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November 20th, 2015

Tech’s Dixon chasing history Saturday at UTEP

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The list of names read as a “Who’s Who” of the top players in college football history. Montee Ball, Travis Prentice, Ricky Williams, Marshall Faulk, Cedric Benson, DeMarco Murray … and now Kenneth Dixon.
A senior running back at Louisiana Tech, Dixon and the Bulldogs play at UTEP Saturday with a chance for the tailback to tie or break Montee Ball’s NCAA record for career touchdowns (83) and total points scored (500).
Louisiana Tech (7-3, 5-1 Conference USA) kicks off at UTEP (4-6, 2-4) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in a game that will be televised on Fox Sports Network.

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Techsters to host SFA

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Junior forward Brooke Pumroy (12) and the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters (1-1) will host Stephen F. Austin (1-0) at 7 p.m. Saturday.

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G-Men, Dunkin’ Dogs set for showdown

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It’ll be a Lincoln Parish showdown at 7 p.m. Saturday as the Alex Hamilton (0, top) and the Dunkin’ Dogs of Louisiana Tech make the short trip westward to face Mark Gray (24, bottom) and the Tigers of Grambling State University at the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly. Gray led Grambling (1-3) with 13 points and nine Thursday night as the Tigers fell 83-65 at Memphis. The Tigers kept things tight in the first half, trailing only 40-36 at intermission before Memphis pulled away in the second half.

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Multiple races on the ballot

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Saturday votes decide elections, tax renewal

Lincoln Parish voters go to the polls Saturday to join their peers across the state in electing Louisiana’s next governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general.
Voters in Ruston also decide the fate of a recreation tax renewal, while Grambling voters determine whether they want a new quarter-cent sales tax.
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voters must bring photo identification such as a valid driver’s license of military ID.

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Prayer breakfast ‘incredible’

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Louisiana National Guard Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Woods, left, and Faith Arrant were among the more than 200 people who gathered Thursday morning at the Ruston Civic Center for the community’s first citywide prayer breakfast. Mayor Ronny Walker termed the standing-room-only gathering “incredible.” The prayer breakfast is expected to become a monthly event. The next prayer breakfast will be held Dec. 17.

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Sales tax increase in third quarter

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Sales tax collections in Lincoln Parish continue to increase.
As of the end of September, collections for 2015 were up almost $10 million over the same time a year ago.
The main reason: Continued good fortunes in the oil and gas industry, Dennis Griggs, Lincoln Parish Sales and Use Tax administrator, said Thursday.
“Essentially, that’s what it is,” she said.
Figures released this week show sales tax collections for the third quarter of 2015 — that’s July through September — were up 33.5 percent over collections for the same quarter of 2104.

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Grambling creates new taxing district

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Grambling City Council approved the creation of the Grambling Economic Development District No. 1, a nine-acre piece of land off Interstate 20, that the council will vote on to levy a half-cent sales tax during the Dec. 10 meeting.
The council also approved a resolution to authorize the publication of notice of intention to levy an additional half-cent sales tax with the Grambling Economic Development District.
Grambling Mayor Ed Jones said the sales tax revenue generated from the district will help finance various economic development projects.

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Grambling plans to apply for grant with historic black towns

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Grambling, along with four other historic black towns and settlements, announced the plans to apply for a Historic Preservation Innovation Grant to create economic corridors and help develop visibility and preservation of the towns.
Grambling Mayor Ed Jones said the Historic Black Towns and Settlements Alliance, formed in April 2014 with the mayors of Hobson City and Tuskegee, Alabama, Eatonville, Florida and Mound Bayou, Mississippi, collaborated together to apply for a three-part grant: consisting of planning, implementation and development.

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NCLAC prepares for Holiday Arts Tour

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This is an exciting time in the North Central Louisiana Arts Council office, as we’re preparing for our 18th annual Holiday Arts Tour. The event will be Dec. 4-5 in downtown Ruston.
Earlier in the week, though, on Dec. 1, Bank of Ruston will host its 12th Annual Holiday Art Exhibit.
This year’s highlighted artists are Jerry Berg, Nicole Duet, Sherry Owens and Joey Slaughter.
This exhibit has become a popular event in the community and has featured works of many local artists over the years.

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Local vet completes Tandem Cycling Camp

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AJ “Wes” Wesselhoeft, Lt. Col United States Air Force, has just completed a United States Association of Blind Athletes Tandem Cycling Camp at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Wesselhoeft is a legally blind Vietnam veteran who now lives in Ruston.
USABA, a member of the United States Olympic Committee, works with the Veterans Administration to provide the opportunity for blind veterans to participate in a variety of sports including tandem cycling.

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