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January 13th, 2014

Man dies in crash

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The investigation continues today into a single-vehicle crash early Sunday morning in Grambling that claimed the life of a Ruston man.
Keith Young Jr., 30, died after his 2007 Chevy Tahoe ran off the roadway, struck a tree, a gas meter and two houses before coming to rest jammed against a third home that was occupied, Grambling police said.
The incident occurred at approximately 2 a.m. on Louisiana Hwy. 149, also known as R.W. E. Jones Drive.

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Grambling approves use of new radar gun equipment

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The board of aldermen for the city of Grambling approved a contract for the use of manned photo laser traffic enforcement gun.
Mark Hendricks, with Blue Line Solutions, was on hand at the regular monthly meeting Thursday to answer any questions council members may have about the LiDAR equipment that will be used or the contract between the company and the city of Grambling.
Although, the contract was approved by a 3-2 vote, with Yanise Days and Cullen Jackson voting against, council members posed several important questions to Hendricks.

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GSU teams to play doubleheader at Alcorn State tonight

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Grambling State University’s basketball teams take to the road today for doubleheader action at Southern University in Baton Rouge. Pictured at left is Lady Tigers senior forward Jessica Watkins (24), who is averaging 5.5 points and 3.8 rebounds per contest. The Lady Tigers stand at 5-9 overall and 2-1 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference while the Lady Braves are 2-12 and 0-3. Pictured at right is Grambling senior guard Tyron Bain, who is averaging 0.2 points and 0.7 rebounds per contest. The G-Men enter the game at 1-11 overall and 0-3 in the SWAC while the Braves are 4-11 and 1-2.

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Tech track excels at UAB meet

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Louisiana Tech’s track and field program excelled on the track in the final day of competition at the UAB Blazer Invitational, recording nine top-10 finishes at the Crossplex in Birmingham.
Kim Francis started the day off for the Techsters as she finished second in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.45 while Bianca Jackson followed in fifth place, running 8.67. Francis was only beat by Florida’s Bridgette Owens, who set a meet record.

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Inside Tech basketball to air tonight at 6 p.m.

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Centric Federal Credit Union’s Inside Tech Basketball radio show presented by Miller Lite will air at 6 p.m. tonight from Scott’s Catfish in Ruston.
The one-hour radio show will air live on the LA Tech Sports Network on ESPN 97.7 FM. The show will feature a half hour segment with Lady Techster coach Teresa Weatherspoon and Malcolm Butler and a half hour segment with Bulldog coach Mike White and Dave Nitz.

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Dameron leaves ’Dogs to take over at EIU

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Eastern Illinois has announced that Kim Dameron has been hired as the 24th head coach in program history and the fifth in the NCAA Division I era.
Dameron spent the 2013 season as the defensive coordinator at Louisiana Tech where he directed a much improved defensive unit. The Bulldogs finished ranked 69th in the nation in total defense under Dameron’s direction after being ranked 120th the previous season. Dameron’s defense was the fourth most-improved squad in the FBS last season.

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GPD technology a boon to city

The city of Grambling has decided to upgrade their police department with new technology. The city council approved a contract with Blue Line Solutions, LLC for the use of their LiDAR equipment.
Grambling Chief of Police Tommy Clark said he first saw the equipment four months ago.
“When I looked at it then, I thought it would be a good idea for Grambling,” he said. “I think it will enhance our city a great deal.”

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Stay healthy this flu season

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A few years ago talk of a potential bird flu outbreak had people fearful of the possibility of a serious outbreak throughout the country.
But while bird flu has not yet really ever taken hold in the U.S., we, including north Louisiana, are in the midst of a major flu outbreak.
Last week state health officials confirmed the death of a northwest Louisiana child caused by the swine flu variety, known as H1N1 influenza, one of several strains currently circulating.

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Pet of the Week

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This is Boo, she is a Rat Terrier/Chihuahua mix. At 6 months, she weighs about 10 pounds. A small girl with shiny black hair that is wavy on her back. She would love to have a home to play in and maybe some kids too. Her adoption fee is $65. Call 251-DOGS today for more information. Come see all the dogs at 290 Rodeo Road, just south of Tech Farm Road. The office is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or by appointment.

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DART’s fallen hero remembered

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This past week, our community lost a legend and a gentleman when Mickey McHale died.
Anyone from Ruston could list the many different roles and achievements of this remarkable man. He was a business leader and an entrepreneur, an intelligent man with a kind heart.
At DART, we will always remember Mickey McHale as a hero. He was a man who fiercely championed the cause of families who have been abused by people they love. He was one of our strongest and most passionate supporters.

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