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Grambling ponders purchase

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A vacant building in Grambling’s town limits was the recent topic of discussion at the March 1 town council meeting, as Mayor Edward Jones is hoping to purchase the building to use for the town’s well-being.
The building in question, located at 2060 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., formerly housed a Sonic restaurant, but has been vacant since Stirling Properties, who owns the building, pulled out.
Jones said he wanted Grambling to purchase the 1,408 square foot building because he believes there are many purposes it could have for the town.

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Crawfish for babies

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Annual event serves as fundraiser for MOD
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Coming up on its third year Community Trust Bank will host their annual March of Dimes Crawfish Boil on Friday.
David Darland, of CTB, said the bank raised about $15,000 for MOD last year.
“Ninety percent of that came from the crawfish boil,” he said.
Sarah Trickett, crawfish boil organizer, said tickets and T-shirts are on sale now at the CTB Financial Center.

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Reneau, legislators speak on merger

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Initial thoughts show locals in favor of La. Tech Shreveport campus
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With the support of the Board of Regents, the next step for the proposed merger that would have Louisiana State University at Shreveport merging with Louisiana Tech University awaits more details before a vote heads to the state Legislature.
With a two-thirds majority needed in both the House and Senate to pass the proposed plan, it is unsure whether or not the two institutions will become one, or if the lack of support from the LSU system will ultimately keep the schools separate.

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Spring arrival means changes in landscape

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During the last two weeks I have been using my time cleaning and organizing the landscape. After the fall growth there are often dead limbs that need to be removed. A big stack of limbs is not attractive and once they are cleared new plants can be added to the landscape. All those unsightly weeds need to be removed from the flower beds.
Now is also a good time to fertilize the immature plants and encourage the plants to become more mature.

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’Dogs came close to ‘Dance’

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Tech was 40 minutes away from NCAA tourney
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Just to let his team know how close they were to “dancing” with the rest of a prestigious group, Michael White showed his Louisiana Tech University basketball team the well-known and popular “One Shining Moment” video.
That’s the one, of course, that serenades the NCAA’s annual field of qualifiers for the men’s field.
The Bulldogs (18-16) came close to suiting up for the “Big Dance.”

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Taylor’s Topics

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Tech hoops’ teams barely miss titles
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Well, two sports seasons are down, and only one remains for those who support the good ole Red and Blue of Louisiana Tech University.
That’s right, after an amazing run during which both the basketball Bulldogs and Lady Techsters made their way into the spotlight and into the Western Athletic Conference Championship game over the weekend, the season is over.
Sure, the results may not have been what everyone wanted them to be, (the women lost to Fresno State and the men saw their final game end against New Mexico State) but there is nothing to be upset about in that.

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GSU building momentum on diamond

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GRAMBLING — Grambling State University’s baseball team will have momentum going into a non-Southwestern Athletic Conference game here tonight.
The Tigers (10-4, 5-1) will play host to Centenary College at Wilbert Ellis Field beginning at 6 p.m. after sweeping a three-game conference series against longtime rival Southern University in Baton Rouge this past weekend.
Grambling finished with wins of 4-3, 13-5 and 7-1 over the Jaguars (8-7, 3-3).

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Tech adds on prep track duo

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Louisiana Tech University Head Coach Gary Stanley has announced two nationally-ranked hurdlers have signed their national letters-of-intent to compete in track and field.
Bianca Jackson from Garland High School in Texas and Brandon Crear from DeSoto High School in Texas will both join the Western Athletic Conference-affiliated program in the fall.
Jackson is expected to graduate this spring from Garland High, where she is currently the fastest hurdler in Texas and ranked in the Top 10 in the nation.

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School plans show good effort

Over the past few months, various Lincoln Parish School principals have shared their tactics and plans for increasing their School Performance Scores with Lincoln Parish School Board members and the public.
The good news is that it looks like that no schools are sitting on their haunches. Elementary and high schools alike have taken actions to improve their scores. Most elementary schools are using programs such as A-Z Reading, Singapore Math, Being a Writer, Accelerated Reader and other research-based programs that have proven effective in increasing student abilities at other schools.

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Agritourism in the swamps

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One of the most popular reality shows, “Swamp People,” is a story of Cajuns in South Louisiana swamps harvesting alligators. The show, which is in its third season, has 5.5 million viewers.
Joe LaFont and Tommy Chauvin, two of the stars of the reality show, provide an “experience” for those who watch. Seeing these alligator hunters in action is thrilling and gets the heart pumping for most viewers.
Alligator hunting is an experience frequently offered in the coastal regions of our state. Because it provides an “experience,” is educational, contributes to the agricultural industry’s meat supply and provides entertainment, it can be classified as an agritourism venture.

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