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February 3rd, 2015

Ruston to seek funds for downtown revitalization

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Ruston’s Board of Aldermen has agreed to begin chasing money for two more phases of the downtown revitalization project.
With no discussion and no debate, aldermen on Monday night unanimously approved a pair of resolutions that allows the city to get in line for possible funding for work along Monroe and Bonner streets.
In other action, the board:

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Simsboro approves action on LGAP sewer grant request

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Two resolutions and a sewer update were given during Monday night’s village of Simsboro town council meeting.
Mayor Sybil Smalling Foster brought before the council a resolution for the Local Government Assistance Program grant. She said the grant would be used for water repairs.
“The application was supposed to be completed in December,” she said. “I’ve called Baton Rouge and spoke with them. They said there was still time to submit the application.”
Foster said the village applies for the grant each year.

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LHSAA honors Leader’s Davis

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Louisiana High School Athletic Association Marketing Director Jacob Doyle (far right) was in Ruston Monday to present Ruston Daily Leader Executive Sports Editor O.K. “Buddy” Davis (center) with the orgnaization’s 2014 Prep Journalism Award. On hand to see Davis honored was RHS football coach Brad Laird (far left), RHS principal Ricky Durrett (second from left) and RHS athletics director Billy Laird (second from right).

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Lady Tigers scorch Delta Devils

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Grambling State held Mississippi Valley State scoreless the first eight minutes of the contest Monday night at the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center as the Lady Tigers roared past Mississippi Valley State 62-31 in Southwestern Athletic Conference play. Yosha Watson led the way for GSU (7-13, 4-5 SWAC) with 13 points while Shakierya McLendon (5 above) and Dierra Ely added 10 points each.

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Smith earns dual honors

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Kenneth Smith recorded double-doubles in victories over Western Kentucky University and Marshall which earned him Conference USA and Louisiana Sports Writer’s Association Player of the Week honors announced Monday.
On Thursday night in the 69-56 win against the Hilltoppers, the senior point guard dished out a season-high 12 assists while also scoring 11 points.
Smith turned around on Saturday evening and nearly notched a triple-double with matching the same assist total to go along with 12 points and a season-high eight rebounds in an 81-57 win over the Thundering Herd.

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MVSU edges past Tigers

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GRAMLBING (AP) — Jeffrey Simmons scored 19 points and Mississippi Valley State edged Grambling State 68-65 on Monday.
Grambling came back from a 15-point halftime deficit and tied the game at 65 with 38 seconds left following a three-point play and then two free throws by Richard Freeman.
But Jordan Washington made 1 of 2 from the line, and after A’Torri Shine missed a 3-pointer, DeAngelo Priar hit two free throws with 22 seconds left to put MVSU up by three.
Mark Gray’s 3-point attempt with two second on the clock was off the mark.

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Super Bowl XLIX lives up to hype

Congratulations to the NFL for pulling off one of the best Super Bowl spectacles ever over the weekend.
After two weeks of treading troubled waters in the wake of the “Deflategate” scandal, it was smooth sailing for Super Bowl XLIX. From pregame festivities to the stunning halftime show to the nailbiting finish, this one had something for everyone.
An estimated 114.4 million people watched the New England Patriots’ thrilling win over the Seattle Seahawks, making it the fifth time in six years that a Super Bowl game has set a record as the most-watched event in U.S. television history.

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Climbing Driskill Mountain

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Driskill Mountain, named after James Christopher Driskill, is the highest natural summit in Louisiana. I learned that in my seventh grade Louisiana History class. That’s also where I learned that my home state had been shopped around a little before Jefferson purchased it from Napoleon in 1803.
I can only imagine how that negotiation went:
Napoleon: I’ll take $15 million for Louisiana.
Jefferson: Swamp, alligators, mosquitoes and humidity. I’ll bet you would.
Napoleon: How about I throw in some nutria and a mountain?
Jefferson: What’s a nutria?

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Tech Percussion Ensemble to perform

Louisiana Tech University’s department of music continues its concert schedule Monday with a performance by its Percussion Ensemble.
Directed by percussion faculty member Gregory Lyons, the Percussion Ensemble will perform selections by composers Per Andreasson, Blake Tyson, Michael Colgrass, Manu Delago, Henry Cowell, Susan K. Powell, John Cage/Lou Harrison and Emmanuel Séjourné.

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NELA History Day planned

Northeast Louisiana History Day for all sixth-12th grade students in northeast Louisiana will be March 28 at Chennault Aviation and Military Museum in Monroe, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
History Day is a national program that begins with local students researching and presenting a historical topic of their choice at the area location in Louisiana. Complete information is on websites: http://www.nationalww2museum.org and historyday@nationalww2museum.org.

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