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October 17th, 2018

'Godfather offer' is often the only way

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When I was a child, my most important possession was my bicycle, followed closely by my radio.
My bike was how I got around. I rode it to school, friend’s houses, pick-up baseball games, shopping centers, and just about anywhere else my heart desired and my parents would allow (and some they wouldn’t have allowed).

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New Sparta data: Approach with caution

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While new preliminary data showing an increase in the amount of water being pumped out of North Louisiana’s Sparta Aquifer is definitely concerning, it may not be as scary as it initially appears.
Not even the U.S Geological Survey, the folks who compile the usage data, yet know exactly what accounts for the uptick in daily withdrawals from 2014 to 2105, the latest year for which data is available.

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Men’s Shed holds promise for city

If all goes according to plan, the public could get its first look at the Ruston Community Men’s Shed on Nov. 3.
The shed, spearheaded by city resident Beulah Laster, will be located in the former carpentry shop building on the Delta Community College campus on James Street.
We are excited about the Men’s Shed. We see it as a place where older men can mentor young men and teens, perhaps teach them a skill such as carpentry, small-engine repair or basic bookkeeping.

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Bulldogs name team captains

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For Louisiana Tech men’s basketball, the position of captain is often designated by the coaching staff or just directly given to the seniors.
This season, head coach Eric Konkol wanted to give more ownership of the captain vote to the players. So with some set criteria of what the staff was looking for, the players voted themselves on team captains and those chosen for the 2018-19 season were Derric Jean, Oliver Powell and Exavian Christon.

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Joe Aillet set for another HOF

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The late Joe Aillet, who was the cornerstone for success in athletics at Louisiana Tech from 1940 through 1970, is to be inducted into yet another Hall of Fame.
Holy Cross School in New Orleans, where Aillet excelled in numerous sports and held various leadership positions as a student before graduating in 1923, has announced that the former Louisiana Tech coaching legend will be inducted into the school’s Sports Hall of Fame on Nov. 2.

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RHS downs West Monroe

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The Ruston High School volleyball team defeated West Monroe Tuesday 3-0 to improve to 8-1 in district play. Abby Ambrose, left, led the Bearcats with 15 assists as well as 4 aces, while Anna Kate Inman, right, contributed 5 kills. The Bearcats will return to action Oct. 23 at home against Natchitoches Central.

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Terry receives SWAC honors

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Grambling State University senior defender Brittany Terry was named the Southwestern Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week, the conference announced on Monday.

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Tigers to face off against rival Braves in game to be tape delayed on ESPNU

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GRAMBLING — The Grambling State University football team will look for its third straight win and second consecutive Southwestern Athletic Conference victory this weekend as the Tigers face off against SWAC East Division rival Alcorn State on Saturday in Lorman, Miss. Kickoff from Jack Spinks Stadium is set for 2 p.m.

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Study: Tornado activity increases in Louisiana

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Over the past few decades tornadoes have been shifting — decreasing in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas but spinning up more in states along the Mississippi River and farther east, a new study shows. Scientists aren’t quite certain why.

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State’s average ACT score falls

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BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana’s high school student performance on the ACT college readiness test declined in the latest scores and remains below the national average.
Figures released Wednesday by the Iowa group that administers the test show the latest average composite score among all states was 20.8 for the 2018 high school graduating class.
Louisiana’s average was 19.2 , down from 19.5 a year earlier.
The test measures how students perform in English, reading, math and science. A perfect score is 36.

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