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December 6th

Loan fund worth a try

Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker isn’t a hurry-up-and-wait kind of guy.
That’s why when voters approved a three-quarter-cent sales tax to help fund a $120 million package of street, drainage, water and sewer projects, plus a new animal control facility, bike trails and sidewalks and a sports complex, Walker promised to get as much out of the 20-year Moving Ruston Forward tax as possible.

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Eight-team playoff format best option

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There’s been much debate this week on what team should have been placed in the fourth and final FBS playoff spot.
To me, the decision was too tough to argue. But I do see an answer in the way things have shaken out this season — an eight-team playoff (if not 16).
An eight-team playoff would make summing up who deserves to be in or out a much simpler equation. If that was the case, the champions of the Power 5 conferences could receive automatic bids. Then give the final three sports to two at-large teams and the best team from the other five conferences.

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GSU’s Ivy Smith Jr. named SWAC Men’s Hoops POW

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Grambling State University sophomore guard Ivy Smith, Jr., was named the Southwestern Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the conference announced on Tuesday.
Smith averaged 22.5 points, 9.5 assists, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 0.5 blocks per game in victories over Georgia Tech and Tougaloo. He shot 42.9 percent (12-of-28) from the floor and 86.4 percent (19-of-22) from the foul line. Smith poured in a career-high 31 points and dished out a career-high 13 assists in a 111-95 win over Tougaloo.

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Dunkin’ Dogs to host Stephen F. Austin

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Two of the winningest men’s basketball programs in the country over the last half decade just so happen to be less than three hours apart from one another.
Those two teams — Louisiana Tech and Stephen F. Austin — will meet up on the hardwood at 6:30 p.m. today inside the Thomas Assembly Center on Karl Malone Court.
The live video stream can be seen with a paid subscription to CUSA.tv. Fans can listen to the Voice of the Bulldogs Dave Nitz and Jack Thigpen call the action on the LA Tech Sports Network on KXKZ 107.5 FM (Ruston) as well as on the Louisiana Tech X mobile app.

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Six Bulldogs named All-CUSA

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IRVING, Texas — Louisiana Tech has produced a total of six first and second team members on Conference USA’s 2017 All-Conference football teams, while the Bulldogs also had two newcomers named to the All-Freshman Team, it was announced by the league office on Tuesday.

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December 5th

Cause of player collapse still unknown

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A Ruston High School student remains hospitalized in Dallas today after collapsing and having to be resuscitated during a Saturday soccer match against Airline at Bossier City’s Tinsley Park.
RHS soccer coach Joe Aulds said that Nnamdi Nwoha had played the first 10 minutes of the second half but was taking a break on the sideline when he collapsed.

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Aldermen approve pre-loan application

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It took Ruston’s Board of Aldermen only 12 minutes Monday night to work their way through a short agenda that included board authorization of a pre-loan application that could mean more Moving Ruston Forward projects.
The board approval opens the way for the city to submit paperwork to the state Department of Environmental Quality’s to see if Ruston qualifies for a low-interest loan from DEQ’s revolving loan program. The bulk of the money would be used for already-planned improvements to the North Sewage Treatment Plant.

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Simsboro council to consider sales tax

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SIMSBORO — Aldermen were asked to consider supporting a 1.25 percent tax during their regular meeting Monday.
Last year, the residents of Simsboro voted down a 1.25 percent sales tax.
With 305 citizens voting on the tax, it lost 58 percent to 42 percent.
The tax would have collected $2,400 in its first year, and those funds would have been placed in the village’s general fund.
Mayor Sybil Smalling-Foster hopes for a different outcome in an election that could take place as soon as April.
“We are going to try again because we really need it,” she said.

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Grambling Christmas parade scheduled for Saturday morning

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GRAMBLING — Grambling residents will celebrate Christmas spirit with gifts, fruits and candies during the Grambling Joy Fund’s annual Christmas parade starting at 11 a.m. Saturday.
The parade, which has taken place for more than 50 years, will begin at New Rocky Valley Baptist Church, move east on Martin Luther King Avenue, take a right turn on Main Street at the Christian Center, move through the business area and Grambling State University, take a left at the Catholic Center and then end at the Grambling Fire Station on Stadium Drive.

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Making art accessible for the public

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Doug Gitter had the urge for one final road trip after graduating college.
It was a trip that transformed his life.
“I met the most amazing people who were creating art with the things they had at hand,” Gitter said. “Almost immediately, I realized I wanted to help preserve and promote their works.”
As his father had earlier with a collection focusing on art from southeast Asia, Gitter made Southern folk art the focus of his budding collection. To say he was on the leading edge of what became a trend would be an accurate assessment.

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