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Building up the community in South Ruston

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Right: Pictured are (from left to right) CDAC Director Kevin Singh, Mays Chapel Church Pastor Freeman McKindra, CDAC member Chris Kepner and CDAC member Elisabeth Kidane.
Left: This kiosk built by CDAC students includes a seating space, storage space, rainwater capture and a bulletin board with rules for the garden.

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Plan for parish facilities

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Meeting scheduled for public input
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The future of several Lincoln Parish facilities is unclear at this point in terms of whether to renovate, rebuild or consolidate.
Area residents, however, will have an opportunity to provide their input into the matter during a public meeting on Tuesday pertaining to the Lincoln Parish Police Jury’s Long-Range Facility Plan.
The meeting is set for 6 p.m. on the third floor of the courthouse, located at 100 W. Texas Ave.

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Wilson set to be new police juror

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Democrat Nancy Wilson will move into the Lincoln Parish Police Jury District 10 position unopposed.
The new juror replaces fellow Democrat Annie Brown, who opted not to run for re-election in this coming Saturday’s primary.
“After careful consideration and a pledge of support and encouragement from a group of local residents, I made the decision to become a candidate for the police jury from District 10,” Wilson said. “It’s time for new representation in District 10 to better serve our community and address your needs, desires and concerns.”

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Tech reveals Alumni of the Year

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Five others to also be recognized

Louisiana Tech’s Alumnus of the Year, along with the Young Alumna of the Year and five other distinguished alumni, will be honored during the 2011 Homecoming Festivities.
Jerry Hudson, Class of 1961, will be recognized as Tech’s Alumnus of the Year at a noon luncheon on Oct. 28.
Other honorees are:
• Young Alumna of the Year — Emily Doan Howell, Class of 2006
• College of Applied and Natural Sciences — Bill Jones, Class of 1969
• College of Business — Paul Bullock, Class of 1975
• College of Education — Randy Moffett, Class of 1969

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Grambling needs boost in visibility

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Even the sports fan who admits to only a smidgen of knowledge about various teams, schools, players and coaches will likely have heard of Grambliing State University.
Let me count the number of times that I’ve been out-of-state and somebody would ask where we are from and I would tell them “Ruston” and add, “It’s five miles from Grambling.”
And the response would usually be, “Oh yeah, that’s the place where Eddie Robinson coached and has sent so many players to the NFL.” Yep, that’s the place.

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G-Men sting Hornets

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Tigers end four-game losing streak
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GRAMBLING — Grambling State University’s football team ended its victory drought on Saturday afternoon and did it in convincing style.
The Tigers (2-4), who had suffered losses in their previous four games, got back on track by crushing Concordia College 44-0 at Robinson Stadium in front of 7,182 fans.
It was Grambling State’s first win since a 20-14 triumph over Alcorn State University on Sept. 3 in Shreveport.
The 44 points scored was the most for the Tigers this season and the most since a 47-33 home victory over Texas Southern University during the 2009 campaign.

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Tech, Grambling Football Notebook

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Allen kicks up success for Tech
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Thanks to Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech University’s football team is getting its kicks this season.
The junior from Salem, Ore., is having a super season in the punting department, so much that his name can now be found prominently in the statistical reports issued by the NCAA and Western Athletic Conference.
Allen is currently leading the conference and tied for the national lead with 20 punts inside the 20-yard line.

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Lady Techsters host Idaho in soccer

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After a two-game road trip last weekend, the Louisiana Tech soccer team returns home to host Idaho today at 1 p.m. at the Lady Techster Soccer Complex and enters the contest with an overall record of 8-4-4 and are 1-2 in Western Athletic Conference.
“We learned we have to be physically and mentally more competitive,” said head coach Kevin Sherry. “In the second half against Utah State we were and from this moment on it has to be that way for every game and practice. If you go into conference play half-hearted you will get punished because the WAC is very unforgiving.”

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When your plates are spinning

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I knew I had this because my Papaw Fields had given me this long ago. Now, whether I could put my hands on it or not was an entirely different question. After a little bit of searching, I remembered where I put it and I found it … and I’m glad I did. Let me explain.

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Retiree comments on education today

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In 1999 I was among those first trained to lead the Louisiana Accountability Program in our schools. We spent weeks with state department personnel learning how to administer the program and having input in making this program and our schools successful. We were excited and anxious to get started. We were optimistic and encouraged. The plan was good and it addressed some knowledge of the unique abilities of individual students. Later I served on a task force which developed testing accommodations and strategies for testing our students with special needs.

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