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January 13th, 2018

Sluggish second half dooms Dunkin’ Dogs

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BIRMINGHAM — It was another tough second half in another tough road environment for Louisiana Tech as the Bulldogs fell to Alabama-Birmingham, 74-62, on Saturday night inside Bartow Arena.
Playing without star point guard DaQuan Bracey, Tech (10-9, 1-5 C-USA) battled to have a one-point edge at halftime behind six made 3-pointers and nine assists.
The second half was the opposite with zero made triples and just two assists to go along with 10 turnovers. UAB (13-5, 4-1 C-USA) in the second stanza made over half its shots and led for the final 18 minutes of the game.

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Lady Tigers prevail in 81-79 OT victory

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GRAMBLING — Shakyla Hill and Monisha Neal reached double figures as the Grambling State University women’s basketball team rallied to defeat Prairie View A&M, 81-79 in overtime in a Southwestern Athletic Conference game on Saturday afternoon at the Fredrick C. Hobdy on Saturday afternoon.

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Gaston guides G-Men past Prairie View

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GRAMBLING (AP) — Anthony Gaston scored a season-high 30 points with seven rebounds and four steals and Grambling beat Prairie View 80-71 on Saturday.
Diontae Jones’ jumper gave Grambling a 9-8 lead and the Tigers never trailed again. Jones’ shot was the beginning of a 7-0 run which included a 3-pointer from Gaston. Later, Gaston made a layup and back-to-back 3s and the margin grew to 24-10.
The Panthers put together a 9-1 run and reduced their deficit to nine and Troy Thompson’s jumper at the buzzer made it 38-31 for Grambling.

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Winter storm may be on horizon

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Lincoln Parish may be in for its first significant winter weather event Monday night into Tuesday.

“There is still some uncertainty in the forecast for this event, but some accumulation of ice and snow is looking very possible at this time,” the National Weather Service in Shreveport said Saturday.

The forecast shows another Arctic cold front late Monday night with temperatures rapidly falling below freezing.

“Rain will begin mixing with freezing rain, sleet and then snow from north to south across most of the area,” the NWS said statement said.

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Out with the old

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The city of Ruston is replacing all of its almost 10,000 residential and commercial water meters with a state-of-the-art automated system that officials say will not only increase the accuracy of customer’s water bills but also save the city a “significant” amount of both money and water.
Exactly how much savings won’t be known until after the automated metering infrastructure system has been up and running for about a year, Keith Jeselink, Ruston’s water utilities manager said.

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Woodard finishes final day in 3rd Judicial District court

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The first female 3rd Judicial District court judge had a career filled with high regard for the law, right decision-making even if there were some hard ones to be made, but most of all, filled with love and friendship.
That was the message during the retirement ceremonies for District Court Judge Cynthia Woodard on Friday in front of more than 200 local public officials, family and friends from Lincoln and Union Parishes at the main Ruston courtroom.
“Over 21 years ago, you placed trust in confidence in me,” said Woodard, who was elected to her position in 1996.

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Parish seeks students for enhanced calendar program

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At the end of last school year, 64 percent of newly graduated second-graders at Ruston’s Glen View Elementary School were performing at or above grade-level expectations in reading.
Sixty-three percent were at or above proficiency in math.
Then came summer break.
As the same students began their third-grade year at Cypress Springs Elementary — the school into which Glen View feeds — only 31 percent were performing at or above where they should have been.

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Attend school calendar forum

When Lincoln Parish school officials began preliminary talks with the school board about the idea of an enhanced school calendar pilot program, school Superitnendent Mike Milstead spoke about the need to combat the “summer slump.”

The summer slump, sometimes called the summer “learning loss” or “summer regression,” is the time between the traditional end of school in May and the beginning of the new term in August.

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Stay prepared for Old Man Winter's wrath

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Like many people, a rare snowfall in Lincoln Parish is something in which I take delight.
A rare ice storm is a completely different story.
It appears Old Man Winter might be preparing to write a new chapter in the Piney Hills Weather Record Book. According to Lincoln Parish Director of Homeland Security Kip Franklin, there is a good chance of some form of a wintery mix of precipitation late Monday night and Tuesday morning.

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The finances of remarrying

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If you’re about to walk down the aisle a second time and thinking about the finances of remarrying, you may want to consider the following steps to get your new life off on the right financial footing:

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