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July 7th, 2017

Legends Square recognizes history

The city of Grambling has long searched for a way to create jobs and provide resources for its citizens while also recognizing the individuals “legends,” who made Grambling what it is today.
City officials have found their answer in the Legends Square retail development, a 48,300-square-foot plaza that includes a full-service grocery store, retail shops and eventually a hotel and restaurant.
The development will also be home to the Walk of Fame, where more than 24 community stakeholders will be recognized for their contributions to the community throughout its history.

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GSU to induct new ‘Legends’

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GRAMBLING — Ten more Grambling State athletic standouts will officially become legends this weekend.
The Grambling Legends Sports Hall of Fame will induct its 2017 Enshrinement Class Saturday night in the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center on the campus of Grambling State University.

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Tech losing Ostrander to USM

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The ripple-down effect is in full force for Louisiana Tech baseball.
Tech is losing another assistant coach as The Hattiesburg American has reported that Diamond ’Dogs Associate Head Coach and Pitching Coach Christian Ostrander is joining the Golden Eagles in the same capacity.
Last month hitting coach Jeff Zulli led Tech to join the staff at the University of Alabama.
That leaves Tech head coach Lane Burroughs searching for a pair of assistants Travis Creel the only one left on staff.

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July 6th

LPSB honored for financial reporting

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For the 22nd year in a row, the Lincoln Parish School Board was awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its comprehensive annual financial report by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.
The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management, said Todd Buikema, acting director for GFOA.

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Vehicle linked to Mississippi murder found in parish

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A stolen vehicle linked to a Jackson, Mississippi, homicide has been found in Lincoln Parish, but the suspect is still at large.
Jackson city police are looking for Johnny Ray Wilson, 26, of Jackson, in connection with the early Wednesday morning murder of Anthony Franklin Turner, 56, and the wounding of a second man.

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A legacy of excellence: Grambling to recognize several local legends

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City leaders, state legislators, sports Hall of Famers and other honored guests will celebrate the grand opening of the Legends Square retail development with the induction of 24 people into Grambling’s new Walk of Fame on Saturday. The event will take place from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at Legends Square, located at 920 R.W.E. Jones Drive, and the public is invited to attend.

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Local Boy Scout Troop reaches new heights

Group hiked in mountains, thanks community for the opportunity
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A crew of boy scouts from Troop 45 in Ruston, chartered by Trinity United Methodist Church, recently attended Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico.
On their 12-day adventure, the crew, consisting of eight scouts and three adults, took to the backcountry trails of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range of the Rocky Mountains hiking more than 80 miles in 11 days.

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Local does good with few words

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John “Yank” Reis is not much of a talker.
The 92-year-old Farmerville resident said he likes to keep to himself and doesn’t think he’s much of a socialite.
Be it as it may, Reis arrived for his interview to speak with the Daily Leader for his “Heroes in the Community” story that ran on the Fourth of July.
Reis’ voice is loud and gravelly, one that anyone would recognize and he chooses his words carefully despite what few there may be.
He goes by “Yank,” because he’s originally from Pennsylvania.

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Voter records should remain in state

Louisiana is among the 14 states that have refused a request from the Presidential Commission on Election Integrity to provide select information about registered voters.
Though we believe election integrity is among the most important responsibilities of a democracy, we also agree with Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler that there are better, less political ways of ensuring the most fraud-free elections possible.

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Tech Athletics Communications leads state with 10 awards

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Members of the Louisiana Tech Athletic Communications Department garnered 10 awards in the 2017 Louisiana Sports Writers Association sports information contest, the most by any school in the state for the fourth consecutive year and the most the department has ever won in one year.
Malcolm Butler, Kane McGuire, Anna Claire Thomas, Blake Bolin and Dave Nitz combined to record four first place finishes, two second place finishes and four third place finishes. Since 2002, Louisiana Tech Athletic Communications has won 78 awards in the contest, the second most in the state behind only LSU.

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