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September 18th, 2017

Local residents turns 105 today

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At 105, Agnes “Chi Chi” Grafton likes to stay busy.
She exercises three to five times a week and plays Bingo almost every afternoon.
“I like to do most anything that comes along,” Grafton, a Ruston native, said.
Today is Grafton’s birthday.
“I was born and raised in Ruston,” she said. “I have had a wonderful life and I have enjoyed it very much.”
She attended Louisiana Tech University, and after graduation began to teach school in Ruston before she married her husband and moved to Bernice.

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DART training educates and chills

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Editors Note: This is the second of a two part series on Collaboration is the Key.
In Part I of my column about DART’s 17th Annual Collaboration is the Key training conference, I described the first part of the day, in which participants learned about protective orders (or restraining orders), as well as new updates in domestic violence laws in Louisiana.
In Part II, I will be discussing the presentations on Internet Crimes Against Children and Adults, and Human Trafficking.

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Parish millage increase was right choice

The Lincoln Parish Police Jury made the right choice when it unanimously agreed to levy at 4.41 mills two parishwide millage renewals that bring in more than $4 million annually for road and bridge construction and maintenance.
There are 47 bridges and 450 miles of road Lincoln Parish residents use for their daily commute to work or school.
These roads residents take are also the same ones used by work trucks that haul in or take out heavy-duty machinery from various worksites across the region.
All that wear and tear remains constant on our roads because of it.

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Lighting bug or firefly, it’s magic in flight

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Bugs are on everyone’s mind these days. Love bugs, that is.
But another bug has recently ensnared my thoughts: the wondrous lightning bug.
Almost everyone of a certain age possesses firefly memories — recollections of those magical creatures that bedazzled the warm summer nights of our youths. If you were like me, you ran here, you ran there, under the trees, even under the shrubs, and you gently, oh, so gently, caught the little airborne light in your hand.

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Trying to be a safe driver in Ruston is tough

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A few weeks ago, my dad sent my brother and I a text saying he was mailing us two devices that were to be put in our vehicles to determine whether we were safe drivers for insurance purposes. Now, I like to think of myself as a safe driver. I was in a car accident my senior year of high school and since then I take extreme caution while driving, especially when pulling out of parking lots onto busy streets.
The start of the school year brought a flood of Tech students back to Ruston, and that means there are many more people on the roads than during the summer.

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Tech soccer takes CUSA-opener

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The Louisiana Tech women’s soccer team found itself down 1-0 in the first half, but the Lady Techsters ended up scoring four unanswered goals to defeat UTSA by a final score of 4-1 in the Conference USA opener on a hot Sunday afternoon at the Lady Techster Soccer Complex.
The Roadrunners got on the scoreboard 20 minutes into the match. After some adjustments to stop the outlets their outside backs, Tech (8-1-2, 1-0 C-USA) took control of the game. In the span of about 75 seconds, the Lady Techsters took back the lead.

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Tech men sweep Mook Four Triple-Duals

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The Louisiana Tech men’s cross country team won all three of its triple duals while the women’s cross country team registered the top two individual finishers on a foggy Saturday morning at the annual Mook Four at Tech Farm.
The Tech men, running a four-mile race on the hilly course with not much visibility, defeated Jackson State (25-35), Northwestern State (24-34) and Grambling State (26-31). They were anchored by two top-10 individual finishers.

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Buddy's Blog: Tech schedule tabbed 42nd toughest in nation

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Good news for the Louisiana Tech University football program — that one-sided comedy of miscues against Mississippi State is in the books, secure for one of the lead-then trailing knockdowns in Bulldogs’ history.
But oops, here’s the not so encouraging news: the ’Dogs have to go on the road again to South Carolina next weekend after winning at Western Kentucky on Saturday and the College Football Journal ranks their second 42nd toughest in the nation.

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September 16th

G-Men pull away from JSU

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GRAMBLING —The Grambling State University football team scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to pull away from Jackson State in a 36-21 victory on Saturday night at Eddie G. Robinson Memorial Stadium.
“It was good to get a victory tonight,” said GSU head coach Broderick Fobbs. “We didn’t play well and we had a lot of mistakes and a lot of penalties. Coach (Tony) Hughes and his staff have done an excellent job and at the end of the day, they gave us all that we could handle. We were just able to grind out the victory.”

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Cougars top Hornets with second-half surge

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ARCADIA — Football game can be much like a marathon — the team that can endure and maintain their strength the longest should came out the winner.
And that’s just the way things played out for Cedar Creek Friday night as the Cougars pulled away for a 44-20 win at Arcadia.
Cedar Creek led only 14-12 at halftime, but that small lead was actually what Cougars head coach Ben Haddox said he envisioned heading into the contest.

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