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June 15th

GSU’s Nicholson to be honored

Officially naming the football stadium press box in honor of one of the most influential individuals in the lengthy and distinquished history of Grambling State athletics.
Ceremonies will be held starting at 10 a.m. at the Support Facility, that site being selected because of ongoing construction of the university’s new fieldhouse located adjacent to Robinson Stadium.
Earlier this year, the University of Louisiana System Board which oversees Grambling State, put its stamp of approval on renaming the stadium’s press box after Nicholson.

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Insurance reform should continue

Granted, some of the jurors who originally opposed the motions Monday were probably looking out for their political hides when they changed their votes Tuesday. But the fact remains the first steps toward meaningful insurance reform in the Lincoln Parish Police Jury were taken. For that, the Police Jury should be commended; the actions taken Tuesday night will save area taxpayers nearly $100,000 a year.
It should also help when the Police Jury seeks its next insurance quote.

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Grieving parents set example

A number of parents throughout Lincoln Parish live each day with the reality of their children’s deaths, a loss believed to be the most painful.
Many of us will experience tremendous grief and sadness in our lifetime. With a fallen career, we might mourn the loss of income and status, experience feelings of shame and disappointment or face financial fears about the future. The loss of a spouse or close romantic partner is also notorious for producing feelings of anger, shock, bitterness and long-lasting hurt.

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Jurors choose insurance reform

Currently, the Police Jury pays 100 percent of former jurors’ premiums and 50 percent of their dependents’ premiums.
At the request of juror Mickey Mays, a roll call vote was taken. The motion passed 9-3, with jurors Huntington, Albritton, Mays, Jody Backus, Bobby Dowling, Terry Knowles, David Hammons, Roy Glover and Joe Henderson voting for the motion, and jurors Charles Owens, Eddie Allen and Annie Brown voting against the motion.

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June 14th

The spirit of public service

•City of Ruston
This year has been an excellent year for the city of Ruston. Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth and our city council have served our city well. All you have to do is look out your window and odds are you’ll see some type of construction -- business, housing or infrastructure. It’s an indication that these leaders have vision — and vision is rare in today’s leaders.

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‘A true watershed moment’

“When we began looking at how we could decrease the pull on the Sparta, we decided that a combination dissolved air flotation unit, along with an activated carbon unit, would be our most viable option,” Norris said.
Presently, the West Monroe treatment plant takes gray water from the city of West Monroe and from portions of Ouachita Parish, runs it through a 100-acre oxidation pond and six acres of rock filters, before discharging it into Toney Bayou, then the Ouachita River.

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Hamilton signs on with Winnipeg

Hamilton is the second player to come out of Tech’s program since the late 1990’s and sign on with the Goldeyes, traditionally one of the stronger squads in the Northern League.
That franchise formerly featured the all-star contributions of infielder Brian Myrow, who started in the Tech infield in 1998 and 1999 before inking with the Goldeyes and then later advancing in the professional ranks with the New York Yankees’ system.
Hamilton was signed by Winnipeg to take care of the recent move of infielder Daniel Quartararo to the inactive list.

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New theatre a big plus

The theater will be located on Celebrity Drive near Lowe’s Hardware, another recent addition to the parish’s economic base that has provided a number of local jobs.
It will feature a stadium-reclining seating environment with Dolby digital surround sound in every auditorium.
Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth said additions such as the theater are important to the city’s growth.

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Bring on the barbecue ribs

Beginning today, the city of Grambling has five days of events planned for its annual Juneteenth Festival, one of the largest in the state.
An event I’m sure a lot of people are anticipating is the All-Star Softball Game, which will feature numerous city employees, committee members, council members and Mayor Martha Andrus.

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Tech moves to third in national ranking

The magazine stated “Engineers who want to work in the tiniest scales have a lot of choices at Louisiana Tech...A third of Louisiana Tech’s science and engineering faculty regularly conduct micro and nano research, and 143 graduate students participated in micro and nanotech research projects in 2005.”
To state the difference of micro and nano technologies, micrometers are used to measure small devices the size of cells or hairs while nanometers are used to measure the sizes of molecules and atoms.

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