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October 18th, 2013

GSU coaching carousel continues

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Ragsdale out, Winston in as interim head football coach for Tigers

The soap opera known as the winless Grambling State University football team took another dramatic turn Thursday as interim head coach George Ragsdale was relieved of his coaching duties.
Defensive coordinator Dennis “Dirt” Winston, a former NFL linebacker with Pittsburgh and New Orleans, was named the new interim coach for the Tigers (0-7). Ragsdale was promoted from running backs coach in September when Doug Williams was fired. Ragsdale has been reassigned in the athletic department.

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Buddy recognized as Alumnus of the Year

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Louisiana Tech University President Les Guice, left, and College of Liberal Arts Dean Donald Kaczvinsky, right, recognized Ruston Daily Leader Executive Sports Editor Buddy Davis as the university’s College of Liberal Arts’ Alumnus of the Year. Davis, a 1969 journalism graduate, has spent nearly 50 years working as a sports writer for the Ruston Daily Leader, making him a living history book of the past half-century of Louisiana Tech, Lincoln Parish and north Louisiana athletics.

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Library millage rolled back 1 mill

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Full-time employees to see 2.5 percent raise

The Lincoln Parish Library Board of Control voted to approve the 2013 amended budget, 2014 budget and the proposed paid holidays for 2015 during their monthly meeting held Wednesday.
Vivian McCain, library director, said the 2013 budget was amended because of the millage being rolled down from 5.99 mills to 4.99 mills by the Lincoln Parish Policy Jury.
“We were asked if rolling the mill back would affect our operations,” McCain said. “I informed jury members that we would still be able to uphold our daily functions if the millage was rolled back.”

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Free job search workshop on tap

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At 3 p.m. Saturday the Living Gospel Church of Ruston will be having a job search workshop at Comfort Inn that will include resume writing, tips for job searches and the do’s and don’ts of the interview process.
Otis Holland, pastor at the Living Gospel Church, said the event is free and open to the public, and everyone is invited.
“We would love for everyone to come,” Holland said. “We have professional people from CenturyLink who are volunteering to help make this event a success.”

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District 5 Congressional seat preliminary set for Saturday

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Lincoln Parish voters go to the polls on Saturday to help choose a replacement for former 5th District Congressman Rodney Alexander.
Precincts are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voters should take photo identification when they go to the polls.
Election officials predict a scant turnout, partly because the congressional race is the only race on the ballot and partly because none of the 14 candidates appear to be very well known here.
“What disturbs me is the candidates don’t really gear it up until after early voting,” Lincoln Parish Registrar of Voters Dianna Stone said.

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Tech program receives gift, support from RoyOMartin

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Louisiana Tech University’s Forestry Department held a reception recently to thank members of the Martin Foundation, the charitable arm of the RoyOMartin Companies, for a donation of four vans to be used by forestry faculty and students.
Four 15-passenger vans were donated directly to the university rather than through the Louisiana Tech University Foundation, and will go directly into the State Vehicle Pool.
The donation was by no means the first time the Martin Foundation has helped Tech programs as it has also provided scholarship funds to Louisiana Tech since 1998.

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NCLAC hosts ‘Lakota,’ thanks sponsors for Artoberfest

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The North Central Louisiana Arts Council is pleased to bring Bobby Bridger and John Inmon to the Dixie Center for the Arts on Thursday for an educational presentation of Lakota, the third part of a trilogy of poetic ballads chronicling the American West in the 19thcentury.
Lincoln Parish sixth graders have been invited to this private performance which includes a question and answer session with the musicians, as well as an art exhibit by Bridger in the Dixie Center lobby. The duo will perform again at 7 p.m. Thursday evening for the public.

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Beta club enjoys meeting

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The Louisiana Laureate Omega Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi is celebrating the theme “Light Up Your Life” for the 2013-14 calendar year. The chapter launched the beginning of meetings and activities with a dinner at Cheniere Inn on Sept. 6. Hostesses for the event were Linda Dick and Peggy Fallin. The first official meeting of the 2013-14 year was a salad supper on Sept. 10 held in the home of Jo Ann Gilmore. Her cohostess was Betty Fuqua. A second meeting was held on Sept. 24 in the home of Lee Smith.

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Parish moves forward despite lower ACT scores

Usually, at this time of year, Lincoln Parish is celebrating the growth and improvement of schools based on their School Performance Scores, ACT results and various other measures.
However, during a midmonth meeting on Wednesday, Lincoln Parish School Board Members were treated to some disappointing news. The average ACT scores for local high school students are down by nine-tenths of a point from 20.7 in 2012 to 19.8 in 2013. Typically, anything greater than two-tenths of a point is considered a big change by the district.

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Holiday etiquette rules for all

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Fall is here and with winter right around the corner so is the holiday season. Whether it be a birthday, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years or any type of holiday party we should all be a little more aware of what we are getting ourselves into.
Everyone knows there are certain holiday etiquette rules that should be followed. Goodhousekeeping.com recently released a list of 10 rules one should abide by.
1. Don’t invite both members of a divorced or separated couple to a holiday gathering — unless you know they’re on good terms.

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