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November 17th, 2017

Tech gets funds to help with I-20 development

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Louisiana Tech University is one of a select group of institutions across the country designated for a $299,178 award under the Regional Innovation Strategies Program of the Federal Economic Development Administration.
The award is for an innovative program developed by Louisiana Tech to help organize and activate the early-stage capital community along the Interstate 20 corridor in north Louisiana.

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NLMC offers free assistance to those looking for healthcare options

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Northern Louisiana Medical Center is offering free assistance to people who are shopping for or renewing health insurance through the health care marketplace.
Open enrollment goes through Dec. 15.
“There are always questions concerning changes to premiums, deductibles and out-of-pocket limits before open enrollment launches each year,” David Fuller, NLMC interim CEO, said.

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Man who died on I-20 identified

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The man who died Friday evening after walking into oncoming traffic on Interstate 20 has been identified as 69-year-old James Knox of Riverside, California.
The victim’s name was released Thursday by Louisiana State Police after Knox next of kin had been identified.
Investigators did not elaborate on why Knox was in Lincoln Parish or walking on I-20.

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Lake D’Arbonne shooting suspect in custody

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Louis Cross, the Ruston man wanted in connection with wounding his brother and another man early Sunday morning following a birthday party at Lake D’Arbonne State Park, was arrested here Thursday without incident.
Cross faces two counts of attempted second-degree murder.
Major Stephen Williams, Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office criminal division commander, said drug task force agents spotted Cross, 30, in a car on Eastland Avenue with Ebony Myree, who investigators say had harbored Cross for at least two days.

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BGCNCLA thanks community for support

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Eldonta Osborne, top left, executive director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana, welcomes visitors to the 20th anniversary celebration Tuesday at the Ruston Civic Center.
Top right, a member of the BGCNCLA gives Drake Mills, board president, an award during the ceremony.
Bottom, Mills speaks to the crowd as members of the club listen.

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NCALC prepares for Holiday Arts Tour

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The first weekend of December is a special time for NCLAC with our annual Holiday Arts Tour.
This is our 20th year.
There will be 25 locations in downtown Ruston highlighting 38 artists, plus two private studios around town showcasing the artists who work there.
We refer to Holiday Arts Tour as “HAT,” and let me tell you, HAT is a big deal for us.
It’s our annual winter celebration where we get to feature all sorts of regional artists — writers, painters, sculptors, fiber artists, photographers, singers, percussionists, actors and more.

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Reflecting on an awful lot to be thankful for

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There are few certainties in life.
The sun rises each morning in the east and sets each evening in the west.
The check out line you get in at the store will immediately become the slowest.
Someone who doesn’t share your top-flight driving skills will be directly in front of you on a two-lane road for an extended period of time.
Every year at Thanksgiving, inky wretches such as me will write what we’re thankful for.
Let’s get started.
I’m thankful that I’m an alcoholic and drug addict.
Say what? I’ll explain.

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Be thoughtful this holiday season — recycle

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In Ruston, city officials are urging citizens to be more thoughtful about how they get rid of unwanted goods.
In other words — recycle.
Recently, members of the Louisiana Tech University’s chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers hosted a clean-up in conjunction with America Recycles Day.
During the event, football fans and other volunteers had the opportunity to join in a postgame sweep of Joe Aillet Stadium.
I thank them for their effort in helping to both keep Louisiana Tech clean, but also the further effort of recycling.

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Geaux vote on Saturday

Let’s face it, Saturday’s runoff election for Louisiana’s treasure isn’t the most exciting contest we’ve ever seen, at least not here in North Louisiana.
Fact is, there’s been very little talk about the race all, and neither of the runoff candidates — Democrat Derrick Edwards, of New Orleans, or Republican John Schoder of Covington — has visited Lincoln Parish. Across the state, the reaction seems to be a lackluster shrug of the shoulders.
Turnout for the primary election was a dismal 14 percent statewide and an even worse 10 percent here at home.

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Bowl hopes at stake

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Bowl eligibility will be on the line when head coach Skip Holtz (above) and his Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (4-6) hit the road to face Texas El Paso at 2 p.m. Saturday. Tech has to win its final two regular season games in order to become eligible for postseason bowl play.

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