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August 30th

Williams, GSU prepare for Alcorn State attack

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GRAMBLING — Head Coach Doug Williams and his Grambling State University staff just might have a two-fold problem in Saturday’s 2011 opener against Alcorn State.
The Braves’ team that they will be opposing in the annual “Port City Classic” at Independence Stadium features a dual mode of attack on offense.
“Knowing Melvin like I do,” said Williams about Alcorn State Head Coach and first cousin Melvin Spears, “they’re going to be throwing the football. That’s what he likes to do and they’ve got some talented players to do it with.

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Weekend set for sales tax break

Residents were out in force during the recent state sales tax holiday to buy school supplies, uniforms and other items they wished to save money on. Now, hunters and others wishing to enjoy the great outdoors will have a break on their purchases.
From Friday-Sunday, residents will receive an exemption from both state and local sales tax on firearms, ammunition and hunting supplies during the third annual Louisiana Second Amendment Weekend Holiday.

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Pond weeds present problems

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I have been receiving lots of phone calls recently about controlling weeds in ponds. The easiest way to control weeds in a pond should have started during pond construction.
But since it’s too late to discuss pond construction when I get these calls, it usually puts us on the defensive to get control of the weed problem. Also, people tend to wait and call when the pond is completely covered with weeds instead of calling when they first emerge. So for those of you thinking of building a new pond, come in and see me before you start and get some of the information that you need to construct a pond as best as possible. For those of you that already have ponds, let’s talk about aquatic weeds.

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Man in jail on battery charge

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A Ruston man banned from a home more than two weeks ago was arrested Sunday after allegedly visiting the residence, strangling his former wife and endangering a child.
Martin Dewayne Allen, 41, 1137 Mondy Road, was charged with domestic abuse battery by strangulation along with child endangerment, unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling and returning to the premises after being forbidden by the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office.

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Wreck on La. 33

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A two-vehicle crash on Louisiana Highway 33 near Frazier Road on Monday afternoon caused minor injuries and sent one vehicle into the woods.
According to reports from the Louisiana State Police, Stephen Turner, 55, of Ruston, was driving a 2003 Toyota Tundra when he collided with Duane Hale, 55, of El Dorado, Ark., who was driving a 2011 Ford F-150. Hale’s vehicle wound up on the side of the road with its bed in the trees, while Turner’s truck sat with damage to the passenger side.

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Tech's Nitz worthy of Hall

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Let me take a few moments to comment on just one of the class of the 2011 Tech Hall of Fame, Dave Nitz.

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August 29th

Ready to hunt for a bargain

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La. Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday starts Friday

Gov. Bobby Jindal has urged hunters and campers to take advantage of the 2011 Louisiana Second Amendment Weekend Sales Tax Holiday that runs Friday through Sunday.
 Jindal said, “This is a great opportunity for all hunters and campers to save money on the equipment they need to enjoy Sportsman’s Paradise. The weekend-long event will also bring more customers to our local hunting and sporting stores, which will further benefit our businesses and Louisiana’s economy.”
A wide range of supplies is eligible for exemption from all state and local sales taxes.  Eligible items include:

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Teens arrested in vehicle burglaries

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Ruston Police Department officers have arrested three teenagers in connection with a rash of vehicle burglaries that took place at local apartment complexes.
RPD Public Information Officer Maj. Tim Parker said Louisiana Tech Police officers stopped two black males, both ages 15, on the Tech campus area around 5:40 a.m. Saturday because they were carrying a large amount of items in several backpacks.

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Hunter ed classes available

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Numerous area residents come into the classroom of Mike Rainwater every year to give hunter education their best shot.
The Louisiana Hunter Education Certification course is mandatory for anyone born on or after Sept. 1, 1969 who wishes to purchase a Louisiana Hunting License. Those born prior to the date are grandfathered in.
But Rainwater, a Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s deputy, said his classes draw plenty of older participants as well.

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GSU picked for Obama’s challenge

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President Barack Obama challenged American colleges and universities to take part in a community outreach program coined Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge, which calls upon people from various walks of life to come together and find solutions for community disparities. Efforts range from building houses with Habitat for Humanity to mentoring, in addition to building social capital and civility.

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