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November 16th, 2012

GSU under SUS unlikely

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The Southern University Board of Supervisors has published their agenda for the Nov. 23 meeting, and it includes no mention of a discussion to consider adding Grambling State University to the Southern University System.
Earlier this month, SUS board member Tony Clayton told the media that he would propose a plan to fold GSU into the SU System at that Nov. 23 meeting. He said the GSU was not a high priority for the University of Louisiana System of which GSU is currently a part.
UL System President Tom Layzell countered that by saying that GSU is an important part of the UL System.

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’Dogs, Aggies battle for WAC’s top spot

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No surprise.
On Saturday, Louisiana Tech University and Utah State University will meet to determine who takes over sole possession of first place in the Western Athletic Conference and locks up no less than a tie for the 2012 championship.
This important game was expected back in early August, when the head coaches in the league filled out their preseason poll ballots. Tech was the favorite, Utah State a close runner-up choice.

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Tailgating for teachers

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Those who like to enjoy a meal and give back to the community at the same time are in luck.
During the Louisiana Tech University game against Utah State on Saturday, residents who choose to tailgate with Community Trust Bank will be helping out local teachers.

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Arts Tour continues today

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Walt Stevens, left, observes the artwork of Amanda Brown at Lewis Boutique during the North Central Louisiana Arts Council’s 15th annual Holiday Arts Tour and the city of Ruston’s Main Street Open House Thursday evening. The Holiday Arts Tour continues today through Sunday with regional artists exhibiting their works at local businesses and galleries, along with scheduled child centered events on Saturday and Sunday.

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Trash hauling to cost parish more

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It will soon cost the parish a little more to have trash transported for disposal.
During a meeting of the Lincoln Parish Police Jury Solid Waste and Recycling Committee on Tuesday, members voted 5-1 to approve a 5 percent rate increase for hauling contractor Jackie White, Inc.  
The company operates and repairs the landfill pickup station and hauls garbage to the Union Parish Landfill, where it is buried.
Committee Chair Walter Pullen said the parish’s five-year contract with Jackie White Inc. permitted such a request.

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Holiday Arts Tour has arrived

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The weekend is here, and with it the North Central Louisiana Arts Council’s 15th Annual Holiday Arts Tour. The festivities began last night, with the Main Street Christmas Open House, and will continue through Sunday.
In addition to merchants playing host to the region’s talented artists, several of the stores are offering sales on their own merchandise for the Arts Tour weekend. Those stores inlude The Chartreuse Pear, Rosemary’s Kitchen, Lewis Boutique and Fine Line Art Supply.

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American Heritage group visits with ROTC

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The American Heritage Girls troop took a trip to the Louisiana Tech University Quad to watch a flag ceremony performed by the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC).
Finishing up the girls “Our Flag” project, the troop were able to observe how the ROTC handled the flag and the importance of showing respect to the national symbol.

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Van De Velde urges big turnout

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Louisiana Tech University Athletics Director Bruce Van De Velde and other officials are hoping that Tech Nation turns out in large numbers for Saturday’s big game against Utah State.
Here’s a letter written by Van De Velde earlier this week urging a big turnout for the 3 p.m. kickoff at Joe Aillet Stadium:
Dear Bulldog Fans,

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’Dogs, Aggies: Big one is here

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Emotions may play as big a part in who wins Saturday’s collision of the top two teams in the Western Athletic Conference as pure talent and athleticism.
And for sure, the emotional factor could share equal billing with the record-setting seasons of Louisiana Tech University’s Colby Cameron and Kenneth Dixon and Utah State University’s tenacious defense.
This is, after all, not just another game.
This one determines who clinches at least a share of the league championship.

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Williams, Whitworth in running for Pro Bowl

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Andrew Whitworth is having a Pro Bowl season at offensive tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals.
So is Kyle Williams at defensive tackle for the Buffalo Bills.
Now, it’s up to fans to help the former area high school and LSU stars make it to the NFL’s postseason contest.
Whitworth, an ex-West Monroe High star who is married to the former Melissa Clark of Ruston, is ranked as the third best pass protecting tackle in the league by Profootballfocus and has made the mid-season All-NFL squad selected by the editorial staff of Pro Football Weekly.

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