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September 15th, 2016

Tech sets fall tennis slate

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Newly-appointed head coach Amanda Stone will lead the eight members of the Louisiana Tech tennis team as the Lady Techsters will participate in three tournaments that will make up the 2016 fall season.
Stone looks to build upon the success Louisiana Tech had this past spring when they posted 15 wins while also earning the program’s first ever national ranking.

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Miles hints Etling to start at QB for LSU

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On Monday LSU coach Les Miles said he might not announce a starting quarterback in advance of the 20th-ranked Tigers’ Southeastern Conference opener against Mississippi State as he held his weekly press conference.
During a Wednesday Southeastern Conference coaches teleconference, Miles hinted that Danny Etling, who came off the bench to lead LSU to a 34-13 victory over Jacksonville State last week, would probably get the starting nod over incumbent Brandon Harris for Saturday’s game against Mississippi State.
Put the emphasis on probably.

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Miles hints Etling to start at QB for LSU

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On Monday LSU coach Les Miles said he might not announce a starting quarterback in advance of the 20th-ranked Tigers’ Southeastern Conference opener against Mississippi State as he held his weekly press conference.
During a Wednesday Southeastern Conference coaches teleconference, Miles hinted that Danny Etling, who came off the bench to lead LSU to a 34-13 victory over Jacksonville State last week, would probably get the starting nod over incumbent Brandon Harris for Saturday’s game against Mississippi State.
Put the emphasis on probably.

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September 14th

College fair held in Ruston

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The Lincoln Parish Career night for area high school juniors and seniors was held Tuesday at Louisiana Tech University. More than 75 colleges, universities, vocational/technical schools, businesses and branches of the armed forces were represented at the fair. Pictured, from left, is Leslie Brister, Louisiana Tech University admissions recruiter, answering questions from Christine Strebeck and her son Thomas Strebeck, a Ruston High School senior, at the fair. Thomas will be attending Tech as a history major in the fall.
Leader photo by DEREK J. AMAYA

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New refuse site near completion

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At 6 p.m. Tuesday, the Public Works Committee of the Lincoln Parish Police Jury met to discuss the consolidation of refuse containers around the parish.
Walter Pullen, chairman of the committee, told committee members that a new refuse site was near completion on Pleasant Grove.
“Fortunately, in District 5, on Pleasant Grove and Louisiana Hwy. 80 the lights will be going up shortly,” he said. “Our guys are going to do some dirt work and we will put up some fencing.”

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Lincoln Parish Library millage rate rolled back

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The Lincoln Parish Policy Jury voted Tuesday to roll back the Lincoln Parish Library millage rate from 4.62 to 3.5 mills, a $488,858.32 difference.
The millage’s purpose is for operating, maintaining, constructing and supporting the library. The total revenue for the new millage is $1,527,682.26.
After a short discussion in which Courtney Hall, parish administrator, told the jury that the library’s operation fund would not be affected by the roll back, the jury voted to roll the millage back.

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Grambling State sees enrollment increase

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Student enrollment this fall at Grambling State University increased 7 percent from last year’s totals, exceeding administration expectations.
4,863 students enrolled in the fall of 2016, compared to 4,553 students in the fall of 2015, said Damon Wade, vice president of institutional effectiveness and enrollment management.
“That is great news,” he said. “We expected an increase of about 3 to 5 percent, but this obviously is more than we thought.”
GSU enrollment significantly dropped between fall 2013 and fall 2014.

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Jury hears property tax complaints

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A handful of Lincoln Parish taxpayers who filed formal protests over their recent property reassessments will now have to take their case to the state if they want to continue to seek relief.
That’s because the Lincoln Parish Police Jury, in its roll as the parish Board of Review, on Tuesday upheld Assessor Sheila Bordelon’s valuations of all but one of the pieces of property in question.
Disgruntled property owners can appeal to the Louisiana Tax Commission.
“I don’t know what the steps are, but I’ll find out,” Thomas Cranford, owner of TJ’s Storage Units in Grambling, said.

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Tech alumni bring their Fabulous Equinox Orchestra back to Ruston

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Louisiana Tech University alumni Jeremy Davis and Clay Johnson are bringing their Fabulous Equinox Orchestra back to their alma mater on Sept. 26 for an exclusive north Louisiana performance in the Howard Center for the Performing Arts on the Louisiana Tech campus.

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Toyota executive, Tech alumnus to launch lecture series

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Cole Napper, talent analytics manager at Toyota North America and Louisiana Tech University alumnus, will present the 11th annual Marbury Lecture at 6 p.m. on Sept. 27 in Room 111 of Louisiana Tech’s College of Business Building.
The lecture, open to all Louisiana Tech students and the public, is part of the annual William Ardis Marbury, Jr. and Virginia Lomax Marbury Lecture Series hosted by the College of Business and Cedar Creek School.

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