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September 21st, 2017

Union Police Jury hires outside attorney for Malone trial

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FARMERVILLE — An Alexandria law firm will now represent the Union Parish Police Jury in a suit it has filed against Karl Malone, of Ruston, that is asking 3rd District Court Judge Tommy Rogers to make Malone remove a fence he put up that blocks access to a popular outdoors spot.
Until last week, the Police Jury thought staff from 3rd District Attorney John Belton’s office would be representing them at a trial scheduled to start Sept. 28. Belton was granted a motion to recuse his office from representing the jury.

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Fighting to end hunger

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300 parish elementary students to go home with food for the weekends
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A total of 300 Lincoln Parish public elementary school students will receive food to take home each weekend during the school year, thanks to a backpack program undertaken by a group of local businesses and nonprofit organizations.
Students who have no food to eat until they return to school for breakfast on Monday will get six to seven meals in each backpack, said Cathi Cox-Boniol, Lincoln Parish ACHIEVE coordinator.

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Louisiana Tech sets record enrollment

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Louisiana Tech University has reached a record enrollment of 12,873 students.
The number represents a 17 percent increase in the student body since the fall quarter of 2013, according to official headcount numbers released by the university on Wednesday.
Tech also posted a 10 percent increase in the number of students pursuing master’s degrees and a more than 4 percent increase in the number of doctoral students, the headcount showed.

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Ruston still remains home several years later

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Making friends in my first year at Louisiana Tech University proved somewhat challenging.
The challenge was not so much meeting people, but rather finding common interest with folks who were happy to know there were “two Taco Bells in Ruston.”
My hometown, Metairie, has three of the Tex-Mex fast food chains within three miles of each other on one main thoroughfare.
No, the tales of my youth involved less agrarian mindsets and more bright lights and compactness of the cities.

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Keep lowering the jobless rate

Good news, Louisiana, and we certainly deserve it.
The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has declined for four consecutive months, according to data released by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics.
Louisiana’s unemployment rate currently sits at 5.2 percent.
The last time the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was lower than 5.2 percent was August 2008.
The rate also currently sits 0.9 percent points lower than the same time period a year ago.

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Surgery to end with ‘butt’ of jokes

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My friends in the profession tell me I have sat on my “booty” enough.
Easy for them to spew forth words of wisdom, however questionable.
I’ve dearly paid for them with a nagging, never completely healed bedsore that has lasted more than a year.
But no more. I will undergo surgery today to hopefully put the wraps around a problem that has been tantamount to an MLB hitter figuring out how to outwit Clayton Kershaw.
The only unknown is exactly when I will return to the starting lineup for writing.
Could be for several weeks, possibly for as long as a month.

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Duron: The heart of Tech’s two-time champs

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Slot Left, P 26 Belly, X Corner.
It looks silly, just sitting there. “Slot Left, P 26 Belly, X Corner.” But this pass play, installed halfway through Louisiana Tech’s 1973 football season and called with the Bulldogs trailing by three points with time running out in the Division II Semifinals, was money in the bank down the stretch, the winning play in a 38-34 victory over Boise State and what quarterback Denny Duron calls “one of the most important plays of that national championship season.”

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September 20th

Local filmmaker makes Top 20 at festival

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A local man will soon have the chance to win $50,000.
Matthew Ramsaur, a local filmmaker, has been selected as a finalist in the film portion of Prize Fest in Shreveport.
Prize Fest is a street festival experience in downtown Shreveport featuring film, music, food and community. Since its first year in 2012, Prize Fest has grown from small town film festival to national recognition for the work of participating artists.
Ramsaur said he enjoys working in the film industry.

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More than 70 students affected by storm

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More than 200 Grambling State University students gathered for a Hurricane Maria prayer vigil hosted by the university’s International Student Organization Tuesday on campus.
Seventy GSU students come from Dominica, a Caribbean island nation recently hit by the Category 5 hurricane, and have relatives and friends affected by the storm, said Gourjoine Wade, associate vice president for student affairs.
Students said they were too grief-striken to talk to a reporter.

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August ‘Everyday Excellence’ awarded

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Olivia Cuthbert, a 16-year old sophomore at Cedar Creek School, is the #EverydayExcellence Award recipient for the month of August. Olivia created and manages a 501c3 non-profit organization called A Work of heART. The organization provides children and young adults with terminal illnesses an opportunity to creatively express themselves through art therapy. She was inspired to begin this organization after a close family friend lost a daughter to cancer. Olivia wanted to find a way to give the children some joy during their time in the hospital.

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