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August 26th, 2014

Fobbs doesn’t reveal GSU’s first-stringer

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Since taking over the Grambling State University football program last December, it’s become increasingly apparent head coach Broderick Fobbs likes to play things close to the vest.
So with only days remaining before Saturday’s season opener at Lamar, Fobbs didn’t show his cards during Monday’s first weekly press conference of the season as he declined to name a starting quarterback for the contest.
That means the three-horse race for the starting role is still on. And even then, all three must be prepared as Fobbs has said he will play at least two quarterbacks against the Cardinals.

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Chainsaw can be a versatile tool

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Firewood in August — green wood will burn, but too much internal moisture will greatly reduce its fuel value. The term seasoned wood (cut and left to dry) is often used. To achieve 100 percent of the heating value from firewood, cut wood should season for 12 months. Cutting and drying wood during this time of year will greatly increase the available heat from the firewood. Firewood cut now and left to dry until the winter season can be the difference between having wood with a 90 percent fuel value as compared to green firewood with a percent fuel value of 63 percent.

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Tech athletics giving back

The world of college athletics is about much more than sports.
Most people realize how much the business world is involved with college athletics, but many might not realize the real world lessons student-athletes are being taught.
The Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters learned such a lesson earlier this month when they visited the residents of Princeton Place, a rehabilitation center and nursing home in Ruston.

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Seize opportunity for 4-H enrollment

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We have already had many parents and students asking about how to enroll their child in 4-H and when they can. 4-H enrollment will begin in September for Lincoln Parish Schools and we are looking forward to working with the youth of Lincoln Parish this year. We have some great educational programs planned for monthly club meetings and we have many fun experiences planned for the parish as well.

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August 25th

Dixie keeping the arts alive

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Each year, the historic Dixie Center for the Arts puts together a season with all residents in mind.
On top for this year’s season is Chinese Acrobats on Sept. 27; Jason Coleman and Meagan Taylor —The Piano Magic of Floyd Cramer on Nov. 15; Jason Petty and the Swingin’ Cowboys on March 13; and Albanie Fallette and Thrift Set Orchestra on April 4.
All regular Dixie season shows take place at 7 p.m. the night of the performance.
In a statement released by Coleman about his performance, he said his grandfather, Floyd Cramer, had a profound impact on my life.

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Guice: No cuts to higher education

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Stay together, stay strong and keep meeting challenges head on.
That seemed to be the message presented by Louisiana Tech President Les Guice as the university held its “Happening XXXIII” Friday night at the Monroe Civic Center.
The casual, tailgate-like atmosphere at the event allowed the large crowd of Tech supporters the chance to personally talk with Guice along with athletics director Tommy McClelland, head football coach Skip Holtz, men’s basketball head coach Michael White, women’s basketball head coach Tyler Summitt and head baseball coach Greg Goff.

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Three fights result in arrests

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Two Lincoln Parish men remain behind bars today and a third man is out on bond following separate weekend incidents that all involved fighting.
Dustin Allen Hyatt, 35, of 151 Talmadge Road in Dubach, faces charges of domestic abuse by strangulation stemming from an argument late Sunday night with his girlfriend.
According to the arrest affidavit, Hyatt said the altercation began over a pack of cigarettes, but his girlfriend claims the fight started when she refused to let him have the cell phone.

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Null announces candidacy

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Ruston resident Judi Null has announced her candidacy for the city’s District 4 board of alderman seat. District 4 is northwest Ruston.
Null, a Republican, is challenging incumbent Alderman Jim Pearce in the Nov. 4 primary election.
“I think it’s really important that everybody play a role in their community,” Null said. “We haven’t lived here as long as other families have, buy we’ve come to consider Ruston home. It’s where I go to church, where my friends are.”

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Take heed with cyber security

The recent security breach of the Community Health System has sparked concern about how to keep individual’s identity safe.
Residents affected by the breach will be notified via a letter by Aug. 30 and instructions given will inform them how to take advantage of free identity software.
The Federal Trade Commission defines identity theft as a time when someone steals your personal information and uses it without your permission.
It’s a serious crime that can wreak havoc with your finances, credit history and reputation — and can take time, money and patience to resolve.

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Hurricane season at its prime

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It’s that time of year again.
Nine years ago this week Hurricane Katrina slammed into the southern part of our state, changing it forever and reminding us all, even in the northern part of the state, that we should remain ever vigil.
And after a quiet period, don’t look now, but things are stirring up some in the tropics.
Tropical Storm Crisobal formed over the weekend, but fortunately a vast majority of models have the storm hooking northeastward into the Atlantic Ocean, bypassing the United States entirely despite a potential close call with the Carolinas.

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