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January 17th, 2018

John Fowler

John Robert Fowler, Jr., born in Ruston, LA and a resident of Baton Rouge since 2010, passed away at his home on Saturday morning, January 13, 2018, at the age of 81. He was educated at Louisiana Tech and Mississippi State University at Starkville. He served four years in the U.S. Navy and another eight years in the U.S. Navy Reserve. He worked for the Louisiana State Tax Department then became Associate Professor of Computer Sciences at LA Tech Business School. His hobbies and interests included mechanics and fishing.

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Meeting Minutes

RUSTON LINCOLN CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
8:00 A.M. OCTOBER 19, 2017
EDDIE ROBINSON STADIUM
GRAMBLING, LA
Minutes
Members Present: Staff Present:
Travis Napper, President/CEO
Bradley Walker, Treasurer Amanda Quimby, Marketing Director
Jeff Parker
Marco Born Members Absent: Claire Givens, Chair Richard Lewis
Skip Russell
Tiffany Baldwin
Gregg Phillips No Quorum
1td Jan. 17, 2018

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Meeting Minutes

RUSTON LINCOLN CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
8:00 A.M. NOVEMBER 16, 2017
PRESS BOX, JOE AILLET STADIUM
RUSTON, LA
Minutes
Members Present: Staff Present:
Claire Given, Chair Travis Napper, President/CEO
Bradley Walker, Treasurer
Amanda Quimby, Marketing Director
Tiffany Baldwin Richard Lewis Visitors Present: Gregg Phillips Tommy McClelland, Tech Athletic Director
Skip Russell Noah Brumley
Marco Born Carolyn Cage
Jeff Parker
Angela Mayfield
Allen Smith Call to Order
Ms. Givens called the meeting to order at 8:09 a.m.
Invocation

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Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness

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Although schizophrenia is often feared and misunderstood, it is a treatable medical condition.
Schizophrenia is a mental illness that affects 2.4 million American adults over the age of 18. It affects men and women with equal frequency.
People living with schizophrenia have talents, goals, and feelings just like anyone else. But, if left untreated, their illness can have a profoundly negative effect on their lives, their families, and their communities.

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Techsters tennis duo takes title

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TROY, Alabama — The doubles duo of Sonia Chen and Karla De La Luz Montalvo picked up where they left off from the fall by claiming the Flight 1 championship on Monday as the Louisiana Tech women’s tennis team got its spring season started at the Spring Kickoff Invite at the Lunsford Tennis Complex.
The three-day event was originally scheduled to take place in Pensacola, Florida, but was moved to Troy, Alabama, facing the host school Troy Trojans as well as Murray State and Central Arkansas.

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Tech bowler earns Junior Team USA spot

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LAS VEGAS – Louisiana Tech freshman bowler Kaitlyn Eder continued to add to her impressive rookie resume, as she earned an automatic spot on Junior Team USA 2018, after her stellar performance at the recent 2018 United States Bowling CongressTeam USA Trials.
Eder was one of just four players to earn automatic spots on the national junior squad and finished her qualifying rounds with 142 points— 11th-best among the 125 amateurs competing throughout the weekend.

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GSU’s Thomas tabbed SWAC Player of Week

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Grambling State University senior guard Shirmane Thomas was selected the Southwestern Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the conference announced on Tuesday.
Thomas averaged 21.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.5 blocks in wins over Prairie View A&M and Texas Southern. The Homer, La. native scored 20 of his career-high 27 points in the first half as Grambling State defeated Texas Southern for the first time in over 10 years on Monday night.

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Writer urges lawmakers to strengthen gun control

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Here are some facts. More than 33,000 people die each year from gun violence. That’s 19 people a day. That’s 4 times as many in one year than all casualties in 16 years of war in Afghanistan. Think about that. We kill more of our citizens at home than in a war zone we’ve been in for 16 years.

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Progress, yes, but how about goldfish?

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My Millennial coworkers love to hear stories about how we passed the time on Friday nights in downtown Ruston when I was kid.
They giggle — sometimes uncontrollably — when I tell them about watching the big goldfish swim around in the fountain in Railroad Park, window shopping at Lewis & Company on Park Avenue and my father driving us to the old Ruston Airport so I could watch the beacon flash red and green.

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The storm isn’t over just yet

Weather forecasting can be a precarious business. Sometimes, even with all the best technology and meteorological data, the forecast just doesn’t work out right.
Other times, it’s spot on. Like the winter storm that turned Monday’s 60-degree near springtime weather into a winter wonderland of snow and a bit of frozen precipitation by daylight Tuesday.
“It showed up just like they said it would,” said Kip Franklin’s Lincoln Parish’s director of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

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