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February 18th, 2017

LA Tech starts strong at Conference USA meet

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Tamario Lattin earned two medals on the day while Gregory Ballard broke his own school record Saturday as Louisiana Tech wrapped up the first day of competition at the 2017 Conference USA Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Alabama. Ballard (pictured above), a junior for the Bulldogs, broke his own school record in the pole vault with a mark of 16-01.75 (4.92m) to earn bronze at the indoor championships. Lattin turned in second-place finishes in both the high jump and the long jump.

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Ruston ‘prophet’ has national honors

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As I was reading my morning devotionals this week, I ran across a phrase from the New Testament, Mark 6:4 in the Living Bible and I thought of my friend, Dr. James Dickson. The passage reads … “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own home town …”

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Crappie Masters set for next weekend in Farmerville

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FARMERVILLE — Up to 200 fishermen from across the country and around the region will be in Farmerville Friday and Saturday for the Bass Pro Shop Crappie Masters Louisiana State Championship.
It’s the third stop on the 17-tournament trail that ends with the National Championship on Sept. 20-23 in Greenville, Mississippi.
This is the third year Crappie Masters has come to Lake D’Arbonne and the second year for the Louisiana State Championship on the 15,000-acre lake.

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GSU professor’s art on display

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After more than five years, one local Grambling State University criminal justice assistant professor decides it was time to start creating again.
Herbert Simmons’ artwork is currently on display until Thursday at the Dunbar Art Gallery on GSU’s campu.
“The Work of Dr. Herbert Simmons Jr. & Selections from the Simmons Collection of African American Art” includes Simmons’ work and collected pieces by prominent artist William Tolliver, Simmons said.
Simmons, from Jonesboro, volunteered to share his work after visiting a Black History Month art exhibit.

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Youth of the Year to be honored

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At 6 p.m. Tuesday, the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana will host a program in which one member will be named the local Youth of the Year in the elementary, middle school and high school categories at the Lincoln Parish Library Events Center.

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Peach fans, it’s your turn

Louisiana Peach Festival fans, this one’s for you — literally. The fate of the 2017 festival poster in your hands, or more aptly, at your fingertips.
For years, the festival committee has chosen the poster design from annual contest entrees. But not any more. A new tradition is about to begin. Festival fans will pick the winner.
Here’s how it works: The planning committee will narrow this year’s 12 entrees down to the top three. Then the online voting begins. The poster receiving the most “likes” wins.

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Learn to fight against fake news

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I know I’ve written about it before but the problem continues to get worse.
Fake news. What is true and what isn’t?
We read and hear about so-called fake news more and more every day, and as a professional journalist I have to admit to much dismay over what our world has come to.

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Tech alum writes about higher ed

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Over the past several years, Louisiana Tech University has earned national recognition for the educational value and high return on investment it provides for its students and graduates. Students enrolling at Tech know they are not just going to receive an outstanding education and college experience, but they are also going to be prepared with the knowledge and skills they need to compete for the best jobs in the country and to become leaders in their fields.

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SGA presidents speak on budget

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Dear Governor John Bel Edwards and Legislators:
On behalf of the Student Government Association Presidents of Louisiana’s colleges and universities, who represent more than 215,000 college students across the state, we want to express our concern about the constant cuts towards higher education.

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In the midst of amazing talent

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It has been said that a “prophet has no honor in his own country.”
Put another way, there are highly talented and great persons within our midst of whom we are unaware or take for granted. Yet right in front of our very eyes are bright lights of acclaim and greatness. It is amazing to me that this talent has blessed this community with his presence, work and complete dedication.

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