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September 3rd

Candidates to speak out

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Forum to feature three vying for District 12 seat
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Although candidates cannot qualify until Tuesday, a few have officially announced their intentions to seek office for state-level positions.
Based on these announcements, the North Central Louisiana TEA Party has made arrangements for a candidate forum at 6 p.m. Sept. 12 at Ruston Country Club.

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Ruston woman killed

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Troop F Troopers investigated two separate fatal crashes at the start of the Labor Day holiday weekend.
One fatal crash was investigated in Lincoln Parish at about 6:20 p.m. Friday evening. The investigation revealed that a 1995 GMC truck was traveling west on Louisiana Highway 146 when, for unknown reasons, the driver lost control of the vehicle and ran off the north edge of the highway. The driver reportedly then over-corrected and crossed back over both travel lanes.

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Tax holiday boosts business

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Area residents came out over the weekend to take advantage of the Louisiana Second Amendment Weekend Sales Tax Holiday, which began Friday and runs through today.
Local business owners agreed that this weekend increased customer activity tremendously and that it should be continued.
Ritchie McKinney, owner of McKinney Honda, said the tax-free weekend is equivalent to doing a whole month’s worth of business in two days.

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Tech edged in opener

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Southern Miss squeaks out 19-17 victory
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HATTIESBURG, Miss. — A 50-yard field goal by Danny Hrapmann with 2:32 left in the game gave the University of Southern Mississippi a 19-17 victory over Louisiana Tech University in the 2011 season opener at M.M. Roberts Stadium here Saturday night.
Hrapmann, among the nation’s top returning placekickers and a candidate for the Lou Groza Award, enabled the Golden Eagles to squeak out its second straight close win against the Bulldogs. In a 2010 opener at Joe Aillet Stadium, USM escaped with a 13-12 victory.

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Grambling stops Alcorn

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Tigers take 21-14 win in ‘Port City Classic’
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SHREVEPORT — A young Grambling State offense grew up on the field Saturday as the Tigers overcame early jitters to take a 21-14 season opening win in the Port City Classic played at Independence Stadium.
Freshman quarterback D.J. Williams connected on a pair of touchdowns and threw for 161 yards with no interceptions to lead his father’s team to victory on a rainy field. Wind and rain from squall lines coming from Tropical Storm Lee in the Gulf of Mexico made throwing conditions tough, but D.J. Williams stayed cool facing a fierce Alcorn State pass rush.

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Three parish teams to have winning marks

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Finally, some football and not police reports.
Thank goodness.
For the past several weeks, I’ve found myself wondering if I’m reading the sports section or National Enquirer, given the shenanigans of various players located from Baton Rouge to Coral Gables and points in between.

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BYOB club crackdown

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Town eyes restrictions

GRAMBLING — Thanks in part to a large number of complaints, safety concerns and a July 23 shooting incident, the Town of Grambling is looking to put a cap on Bottle/BYOB clubs operating within town limits through a series of restrictions.
During the August meeting, the town council moved to introduce an ordinance that would amend the regular hours of operation at the Bottle/BYOB clubs within the municipal limits.
After a heated public hearing regarding the hour change, the council voted to approve the amendment in a unanimous vote at their Sept. 1 meeting. The change will mean Bottle/BYOB clubs will have to close an hour earlier — at 1 a.m. instead of 2.

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Chicken Fest to spice up Dubach

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Events schedule packed
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The 23rd annual Louisiana Chicken Festival is right around the corner along with a wide array of events for area residents to attend.
Judy Beavers, vice president of Dubach Restoration and Beautification Organization, said there are normally between 2,000 and 3,000 people that come out for the annual festival in Dubach.
“For the main festival days we have about 500, but festivities go on for the duration of the week meaning a lot more people can come out and participate in events,” Beavers said. “This year we’re going to have a lot of good food and entertainment for people to come out to eat and see.”

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School board to meet

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Budget approval, land purchase on agenda

Several items of routine business are on the agenda for the regularly scheduled meeting of the Lincoln Parish School Board.
Board members will gather at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Board Room, located at 410 S. Farmerville St., to discuss extending a cooperative agreement with the Village of Dubach, the purchase of land in Simsboro and the budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year, among other business.

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Rep. Gallot recognized

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Lake Charles — This year’s redistricting victory for Southwest Louisiana surfaced yet again as honorees were recognized recently during the Sixth Annual Chamber SWLA Legis Gator Luncheon.

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