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May 25th, 2017

LORDS OF THE RINGS: G-Men get title hardware

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After an outstanding fall 2016 football season, the Grambling State University championship football team started wearing big rings proving that they are the 2016 HBCU National Champions.
“It’s a great feeling to win both championships, the SWAC championship, and the national championship. To finally get the ring is just a great feeling to have,” said Quintin Guice, 18, a wide receiver and sophomore engineering technology major from Monroe.

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Diamond ’Dogs fall in tourney opener

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BILOXI, Miss. — An early deficit was too much to overcome as Louisiana Tech fell to Charlotte 7-2 on Wednesday night at MGM Park in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Sean Ullrich was the lone run producer for Louisiana Tech, blasting a massive solo home run to left center in the top of the sixth inning. The laser shot left the park in a hurry, but was all Louisiana Tech had to show as the Bulldogs fell to the losers bracket on Wednesday night.
Jordan Washam and Jonathan Washam were the only two Bulldogs to register multiple hits in the game, as each twin picked up a pair of hits.

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May 24th

Lincoln Parish sales tax collections ‘flat’

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Sales tax collections in Lincoln Parish posted an approximate 6.3 percent gain from the first quarter of 2016 to the first quarter of 2017.
But despite the slight rise, collections are technically flat, Sales Tax Administrator Denise Griggs said Tuesday.
Parishwide collections for January through April, 2016 hit slightly more than $11 million, compared to this year’s $11.7 million, figures given the Lincoln Parish Sales and Use Tax Commission show.

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Bringing awareness to domestic abuse victims

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The longest non-stop motorcycle ride without touching the handlebars with the hands is 137.94 miles and was achieved by Marcello Sarandrea, of Italy, riding a Yamaha Tricker 250 motorcycle, in Rome, Italy, on March 6, 2015.
Sarandrea took three hours and 10 minutes to break the record on a 1,234-meter circuit where he did 180 laps, according to Guinness World Records.
A little more than two years later, on May 9, Michael Wall, a Ruston native and law enforcement officer, and Shelton Foster Jr., of Dry Prong, also a law enforcement officer, set out to break that record.

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Vehicle burglary suspects arrested

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Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s deputies have arrested two adults and three juveniles in connection with a string of vehicle burglaries.
Jamario Montreal Smith, 18, of 500 South Barnett Springs Road, in Ruston, faces 16 counts of simple burglary, while Emerion Holland, 17, of 141 Bennett, in Grambling, faces one count of simple burglary.
Each of the juveniles was also charged with 16 counts of burglary, Major Chad Alexander, LPSO’s public information officer, said Tuesday.

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Ruston woman dies in vehicle crash

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A 21-year-old Ruston woman died Tuesday evening in a single-vehicle crash that occurred on U.S. Highway 80 east.
Police said Jasmine Nicole Wright was travelling westbound when her 2005 Mitsubishi Galant partially left the roadway to the right, overcorrected and crossed the center line, then left the roadway to the left, struck a culvert and rolled over several times.
Wright was ejected from the vehicle, suffering severe injuries, according to police reports.
Wright was not wearing a seatbelt, the report said.

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How to find the right mental health professionals

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Mental illnesses are medical conditions that can disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning.
Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, mental illnesses are brain-based conditions that often result in a variety of symptoms that can affect daily life.
People who live with mental health conditions may need many services, such as assistance with social skills, personal care, employment, housing, finances, mutual support, education and medical treatment.

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Empty your pockets, please

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Doing business at Ruston’s City Hall is about to get a little harder.
Not that the folks who work there don’t want help constituents; they do. In fact, the changes that in the works started all the in name of making it easier for utility customers and others to tend to business. But, as the saying goes, life happened along the way.

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Give school district opinions, ideas

For those looking to have their voices heard about the Lincoln Parish school district, now is the time.
Lincoln Parish community stakeholders are being asked to partake in either an online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/L2SYTPB or on the school district’s Facebook or by registering to be part of a focus group by calling the school board office at 255-1430 by June 9.
This is an opportunity to speak on the school district’s professionalism, communication, access to resources and the quality of students’ learning experiences.

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Tech to face Charlotte tonight

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BILOXI, Miss. — It’s a brand-new season for the Diamond ’Dogs as Louisiana Tech gears up for its first game in The First, A National Banking Association, 2017 Conference USA Baseball Championship at 7:30 p.m. today against Charlotte on ESPN3 at MGM Park.
It will be a battle of two first team first team all-Conference USA members as Tech will call on C-USA Pitcher of the Year Nate Harris to go up against first-teamer Colton Laws of Charlotte.

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