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March 23rd, 2017

Governor floats hike in gasoline tax

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Louisiana motorists could face a higher gasoline tax if the Legislature agrees to a plan being floated by Gov. John Bel Edwards.
“It’s not easy to ask people to pay more, but if we don’t you’re not going to get more,” Edwards told more than 200 people gathered for breakfast at Squire Creek Country Club on Wednesday.
“We’ve got to understand that the Easter Bunny isn’t going to bring us roads and bridges. We’re going to have to do it ourselves,” he said.

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Louisiana's First Lady visits Glen View

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Louisiana first lady Donna Edwards visited Glen View Elementary School Wednesday as a part of her Lincoln Parish tour. With her is Amy Crittenden, a music teacher at Glen View Elementary.

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Rest in peace to rock legend

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The climax scene of 1985’s Back to the Future film involves the protagonist, Marty McFly, covering a song titled “Johnny B. Goode.”
McFly performs the song at a mid-’50s prom during the time-traveling flick where McFly, who traveled from 1985 back to the 1950s, plays “an oldie. Well it’s an oldie where I come from.”
The song was by St. Louis, Missouri’s own Chuck Berry. His history-defining tune hadn’t yet been created in the film’s timeline, but those who know the song will know that it helped create the genre known as rock ‘n’ roll.

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Ruston’s Got Talent aids cause

For six years, the Hockenjos family, of Ruston, has been making a differnce in lives of premature babies and their mothers by hosting the Ruston’s Got Talent fundraiser.
The fundraiser is a talent show that not only showcases local abilities, but it also shows the heart of Lincoln Parish.
With each performer, money was raised for the March of Dimes, an organization’s whose mission is to end prematurity, address the growing crisis of premature birth in the U.S. and help families have full-term, healthy babies.

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Louisiana Tech holds football Pro Day

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Louisiana Tech wrapped up its annual Pro Day on Tuesday as several current and former Bulldogs were on hand to watch all the action on a warm afternoon at Joe Aillet Stadium in Ruston.
Representatives from all 32 teams in the National Football League were in attendance to watch 15 Bulldogs show off their skills on the turf at Joe Aillet Stadium.

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Tech softball tops Northwestern St. in extra innings

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Taria Page hit a two-out, two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning and Ali Galaz’s suicide squeeze bunt scored Marilyn Rizzato in a controversial play at the plate in the bottom of the 10th lifting Louisiana Tech to a 6-5 win over Northwestern State Wednesday.
With the winning run on third and one out, Galaz laid down a bunt towards first base as Rizzato broke from third. However, Rizzato collided with the home plate umpire a few feet before the plate, sending both to the ground.

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Walker won’t return to GSU men’s hoops

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GRAMBLING — Shawn Walker, who guided the Grambling State men’s basketball program to its best record in nearly 20 years during the Tigers’ recently ended campaign, will not be returning for the 2017-18 season.
The G-Men finished at 16-17 this past season, their best record since going 16-12 in 1997-98.
Walker, who led the team to a 16-17 record last season, was dismissed by the university. He turned in an overall record of 25-71 (.260) in three seasons as GSU’s head coach.

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March 22nd

Trinity Church to host benefit concert

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The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra will perform a benefit concert to support Teach One to Lead One, a community mentor program that teaches universal principles of scripture to at-risk Lincoln and Union Parishes students toward a life of purpose.
The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra will take the stage at 7 p.m. Thursday at Trinity United Methodist Church.
Tickets for the performance are $20 for adults and $5 for children and students with all proceeds going to Teach One to Lead One, said the Rev. Micky Cloud, Minister of Music.

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Fundraiser for March of Dimes a success

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Micaela Jolly, a 15-year-old freshman at Cedar Creek, was the overall winner during Ruston’s Got Talent, a March of Dimes fundraiser, held Tuesday at the Dixie Center for the Arts. Micaela is shown performing the song “Nothing” from A Chorus Line.
Ryleigh Geis, an 11-year-old from Cedar Creek, won first place in Division One with a dance to “Gloria.”
Rebecca Bordelon, a sophomore at Cedar Creek, won first place in Division Three with her song “Homeward Bound.”

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Investigation continues into fatal Simsboro fire

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State Fire Marshal’s investigators are continuing to search for the cause of residential fire that claimed the life of a Simsboro man on Saturday.
“We’ve narrowed down the scope of our investigation to a relatively small area but there’s still some more work to do,” fire marshal’s Chief Deputy Brant Thompson said Tuesday.
Felton L. Cockerham, 77, was apparently overcome by smoke from the fire that destroyed his wood-framed home located at 225 Davis Road.

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