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November 22nd, 2017

Chamber seeks to offset money lost from Peach Fest

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In order to make up the approximately $50,000 lost during this year’s Louisiana Peach Festival, the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce has taken over and created several events for the month of December.
The Chamber will continue its annual #ShopRuston campaign event 12 Days of Christmas Shopping, but will also takeover the annual Lincoln Lights Up the Pines event and the annual Ruston Christmas Parade, said Chamber president Judy Copeland. In addition to taking over those events, the Chamber will also add the first Battle for the Paddle Chili Cook Off.

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Sales tax revenue continues to climb

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Sales tax income across Lincoln Parish continued its general upward trend during the third quarter of 2017 and in year-to-date comparisons for the same period last year, figures given to the parish sales and use tax commission on Tuesday show.
“Overall, things look pretty good,” sales and use tax Administrator Denise Griggs said.
Year-to-date revenue jumped almost 11 percent from 2016 to now, the figures show. Only Chourdrant and the Lincoln Parish Fire District lost money. Choudrant Mayor Bill Sanderson attributed the drop to the shut down of two gas wells.

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Suspect indicted in GSU murders

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A Lincoln Parish grand jury has indicted Jaylin M. Wayne, 19, for first-degree murder in shooting deaths of two men on the Grambling State University campus.
Wayne, of St. Louis, is now formally accused of killing Earl Andrews, a 23-year-old GSU student, and Andrews’ friend, Monquiarious Caldwell, also 23, in an incident that took on place shortly after midnight Oct. 25.
Wayne surrendered to parish sheriff’s deputies two days later after learning an arrest warrant had been issued for him in the double homicide.
Both Andrews and Caldwell were from Farmerville.

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Ruston man faces attempted murder charge

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A Ruston man faces attempted second-degree murder charges today stemming from an incident that occurred Saturday night on Eastland Avenue.
City police arrested Brandon Oneal Maryland, 36, of 793 Hwy. 3061, at his home on Tuesday in connection with the shooting of Jermichael Reynolds, 30, also of Ruston.
Reynolds was shot in the shoulder, Ruston Police Chief Steve Rogers said.
Officers responded to call at approximately 11 p.m. Saturday reporting that a man had been shot was in a yard on Eastland Avenue, Rogers said.

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Community should find ways to help veterans everyday

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Editor’s Note: This is the second part in a two-part series about veterans.
Understanding and supporting the mental health needs of our veterans is a great way to reach out and thank them for their service.
Find tangible ways to get involved not just on Veterans Day but every day.
If you are concerned about a friend or colleague, one of the most important things that you can do is to ask how they are doing and to listen without judgement.

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RPAR youth football champions crowned

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The Ruston Parks and Recreation Department’s youth football seasons wrapped up recently. In the 7-8 age division, the Miami Hurricanes (pictured top defeated Union 19-13. In the 9-10 age division, the Florida State Seminoles (pictured above) beat Arcadia 21-6.

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Seniors paved way for memorable Tech soccer season

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Just before kickoff, Monica Gebler would get in the middle of a huddle surrounded by her Lady Techsters soccer teammates.
In that circle she would give a message and that message was the same every time.
Play as hard as you possibly can and leave everything you have on that field. Don’t walk off regretting something. Walk away from that game knowing you did everything you could. Play for yourself and play for your teammates.
That message came across loud and clear in the 2017 season.

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LA Tech men add forward

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With only one senior on the Louisiana Tech men’s basketball roster, head coach Eric Konkol and the coaching staff had only one a scholarship available that was used to ink forward Stacey Thomas to a National Letter of Intent in the early signing period.
Thomas is a 6-foot-8-inch, 210-pound forward out of Houston.
The multi-sport athlete is currently averaging 15.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game this season for Fort Bend Christian Home School.

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G-Men fall to B.C.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The Grambling State University men’s basketball team used a pair of runs at the beginning of each half, but it wasn’t enough to propel the Tigers in an 87-78 loss to Bethune-Cookman on Tuesday night at Moore Gymnasium.
Grambling State (0-4) began the game on a 9-1 run and used a 16-9 run to begin the second half and close the halftime deficit to 53-51. However, Bethune-Cookman (2-3) put the game out of reach during a six-minute stretch of the second half with a 19-6 run to take a 72-57 advantage.

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Dunkin’ Dogs stay unbeaten

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CANCUN, Mexico —Louisiana Tech head coach Eric Konkol picked up win No. 50 and did so against one of his former squads as the Bulldogs defeated George Mason, 77-64, to advance to the championship game of the 10th annual Cancun Challenge on Tuesday night in Mexico
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It was a total team effort for the Bulldogs (4-0), who had four players in double figures, led by senior Jacobi Boykins with 18 points and junior Derric Jean coming off the bench to provide a season-high 17 points.

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