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March 3rd, 2015

NLMC buys Green Clinic Surgical

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Northern Louisiana Medical Center has acquired the Green Clinic Surgical Hospital.
The acquisition was announced today in a joint press release from the two healthcare providers.
Officials of both NLMC and Green Clinic said the move is the part of a new collaboration between the two entities and is aimed at the betterment of medical care in Lincoln Parish and surrounding areas.

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Robken to keep on directing

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Tech director overcomes cancer, remains committed
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The man under the famous hat and one of Louisiana Tech University’s most beloved and well-known entertainers said his life was turned upside down last year.
Jim Robken, director of Tech’s Band of Pride and Hoop Troop Basketball Band, was diagnosed with prostate and kidney cancer in late April of 2014.
“Two surgeries (were performed) — and I just wasn’t sure how I was going to come out of that,” he said. “At the time, we didn’t know how serious it was.”

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State offers land for Sparta project

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The Union Lincoln Regional Water Supply Initiative board is asking its attorney to review a proposal from the state offering to sell the group land upon which to build a water treatment plant.
The state wants $115,000 for the approximately 21-acre tract in the Old D’Arbonne State Park in Farmerville. The plant would be part of a project aimed at the reducing the draw on the Sparta Aquifer.
ULRSWI members looked at the first draft of the proposed cash sale agreement Monday.
“It’s another step in the right direction,” said Stein Baughman, ULRSWI’s president and Farmerville mayor.

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Ruston approves Snowden Street water improvements

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Ruston aldermen said “yes” Monday night to a request to apply for a state grant for a water-improvement project in the Snowden Street area, but the work will be done even if the city doesn’t get the grant.
“This project is already in the design phase with an engineering company,” said Water Utilities Manager Keith Jeselink. “This project will happen this summer.”
Aldermen said even though the hoped for $50,000 Community Water Enrichment Fund grant won’t make or break the project, winning the funds would mean the city wouldn’t have to spend as much of its money to do the work.

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Heated debate arises in Simsboro

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The regular meeting of the Village of Simsboro became heated during the public comments period Monday when former mayor Willie Hendricks opened up a discussion about a bill he was sent.
Hendricks told the board of aldermen, which only has one member that served alongside him, that the previous board had allowed him to bring his work computer to his home. Because he also used the computer for personal matters, he had been sent a bill for approximately $49 for Internet usage.

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Boys’ prep playoffs continue tonight

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Four parish teams to host games
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Four Lincoln Parish teams play second-round regional playoff games at home tonight.
Ruston High School and Ouachita Parish High School will play a District 2-5A showdown as the 21st-seeded Bearcats host the No. 5-seeded Lions at 7 p.m. in the RHS boys gym.
The Bearcats and Lions split a pair of games during regular season with each winning on the road by a combined total of four points.
Tickets for that contest will cost $8 and doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

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G-Men fail to grab first SWAC win

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Lady Tigers rally falls short vs. MVSU
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GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) — Jeffrey Simmons had 20 points and six assists as Mississippi Valley State held on to beat Grambling State 66-62 on Monday night.
DeAngelo Priar had 15 points and eight rebounds and Isaac Williams added 12 points for Mississippi Valley State (6-24, 5-12 Southwestern Athletic Conference).

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Diamond ’Dogs game at Arkansas cancelled

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Louisiana Tech’s scheduled midweek baseball game at Arkansas slatd for today has been cancelled due to inclement weather expected in the Fayetteville area.
Tech was originally scheduled to travel to Baum Stadium in Fayetteville for today’s contest against the Razorbacks, but wintry weather has once again caused a change in plans. The game between the Bulldogs and Arkansas is not scheduled to be made up this season.

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Calling all Bulldog fans

Once again, the Louisiana Tech University Bulldogs need you.
Tech wraps up regular season play on Thursday night in the Thomas Assembly Center against the University of Southern Mississippi in what hopefully will be the final game in the TAC this season.
That’s because Tech’s main goal is to win the upcoming Conference USA tournament and the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. If the Bulldogs don’t reach the NCAA tourney, they could play host to a National Invitational Tournament contest, but all eyes are on the Big Dance right now.

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Khorasani’s work showing in two museums

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Paintings by Ruston artist Hooshang Khorasani are in exhibits at two Montana museums this month.
Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings, Montana, is exhibiting the acrylic-mixed media painting “Following the Tumbleweed,” a 30-by-40-inch abstract set of two. YAM’s 47th Art Exhibit and Auction began Jan. 22 and will conclude Saturday with both a live and silent auction.

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