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August 20th, 2014

Discussing District 5

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Immigration among topics covered in McAllister meeting
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Immigration and improving the 5th District were among the issues discussed during the town hall meeting held by 5th District Congressman Vance McAllister on Tuesday in Grambling.
McAllister, R-Swartz, opened by saying he was there for the people and no topics or questions would be off limits.
The meeting kicked off with Bill Prescott asking a question regarding immigration.
“Can you kind of tell us, give us the inside scoop on what you see happening when you guys get back?” Prescott said.
McAllister responded with a discussion of the state of Congress.

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Howard bids for re-election

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Ruston District 1 Alderwoman Glenda Howard today announced her bid for re-election.
“Being a member of the council has afforded me a first-hand look at how working closely together can get so many things done for the city and District 1,” Howard, a Democrat, said. “This has been a valuable experience for me.”
Qualifying for the Nov. 4 primary began today. Political newcomer Fred Blake is Howard’s only challenger thus far.
Howard has been an alderwoman since 2001. She also served a stint on the board during the early 1990s.

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Tech department head to speak at summer graduation

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Louisiana Tech University’s summer commencement ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, with the university’s own Pauline E. Leonard serving as keynote speaker.
Leonard, the department chair of curriculum, instruction and leadership in the College of Education, received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and her M.Ed. from St. Francis Xavier University.

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Dubach OKs keeping millage at 7.110

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Dubach council members voted unanimously to keep their millage rate stable for the 2014-15 fiscal year.
After a pre-meeting public hearing that elicited no comments from the few residents in attendance, the group voted during their regular session on Monday night to keep millage rates at 7.110 mills.

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Grambling residents voice their opinion

The most recent meeting of the board of aldermen for the city of Grambling sparked community interest when one citizen voiced his opinion on having Grambling districted.
Currently the board is compromised of five aldermen, one being chosen as mayor pro tem. While the system has worked for the city for many years Claude Aker said many residents have asked him who they need to talk to about certain issues.
“I see a lot of people on the street who want to know who to talk to about certain things, and all I can do is tell them to go to the mayor or go to the council,” he said.

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Qualifying leaves responsibility on us

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The veil is lifting. Candidate qualifying for the Nov. 4 primary election began this morning.
By the end of day Friday, we’ll know how many of the 63 positions up for re-election this year will be contested. Filing qualifying papers and plunking down the required candidacy fee is what makes running for office official in Louisiana.
Heretofore, all the yard signs, all the civic club speeches, all the handshakes and the baby kissing have been just posturing for what may or may not happen. But today, the races are starting to take shape. Whatever is going to happen is happening now.

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Cooking up a good time

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Tech revises tailgating competition, sets menu
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Louisiana Tech tailgaters will get a little taste of Bulldog Village this fall when Skip Holtz and Co. kickoff the home portion of the season Sept. 20 against Northwestern State.
The newly-created Bulldog Village will be located on the front steps of the Thomas Assembly Center for each home football game and will include live music, the Ruston Brick Kids Zone, Tech student-athlete autograph and interaction area, tailgate judging for best food and much more.
There will be more information available on Bulldog Village in the coming weeks.

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Tech volleyball getting set

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Team preparing to open play Aug. 29
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With nine days remaining until the 2014 Louisiana Tech Volleyball season begins, this year’s team has been hard at work in preparation of the upcoming campaign, which begins on Aug. 29 at the Bronco Classic in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Since reporting for fall camp on Aug. 8, the team has had little down time with days filled with a combination of practices, meetings and scrimmages in anticipation of the season.

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GSU graduate students elected to national post

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The National Black Graduate Student Association, Inc. announced the election of several Grambling State University graduate students during the organization’s 26th national conference held in Baton Rouge.
Those students are Kindrell Plains, vice president of administrative affairs; Marcus Kennedy, national parliamentarian; Kimberly Monroe, national historian; and Kenneth Williams, south central regional representative. They will serve on the 2014-15 Executive Council.

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Cheers: Swafford

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This Summer, Grambling State University senior De’Shon Swafford accepted an invitation from NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama to participate in the Robotics Academy. The academy selects high achieving students in all types of academic disciplines from universities across the United States.
The 10-week program offers an intense learning experience that is either space or aeronautics based.

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