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September 27th, 2016

Ruston Lincoln CVB opens downtown kiosk

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The Ruston Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau recently announced the completion of their Visitor Information Kiosk located in Downtown Ruston at the corner of West Park Avenue and Trenton Street.
The kiosk offers information on local shopping, dining and attractions, as well as provides visitor guides and area maps, said Amanda Quimby, CVB Marketing Director.
While not staffed, the kiosk will be open 24 hours a day and have information available when the Ruston’s visitor center and other area businesses may be closed.

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Professor publishes directing textbook

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Paul B. Crook, a professor in Louisiana Tech University’s department of theater, has published a new directing textbook, “The Art and Practice of Directing for Theatre.”
The text helps young directors learn how to discover, harness and meld the communication and vision of a production, according to a press release.
“Providing both a practical and theoretical foundation for directors, the book explores how to craft an artistic vision for a production and sparks inspiration in directors to put their learning into practice,” the release stated.

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Simsboro to vote on sales tax

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Village of Simsboro will decide Nov. 8 whether they want a new 1.25 percent sales tax.
The tax, said Mayor Sybil Smalling-Foster, will be collected for the sale as well as the lease or loan of personal property and sales of service inside the Village of Simsboro beginning Jan. 1, 2017.
The tax is expected to bring in $2,400 in its first year.
That money, Foster said, would be used to help with the village’s needs.
“It is not dedicated so it is for whatever purpose we need,” she said. “It will go into the general fund.”

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GSU performance brings down house

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The World Famed Grambling State University Tiger Marching Band performs during halftime of the Alcorn State University and Grambling State University football game Saturday night at the Eddie Robinson Football Stadium.

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Jim Mize will be greatly missed

The Ruston Daily Leader joins the rest of the Lincoln Parish Community in mourning the loss of former Louisiana Tech University track and field coach Jimmy Mize, who died Sunday at the age of 99 in Baton Rouge.
But we also celebrate the accomplishments and memories of someone who was a shining light for both Tech and the city of Ruston.
Former Tech Vice President for University Advancement Corre Stegall probably said it best in a story published by Louisiana Tech Magazine in 2011.

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Bulldogs look to shake off tough loss

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There’s an old adage that says close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.
Louisiana Tech head football coach Skip Holtz realizes that all too well.
Holtz and his Bulldogs stand at 1-3 on the season after falling 38-34 in the final minutes Saturday night at Middle Tennessee State University after leading by 20 points earlier in the contest.
That was the second heartbreaker of the season for the Bulldogs who lost 21-20 in the season opener at Arkansas after leading the Razorbacks heading into the fourth quarter.

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Tech’s Higgins earns state honors

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Louisiana Tech quarterback Ryan Higgins is the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Offensive Player of the Week after completing 36-of-59 passes for a career-high 504 yards and three touchdowns Saturday night in the Bulldogs’ conference opening loss at Middle Tennessee State University.
Higgins became only the third quarterback in Louisiana Tech history to pass for more than 500 yards in a single game and the first since current Tech quarterbacks coach Tim Rattay did it on Oct. 30, 1999.

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September 26th

Guice congratulates students, teachers

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Louisiana Tech University President Les Guice spoke to students at A.E. Phillips Laboratory School this morning about the school’s being named Louisiana’s top elementary school by StartClass, an education research site powered by Graphiq — an international technology company that delivers insights from worldwide data.

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GSU kicks off Founder’s Week celebrations

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Grambling State University kicked off its annual Founder’s Week celebration today. The 115-year old institution will mark its history with convocations, campus tours, exhibits, a book signing by former GSU Acting President Neari F. Warner and an address by state Rep. Katrina Jackson, D-Monroe.
Most of the week’s activities are free and open to the public.

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Former Tech coach Jim Mize dies at age 99

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Longtime Louisiana Tech University track and field coach Jimmy Mize died Sunday at the age of 99 in Baton Rouge.
Mize began coaching at Ruston High under L.J. “Hoss” Garrett after graduating from Louisiana Tech in 1938. After two years, Garrett insisted Mize take the vacant coaching job at Arcadia High, 20 miles west, and in that year, 1940, Arcadia won the Class B state championship.

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