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Water problems continue

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Town loses second well in two months

GRAMBLING — For many Grambling residents, whether pessimistic or not, the glass is more than half empty when it comes to the town’s water situation — it’s two-thirds empty.
With one of the town’s three water wells, well No. 4, out of commission since July, Grambling’ water system took another blow Aug. 24 when it also lost well No. 5, leaving the town and its residents at the mercy of one working well.
Town engineer Dean Dick said the motor on well 5 burned up, and no one knows exactly how it happened.

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Youth show off football skills

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Energy was abounding on Saturday morning as children took the field for the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick Competition.
Approximately 30 children gathered in the field in front of Ruston High School to show off their basic football skills at the Ruston Parks and Recreation event. Ashlynn Shell, RPAR recreation supervisor, said this turnout was much larger than previous years.

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Local arrested on meth charges

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A Ruston man was arrested for allegedly creating a methamphetamine lab out of his residence after Lincoln Parish Narcotics Enforcement Team officers reportedly found components used to make the drug around his house.
Jason Andrew Picard, 34, of 307 Bernard St., was charged with creation of a meth lab on Sept. 9. He faces a $20,000 bond for the charge.
Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Maj. Stephen Williams said LPNET received information regarding a possible meth lab at Picard’s house on Sept. 6.

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Pianist performs at library

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The Lincoln Parish Library will host a musical performance by noted pianist Rita Spillers on Friday.
The program, which is sponsored by the senior programming committee, will begin at 10 a.m. in the Lincoln Parish Library Events Auditorium.
The concert will feature the dynamic, classical and popular music of Liberace, coupled with casual humor likened to the famous entertainer Victor Borge. The artist also plans to include Beethoven to Boogie and Gershwin. The program is scheduled to last approximately one hour.

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Firing lane open for use

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Lincoln Parish Sheriff Mike Stone and members of the sheriff’s department would like to welcome the public to the firearms training center for an opportunity to zero their riflescopes prior to hunting season.
The firing line will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Monday, Sept. 22, Sept. 26 and Sept. 29 at the Lincoln Parish Law Enforcement Training Center, located on 160 Old KOA Road in Simsboro.

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Four locals named merit semifinalists

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Four Lincoln Parish students were honored today as officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 57th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
Locally Katie Hogan, a senior at Choudrant High School, along with Saraf Ahmed, Justine Ker and John McCallum, all seniors at Cedar Creek School, were named as National Merit Semifinalists.

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Free soccer balls available

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There are 175 young players in Ruston’s Park and Recreation fall soccer league and every player can get a free, brand-new, orange and white soccer ball, with no strings attached.
The department has teamed up with Walpole Tire Service and the Uniroyal Soccer Program to offer free size three and four soccer balls.
Since 2000, the tire manufacturer has donated nearly $14 million in funds and equipment, including over one million soccer balls to more than 3,000 youth soccer programs throughout the United States and Canada.

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La. Tech in First Tier of U.S. News & World Report rankings

Louisiana Tech University has achieved a First Tier ranking among “National Universities,” according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 Best Colleges list released Tuesday.
Louisiana Tech was the only university in the state, classified as a “National University,” to be elevated to a higher tier, and is one of only two public universities in Louisiana to achieve a First Tier ranking — the other being LSU-Baton Rouge.
For the third consecutive year, Tech was also ranked in the top ten nationally for graduating students with the least amount of debt.

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Creek, BTW: Battle of unbeatens

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Cougars, Lions square off at Independence Stadium Thursday night
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One thing is guaranteed with Thursday night’s showdown of Cedar Creek and Booker T. Washington.
Somebody will be walking off of the artificial turf of Independence Stadium in Shreveport still unbeaten.
The Cougars and Lions match up their 2-0 early season marks with a 7 p.m. kickoff that will mark the first-ever contest between the two area schools.

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Jessie’s Jottings

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Player outbursts, questionable calls
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Sports fans have sometimes seen a situation such as a call that doesn’t go a player’s way and they proceed to have a meltdown. These tantrums usually aren’t the run-of- the-mill types that we usually see; these fits would rival that of a 2-year old. And let’s be honest, fans love it when the situation calls for it.

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