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December 13th

Nungesser: Budget woes need constitutional rewrite

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It’s going to take a constitutional rewrite for Louisiana to overcome its financial problems long term, but that rewrite isn’t likely to come soon, Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser said Tuesday.
“A constitutional conventional absolutely has to happen. Are you going to get that with a Democrat governor and Republican legislature? I don’t think so,” Nungesser told about 50 Louisiana Tech University students.
Nungesser’s appearance on campus was sponsored by the university’s Student Government Association.

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GSU to graduate 350 students Friday

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GRAMBLING— More than 350 students are expected to graduate during the Grambling State University fall 2017 commencement exercises at 10 a.m. Friday in the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.
The university will award 268 bachelor’s degrees, 95 master’s degrees and seven doctorates.
GSU’s commencement speaker will be Frederick Douglass Haynes III, senior Pastor at Friendship-West Church in Dallas. Haynes is a social activist, orator and educator, who is committed to advocating for economic justice for under-served communities and to empowering the disenfranchised.

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School district gathers canned goods for CCA

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Approximately 20,000 canned goods and other items were gathered by 14 local schools during the ninth annual Adopt-A-School food drive for Christian Community Action.
The food collection will go toward replenishing the food pantry for the nonprofit that benefits local families during emergency or crisis events.

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Caney Lake Good Sammers Club

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The Caney Good Sammers were invited to spend the day at Carolyn and Hubert Estes home for their November “camp out.”
After meeting and greeting, President James Dugdale called the campers to begin the business meeting.
Bill Austin led the opening prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Dugdale.
The roll call (eight families) and minutes were read by Pat Dickson. Janece Miller gave the treasurer’s report.
The group agreed to do the usual end-of-the-year funding for St. Jude Hospital, Shriner’s Hospital and Northeast Louisiana Food Bank.

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Locals win Reindeer Bucks

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Submitted photo (left) - Stephanie Mattox won a $100 gift card from Bank of Ruston at Jan’s Optical in the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Reindeer Bucks contest. From left to right are Judy Copeland, of the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce; Jan Houck, of Jan’s Optical; Mattox; and Angie Biscomb, of the Bank of Ruston.
Submitted photo (right) - Lee Anne Denny won $100 gift card from The Fashion at Uptown Downtown in the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Reindeer Bucks contest. Pictured from left to right are Abbey Bamburg and Kelly Hogan, of The Fashion; Denny; and Judy Copeland, of the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.
Submitted photo (bottom) - Barbara Hatok won $100 gift card from Origin Bank at Courtesy Chevrolet in the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Reindeer Bucks contest.vFrom left are Judy Copeland, of the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce; April McGuirt, of First National Bank; Micah Lindsey, of Courtesy, Sarah McKinney, of Origin Bank; and Hatok.

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Cyber security is the future

Security breaches and Internet hackers have recently dominated headlines for their crimes against the people and government of the United States — adding more anxiety to our daily lives.
From the Equifax breach to the cyber attacks by foreign enemies such as North Korea, cyber incidents continue to plague our nation.
However, two Lincoln Parish higher education institutes could be the center of hope when it comes to cyber security in the 21st century.

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Society doesn't always have the last word

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Darrius Stewart is a statistic.
He’s an abused child — his mother, a crack cocaine addict for 20 years, “beat us with an extension cord to the point we couldn’t go to school the next day.”
He’s also a high school dropout, a former resident of four foster homes in three years, and an Iraq war veteran came home suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome.
And none of that counts the absence of a positive male role model during his childhood and teen-age years.
Stewart was in his early 20s when he met this father for the first time.

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New Tech Academies director thanks community

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It has been said, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” While this statement may have many applications and many contexts, it is applicable in the current context of the community of Ruston and Ruston High School. In a season of counting blessings and being thankful, RHS and the New Tech Academies are grateful for the outpouring of support from our community.

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Warhawks edge past G-Men, 59-57

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MONROE — Devante Jackson tied the game at 57 with four seconds remaining, but Jordan Harris’ layup with one second left lifted the Louisiana-Monroe men’s basketball team to a thrilling 59-57 victory over Grambling State on Tuesday at Fant-Ewing Coliseum.
The Tigers (3-7), who fell behind 10-0 to begin the game, trailed for 39 minutes and 56 seconds before tying the game at 57 on a Devante Jackson layup. However, the Warhawks (4-5) still had enough time to beat the buzzer as Harris put up a layup with one seconds remaining to give Louisiana-Monroe the victory.

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Dunkin’ Dogs rally try comes up short

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Ragin’ Cajuns top Bulldogs, 75-71
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Down by as much as 18 points in the game, the Louisiana Tech men’s basketball team mounted a furious comeback late in the second half but the Bulldogs ran out of time as they fell to Louisiana-Lafayette, 75-71, on Tuesday night inside the Thomas Assembly Center.
It was a similar story to that of the last home loss. Despite being held to a season-low 25 points in the first half, LA Tech (7-3) still shot the ball well enough to win – 50 percent from the field, 54 percent from three and 78 percent from the foul line.

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