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September 5th, 2014

Pearce submits Ruston alderman’s bid

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Ruston District 4 Alderman Jim Pearce today announced his bid for re-election saying he wants to make the city “that shining city on a hill.”
Pearce, a Republican, has served 16 years on the board, eight of those as the city’s mayor pro tem. District 4 is northwest Ruston.

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Robbery suspects arrested

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Two California men were arrested Thursday in reference to a simple robbery in Grambling.
Grambling State University police apprehended Lawrence Edward Smalley, 21, of 2563 W. Calle Vista Drive, Rialto, California, and Gaylon Deshawn Maxie, 20, of P.O. Box 2506, Rialto, California, on one count of simple robbery.
Their bond had not been set as of press time.
According to the arrest affidavit, GSUPD responded to a call for police assistance after an emergency call box had been used.

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Grambling board meets

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The board of aldermen for the city of Grambling met Thursday afternoon with several approvals on the agenda.
The board approved a request to change their insurance agent to Affordable Insurance Solutions.
Ken Myricks, of Affordable Insurance Solutions, was on hand to field questions raised by residents and the board.
He gave a brief overview of why changing the city’s current insurance could be a good thing for the city and save them money.
The board also approved Schuler Consulting Company to provide engineering service for the Grambling LDEQ CWSRF Project CS221056-01.

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Tech looks to cook up win over Cajuns

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It’ll be an in-state civil war — north vs. south — at 6 p.m. Saturday as Louisiana Tech takes to the road to face the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.
The teams are no strangers to each other even though the former Southland Conference rivals haven’t played since 2004.
Tech holds a 46-33-6 series advantage over the Ragin’ Cajuns, and has won six straight over ULL, including a 24-20 win in 2004.
Bulldogs coach Skip Holtz realizes his team will be tested against ULL, which opened the season with a 45-6 win at home over Southern.

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Ruston to renew Neville rivalry

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Tradition.
That word means much to the Ruston and Neville High School football programs — two teams who have each won more than a few state championships over the years.
The two have faced each other every season in one of the oldest rivalries in the state, and that rivalry will be renewed at 7 p.m. today at L.J. “Hoss” Garrett Stadium in the season opener for both teams.

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GSU looks to play spoiler against UH

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GRAMBLING — As Grambling State prepares to face Houston on the road at 7 p.m. Saturday in a battle of 0-1 teams, first-year Tigers coach Broderick Fobbs is looking for a better team than the one that fell 42-27 at Lamar.
And he’d love to see his Tigers pull off the upset over the major college program.
“Most teams make their biggest jump between week one and week two,” Fobbs said. “So I’m looking for a much better performance this week.”

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Tech soccer, volleyball to compete

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Louisiana Tech’s soccer team makes its lone in-state trip of the season as it heads to Baton Rouge to take on Southern at 6 p.m. today inside A.W. Mumford Stadium.
This will one of only two weekends during the 2014 season that Tech (4-0-1) will play just one match and it comes at a good time after playing five in a span of 10 days.

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Annual festival fun for all

For more than a quarter century the great residents of Dubach have been celebrating the industry that first provided jobs to the area.
Hosted annually by the Dubach Restoration and Beautification Organization the Louisiana Chicken Festival is held annually the fourth weekend in September, which for 2014 falls on the 26th and 27th.
But prior to the main festival days, events such as the annual Chicken Festival Pageant will take place.

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Ordinary people inspire greatness

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“A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist.”
— Louis Nizer
In this business not a day goes by where we don’t meet someone new.
That new person can become an instant friend or a reliable source of great story ideas. But every now and then we meet a person that we just sort of click with.
No I’m not talking about a soul mate, well maybe if there is such a thing as a work-related soul mate.

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Oil trucks a danger to backroads

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On this past Labor Day, I was accosted by what has come to be known today as common courtesy,  and a common event. For anyone that has occasion to drive on one of our battered and tattered country roads, you are acutely aware of the oilfield and logging activities in our area, and how dangerous these roads have become. Many residents of Lincoln Parish draw revenue from oil and gas wells, as well as timber; including many of my family members and neighbors. We are all grateful for the money.

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