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September 23rd, 2017

South Carolina tops Tech with late FG

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COLUMBIA, South Carolina — It’s all been in the timing for the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs the last two games.
Last weekend the Bulldogs only led for the final two seconds, but that was all they needed as Tech stunned Western Kentucky 23-22 in Conference USA play as Jonathan Barnes booted a 21-yard field goal with two seconds remaining.

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Defense powers GSU past MVSU

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ITTA BENA, Miss. — The injury bug bit Grambling State’s offense Saturday evening, but the GSU defense picked up the slack as the Tigers roared past Mississippi Valley State 38-6 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference opener for both teams at Rice Totten Stadium.
Grambling’s De’Aumante Johnson hauled in three first-half interceptions to spark the G-Men to the big win.

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Woodard to retire

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Retiring 3rd Judicial District Court Judge Cynthia Woodard said she will take the time to figure out what her plans are now that she will be stepping down in early 2018.

“I will still have a presence in the community, but it is time to spend some time with my family — my children and grandchildren,” she said. “As a judge, you always have to be prepared to be in the area to sign search warrants or emergency custody proceedings. Your presence is always here. I’m still healthy and active and get to do what I want to do. I want to give myself some time to think about what I want to do.”

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Choudrant hosts Outhouse Races

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Super Doodie, right, driven by Anji Bryan, takes the lead in a heat against Choudrant Fire during Saturday’s National Outhouse Races in Choudrant. Super Doodie also defeated Choudrant Fire in the final race to take the championship.

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RHS student earns perfect ACT score

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A Ruston High School junior earned a 36 ACT composite score — the highest possible.
Davis Glen Ellis, 16, is one of, on average, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT to earn a top score. He is the first RHS student since the 2000-2001 school year to do so.
“I was super excited to find out,” he said. “I ran to tell my mom. I couldn’t believe it.”
Among the Class of 2016 high school graduates, only 2,235 out of nearly 2.1 million students who took the ACT earned a composite score of 36, according to the national ACT office.

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Paint the tunnel: Residents create art

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Eli Beech, 4, of Ruston, reaches to paint on the mural being done on the wall of a Interstate-20 underpass. About 100 local residents turned out Saturday for a community paint day. The mural, one of three being done in the downtown area, depicts scenes along the Rock Island Greenway shared-use path the city’s developing. The path will connect to the tunnel. Helping Eli are his parents Laura and Conner Beech. Young sister, Lilly, 2 1/2, (barely visible near her dad) also took a turn.

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Weigh in on Cassidy’s plan

Louisiana’s Republican senior U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy campaigned heavily against the Affordable Care Act, a move that undoubtedly helped him defeat incumbent Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu during the 2014 election.

Now Cassidy sits center stage as co-sponsor of legislation that would repeal and replace the AHA.

The pending vote on the Graham-Cassidy health care bill will come two months after the GOP-controlled Senate failed to pass similar legislation.

Policy watchers said Graham-Cassidy is quite possibly the last try at repeal and replacing the AHA for the immediate future.

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Surplus proves budget flexibility needed

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It’s a problem Louisiana legislators simply aren’t used to, at least not in recent years.
Year and year the state has faced budget deficits, often facing midyear cuts in the process.
Not this year. The quandry facing legislators now is how to spend the surplus while a bigger and worse still looms in the future.
Earlier this week the state announced that it ended the last budget year with a surplus topping $100 million.
“The books have been closed on the revenue side for Fiscal Year 2017, and we’re not going to have a deficit,” said Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne.

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Students enjoy spending time with grandparents

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The students at Grace United Methodist Church Preschool are learning just how much fun they can have at school. School is a new experience for most of the children, but they are adjusting well to the routine and making friends. The children recently enjoyed their first family involvement activity. Grace hosted Goodies with Grands on Thursday. Photo top: Gabriel Madden and his “Gigi,” Angie Brown, celebrate Grandparents’ Day at Goodies with Grands. The event provided grandparents a chance to spend special time with the students and create lasting memories.

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School donates to Hurricane Harvey relief

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Cypress Springs Elementary School recently completely a collection in support of local Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. The school publicized the initiative on the CSE Facebook page as well as sent flyers home to help get the word out to as many individuals as possible. CSE Coordinating Teacher Lauren Pigue reports that the school had several generous donors, among them School Board member Debbie Abrahm, who helped the students and staff fill multiple boxes with much-needed supplies for those involved in the ongoing relief process.

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