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January 11th, 2018

Education worth more than any school official salary

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Without any opposition, the Lincoln Parish School Board unanimously chose to increase schools Superintendent Mike Milstead’s salary from $137,197 to $147,197 during a regularly schedule board meeting in May 2017.
Save the procedural error made during the first vote in March 2017 in which the school board’s executive committee acknowledged, there was no comment from either the board or the public.
That wasn’t the case for one Louisiana parish’s school district.

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Levy, Ewing to represent well

Lincoln and Jackson Parishes will be well represented for the next several years on the Louisiana Board of Regents.
Former 3rd Judicial District Attorney Robert Levy was selected to chair the board while former state senator Randy Ewing was sworn as the Board of Regents newest appointee on Monday.
Levy, of Vienna, who represents the 5th Congressional District, was appointed to the board that coordinates all public higher education institutions back in 2001. He served one two-year term as chair from 2011-13.

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Lady Techsters hit road to face Southern Miss

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. — The last time Louisiana Tech head coach Brooke Stoehr and Co. traveled to Reed Green Coliseum, the Lady Techsters saw their seven-game winning streak snapped by Southern Miss last March.
Fast forward 10 months and the Lady Techsters (11-4, 2-0 Conference USA) are in the same boat. Tech hasn’t lost in over a month and once again Stoehr and her team will take a seven-game winning streak into a match-up against the Golden Eagles (8-7, 0-2 C-USA).

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National notice

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FUQUAY-VARINA, N.C. — Grambling State University junior guard Shaklla Hill was named the BOXTOROW National Player of the Week on Tuesday.

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Dunkin’ Dogs set for televised contest

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Louisiana Tech gets ready for its second road weekend of conference play, starting with a matchup against defending C-USA champion and preseason favorite Middle Tennessee at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Murphy Center.
The game will be nationally-televised on the CBS Sports Network with Jason Knapp and Mo Cassara calling the action.
Fans can also listen to the Voice of the Bulldogs Dave Nitz and Jack Thigpen call the game on the LA Tech Sports Network on KXKZ 107.5 FM (Ruston), KJVC 92.7 FM (Mansfield) and KRMD 100.7 FM (Shreveport) as well as on the Louisiana Tech X mobile app.

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I-20 Escape begins adventure in Ruston

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Escape games are the latest entertainment and team=building rage that is sweeping the nation.
On Jan. 1, two couples — Jerry and Angela Yarborough and Tara and Eddie Howington opened their own puzzle room, located at 1800 Trade Drive in Ruston.
According to their website, i20escape.com, “at I-20 Escape, you will be transported into a set with the task of looking for clues, solving riddles and puzzles, all while trying to escape the room.”
The idea to open an escape room in Ruston came from a girl’s trip to Arkansas, Tara Howington said.

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Sparta Commission expected to pursue legislation

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WINNFIELD — The Sparta Groundwater Commission is expected to begin working with area elected officials to look at potential legislation that could give the commission policymaking, enforcement and revenue-raising power.
The panel spent an hour in a questionable closed session Wednesday before voting to look at changes commission Chairman Zack Spivey said “would put us back to the original legislation as drafted.”

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January 10th

GSU’s Hill named SWAC Player of Week

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Grambling State University junior guard Shaykla Hill was selected the Southwestern Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the conference announced on Tuesday.

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Tech’s Robertson frosh All-American

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Louisiana Tech freshman Amik Robertson’s outstanding rookie campaign was capped off with one of the nation’s top honors, as the cornerback was featured on the 17th annual Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-American Team, which was officially released on Monday.
Robertson becomes the fifth Freshman All-American in the history of Louisiana Tech football, while it marks the third straight season that a Bulldog student-athlete has been honored as a Freshman All-American (Jaylon Ferguson, 2015; Ethan Reed, 2016). Overall, Robertson is the 58th All-American in program history.

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G-Man DB Cargo honored for academics

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GRAMBLING — Grambling State University junior defensive back Percy Cargo, Jr. was one of 49 winners who were have been selected to the 20th Annual Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) Academic All-Star team.

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