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March 15th, 2019

Pi Day celebrated at Tech

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Ella Ward and her brother Joseph Ward played a game sponsored by Amazon Prime at Louisiana Tech’s math department’s celebration of Pi Day. Pi Day is an annual celebration of the mathematical constant pi. The event was created in 1988 by American physicist Larry Shaw as a way to make math more accessible and fun. See page 3 for another Pi Day photo.

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S.A.I.L. graduates first multi-school class

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After a successful pilot run with 10 Ruston High School students last school year, the Students Actively Involved in Leadership (S.A.I.L.) program, now expanded to involve three area schools, graduated its second class Wednesday at Ruston Artisans.

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Water initiative group reboots

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Panel to look at options for lessening Sparta use

The Union-Lincoln Regional Water Supply Initiative is rebooting.
After 16 years of looking at only one option for getting Ruston and Farmerville off the Sparta Aquifer and only one way to do it, the commission on Thursday gave itself new latitude.
Commissioners voted to create a working subcommittee to study options besides a $100 million project that would take water out of Lake D’Arbonne, treat it and then pipe the water to Farmerville and Ruston.

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Dunkin’ Dogs take down FAU, 57-56

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FRISCO, Texas — Finishing strong is often more important than starting that way.
That theory paid off for the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Wednesday night.
Tech battled back from a 16-point deficit early in the third quarter to escape with a 57-56 win over Florida Atlantic in quarterfinals action of the Conference USA Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Star.
It marked the largest comeback of the season for the ’Dogs and the largest since 2004.
The Bulldogs only led for 35 seconds in the entire contest. But they made the most out of finally moving out in front with time winding down.

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Charlotte knocks Techsters out of C-USA tourney

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FRISCO, Texas —Jade Phillips scored 17 second half points and grabbed 12 rebounds, and Charlotte used a big fourth quarter to come from behind and defeat Louisiana Tech 55-46 Wednesday afternoon at The Star in the first day of the 2019 Air Force Reserve Conference USA Basketball Tournament.
Tech (14-16) overcame a slow start of its own to build a 40-32 lead through three quarters of action before the 49ers (18-11) outscored the Lady Techsters 23-6 over the final 10 minutes of action. Tech hit only 1-of-22 shots from the field in the fourth quarter.

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Errors costly in GSU baseball team’s 18-1 at Mississippi State

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STARKVILLE, Miss. — The Grambling State University baseball team led early against the seventh-ranked team in the nation, but errors continued to plague the Tiger defense in a 18-1 loss to Mississippi State on Wednesday night at Dudy Noble Field at Polk-Dement Stadium.
Grambling State (7-9) took a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the fourth, but the Tigers could not hold onto the lead as Mississippi State (16-1), ranked seventh in the nation, exploded for 12 runs on 12 hits between the fourth and sixth innings to take a 12-1 lead.

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Saints sign K Wil Lutz to five-year contract

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The New Orleans Saints announced that they have agreed to terms with kicker Wil Lutz on a five-year contract. The announcement was made by Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis. Lutz signed the contract Wednesday at the Ochsner Sports Performance Center.

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March 14th

LPPJ provides sunny future

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Tax exemption for solar farm pushes project forward
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An energy company’s solar project that was first pitched to the Simsboro Board of Aldermen in November made its way to the Lincoln Parish Police Jury Tuesday, seeking approval for a sizable tax abatement.
Hecate Energy obtained a conditional use permit from the village in January to construct a solar energy farm on 84 acres of land leased for 35 years from Pulpwood Producers, owned by Simsboro residents Bryan and Steven Ray.

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Simsboro dealing with wastewater issues

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SIMSBORO — At last week’s Simsboro town hall meeting, the village’s new water/wastewater operator A.J. Swayze provided an update on overloading at the wastewater plant. Since then, the issue has begun to improve somewhat.
“We had a line leaving the plant that had been clogged up,” Swayze said Tuesday. “We had it cleaned out, and in about a week’s time since then that’s already done a lot of good.”

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No injuries in rollover

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Bobby Crockett was driving north on La. Hwy. 33 Monday afternoon when he lost control of his 2019 white Ford F150 and ran off the road. According to the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Stephen Williams, Crockett overcorrected his vehicle on the slick roadway, causing him to flip the truck into the ditch. No one was injured, and no citation was issued.

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