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August 10th, 2017

Ward named second-team All-SWAC

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Grambling State University junior Kevreion Ward was named to the Southwestern Athletic Conference 2017 volleyball preseason second team, while the Lady Tigers were predicted to finish eighth, the league announced earlier this week.

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August 9th

Trial underway in restaurant shooting

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Testimony resumed this morning in 3rd Judicial District Court here in the attempted first-degree murder and armed robbery trial of Steven Devon Hardyway.
Hardyway, 25, is charged in the Nov. 4, 2015, robbery and shooting at the Subway restaurant on West California Avenue. The victim, who was first witness to testify Tuesday, was both shot and stabbed during late-night incident.
Hardyway was arrested two days later in Grambling.
Lewis Jones, chief felony prosecutor with the 3rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office, said via email he expects the jury trial to conclude on Thursday.

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RPD officer still critical

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A Ruston city police officer injured Saturday afternoon in a motorcycle accident in Jackson Parish remains in critical condition in a Shreveport hospital, Ruston Deputy Police Chief Clint Williams said Tuesday.
Officer Brandon Milner suffered head, neck and other injuries when his motorcycle apparently crossed into the path of an oncoming one-ton pickup truck, Williams said.
“The family is continuing to ask for prayers,” Williams said.
The accident report from the Louisiana State Police, the agency that worked the mishap, was unavailable Tuesday afternoon.

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Bearing gifts: Local group visits village in Malawi, Africa

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There are now children donning Louisiana Peach Festival shirts halfway across the world, thanks to Bruce Siegmund and his team.
“My wife is from Malawi and so I go there fairly often and last year I decided I was going to start helping some relatives that are helping a poor rural village there,” Sigmund said. “This year I went and I took five people with me to help, whether it was educational or construction. We went around door to door praying for people.”
They also brought items for the school located in the village and its students, he said.

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Jurors kill vote to roll millages forward

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Members of the Lincoln Parish Policy Jury voted unanimously to keep general alimony millages the same as last year — 1.68 mills inside Ruston city limits and 3.37 mills outside the city limits — during the regular meeting Tuesday at the courthouse.
When asked to vote on rolling the millages forward to their limits — 1.82 mills inside Ruston city limits and 3.65 mills outside the city limits — only Hazel Hunter and Sharyon Mayfield voted “yes.”
If passed, the vote would have increased the general alimony fund by $133,700.

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Let’s get rational about leadership, Louisiana

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Here’s what’s wrong in Louisiana.
In July, Gov. John Bel Edwards sent at letter to House Speaker Taylor Barras asking Barras to identify a plan he is willing to support to keep the state from plummeting off the fiscal cliff upon which it is rather precariously perched.
“Specifically, I need a good faith commitment to remove the partisan barriers and solve the problem,” Edwards, a Democrat, wrote to Barras, a Republican from New Iberia.

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Board decision good for growth

Ruston’s Board of Aldermen took the first steps Monday toward what could be the city’s biggest economic boom tool since the decision 24 years ago that lead to the still-expanding development along the Interstate 20 north service road.
In a unanimous vote, aldermen agreed to start the process for Ruston’s first tax increment financing district.

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GSU’s Kincade named to watch list

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CHARLESTON, S.C. —People all across the country are keeping an eye out for Grambling State senior quarterback DeVante Kincade.
On Tuesday, the College Football Performance Awards announced its 2017 preseason watch list for the CFPA FCS National Performer of the Year Trophy.
Kincade was one of 42 other returning performers from the Football Championship Subdivision on the list.
The goal of the College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football.

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Bulldogs work out in the rain

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Mother Nature gave Louisiana Tech head coach Skip Holtz exactly what he wanted on Tuesday morning.
It was a double dose of positive as overcast, dreary, raining conditions greeted the Bulldogs at Joe Aillet Stadium for a two-hour workout. With the rain came cooler temperatures and an opportunity for Holtz and Co. to get some much needed snaps in wet conditions
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August 8th

LPPJ offers Farmerville native treasurer position

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Farmerville native Megan Wiens has been offered the job as Lincoln Parish treasurer.
But, as of Monday night, she had not accepted the position.
Attempts to contact her today by the Daily Leader were unsuccessful.
Wiens’ selection came during a specially-called jury meeting Monday.
Wiens previously served the Union Parish School Board as the chief financial officer and business manager.
During a interview with jurors, she said she oversaw a large budget and several projects that included funds from government grants.

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