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May 30th, 2014

Grambling gears up for Juneteenth

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Grambling residents are preparing to celebrate freedom at the annual Juneteenth Heritage Festival, an eight-day event that will kick off at 6 p.m. June 12 with opening ceremonies.
Although Juneteenth began as a way to celebrate the abolition of slavery in the United Sates, entertainment coordinator for the festival Anthony Moore said it is not exclusive to one particular race.
“This is not a racial situation,” he said. “This is the actual day recognized for freedom of slavery.”

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Commission tests new flood gates

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Residents in low-lying areas around Lake D’Arbonne learned the hard way in April the state’s new $9 million flood control project wasn’t keeping water off their property.
The chairman of the commission that oversees the lake asked them for patience as his group and state agencies learn how to use the structure.
In April, when heavy rains over a week-long period pushed the level of the lake to the predetermined level at which the two 20-foot Tainter gates would be opened, the continued rise on the lake saw it spill onto lots and over piers and other structures on the lake.

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GSU dedicates bricks

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Grambling State University held a dedication ceremony Tuesday for its Legacy Square and Legacy Brick Project surrounding the new statue of “Eddie” the Tiger in the Plaza of the GSU quad in front of Long-Jones Hall and the Eddie Robinson Museum.
And it was only fitting that the school also took the opportunity to make a special presentation to the Wayne family of Marion, recognizing them as the family most dedicated to GSU but to any college in the world.

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Tech duo reaches NCAA Championships

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Gotch earns spot in long jump while Cox advances in javelin
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JACKSONVILLE, Florida — Louisiana Tech’s Joshua Cox and Jarvis Gotch both punched their tickets to Eugene, Oregon Thursday as action opened at the NCAA East Preliminary Championships at Hodges Stadium on the University of North Florida campus.
In all, Louisiana Tech’s two advancing marks were the most by any Conference USA team at the East Prelims and were second among all Louisiana schools behind only LSU (three advancing marks).

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Testing: Tough row to hoe

Lincoln Parish’s students test scores may have dropped this year, but that doesn’t mean their self- esteem has to drop too.
Although our eighth grade students had the same average scoring results on the LEAP test as they did last year, pressure felt by the younger fourth grade class made for an ill-adjusted testing result which brought the entire parish down by 3 percent — from a 70 to a 67 percent average in Basic proficiency.
It’s not as bad as it sounds. Each student is placed into one of the following categories: Unsatisfactory, Approaching Basic, Basic, Mastery and Advanced.

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DART radiothon a success

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On behalf of the 2014 DART Radiothon Committee, we would like to offer our thanks to everyone involved in making the event a success. Special thanks to Bill Brown and the staff of KRLQFM, 94.1, for broadcasting our radiothon. Bill Brown is clearly committed to our cause, and genuinely wants to get the word out and raise funds for DART. Deejay Bob Day is not only a consummate professional, but he is a man with a heart for this issue. We are indebted to the Kappa Sigs at Louisiana Tech University for standing outside all day long, asking for donations!

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Arts Camp a great way to spend a week

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Summer break is underway and parents everywhere are looking for ways to keep their kids occupied. If you have young ones ages first through sixth grade who love the arts, NCLAC’s Summer Art Camps are a great way for your children to spend a week this summer.
This summer NCLAC has three Summer Arts Camps: Ruston Camp 1, June 23-27; Ruston Camp 2, July 14-18; and Jonesboro Camp, July 7-11. For $65, per child your children will be supplied a daily snack, and instructed in 2D, 3D and drama classes from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday through Friday the week of their camp session.

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Tech announces spring graduation list

Louisiana Tech University’s spring quarter commencement exercises were held May 24 with diplomas awarded to 957 graduates. Commencement marked the close of the spring quarter and 2013-14 academic year at the university, with summer quarter classes to begin Wednesday.
Area graduates — listed by parish, city and degree — are as follows:
Arcadia
Logan J. Blackwell, bachelor of science; Lindsey B. Holtzclaw, bachelor of science health informatics & info management; Justin T. Perritt, associate of science nursing; Cecily Anne Stevenson, bachelor of fine arts photography.
Athens

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May 29th

New facility nearly complete

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The finishing touches are being made to the five-year project that is the new Lincoln Parish Sherriff’s Office facility.
The complex, located on 161 Road Camp Road in Ruston, has cost more than $5 million and Sheriff Mike Stone believes it will be worth every penny when it comes to the protection of the citizens of Lincoln Parish.
“This is a game-changer,” Stone said. “For the first time ever, we’ll have a facility equal to any in the state and everything we do will be working for the protection of citizens in Lincoln Parish.”

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Suspects arrested

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Two charged in Wednesday’s hit and run on Interstate 20
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The driver suspected of fatally striking a pedestrian early Wednesday morning on Interstate 20 has been charged with felony hit-and-run.
Whitney Janay Gaston-Loyd, 21, of Shreveport, was arrested shortly before noon Wednesday in connection with the death of Coty Willis, 32, of Ruston. Brandy Adams, 22, also of Shreveport, and a passenger in Gaston-Loyd’s vehicle, was charged with accessory after the fact.
Both Gaston-Loyd and Adams remained in the Lincoln Parish Detention Center this morning.

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