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January 10th, 2017

Medical parole denied to local drug kingpin

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There will be no medical parole for a Grambling man said to be a local drug kingpin and who was sentenced in October to five years at hard labor in a maximum security state corrections facility.
Instead, Willie James “Big Hip” Scott, 68, is expected to serve his sentence at Angola State Penitentiary.
Louisiana’s Board of Parole rescinded an apparent corrections department request for medical parole for Scott when they learned none of a handful of nursing homes Scott’s doctor thought might be able to accommodate him was willing to do so.

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Aldermen postpone bond action

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Mayor meeting today, Wednesday with state officials

Ruston’s Board of Aldermen on Monday postponed action on a proposed ordinance that would have authorized the city to issue up to $34 million in sales tax increment revenue bonds tagged for transportation projects in Ruston’s tax incremental district.
The unanimous vote came at the recommendation of City Attorney Bill Carter. Carter said he was suggesting the indefinite postponement because Louisiana’s Bond Commission has not yet given the city permission to sell the bonds and Ruston’s bond attorney is looking for as good a rate as possible.

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Controlling lawn burweed in yard

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Every summer I receive more phone calls about lawn burweed or sticker weed than any other lawn problem that we have. During the summer is when the stickers show up.
The stickers are the seeds that the plant produces to get next year’s crop in the ground and ready to come up.
The biggest problem with control lawn burweed is that once we notice the stickers it is really too late to do anything about them.
The plant has matured and is at the end of its life cycle so it’s about to die anyway. The stickers will stay around for a bit even on the dead plant.

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Congrats to one of our own

When it comes to awards, Ruston Daily Leader O.K. “Buddy” Davis has hauled in more than four-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Terry Bradshaw and Pro Basketball Hall of Famers Karl Malone and Willis Reed combined.
And Davis was back on his winning track Monday morning as the Football Writers Association of America recognized him as a Lifetime Achievement Award recipient as the organization held its annual awards breakfast banquet in Tampa, Florida.

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Grambling sweeps Alcorn State

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Grambling State swept past Alcorn State Monday night with the GSU women and men both taking Southwestern Athletic Conference wins at the Frederick C. Hodby Assembly Center. The Lady Tigers moved to 5-10 and 3-1 in the SWAC with a 86-62 win over the Lady Braves. Shakyla Hill led GSU with 19 points while Monisha Neal added 18. The G-Men moved to 7-10 and 2-2 in the SWAC with a 67-62 win over the Braves. Erving Mitchell led GSU with 20 points, Avery Ugba added 19 points and nine rebounds and Drake Wilks chipped in with nine points and eight rebounds for the Tigers.

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January 9th

LPSB to review memorandum

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The Lincoln Parish School Board is expected to vote on a proposed memorandum that will share certain student personally identifiable information with Lincoln Preparatory Academy in Grambling.
The proposal will be on the board’s agenda during their regularly scheduled meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Lincoln Parish schools’ central office.
Among other items on the agenda:
• The board will review several policy revisions that clarify guidelines regarding days donated to sick leave and leave without pay for Lincoln Parish school employees.

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Tech Theatre to perform ‘Love ... and Murder’

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Beginning at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Louisiana Tech University’s Theatre Department will raise the curtain on “Love … and Murder,” a mash up of several of Broadway’s most beloved musicals and a famous opera, in Stone Theatre, located in Louisiana Tech University’s Howard Center for the Performing Arts.
The performance will be directed by Lisa Maxedon and feature a 15-member cast, said Katie Brumfield, promotions and marketing for Louisiana Tech University’s Department of Theatre.

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Police Jury to elect officers

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Jurors to vote at 7 p.m. meeting Tuesday

Members of the Lincoln Parish Police Jury will elect new officers — president and vice-president — when they meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Lincoln Parish Courthouse.
Once the officers have been elected, the jury will make several appointments to parish positions, including Lincoln Parish Fire Protection District, Lincoln Parish Library Control Board and the Lincoln Parish Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

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Stalking: Know it. Name it. Stop it.

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What do Timothy Sweet, Lukas Vorsteveld, and Frank Andrew Hoover have in common?
Despite Timothy’s last name, none of these men can be classified as sweet. They have all been arrested for stalking country/pop singer Taylor Swift.
In 2011, 39-year-old Frank Andrew Hoover was arrested for chasing Swift’s motorcade to the airport after an Austin concert. Hoover had been issued a lifetime restraining order in Kansas after following and stalking the singer.

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‘Great Expectations’ a la 2017

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In my high school English classes, one of our teachers routinely read aloud to us. I remember our being captivated — even the high school football players — by the voice of Mary Louise Johnston as she recounted the experiences of Pip and Miss Havisham in Charles Dickens’ “Great Expectations.”
Convicts … graveyards … a spinster constantly wearing her wedding dress and one shoe since the day she was jilted at the altar … themes of social alienation, moral regeneration and redemption through love … and much more.

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