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January 19th, 2017

Back away from social media

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If you want to know how much the world changed in a matter of a couple of decades, look no further than the statistics behind social media.
The average person has five social media accounts and spends around one hour and 40 minutes browsing these networks every day, according to The Telegraph.
Do not believe the statistics; take a look around.
There’s a man about to run into a wall browsing Facebook or a woman about to fall down the stairs while checking Twitter.
United States citizens on average check their social media accounts up to 17 times a day, according to Digital Trends.

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Award winners make mark on parish

“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality,” American scholar, organizational consultant and author Warren Bennis wrote.
He must have had the 2016 Robert E. Russ and Bill Best Humanitarian award winners in mind. Because both Trott Hunt, the Russ awardee, and Sue Martin, the Best honoree, are leaders who have definitely turned their visions into a better reality for Lincoln Parish.
Hunt and Martin receive their respective awards tonight during the annual Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce banquet.

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Tech softball tabbed fourth in preseason C-USA poll

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Two years ago, Louisiana Tech was picked to finish next-to-last in the 12-team Conference USA preseason softball coaches’ poll.
Times have changed.
Tech Head coach Mark Montgomery’s squad fresh off back-to-back 30-plus win seasons are picked to finish fourth in this year’s Conference USA poll, released by the league office on Wednesday. Defending Conference USA champion Florida Atlantic was picked first followed by Alabama-Birmingham, Marshall, Tech, Southern Miss, Florida International, Texas-El Paso, Texas-San Antonio, Charlotte, Western Kentucky, Middle Tennessee and North Texas.

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Lady Techsters hit road to take on Owls

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HOUSTON — For the second time in three weeks, Louisiana Tech will hit the road and travel to the state of Texas for a two-game Conference USA road swing as the Lady Techsters face the Rice Owls at 7 p.m. today at Tudor Fieldhouse.
Tech (7-9, 2-3 C-USA) and Rice (10-6, 1-4 C-USA) will meet for the 20th time in the series history with the Lady Techsters holding onto an 11-8 advantage. Rice won two out of three meetings last year, including ending the Lady Techsters year with a 72-67 overtime victory in the C-USA Tournament in Birmingham in March.

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Dunkin’ Dogs get ready for Rice

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Coming off two road victories in conference play, Louisiana Tech looks to keep the momentum going when they return home to face Rice at 6:30 p.m. today inside the Thomas Assembly Center on Karl Malone Court.
Tech (12-6, 4-1 Conference USA) is currently in a three-way tie for second place in the C-USA standings, this after sweeping a road weekend for just the second time since joining the league in 2013-14.
The Bulldogs held on for a 79-73 win at Charlotte and turned around two days later to lead wire-to-wire for a 75-63 victory over Old Dominion in Norfolk, Virginia.

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January 18th

‘Unearthing’ opens at Studio 301

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From 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Studio 301: Contemporary Art Gallery will announce their newest exhibition, “Unearthing,” featuring paintings by Peter Hay.
Hay is a painter and printmaker who is currently exhibits director at the Durango Arts Center in Duranago, Colorado.

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Auditors in Downsville

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Park grants focus of attention

State auditors were in Downsville last week, looking into two grants administered by a state agency.
They were looking specifically for irregularities in spending on work at Downsville Recreation Park and Bryan Park with funds that came from the National Park Service to the Louisiana Office of State Parks and on to the village.
Tom Cole, first assistant to Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera, said the visit by staff auditors was brought about by concerns over payments made to Downsville Mayor Reggie Skains.

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City acquires military museum

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Officials envision facility becoming star tourist attraction

The North Louisiana Military Museum now belongs to the city of Ruston.
Though the final separation of the museum from the secretary of state’s museum system must be approved by the Legislature, unofficially, the relationship has been dissolved and the museum turned over to the city, Lewis Love, chairman of the Friends of the North Louisiana Military Museum, said Monday.
Officials say bringing the museum under the city’s wing will allow it to grow and become a star tourist attraction for the area.

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NAMI-NEDHSA partnership benefits Northeast Louisiana

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To better serve you, Northeast Louisiana, the Ruston chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness has become a partner with the Northeast Delta Human Services Authority, headquartered in Monroe.
NEDHSA directs and manages the operation of community-based programs to improve the quality of life of people with major mental illness, developmental disabilities and addictive disorders.
It serves citizens in 12 parishes of Northeastern Louisiana: Lincoln, Caldwell, East Carroll, West Carroll, Ouachita, Madison, Franklin, Morehouse, Jackson, Tensas, Richland and Union.

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Note to bond commission: Just say yes

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Thursday is the big day. That’s when the Louisiana Bond Commission will decide whether Ruston will be allowed to issue up to $34 million in incremental revenue sales tax bonds to finance transportation projects in the tax incremental district.
The commission was supposed to have made that decision in December, but in a last-minute move, pulled the request because officials couldn’t get their heads around the concept of a TID. In fact, Ruston’s request didn’t formally get on Thursday’s agenda until Tuesday afternoon.

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