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Jury to elect officers

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Lincoln Parish Police Jurors will convene for their first meeting of 2012 on Monday.
Business will include the swearing in of all jurors and election of 2012 officers, with Third Judicial District Attorney Robert Levy presiding.
The floor will be opened for nominations for the president position and then the vice president spot, with nominees needing at least seven of the 12 juror votes to win the one-year term.
For 2011, Theresa Wyatt served as president and Skip Russell as vice-president of the Police Jury.

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Area LTC’s dodge state budget cuts

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LCTCS endures $7.3M slashes
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Amid a sea of mid-year budget cuts, Doug Postel and the Louisiana Technical College campuses at Ruston and Farmerville managed to stay dry, at least this time around.
Postel, dean of the two campuses, said both institutions managed to come away from this round of budget cuts unscathed.
“We were very fortunate,” he said. “We have had rounds of cuts where we have been affected, but this one did not affect us here locally.”

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Schools’ finances weighed

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Costs up, revenue less than expected
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Midway through the fiscal year, the Lincoln Parish School Board faces an uncertain financial future.
George Murphy, business manager for the school district, informed board members at the regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday night that sales tax collections were less than predicted. While creating the budget, Murphy said the finance committee considers past years and did so when developing the 2012 fiscal budget.

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Is a hotel in Grambling’s future?

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The Town of Grambling took a couple of steps forward in its quest for economic development at the monthly meeting Thursday night, as the board of aldermen approved the purchase of approximately 9.3 acres of land, along with another approval that would allow a Houston-based marketing company to conduct a market study to see whether or not building a hotel would be feasible in town limits.
The aldermen started off the meeting by first approving the purchase of the 9.28 acres of land that run along R.W.E. Jones Drive and Louisiana Highway 149, for a total price of $175,000.

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Tech track sets slate

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Mize Invitational to highlight 2012 meets
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Louisiana Tech announced its 2012 indoor and outdoor track and field schedules featuring a four indoor meets and an outdoor slate highlighted by the Jim Mize Invitational on April 7.
The 2012 slates include four meets at Conference USA schools and three meets at Southeastern Conference schools.

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RHS halts Dubach

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Ruston High’s girls closed out play in their own basketball tournament on Friday night with a 51-48 victory over Dubach High.
Shadarria Crawford had 21 points and Miyata Bridges 19 points to pace the Lady Bearcats of Head Coach David Aguilar.
Sue Key was the leader for the Lady Hornets of Head Coach Theodis Johnson with 27 points.
Ruston’s New Living Word School was a 67-59 boys’ winner over Athens, while the NLWS girls lost to Athens, 41-32.
Javier Roper (eight), Lee Mason (18), Ty Mason (17), Xavious Williams (15) and Tracy Hampton (seven) led the NLWS boys.

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Creer earns invitation to East-West Classic

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Lennon Creer, a running back from Louisiana Tech University, has accepted an invitation to play in the annual East-West Shrine Classic Classicthat will be held on Jan. 21 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The NFL Network televised contest will kick off at 3 p.m.

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State wildlife group optimistic

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In spite of budget cuts, continued problems with the BP oil spill and a plethora of other challenges, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham feels good about the Department’s accomplishments during the previous year and is optimistic about the opportunities for the agency in 2012.
We caught up with Barham earlier this week and asked him to assess LDWF’s major accomplishments during 2011 and what he expects for the year just beginning.

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State prep governing body has solid support

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The Louisiana High School Athletics Association has partnered with some incredible companies that work each and every day to promote high school athletics in their own ways.
Acadian Ambulance is a segment of Acadian Companies. Started in 1971, the company has served as an aid during times of crisis in the Lafayette area. The company has been recognized as one of America’s best emergency medical services because of its modern and precise technology, outstanding service and innovation in the medical field.

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Tech hoops’ show set Monday

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This week’s addition of “Inside Tech Basketball” presented by Miller Light will be held Monday from 6 to 7 p.m. at Scott’s Catfish on Farmerville Highway in Ruston.
The one-hour radio show which features Bulldog Head Coach Michael White and Lady Techster Head Coach Teresa Weatherspoon.
The show airs live on ESPN 97.7 FM as White and Dave Nitz will discuss the latest with Bulldog basketball while Weatherspoon and Malcolm Butler will talk Techster hoops.

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