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June 12th, 2014

Faith helped lead Washington to HOF induction

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On June 21, Lionel Washington will be inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.
Three decades ago, there was another honor which became a major influence in Washington’s subsequent achievements.
In 1984, Washington’s home town of Lutcher, where he’d starred for the Bulldogs before going on to do the same at Tulane, changed the name of Weil Street, the one he’d grown up on, to Lionel Washington Avenue.

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Tech announces spring honor students

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Louisiana Tech has announced the names of students on its spring quarter President’s and Dean’s honor lists.
Students whose names are followed by an asterisk earned recognition as members of the President’s Honor List. That distinction signifies achievement of at least a 3.8 academic grade point average on a minimum of nine semester hours completed (100-level or higher), with no grade lower than a B.

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June 11th

Taunton wins state crown

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Audrey Taunton won the title of National American Miss Louisiana Junior Teen on June 2. In the 2014-15 school year, she will be a junior at Cedar Creek School in Ruston. She is involved with the varsity cheer team, track team and a member of the no white flags club. In November, Audrey will be representing Louisiana at the national pageant in Hollywood, California. She will be competing for the title of National American Miss Junior Teen. Girls throughout the United States will be there competing with her.

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CPA Moore to retire

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The Lincoln Parish Tax Commission announced the selection of a new administrator, Denise Griggs, at a meeting Tuesday, in light of the current administrator Jerry Moore’s retirement at the end of this year.
“We ran an advertisement for two weeks and did not get any (other) applications,” Moore said.

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State jacks ULRWSI price up

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In a regular meeting held by the Lincoln Parish Police Jury Tuesday night, Executive Director of the Sparta Foundation Rick Hohlt informed jurors of the latest changes to negotiations for land at the old state park in Farmerville.
For two years, the Town of Farmerville, City of Ruston, Lincoln Parish Police Jury and Union Parish Police Jury have attempted to purchase a parcel of approximately 20 acres from the state for the purpose off facilitating a water treatment plant.

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Perfect audits reported for 2013

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The Lincoln Parish Police Jury was given an unqualified opinion for the 2013 audit in Tuesday night’s regular meeting, which, according to CPA David Hartt, is the highest achievement for an audit.
“We saw no findings and everything looked really good this year,” Hartt said.
Total costs for the year were $14,545,767 and total revenues were $15,186,084.
Assets for the year amounted to $63,527,353 against total liabilities of 8,364, 216, leaving the total net position slightly over $55 million — an $85,000 increase over 2012.

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Grambling NAACP awards two student scholarships

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The recipients of the 2014 academic scholarships from the Grambling Branch of the NAACP were two young ment from Grambling High School — Adarian Williams and Jaylon Wright.
Each recipient received $500 and will attend Grambling State University. The checks were presented to the young men at the annual Freedom Fund Scholarship Banquet by the Chair Larry Jones.

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Juneteenth pageant set for 7 p.m. Friday

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17 area young ladies set to vie for the three crowns
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Keep children safe online

Earlier this month, Attorney General Buddy Caldwell announced the arrest of 19 individuals as a result of Operation Broken Heart, a coordinated enforcement effort aimed at apprehending offenders engaged in exploiting children.
This effort was conducted by the Internet Crimes Against Children task force, and came just in time for June’s observation of National Internet Safety Month.

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War stories bring lessons for life

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I remember the night Operation Desert Storm began. It was Wednesday, Jan. 16, 1991.
I was listening to National Public Radio as I drove home from tutoring a student in my study skills class. I was a graduate assistant at Louisiana Tech University. Shortly after 6 p.m., the regular NPR broadcast stopped. The breaking news began.
I remember lying awake all that night watching CNN’s Bernard Shaw broadcast live from Baghdad as anti-aircraft fire aimed at American warplanes cracked around him.

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