1) advances to the finals to play the winner of St. Bonaventure and Wagner. That matchup will be a 7:30 p.m. tip tonight.

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Tech hires McGuirt as Associate AD

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Shreveport native will handle internal operations for athletics department
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Louisiana Tech Athletics Director Tommy McClelland announced Tuesday that Adam McGuirt has been hired as the associate athletics director for internal operations.
“I am very excited to find such a quality person for this position,” McClelland said. “Adam has really impressed me since my arrival at Tech. I have found him to be extremely responsible and hardworking as well as very committed to the overall picture of the athletics department.
“By serving on my leadership team, Adam will be a big help to Louisiana Tech Athletics now and in the future.”

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