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Water Fest to fire up

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Fifth-graders across the parish will take a day off from regular classes next week to learn a little more about the importance of water conservation.
All fifth-grade students in the Lincoln Parish School system will take a trip to Lincoln Parish Park on Oct. 14 or 15 to participate in the first year for an all-day learning experience called WaterFest.
The Sparta Groundwater Commission, the Department of Natural Resources, the City of Ruston and the Lincoln Parish Police Jury have all donated money to help fund the event.

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Refueling Tech budget

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Tuition increased 9%
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As Tech enters its third consecutive year with a reduced budget, officials look to the Granting Resources and Autonomy for Diplomas Act for support.
The GRAD Act, which was enacted earlier this summer, allows higher education institutions to raise tuition by 10 percent each year if they meet certain criteria. Some of these benchmarks include retention and graduation rates, research productivity, student-to-teacher ratios and elimination and reduction of remedial and associate degrees.
Unfortunately, said Tech President Dan Reneau, that means higher fees for students.

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Neglected homes, buildings fill city

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Council whittles through list of substandard structures
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Numerous houses in Ruston stand vacant for months and even years.
Over time, some of the houses begin to deteriorate, which sparks concerns among community members. City officials and police have warned that these neglected structures could serve as havens for criminal activity and negatively impact a neighborhood’s appearance and property values.
Each month for the last couple of years, Ruston City Council members have, during their regular meetings, approved recommendations to force the property owners of abandoned houses and businesses to take action.

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T.J. Phillips

Funeral services for T.J. Phillips, 87, of Rayville, will be held 2 p.m. Friday at the Church of Christ of Archibald. Interment will follow in Gwin Cemetery in Mangham under the direction of Brown-Holley Funeral Home. Phillips died Oct. 4.

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Narvis Davidson Dowling

Narvis Davidson Dowling, 86, of Ruston, died Oct. 4. Visitation will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. Thursday at Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Ruston with funeral services to follow starting at 2:30 p.m. under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home.

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Janice Carol Upshaw Guin Henry

Memorial services for Janice Carol Upshaw Guin Henry, age 56, of Dubach are scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Ruston with Bro. Lonnie Henry officiating. Mrs. Henry was born January 26, 1954 in Coushatta to William Wesley Upshaw and Janie Mae Upshaw. She died October 2, 2010 in Ruston after a brief illness.

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'Tiger,' friend remembered

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My tribute to this man is well-deserved, in a way overdue but also quite timely. It is inadequate as I could write pages of tribute, but he would not have wanted that. And again, most of all, it is totally in order and justified.
He was first and foremost a dedicated servant of our Lord. Now I am not in the business of “grading” people on their walks in faith. I heed the admonition quite well of Matt. 7:1 of “Judge not lest you be judged.” And although we humans tend to criticize and judge, we are warned not to do so. But on the other hand, I am not as reticent to share a compliment of a true leader of those with faith. This does not mean that those who are not referenced as being true men of God are not, but in this case, there is no doubt.
He was a biblical scholar in the truest sense of the word. He could quote scripture for just about any occasion or for any purpose. He was accurate when he did so. He could also give the etiology of the verses and their context as well as historical roots. He would share his knowledge as a deacon in his church and also as a teacher. He was not only a renowned Sunday School teacher, but he was so adept and deep in his knowledge that he would be called upon to actually teach teachers. He would take of his time to study in depth those who would then later teach lessons the following Sunday. Many of us who had the honor to know him were consistently amazed at his knowledge. He would do all of this, and much more to be shared, without seeking fame, honor or recognition.

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Grambling hopes for positive change

The people of Grambling have spoken following last weekend’s primary elections, and they obviously want change.
Hopefully, that change will bring good things for the beleaguered town.
While runoff elections still have to be held on Nov. 2, we know that Grambling will get a new player to step in for incumbent Martha Andrus. We also know that Grambling will have at least three new aldermen, with the possibility of all five slots being replaced. Roy L. Jackson and Roosevelt Bryant are the only two incumbents still in the alderman’s race while current Mayor Pro Tem Edward Jones is in a runoff in the mayor’s race along with Robert Wiley.

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Parish fans get football ‘fix’

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Week’s action on local fields starts Thursday, ends Saturday
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Lincoln Parish football fans, your attention is needed.
Need an extra dose of local action this week?
You got it.

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Tech QB starter? A ‘game time’ decision

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Jenkins back in No. 1 mix after solid game against Hawaii

Sonny Dykes wants to avoid the so-called “starting quarterback” jinx for Louisiana Tech University.
So the first-year head coach announced at his weekly media luncheon Monday that whoever lines up behind center on Saturday against Utah State will be a “game time” decision.
It could be Ross Jenkins or maybe Tarik Hakmi.
Or maybe Colby Cameron.

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