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July 14th, 2016

Morgan’s golden dreams now in doubt

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Former Louisiana Tech discus standout not list on Jamaican Olympic roster
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Jason Morgan’s golden dreams may have come crashing to earth.
But the former Louisiana Tech University track and field standout hasn’t given those dreams up quite yet.
Despite qualifying for the Olympics with the second-best discus throw in the world last year, Morgan was left off the Jamaican Olympic team roster when it was released earlier this week.

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Rennie Bailey named head coach at Minden

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There’s no place like home.
The Minden Crimson Tide have hired Minden native Rennie Bailey to succeed Alan Shaw as head coach of the boys basketball program.
“This is home,” Bailey said. “But saying that is not always about what you want or what my will is. I just think this is the will of God. There is a time and season for all things, and this is the time and the season for me to be here.”
Bailey, who graduated from Minden in 1979, has held coaching jobs at Nicholls State, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette and Stephen F. Austin, among others.

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Nungesser discusses tourism

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The key to Louisiana’s tourism success is its people. That’s the message Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser brought to the Ruston Rotary Club Wednesday.

“We’ve got great food, music, history, but the one thing I’m so proud of is our people,” Nungesser said.

As the head of the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, Nungesser is Louisiana’s top tourism official. He cited stories of residents befriending tourists, saying that kind of hospitality makes a difference.

At the same time, Nungesser acknowledged his department needs to do a better job of promoting North Louisiana.

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GSU adds new presidential applicants, loses two others

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Four more people applied for the Grambling State University president position Wednesday while two of the previous five applicants dropped out.

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All Lives Matter Extravaganza scheduled

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The organizer of a the local All Lives Matter Extravaganza said the recent fatal shootings of two black men by police in Louisiana and Minnesota and the deadly attack on officers in Dallas underscores the need for this upcoming event.

The second annual All Lives Matter Extravaganza and school supply give-away is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Ruston Civic Center. The event is free and open to the public.

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‘Oklahoma!’ opens tonight at the Dixie

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Beginning at 7 tonight, local residents can step back to the early 1900s with the cast of the Ruston Community Theatre as they present “Oklahoma!”
“Set in 1906, the story centers around the budding romance between Curley, a self-assured cowboy played by Mike Swanbom, and Laurie, a sassy farm girl played by Shelley Parker,” said Johnathan Baines, actor and member of the RCT board. “The menacing farmhand Jud also has his eye set on Laurie and will do anything it takes to keep her from Curley.”

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Get ready to recycle, Ruston

One step closer to reality. That’s where Ruston’s planned curbside recycling program is today, thanks to action taken by the Lincoln Parish Police Jury.

Jurors on Tuesday unanimously agreed to authorize Jury President Jody Backus to sign a cooperative endeavor with the city regarding operation of a recycling transfer station.

While that doesn’t sound particularly exciting, it is. The reason? The recycling program can’t begin without a transfer station. A transfer station is the facility in which collected recyclables are housed until enough are gathered to ship to a recycling center.

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Pokémon craze hits community

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If you were born before 1984, go outside of your church, favorite restaurant or walk through Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University’s campuses.
Residents might notice something strange.
Groups of Millennials can be seen staring down at their cell phones as if there’s not a care in the world.
Why?
Because Pokémon Go has taken the world by storm.
The mobile game comes from a Nintendo franchise launched in the 1990s. In the Pokémon world, “trainers” travel far and wide to catch varied digital monsters called Pokémon.

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AT&T contributes $25,000 to benefit first-generation students

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AT&T has made a $25,000 contribution to Louisiana Tech University to support the university’s scholarship program for students who are the first in their family to attend college.
These scholarships will be based upon financial need and will serve to recruit predominantly minority students to the university.
“Higher education is essential to creating an advanced workforce that is critical to Louisiana’s success, and I applaud universities like Tech for playing a pro-active role in fueling the economic engines in our state,” said state Rep. Rob Shadoin, R-Ruston.

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GSU passes GRAD Act with 100 percent score

Grambling State University recently passed the Louisiana Granting Resources and Autonomy for Resources for Diplomas Act a second time with a score of 100 percent in all four standards for fiscal year 2014-15 (Year 5) and fiscal year 2015-16 (Year 6).
Grambling State University is monitored annually by the Board of Regents in regards to progress in meeting the performance objectives of the Louisiana Granting Resources and Autonomy for Resources for Diplomas Act for Year 6.

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