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September 19th, 2016

Tech deserves national recognition

Being recognized as a top university in the country one time is quite the accomplishment.
But being acknowledged six consecutive years is simply outstanding.
Louisiana Tech University was ranked in its highest tier of National Universities by U.S. News & World Report for the sixth consecutive year, according to its 2017 Best Colleges list.
Tech and Louisiana State University were the only two public institutions in the state to achieve tier one status, while Tulane University, a private school in New Orleans, also received a tier one ranking.

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Parish continuing its ‘wide receiver country’ rep

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Tommy Spinks, Trumaine Johnson, Pat Tilley, Dwight Scales, Bobby Slaughter, Frank Lewis.
And numerous others.
Throughout their pass-oriented histories, Lincoln Parish collegiate programs have featured some of the nation’s best wide receivers.
The tradition is continuing this season.
Louisiana Tech has two wideouts who are on the Biletnikoff Watch list for the country’s best players at the position: senior Trent Taylor and junior Carlos Henderson.
Grambling State, likewise, has two excellent WRs in senior Chad Williams and graduate student Verlan Hunter.

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Tech soccer team tops USM, 3-0

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. — The Louisiana Tech soccer team had never scored a single goal in the three times it has played at Southern Miss.
That changed in the fourth meeting as the Lady Techsters took advantage of an early red card on the Golden Eagles to notch a 3-0 league victory on Sunday afternoon at the Southern Miss Soccer Complex.

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Tech volleyball finishes second

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TULSA, Okla. — Off to the programs best start since 2010 at 8-5, the Lady Techsters once again found themselves on the winning side of things, taking down Oral Roberts Saturday 3-1 (21-25, 28-26, 25-19, 25-16) in their second game of the Tulsa Invitational.
In the championship game of the Tulsa Invitational, the Lady Techsters fell to Tulsa 3-1 (23-25, 19-25, 25-22, 14-25).
Both Marta Monne and Hannah Wright were named to the Tulsa Volleyball Invitational all-tournament team.
For the second time in as many days, Marta Monne led the way with a team-high 15 kills.

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September 17th

Photo finish decides Outhouse race

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The race was a photo finish.
Dylan Bowers, representing the Choudrant firefighters, narrowly defeated Anji Bryan, driving Super Doodie, to win the 2016 Outhouse Race Nationals Saturday in Choudrant.
Bowers said the race was a tight one but that victory felt good.
“It felt great winning for the Choudrant Fire Department,” he said. “We put out fires and we win races.”
Bowers said the firefighters decided to enter after wanting to resurrect their previous Outhouse, which was thrown into the woods after losing during a previous year’s race.

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Faces in the Community: Resident celebrates 104th birthday

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Lincoln Parish has fewer and fewer residents that have memories of World War II as the years go by.
But Russ Place resident Agnes “Chi Chi” Grafton, who is celebrating her 104th birthday today, is an exception — she’s one of the few people still living in Lincoln Parish who experienced World War I.
“I was born Sept. 18, 1912,” Grafton said. “I was just a child when World War I was going on, so I don’t have too many memories of it. But I remember that I knew it was going on.”

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Film discusses race relations on campus

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Race on college campuses was the topic of conversation among a panel of Grambling State, Louisiana Tech and University of Louisiana at Monroe students at the Dixie Center for the Arts Thursday.
The panel discussed race relations after a showing of the “Agents of Change” documentary, which explores racial conditions on college campuses in the United States — specifically covering protests on the campuses of San Francisco State and Cornell Universities in the late 1960s.

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Rollbacks are right choice

Property taxes are rolling back in Lincoln Parish and that’s good.
So far, all of the entities that levy property taxes — the cities of Ruston and Grambling, the Lincoln Parish School Board, the Lincoln Parish Police Jury, the assessor’s office and the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Department — have opted to roll back their millage rates for 2016.
That means each of those governmental bodies will receive the same amount of property tax revenue as it did in 2015. In short, government won’t be making a profit off of taxpaying property owners’ backs.

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Magical writer helped fuel dreams

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“Hey Dad, want to have a catch?”
I’ve seen the movie “Field of Dreams” countless times and read W.P. Kinsella’s book “Shoeless Joe,” which the movie is based on, a few times, too, and that line still gets me every time. My breath catches deep in my abdomen and my eyes turn misty every time.
So it should come as no surprise as the movie and book both are on my all-time favorite lists.

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Conundrum of Louisiana politics

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Sometimes working our way through the election process seems like trudging through a “jungle.” Thinking of the upcoming elections, events can cause one to be disappointed or disenchanted with our election process. Yet, we can still be thankful that we have the treasured “right to think.”
The “right to think” isn’t recognized by the courts as a labeled “constitutional right,” but it is the lynchpin of our rights of free expression, assembly, voting, organization and religion.

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