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April 28th, 2017

Voters head to polls Saturday

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Three property tax renewals only items on ballot

Lincoln Parish voters will head to the polls Saturday to cast their ballot on three parishwide tax renewals that generate more then $8 million over a 10-year period for public schools.
Polls are open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday. Voters must bring photo identification.
The three parishwide property taxes generate more than $8 million over a 10-year period for public schools, said school system Business Manager George Murphy.
Revenue from the millage helps finance construction, technology, salaries and other general operating expenses.
The current mileages expire in 2018 and 2019.

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Urban League president to address GSU graduates

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Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League and former New Orleans mayor, will deliver Grambling State University’s spring 2017 commencement address on May 12. The graduation is scheduled for 10 a.m. in the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.
“Mayor Morial has an international reputation; he’s a focused leader and activist, GSU President Rick Gallot said. “We are excited that the head of the nation’s largest historic civil rights and urban advocacy group is available to visit our campus and share his knowledge with our graduates.”

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RPD issues warrants

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Suspects named in Tuesday night shooting

Ruston Police have obtained arrest warrants charging two men with attempted second-degree murder in connection Tuesday night’s shooting at Edgewood Square Apartments.
Tyrone L. Singleton, 34, of 1221 Walter Rd., Spearsville, and Charvis Lamon Buggs, 27, of 301 Loop Drive, Farmerville, are currently in the Union Parish Detention Center on drug and firearm charges stemming from a traffic stop near Bernice.
The men will be brought back to Lincoln Parish once Union Parish completes it case against them, Ruston Deputy Police Chief Clint Williams said this morning.

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New GSU library idea moves forward

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Gallot: Facilities must reflect modern trends

Grambling State University President Rick Gallot told the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors that the existing campus library has outlived its usefulness and GSU students deserve something much better.
“The GSU Library of the future must reflect the technology and trends of the 21st Century Library” Gallot said during an interview. “It’s time for us to start moving to a new concept, something that better fits the ways our millennial students, faculty and others actually read, study and use resources and tools.”

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Stage set for Tech production of Neil Simon’s ‘Rumors’

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Louisiana Tech University’s Department of Theatre is set to raise the curtain on its fourth and final production of the 2016-2017 season with “Rumors,” written by Neil Simon and directed by Paul B. Crook, professor of theatre at Louisiana Tech.

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‘The Great Maker Show’ comes to Tech

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The Innovation Enterprise and Enterprise Center Gallery at Louisiana Tech University is hosting two incredible events that celebrate makers.
The first of these events is The Great Maker Show with an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. today at University Hall Gathering Room.
As a part of the Innovation Enterprise Maker Month Initiative, The Great Maker Show was an open call to students enrolled at Tech in any major to submit any and all things they’ve made.
A panel of jurors from the Ruston community were asked to select works based on process, materials, and presentation.

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Living in a culture of apathy

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In today’s world, the general population has a slew of things to keep track of and care about on a day-to-day basis. From keeping up with work, school and those in our lives and in the world around us, there is a basic expectation set for how much we need to keep up with.
Along with staying up to date with events in our own lives, we are also under a constant barrage of the woes of the world. A scroll through Facebook on a typical day shows us snapshots of the world, from scenes of civil conflicts to the effects of pollution on wildlife.

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Corporal punishment in schools

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Florien High School is a small building, housing around 300 K-12 students on the edge of Toledo Bend Lake. There is not much to see other than its brown brick outsides with its flaking yellow letters proclaiming it’s motto: “Building a Tradition of Excellence.”
For 13 years, I walked the halls of that building and could probably still do so with my eyes closed.
It is my alma mater.

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Geaux vote in Saturday’s referendum

Lincoln Parish voters go to the polls Saturday to make an important decision for public education’s future.
While the tax renewal referendum does not have the hype of a presidential election surrounding it, the impact of the vote on students who attend Lincoln Parish public schools cannot be overstated.
Voters will decide whether to renew three parishwide property taxes that generate more than $8 million over a 10-year period for local schools.
Revenue from the millages help finance construction, technology, salaries and other general operating expenses.

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Diamond ’Dogs to host Western Kentucky

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Louisiana Tech will host Western Kentucky for three games beginning at 6 p.m. today at J.C. Love Field.
Tech last took the field nearly a week ago when the Bulldogs took two-of-three games from UAB over the weekend, powered by a six-run bottom of the eighth in the series finale on Sunday evening. This past week, marked the first without a midweek game scheduled.

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