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January 6th, 2015

GSU hoops teams fall on road at Alabama A&M

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Grambling State University’s basketball teams fell to 0-2 in Southwestern Athletic Conference play Monday with road losses at Alabama A&M. A’Torri Shine (1, pictured above left) led the Tigers with nine points in a 67-46 loss to the Bulldogs. GSU fell to 2-10 overall. The Lady Tigers fell 59-56 as Shakierya McClendon led the way with 18 points and Dierra Ely added 13. Shanice Poole (3, above right) chipped in with five points for GSU, which fell to 3-10 overall.

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New officials sworn in

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City moves forward on new Celebrity Drive access road
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Ruston’s Board of Aldermen took the next step Monday night toward a new access road to businesses along Celebrity Drive.
The board unanimously approved a professional services contract with the Riley Company of Louisiana for engineering design work that would turn the current temporary extension between Reynolds Drive and Celebrity Drive into a permanent, two-lane, two-way street.

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New mayor takes post

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Simsboro Mayor Sybil Smalling Foster, right, talks with Markay Brown, of Meyer, Meyer, Hixson and LaCroix, following the first town council meeting of 2015. This was the first meeting over which Smalling Foster presided after being elected in the November 2014 election. Simsboro Town Council meets at 6 p.m. the first Monday of each month.

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Choudrant council welcomes new member, makes appointments

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The Village Council of Choudrant met in regular session Monday to discuss several appointments.
Mayor Bill Sanderson said the appointment of the village attorney was needed and since Andy Shealy had served in the position for the past 14 years he would like to appoint him again. Celeste Butler was also appointed as the village clerk.
An appointment for mayor pro tem was also needed, and newly elected Philip Johnson nominated Rick Maier to serve as mayor pro tem. The council voted unanimously for Maier to take the position.

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’Dogs defense will miss their leader

This time last year Louisiana Tech University Head Football Coach Skip Holtz and Director of Athletics Tommy McClelland hit a home run with the hiring of Manny Diaz as defensive coordinator for the Bulldogs.
A year later, Holtz and McClelland now find themselves at the plate again, hoping to knock another out of the park.

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January 5th

LPSB to welcome new members

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The Lincoln Parish School Board will start the 2015 calendar year by swearing in all 12 members of the board at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Lincoln Parish School Board Central Office, located at 410 S. Farmerville St. This number includes 10 members returning to the board, and two new members, all of whom begin new terms this month.
After electing officers for 2015, the board will be asked to consider several items of new business, including a request to extend Superintendent Danny Bell’s contract through October.

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Walker to be sworn in

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Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker, all five members of the Board of Aldermen and City Marshal Jim Liner will be formally sworn in at 6 p.m. today in ceremonies at the Ruston Civic Center.
The event is open to the public. Walker and Liner are beginning their first terms in office, as are new District 1 Alderwoman Carolyn Elmore-Cage, District 2 Alderwoman Angela Mayfield and District 5 Alderman Bruce Siegmund.
Re-elected District 4 Alderman Jim Pearce is starting his fifth term; while District 3 Alderman Jedd Lewis, who drew no opponents in the 2014 elections, is beginning his fourth term.

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New Year, new vacation destinations to be discovered

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At the start of the new year, many people make promises to themselves that this will be the year that something changes. For many, one of the top goals for any new year is to travel more or to finally take that dream vacation they’ve been pining after for years.
“I think it’s a great New Year’s resolution to take that trip of a lifetime,” said Jane Gunn, a travel consultant with The Travel Company in Monroe. “Don’t keep putting it off, you never know what the future holds.”
Byron R. Moore, CFP with Argent Financial, said one of the main reasons people put off traveling is money.

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Driskel headed to LA Tech

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Florida QB transferring to play for Bulldogs after leading Gators to bowl win
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It worked for Louisiana Tech University’s football program last year with Cody Sokol.
Now the Bulldogs are hoping the second time will be the charm, too.
University of Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel 28-20 led the Gators to a 28-20 victory over East Carolina in the Birmingham Bowl on Saturday but was released from his scholarship before the game.

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Lady Techsters fall to USM in OT

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Whitney Frazier scored 27 points and grabbed nine rebounds but Louisiana Tech couldn’t overcome 25 turnovers and missed defensive assignments as the Lady Techsters fell 79-77 in overtime to Southern Miss Sunday afternoon at the Thomas Assembly Center.
In a game that saw 14 ties and 12 lead changes, Southern Miss (8-4, 1-0 Conference USA) hit 6-of-7 field goals, including all three of its three-point attempts, in overtime to pull out the conference opener for both teams.

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