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August 24th, 2016

Good news may make task harder

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You almost have to feel sorry for the Union Lincoln Regional Water Supply Initiative.
For 14 years now, they’ve faithfully made repeated trips to Baton Rouge and Washington, D. C., in search of money for $100 million for a pipeline project aimed at relieving some of the stress on the Sparta Aquifer.
The ULRWSI wants to transmit water from Lake D’Arbonne, in Union Parish, to Farmerville and Ruston. That way, the two municipalities can get off the aquifer, thus reducing by 6 to 8 million gallons per day the amount of water pumped out of the giant underground formation.

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Tech duo on Senior Bowl Watch List

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Louisiana Tech seniors Trent Taylor and Xavier Woods joined a list of over 400 college football players to be named to the Reese’s Senior Bowl’s 2017 Watch List, it was announced Tuesday.
The Senior Bowl is an annual showcase event for college football’s top seniors and held the weekend prior to the Super Bowl. This year’s senior bowl is slated for Jan. 28, 2017 at Ladd Peebles Stadium in Mobile, with the game being nationally broadcast on the NFL Network.
Taylor and Woods are two of 18 total players from Conference USA to be named to the watch list.

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August 23rd

Grambling State University begins classes

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Top row, from left, Tarah Cox, a Grambling State University senior criminal justice major, Keiontay Jones, a senior kinesiology major, Ebony Rushing, a senior psychology major, and, bottom row, from left, Kendrea Jones, a senior biology major, and Jhazzman Martin, a social work grad student, check their schedule for the first day of classes at GSU Monday.

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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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