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January 12th, 2017

Lady Techsters to host Charlotte tonight

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Louisiana Tech will face its toughest task of the season when the Lady Techsters host the red-hot Charlotte 49ers at 6:30 p.m today. at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Tech (6-8, 1-2 C-USA) and Charlotte (12-3, 4-0 C-USA) meet for the fifth time in the series history with the two teams splitting the previous four games. Tech has dropped five of its last six games — three of those by two points — while the 49ers enter with a nine-game winnings streak.

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January 11th

Louisiana Tech geographer earns prestigious national honor

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Louisiana Tech University associate professor of geography Taylor E. Mack is the latest recipient of a rarely awarded distinction conferred by the Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers.
The CLAG Outstanding Service Award, a prestigious honor which has only been awarded five times since 1970, is given to a member of the association who has earned distinction and performed major service to the organization over a period of years.
CLAG is the premier national organization of geography professionals specializing in the study of Latin America.

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Murals planned for downtown Ruston

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Artwork to ‘celebrate the community’

Ruston is about to get a bit more picturesque.
The city and the Ruston Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau are partnering to have three murals painted in highly traveled locations. Officials want the strategically placed murals to not only catch motorists’ eyes but also show that Ruston appreciates the arts.
“The goal of the murals is to celebrate the community,” Nicholas Bustamante, one of the mural artists, said. “Hopefully someone passing through Ruston will see this is a community where the arts are enhanced.”

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School board approves memorandum

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The Lincoln Parish School Board has approved a memorandum that will share certain student personally identifiable information with Lincoln Preparatory Academy in Grambling.
The proposal that will fulfill a state mandate that requires the school board and Lincoln Prep to share the identifiable information was unanimously approved on during the board’s regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday.

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Roberson elected LPPJ president

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In a close vote, members of the Lincoln Parish Police Jury on Tuesday elected District 4 juror Randy Roberson as the jury’s new president.
Roberson defeated the incumbent President Jody Backus on a 6-5 vote. Juror Sharyon Mayfield was absent.
Once the floor was closed for nominations, District Attorney John Belton called for the vote.
Voting for Roberson were himself, Theresa Wyatt, Bobby Bennett, Walter Pullen, Nancy Wilson and Skip Russell.
Voting for Backus were himself, David Hammons, Joe Henderson, Annette Straughter and Hazel Hunter.

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Reader writes about education

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 It is all too often said that Louisiana is at the bottom of all the “good lists” and top of all the “bad lists.”  This statement applies primarily to our social economic status.  Unfortunately, the claim is supported by facts and statistics.  We suffer from high rates of poverty, school dropouts, adult illiteracy, unskilled labor, crime, poor health, even obesity.  All of these have huge social and economic costs.

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Life with Great-grandpa

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Every time I walk down the hallway in my house, I see my great-grandfather. His portrait hangs there, painted by his son, my grandfather.
I don’t know much about John Allen Hearn; he was born on March 12, 1839, in Arkansas. Somewhere along the way he married Sarah Josephine Yates. They had 12 children, of whom my grandfather, Hubert Watson Hearn, was the youngest.
But over a century-and-a-half later, great-grandfather’s pedigree really doesn’t matter.

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Student, teacher honorees deserve recognition

Lincoln Parish students and teachers always raise the bar for what they try to achieve in our school district.
Some, however, like to set that bar a little higher than most and on Monday the school district and community took notice.
Students Chad Hamlin, 10; Hana Le, 13; high school senior Addison Patton and teachers Karla Smith, Jordan Blachier, Jane Wallace and Corinne Nutt were named students and teachers of the year.

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Grambling introduces new athletics director

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Grambling State University officially introduced Paul Bryant, who took over on Jan. 1, as new athletics director during a Tuesday press conference at the Eddie Robinson Museum. Bryant, left, is pictured with GSU President Rick Gallot.
Photo by GLENN LEWIS/GSU Media Bureau

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Diamond ’Dogs set First-Pitch dinner

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With opening day just over a month away, Louisiana Tech Baseball’s annual “First Pitch Dinner” will be held on at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 10 in the club level of the Davison Athletics Complex.
Tables are available for purchase with a cost of $250 for a table of six and $350 for a table of eight. Single tickets are also available for purchase at $50 per ticket.

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