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January 9th, 2018

Pick up District Brochure for achievements of 2017

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Monday fans around the world celebrated what would have been Elvis’ 83rd birthday. Rest assured that no celebration was any bigger than the one held in Memphis, Tennessee. And while Memphis is known for so many wonderful, historic, and even legendary things, it will always be known primarily as the place that Elvis called home.
Because of this, the city has capitalized on “all things Elvis” with investments in the entertainer’s legacy ongoing.

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Gardening specialists to speak at upcoming events

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Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. No, we are not talking about weddings; we are talking about your garden. The joy of having a mature plant with its place established in the garden competes with finding a new treasure and then digging it into that last little pocket of available dirt.
That borrowed plant is really a prized passalong plant given to you by your mother, aunt, sister, brother, friend or one found at an old homesite. Bees love blue flowers, so plant something blue for those pollinators to forage among.

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History made in Lincoln Parish

While Grambling State is particularly renowned for its football program, the university has a rich tradition in basketball, too, thanks to the likes of Pro Basketball Hall of Famer Willis Reed among others.
But it had been more than a while since Grambling basketball had made national headlines — until last Wednesday.
That was when Shakyla Hill’s assist in the closing seconds of Grambling State’s win over Alabama State gave the junior guard only the fourth quadruple-double in Division I women’s basketball history.

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Grambling women beat Alcorn

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LORMAN, Miss. — The Grambling State University women’s basketball team had four players reach double figures in scoring as the Lady Tigers held off a late Alcorn State run in a 75-68 Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) win on Monday night at the Davey L. Whitney Complex.
The Lady Tigers (6-9 overall, 3-1 SWAC) led 24-8 after one quarter and 43-29 at the break. Alcorn State (5-10, 1-3) cut the margin to 53-50 after three periods, but could not get any closer.

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G-Men grab first SWAC win

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LORMAN, Miss.— The Grambling State University men’s basketball team used a strong second half as the Tigers picked up their first Southwestern Athletic Conference win on Monday night, defeating Alcorn State, 72-61, at the Davey L. Whitney Complex.
Grambling State (5-12 overall, 1-3 SWAC) trailed 33-31 at the half, but turned it on in the second half, outscoring Alcorn State, 41-28, to pick up the victory.

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Techsters’ Malone named C-USA Player of Week

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Louisiana Tech senior forward Alexus Malone was named the Conference USA Women’s Basketball Player of the Week following her performances in Lady Techsters’ wins over North Texas and Texas-San Antonio.
This is the first player of the week award in her career.
Malone — a kinesiology and health promotions major and member of the 2017 Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll — averaged 17.5 points, 10 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game while shooting 49 percent from the field for the week.

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’88 RHS state hoops champs to be honored

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Event for former Bearcats set for Jan. 26 at Ruston High School
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In 1988 the Ruston High School Bearcats basketball team captured a Class 4A — the state’s biggest athletics classification at the time — Louisiana State Championship.
Now, 30 years later, that group of Bearcats is still being rememberedfor their championship run.
The ’88 Bearcats will be honored starting at 5 p.m. Jan. 26 at RHS.
It will all start with fellowship time being held from 5-5:30 p.m. followed by a fish fry from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
A program honoring the team will be held from 6-7 p.m.

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Ideas, opportunities take center stage in Won in One 2018

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Entrepreneurs and innovators from across north Louisiana have the opportunity to pitch their ideas to audience members and a panel of judges to win cash prizes at the Won in One idea pitch competition set for 6 p.m. Jan. 18 at Louisiana Tech University’s Rawle Enterprise Center.
Like on the show “Shark Tank,” a panel of business experts will select the most captivating ideas from the pool of presenters.
Similar to programs like “American Idol,” the audience will also have an influence by voting for their favorites, the university said in a press release issued Monday.

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Levy installed as chairman of Louisiana Board of Regents

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Bob Levy, of Viena, has been selected to serve as the next chairman of the Louisiana Board of Regents, the state agency that coordinates all public higher education institutions.
The former district attorney for the 3rd Judicial District was sworn into his new position for a two-year term during the board’s regularly monthly meeting Monday in Baton Rouge.

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Aldermen proceed with Celebrity Drive, alley projects

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It took Ruston’s Board of Aldermen only 20 minutes Monday night to work their way through their first meeting of the new year, and in so doing setting in motion a transportation project that will connect Celebrity Drive with the I-20 frontage road as well as taking the first steps toward two new downtown attractions.

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