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August 23rd, 2016

Murder suspect arrested in Ruston

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A Rayville man was booked into the Lincoln Parish Detention Center on charges as a fugitive fleeing another jurisdiction following the fatal shooting of a woman Monday in West Monroe.
Local authorities arrested Isaac Gee, 29, near Tarbutton Road on charges of second-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of Laquintina Qualls at a Shell gas station on Louisiana Highway 546 in West Monroe, said Glenn Springfield, Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office public information officer.

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Assessment values increase on average 14 percent

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Individual property tax assessments have increased an average of 14 percent over the last four years, according to the recently completed reassessments done by the parish assessor’s office.
Assessments in Ruston and Choudrant have jumped an average of 15 percent, while those in Grambling, Dubach and Simsboro have either stayed approximately the same as they were in 2012 — the previous reassessment year — or risen only slightly.
Parish Assessor Sheila Bordelon attributed the increases to continuing residential and commercial growth.

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GSU TV center needs equipment

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The Grambling State University Television Center is seeking television center equipment donations after loosing upwards of $300,000 worth of damage from two floods and a fire.
The equipment was lost as a result from floods in March 2015 and March of this year inside Woodson Hall and an electrical fire inside the Washington-Johnson Complex, the temporary television headquarters, said Alan Blakeney, director of the television center.
“It was devastating,” he said. “It was one thing after another and now we are just wanting any equipment to work with for the school year.”

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Sorority cleans park

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Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Epsilon Psi Omega Chapter refreshed Grambling Park recently. This community service was a part of the 1908 Playground Mobilization Day in which members of the sorority refreshed and renewed 1,908 playgrounds or parks around the country. Members pictured, from left, are Marvis Anderson, Augustine Moore, Donna Miles, Jeannetta Jones and Sylvia Crawley.

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High School football returns

It’s getting closer every day.
While the 2016 football season doesn’t kick off until next week, area football fans will get a taste of real-game action this weekend as area high school teams begin jamboree action.
It all kicks off Friday night as the Cedar Creek Cougars play their jamboree at 7 p.m. at Homer.
Then one of the biggest days for area football happens as the Eddie Robinson High School Football Classic and the Bayou Jamb 2016 are held, featuring 18 teams from across north Louisiana.

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Rogers joins Techsters’ hoops staff

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Louisiana Tech head coach Brooke Stoehr announced that former Ruston High School prep star and Northwestern State letter-winner Chelsea Rogers has joined the Louisiana Tech staff as the Director of Player Development.

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Diamond ’Dogs add lefty

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Louisiana Tech head baseball coach Lane Burroughs announced another addition to the 2016 class in left-handed pitcher Tanner Propst.
Propst will join the Bulldogs after a stellar senior season at Madison-Ridgeland Academy, which was capped off by a complete-game victory in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools 4A State Championship.
“Tanner gives us something that, quite frankly, we really need right now at Tech … a real power left-handed arm,” Burroughs said. “He threw on our field this summer and the stuff was absolutely electric.”

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August 22nd

RPAR, local fraternity hand out school supplies

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More than 90 Lincoln Parish students received free school supplies at the Ruston Parks and Recreation second annual Back-to-School All-Star Game Saturday at the Bobby James Gym.
RPAR partnered with the fraternity brothers of Omega Psi Phi — Alpha Delta Delta, Gamma Gamma and Pi Tau chapters at Louisiana Tech and Grambing State universities and grad programs — to host the event as a way to get students excited about the new school year, said Korick Wilkerson, RPAR sports coordinator.
Pens, tablets, pencils, glue and crayons were some of the items given to the students.

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Police search for suspects

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Ruston police continue their search today for three men suspected in an armed robbery of the Dollar General Store on Dan Reneau Drive.
The robbery happened around 9 p.m. Sunday. Authorities say three black males, all wearing some type of camouflage masks, entered the store while a customer was at the counter checking out.
Two of the men had handguns, Ruston Police Deputy Chief Clint Williams said. He said the other man jumped over the counter and took the store’s cash drawer.
All three fled the area. No clothing description or direction of travel was available.

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GSU student starts new chapter after her home flooded

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Essence Brown planned for her first week at Grambling State University to be a dream come true.
But after the freshman criminal justice major was awakened by her mother at 5 a.m. Aug. 13 to knee-deep water in her Albany home, Brown knew her dream would be tarnished.
“It was unbelievable,” she said. “The water was everywhere. I didn’t expect my freshman year of college would be coming out of a flood.”
Brown went to sleep on Aug. 12 thinking what any freshman might be thinking of — decorating her first dorm room.

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