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November 12th, 2013

Tech student invents special cell phone cord

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A close call behind the wheel may be one of the best things that’s happened to Evan Puckett.
“I looked up and I was coming in on them fast,” Puckett said about the day he was on his way to class at Louisiana Tech University and dropped his cell phone auxiliary extension cord between the front seats of his car.
The near miss led to the formation of ConnectOne, a consumer electronics accessories company that will launch a newly developed, easy-to-use extension cable on Amazon.com on Black Friday.

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I-20 crash yields serious injury

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At approximately 10:20 a.m. Monday, Troopers assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a single vehicle serious injury crash on Interstate 20 about seven miles west of Ruston.
The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2008 Honda Accord, driven by 23-year-old Kaitlin Boyett, of Jonesboro, was traveling east on Interstate 20 when it lost control, drove into the median while rotating clockwise and struck a tree on the passenger side. A witness described the right rear tire as having a “blow out” prior to the Honda losing control.

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DA asks LPPJ for additional $197K

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The Lincoln Parish Police Jury has asked Lincoln Union District Attorney Bob Levy to attend the jury’s Finance Committee meeting tonight after Levy again recently requested a significant increase in funding for his office.
During last month’s meeting the LPPJ discussed requested increases for 2014, including a 70.73 percent increase requested by the Lincoln Parish District Attorney’s Office. The DA’s office requested $289,660, a $120,000 increase over the $169,660 the agency received last year.

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Play premieres at GSU tonight

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The Grambling State University Theatre Department will host a production of “How I Learned to Drive” beginning Tuesday.
The play will be performed at 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday in the Floyd L. Sandle Theatre.
Admission for the event is $5 for adults and $3 for students.
Director Mary Fran Crook said the decision to do this production came from the story itself.
“As a multiple award-winning show, not the least of which was the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for drama, the play provides a fantastic opportunity for our students to work on a challenging, wonderfully written show,” she said.

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Celebrating local heroes

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Choudrant, Grambling, Cedar Creek recognize Veterans Day
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Harvesting various winter vegetables

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Now that our winter vegetables have been planted and well on their way toward production it is time to properly maintain the health of the plants and prepare for harvest. Most home gardeners have no problems harvesting warm season vegetables like tomatoes, peppers, peas and cucumbers, but growing and harvesting cool season vegetables, broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts can be confusing to the first time grower. Below are some tips to keep these members of the cole family (Brassica oleracea) on the right track and increase the production during the winter months.

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AARP celebrates service members

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On Sept. 11, AARP’s National Day of Service members of Calhoun/West Ouachita Chapter No. 5453, roamed the highways and by-ways of Ouachita Parish giving out cold bottles of water to workers that were laboring in the 90-100 degree heat. The workers welcomed the team with grateful smiles and words of thanks for bringing them much needed relief by giving them a cold and refreshing bottle of water. Five cases of water were handed out beginning in Calhoun, West Monroe, Chauvin Point and finally ended at CenturyLink’s construction site in North Monroe.

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Tech unsure of starting QB vs. Rice

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Louisiana Tech head football coach Skip Holtz said Monday that he isn’t sure who will start at quarterback for the Bulldogs Saturday at Rice.
Junior Scotty Young is coming off his first start in nearly two months in place of Ryan Higgins, who has yet to be cleared to play with nagging ankle, knee and shoulder injuries. Young threw for 158 yards and two touchdowns in last weekend’s win over Southern Mississippi.”
When asked who would start against Rice, Holtz said, he didn’t know yet.

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GSU men to play Marquette

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Grambling State’s men’s basketball team returns to action tonight as the Tigers play at 6 p.m. contest at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisc.
The Tigers stand at 0-1 after losing 96-58 at DePaul on Nov. 9.
A’Torri Shine had a game-high 21 points for Grambling State (0-1), which hasn’t won since March 3, 2012, a 75-72 OT win against Alabama A&M.
GSU was sloppy out of the gate, committing 12 turnovers in the first half and making only six of 12 free throws.

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RHS playoff tickets go on sale Wednesday

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First-round football playoff tickets for Ruston High School’s game against Natchitoches Central will go on sale at noon Wednesday.
Season ticket holders can go to the RHS main office and pick up their tickets by 1 p.m. Friday.
All tickets are $8.
Call RHS’s Virginia Rainwater at 255-0807 for more information.
Ruston enters the playoffs as the No. 13 seed in Class 5A while Natchitoches Central is the No. 20 seed.

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