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Emerson Centre benefits from votes

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In this season of generosity and thanksgiving, I want to take a moment to extend my personal thanks along with that of our board of directors and staff to all of the many members of our community who assisted our efforts to win the Do-Gooders $50,000 grant sponsored by the Foundation of the MidSouth.
We would not have known about the grant without Lisa Cole and Karen Emerson of the Louisiana Comptroller’s Office informing us after watching a local television morning show. I need to thank Jenae Emerson for nominating us, writing the 500 word description of our organization and spearheading the effort. I need to thank Regina Skains and Regan Pyle for producing and editing our YouTube video. I would like to thank Gary Stokley and Selwyn Ellis, the students and staff of the social science, nursing and business departments from Louisiana Tech for all the votes they cast. I would like to thank Marianne-Fisher Giorlando and the criminal justice students from Grambling State University for all the votes they cast.

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Tech alumnus says push for CUSA

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The year has brought about an unprecedented whirlwind of changes to the conference landscape of college athletics. The pending departures of Boise State, Fresno State, Nevada and now likely Hawaii from the Western Athletic Conference have hit incredibly close to home. The WAC has been a blessing to our university in terms of money, prestige and national exposure for the past decade, but in two short years the status quo will come to an abrupt ending. Frankly, the stark reality is that membership in the WAC after 2012 is not a sustainable position for Louisiana Tech University.

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Facility taking too much Sparta water?

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Information available through the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) indicates that Arcadia Gas Storage (AGS) is pumping up to 3 million gallons of water per day in its operations to create caverns in local salt domes for the storage of natural gas. The latest data available on the water usage for all of Claiborne Parish is approximately 2.5 million gallons per day. In fact, nearly half of all the 19 parishes dependent upon the Sparta individually use less than AGS. The city of Minden reports usage of only 2.09 million gallons per day. Arcadia has one single entity — Arcadia Gas Storage — using more water every day than the entire city of Minden, or all of Claiborne Parish.

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GSU deserves congratulations

Grambling State University made the grade.
That was the good news that circulated twice last week around Lincoln Parish as the 104-year-old institution learned it received full accreditation from two governing organizations.
On Tuesday The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) announced the reaffirmation of accreditation for GSU during its December meeting.

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Suddenlink helps stock pantry

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Suddenlink’s “Connecting to Those in Need” fall food drive to help stock shelves of the Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana concluded with the announcement that 1,896 pounds of non-perishable food items had been collected during the six-week campaign in the Ruston and Bastrop areas. 
Suddenlink’s initiative to collect non-perishable food items for the food banks and pantries in Suddenlink’s Louisiana service areas began in Central Louisiana in 2007. 
This year an expanded statewide effort that included Ruston and Bastrop collected a grand total of more than 52,000 pounds (more than 26 tons) to help the state’s regional food banks and, through them, more than 275 affiliates.

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Monroe invests in Tech Enterprise Campus

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City of Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo has presented Louisiana Tech University President Dan Reneau with a check for $20,000, on behalf of the Monroe City Council, to support Louisiana Tech’s research park, Enterprise Campus, and its economic development vision for north Louisiana.
The presentation was made last weekend during Louisiana Tech’s football season finale against Nevada at Joe Aillet Stadium.
“We are grateful for the investment that Mayor Jamie Mayo and the Monroe City Council have made in Louisiana Tech’s Enterprise Campus and its innovative economic development initiatives,” said Louisiana Tech President Dan Reneau.

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Ribbon cutting opens Amazing Care

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Ribbon cutting ceremonies were held Nov. 10 for Amazing Care, located at 765 S. Bonnner St. in Ruston. The ceremony was sponsored by the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.

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Techsters host Southern

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Weatherspoon’s club has 2 p.m. tipoff against Lady Jags
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As the grand marshal of the Jaycees’ Christmas parade on Friday night, Teresa Weatherspoon tossed out candy to all ages and shouted, “Merry Christmas!”
Today, the head coach of Louisiana Tech University’s Lady Techsters would like to get into a holiday-like victory mood.
Weatherspoon will direct her team into a 2 p.m. matchup against Southern University at the Thomas Assembly Center.

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Creek girls reach finals of tourney

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Ruston’s Cedar Creek High earned a berth in the championship round of the annual Neill Killgore Memorial tournament on Friday night with a 41-39 victory over Claiborne Christian.
The Lady Cougars featured an all-round performance from Ruby Richie. She led the team in scoring with 16 points and also had five rebounds, three steals, one assist and one blocked shot.
Liz Carroll had 10 points, eight boards, one steal, one assist and one blocked shot for Creek.

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Students ready for the holidays

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Holiday happenings
Each year, we set aside the week before Christmas holidays to encourage school-wide Christmas spirit. Students are asked to wear certain items during that week. On Tuesday, we will have Candy Cane Day. Girls wear white uniform shirts and boys will wear red. Wednesday they wear holiday socks. Thursday, everyone will wear red. Friday, students and teachers wear either Christmas or Hillcrest spirit shirts.
Science fair winners

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