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May 4th, 2016

Festival season offers tourism fun for Louisianians

Does this election season have you thinking, “I need a vacation”? Though you may not realize it, you’re actually doing your country a great service if you take one. Whether you pack your bags and travel or state right here at home you’re helping to grow local economies.

Last Sunday, Lincoln Parish did their part by hosting Picnic in the Park where community members came out and enjoyed one of our area’s hidden treasures.

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Sparta pickle affects us all

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The Union Lincoln Regional Water Supply Initiative board is in a pickle.
Louisiana’s Department of Administration, the government’s management arm and hub of its financial operations, has refused to exempt the ULRWSI from the standard 25 percent match needed for the group to get $538,000 already allocated to it the current capital outlay bill.
Because state law allows waiving the match for regional projects, the ULRWSI figures it shouldn’t have to ante up any money.

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May 3rd

Dunkin’ Dogs add JC power forward

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Barri Hill known as rim protector with 2.4 blocked shots per game
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Louisiana Tech head men’s basketball coach Eric Konkol added more depth to his ront court on Monday with the signing of LaBarrius Hill to a national letter of intent in the late signing period.
Hill, who goes by the name “Barri,” has spent the past two seasons at Itawamba Community College and now joins recent junior college transfer Omar Sherman, as well as fall signees Jalen Harris, JaColby Pemberton, Oliver Powell and DaQuan Bracey as the newest members of the Tech Bulldogs.

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Choudrant to face Hornbeck

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Garrett Willingham (batting) and the Choudrant Aggies baseball team return to Class B playoff action at 5 p.m. today as they pay a second-round game at Hornbeck. The seventh-seeded Aggies (16-12) defeated No. 26 Weston 12-1 in first-round play while No. 23 Hornbeck is coming off an 11-0 road upset over No. 10 Quitman.

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Four Tennis Techsters named All-CUSA

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Louisiana Tech had one of its most successful seasons in program history and it showed in the postseason awards as four Lady Techsters were named All-Conference USA which was voted on by the league head coaches.
Alexandra Starkova, Jazmin Britos, Marta Sramkova and Zoe Chen were selected, playing a big role in helping Tech to a 15-win spring season, tied for the fourth most ever, as well as the program’s first ever national ranking and first ever win over a nationally-ranked opponent.

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GSU’s Barraza honored

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Grambing State senior infielder Larry Barraza, pictured sliding safely into home plate, has been named the Southwestern Athletic Conference Baseball Player of the Week after going 9-for-18 at the plate in four games last week and helping Grambling State to a sweep of Prairie View. He collected four extra base hits, including a double and three home runs, 10 RBIs and scored six runs as he slugged 1.056 and had a .500 on-base percentage. He helped the Tigers outscore the Panthers 42-23 over the three-game series.

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Tech hosting bone-marrow drive

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Louisiana Tech’s football team is partnering with Be The Match to hold a bone marrow drive on the university’s campus and is looking for volunteers wishing to help.
There will be a volunteer meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the team meeting room of the Davison Athletics Complex for anyone wishing to help.
Every year, more 20,000 people are affected by life threatening blood cancers and other diseases like leukemia, lymphoma and others. Teamed together with Be the Match, Louisiana Tech will hold a bone marrow drive on its campus from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 11.

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Tarbutton Road project moves closer

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Aldermen approve DOTD financial supplemental agreement on Monday
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The long-awaited Tarbutton Road project should be a step closer to going out for bids today.

Ruston’s Board of Aldermen on Monday approved what officials hope is the final supplemental agreement with the state Department of Transportation and Development involving the project. Mayor Ronny Walker signed an agreement Monday evening and sent it overnight to DOTD administrators in Baton Rouge.

“This agreement designates what part of the roadway around the junior high school is the state’s, is the city’s and is the parish’s,” Walker said.

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New sales tax proposed for Simsboro

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Simsboro Mayor Sybil Smalling-Foster introduced a tax proposition of a 1.25 percent sales tax to aldermen during the city council  meeting Monday evening.

A public meeting of the Board of Aldermen of the Village of Simsboro will be held at 6 p.m. June 6 at Village Hall which will include a consideration of a resolution to authorize a tax proposition, she said.

“The Village of Simsboro will consider asking for a 1.25 percent sales tax on the upcoming ballot on Nov. 8,” Smalling-Foster said, adding that all residents were encouraged to attend the meeting so that their input may be heard.

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Gardening changes seen then and now

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It’s been decades since Sue Metcalf worked on her parent’s farm in Richland Parish.
But not much has changed for the Choudrant resident. She still gardens, just in a different capacity these days.
“A friend of mine decided she was going to do the master gardener’s class and asked me to do it with her,” Metcalf said. “I really learned a lot about things I didn’t even know about.
“Even though I grew up on a farm there were still things that I didn’t know.”
Metcalf said she was looking for a way to give back to the community.

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