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June 19th

Tech, GSU announce joint venture

Bernd Schroder, program chair and associate professor of mathematics at Louisiana Tech, and Brett Sims, department head of mathematics and computer science at Grambling State, are developing a joint proposal to be presented to the National Science Foundation for funding titled “Interdisciplinary Computational Mathematics Research Program.”
Sims said that if approved, in each of the project’s five years, eight undergraduate students from Tech and Grambling would contribute to ongoing mathematical research efforts under the guidance of an experienced mentor.

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Roll on, democracy

It was also interesting to note how much of a boost in confidence those jurors who tried to do the right thing Monday night received from Tuesday night’s attendance.
Juror Joyce Huntington, who led the effort to save the taxpayers of Lincoln Parish nearly $100,000 a year by eliminating a “perk” that allowed current and retired jurors to receive free medical, dental and life insurance, indicated she found strength in the numbers that turned out for the meeting.

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We owe a debt of gratitude

Also, this single event should restore our faith in the democratic process. It’s a decision that was truly a reflection of the will of the people. It was, frankly, a beautiful thing to witness.
It’s true that some jurors have been pushing for some type of reform for many years. But, jurors who enjoyed the benefit usually strangled reform. It was ugly and it was discouraging. It was not a shining example of democracy.

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Leadership is important

Thanks to Hollingsworth’s leadership, and the assistance of local legislators Sen. Bob Kostelka, R-Monroe, and Reps. Hollis Downs, R-Ruston and Rick Gallot, D-Grambling, an extension was approved that expands both the scope and time of Ruston’s program.
The TID program allows local government to keep a portion of the sales taxes it collects — that normally would go to state government — to use for economic development.

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A big ‘Day’ for Collie J.

The “golden pen” of Collie J. had a way of doing that, to be sure.
In his 30-plus years as the school’s sports information director, Nicholson promoted and scribed his way into the hearts and souls of countless numbers of players, fans and followers of the Tigers.
So much that whenever the name of Grambling State is mentioned among college football’s all-time most successful and recognizable programs, the compass can point directly to his contributions as a starting point.

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Three crowned at Juneteenth

Following a night of talent and toggery, the Little Miss crown was awarded first — to Anitra Millford. Millford also won the Style and Talent awards. For her talent, she performed a praise dance to the gospel song “Thirst For You.” First runner-up was Elizabeth Harris, second runner-up was Makayla Lewis and third runner-up was Kerra Bush.
Millford said her favorite part of the pageant was modeling, an aspect she spent a lot of time practicing.
“I liked the modeling because it was fun,” she said. “I did my best.”

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June 16th

Overall joins juco program

Asked who had been instrumental in her success and development as one of the top backcourt players in Lincoln Parish and north Louisiana, Overall looked around the lobby at Simsboro High and answered:
“Everybody in this room.”
And had prior obligations out of town not prevented her, Lady Tigers’ head coach Kelly Stuckey would have also been there.
“I’ve been playing for the varsity team here since the seventh grade and so many here have been nice to me and helped me,” Overall said.

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Business After Hours a good step

The goal of these programs is to provide a venue for a gathering of chamber members and those in the business community who may be interested in becoming chamber members. It is a way to provide a congenial atmosphere for such a meeting.
The structure for Business After Hours is designed to be as convenient as possible for business people. The events begin at 5 p.m. and end at 6 p.m. With such timing, people may leave right after work, then attend, then be able to leave in time for another event, an evening meal, or simply to get home early.

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Some really good press

Between 1987 and 2006, four Cedar Creek students received the recognition, tying the school for third in the All-Star High School Team.
This list shows schools which have had the most students make the First Team during the 19 year period.
The spirit and commitment in the early years of the school’s creation must surely have played an important role in continuing development.
The teachers who came on board at that time to make their contributions over many years certainly stand at the top of the list.

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City gets economic development boost

Kostelka said tax increment districts were created to allow local governments to keep some of their sales tax funds and apply those funds toward economic development.
“A base line is drawn and any sales tax collected over that amount is split, with 40 percent going to the district and 60 percent to the state,” Kostelka said. “Normally, 100 percent of those funds would have gone to the state.”
Downs and Gallot introduced legislation to grant the extensions in the Louisiana House, while Kostelka handled the bill on the Senate side.

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