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December 6th

Tech men defeat Alcorn State, 98-65

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It was a triple threat for Louisiana Tech on Monday night as Erik McCree, Jacobi Boykins and Derric Jean each scored 20 points to lead the Bulldogs to a 98-65 victory over Alcorn State inside the Thomas Assembly Center.
For McCree, it was his third straight double-double as the redshirt senior had a game-high 11 rebounds. For Jean, it was a career high in points. And for Boykins, it was 5-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc.

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Jones will be college HOF inductee tonight

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From Archie Manning to Bobby Beathard, from Bill Bellchick to John Riggins.
And countless others who form a mutual admiration society for Bertram Hays Jones.
They will all approve of the Ruston native’s induction into the National Football Foundation/College Football Hall of Fame tonight during ceremonies at the famous Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.

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Agritourism brings visitors, income

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Agritourism gives rural economies a boost in the fall. Because of mild weather conditions this year, many of our pumpkin patches, corn mazes and farm tours will extended their season into November giving guests an opportunity to visit more than once.
After Thanksgiving many families will returned to the farm again to shop for Christmas trees. Most of the farms have farm-related activities for the children to enjoy before or after shopping for their tree.

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Celebration continues for GSU

It was nearly three years in the waiting, but the Grambling State University Tigers can now truly celebrate.
That’s because they captured a Southwestern Athletic Conference football championship on Saturday.
And now the festivities will continue as the win gave the Tigers a berth in the Celebration Bowl, in which GSU will take on Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champion North Carolina at 11 a.m. Dec. 17 in the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl in Atlanta.

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December 5th

‘Artisan Strings and Winds’ to perform at Lincoln Parish Library

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The newly formed Artisan Strings and Winds chamber ensemble will play its premier concert Dec. 13 at the Lincoln Parish Library Events Center.
The program, titled “Classic Holiday Chamber,” begins at 6 p.m. and is open to the public free of charge. The program includes a variety of Christmas pieces.
“We wanted some classical — English and French carols — and then some popular selections,” Frances Grafton, of Ruston, the group’s founder, said.

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School Board seeks renewal of millages

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The Lincoln Parish School Board will look to approve a resolution to call an election to renew two millages that generate more than $5 million over a 10-year period.
The Consolidated School District No 1 and No. 3 mileage rates expire in 2018 and 2019 and generate $2,156,200 and $3,701,350, respectively.
If all goes according to plan, the election to renew the taxes will be held on April 29.
The board will review the resolution during the regularly scheduled board meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Lincoln Parish School Board Office.
In other business:

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Local YEA! chapter recognized nationally

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The Lincoln Parish chapter of the Young Entrepreneur’s Academy was recently recognized on the national level for their growth in the number of accepted students for the academic year.

YEA! is an innovative program that guides students through the process of starting their own real business, said Judy Copeland, president of the Chamber.

She said is also proud of the growth that the chapter has achieved.

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Sorority donates to CCA

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Epsilon Alpha Zeta chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. members donated food for Christian Community Action. Members present are from left to right, starting at the bottom row: Emma Wilson, Shirley Burns Archie Tatum, Tiffany Curry, Stephanie Matthews (CCA), Mary Flournoy, Barbara McIntyre and Martha Pierce.

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Angels among us: Christmas a time to share love, hope

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This fall has been a wild ride of ricocheting emotions for me.
My husband and I celebrated our 30th anniversary and I had my 60th birthday, both occasions bringing sweet reflections and celebrations.
At the same time, my sister Diane was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on Aug. 9, and after a brief and ravaging journey, died on Oct. 21.
The polarity of these experiences, combined with the profound emotions each brought, made me think of a quote by my favorite writer, Frederick Buechner.

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Beltin’ it out on the old bayou

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Wish I was back on the bayou.
Rollin with some Cajun queen.
Wishin’ I were a fast freight train,
Just a chooglin’ on down to New Orleans.
Not sure what chooglin means, but it sure sounds like fun.
John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival wrote those words from the perspective of someone who wishing he was back in the land of murky water, cypress trees, and Spanish moss. There have been times in my life, like when I lived in New England, that I felt the same way — and I would have swum home to make it happen.

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