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November 18th, 2017

Schroder elected treasurer

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BATON ROUGE (AP) — John Schroder, a Republican businessman and former legislator, won a special election Saturday for state treasurer.

Schroder had 56 percent of the vote over Democrat Derrick Edwards, according to complete, unofficial returns.

Schroder will take over a post vacated by John Kennedy, a popular Republican who left the job early after winning election to the U.S. Senate.

Schroder was the front-runner in the competition after Republicans in the six-candidate October primary split 67 percent of the vote.

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Lincoln Parish goes with winner

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Lincoln Parish voters went with the apparent winner in Saturday’s runoff election for state treasurer, giving John Schroder 60 percent of the vote.
Complete but unofficial returns show Schroder, a Republican from Covington, polled 1,422 votes to challenger Derrick Edwards’ 960 votes. Edwards is a New Orleans Democrat.
Saturday’s local voter turnout was 9 percent — down from 10 percent in the October primary.

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New graduates encouraged to overcome obstacles, encourage others

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Louisiana Tech University held its fall commencement ceremony Saturday in the Thomas Assembly Center, and 284 degrees and one dual degree were awarded.
Commencement officially marked the end of the fall quarter at Louisiana Tech. Winter classes will begin Nov. 29.
Third Judicial District Attorney John F.K. Belton was keynote speaker for the event and gave his personal story of overcoming odds and obstacles.
Belton said he was born with a disease that left his legs crooked, which caused him physical challenges.

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Quitman teen killed in ATV accident

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Quitman — A Quitman teen died after the ATV he was driving ran a stop sign and struck a vehicle.
Shortly before 9 a.m. Saturday, Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a crash involving an ATV and a pickup on state Hwy 155, at the intersection of St. Rest Road, according to a press release from the Louisiana State Police.

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Ruston gets first certified development site

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The city of Ruston now has Lincoln Parish’s first industrial development site certified by the Louisiana Department of Economic Development.
The 150-acre site is located at the junction of McDonald Avenue and Beacon Light Road.
LED qualifies industrial sites based on zoning restrictions, title work, environmental studies, soil analysis and surveys.
Having a certified site means land is shovel-ready for industrial prospects.

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Bulldogs keep bowl hopes alive

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EL PASO, Texas — Louisiana Tech used a 28-point first half and 343 total rushing yards on the day to propel the Bulldogs to a 42-21 victory over Texas-El Paso on Saturday afternoon at Sun Bowl Stadium.
The 21-point victory ended a two-game skid for the Bulldogs as Louisiana Tech moved to 5-6 on the season with a 3-4 record in Conference USA play. The UTEP Miners dropped to 0-11 and 0-7 in league games.

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Should 6-6 teams make it to bowls?

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Anyone who has kept up with my writings knows from whence I come regarding the NCAA’s current bowl format.
There’s too many of them, to the point of major oversaturation.
In our day and age of “everyone gets a trophy” mindset, every Football Championship Series member seems to reach postseason play.
And yes, even teams with 6-6 records.
Entering Saturday’s game at the University of Texas-El Paso, Louisiana Tech University was among those schools with the opportunity of finishing with such a mark and yet still having a chance to go bowling.

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‘D’ leads Dunkin’ Dogs past Montana St.

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Head coach Eric Konkol wanted to see two things on Saturday night — the Bulldogs improve defensively and senior Jacobi Boykins find his shooting stroke again.
Both happened.
Louisiana Tech put together a strong performance on D and Boykins poured in a game-high 23 points to come away with a 71-58 victory over Montana State inside the Thomas Assembly Center on Karl Malone Court.

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GSU men’s hoops falls at South Dakota

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VERMILLION, S.D. — The Grambling State University men’s basketball team fell behind early and could not recover as the Tigers dropped an 84-55 decision to South Dakota on Saturday night at the Sanford Coyote Sports Center.
The Coyotes (3-1) used a 13-2 run to begin the game and didn’t look back in handing Grambling State the road loss.

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Certified site key to growth

At first glance, the 150-acre wood that’s Ruston’s Industrial Park looks like much of the rest of the forested hills throughout the parish.

But, thanks to the foresight and diligence of Mayor Ronny Walker’s administration, and especially that of city Economic Development Administrator Kristi Lumpkin, the acreage’s looks are deceiving.

As of Nov. 1, the site became Lincoln Parish’s first Louisiana Department of Economic Development Certified Sites. And while that may not sound particularly breathtaking, the designation could be the gateway to significant growth.

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