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September 9th, 2017

Tech soccer ends in 1-1 tie with Troy

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The Louisiana Tech women’s soccer team was holding on to a one-goal advantage for the majority of the match, but Troy was able to equalize late in the second period to force it into overtime where it ended in a 1-1 tie on Friday night at the Lady Techster Soccer Complex.
Tech (4-1-2) scored in the 38th minute. From there, the Lady Techsters held most of the possession and was holding steady on the back line. However, Troy (2-4-2) found a second gear late and ultimately found the back of the net off a free kick in the 87th minute.

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Panthers fall on road

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Johlik Madison (28) and the Lincoln Prep Panthers lost a close one Friday night, as Delta Charter scored on the game’s final play for a 34-33 win.

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Tech wins VB tourney openers

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The Louisiana Tech women’s volleyball team began the 2017 home portion of the schedule on a high note, snagging wins over both Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Memphis to kick off the Lady Techster Invitational from the Thomas Assembly Center.
Tech (3-5) made its home debut against the Golden Lions of Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-8), and made short work of its first opponent, downing UAPB in straight sets for the first sweep of the season.
The Techsters’ strong defense was key in the victory, as Pine Bluff never mustered more than 19 points in any of the match’s three sets.

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Aldermen to consider next steps on TIF district

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Ruston could be several steps closer to its first tax incremental financing district if the Board of Aldermen approves several district-related items on its Monday evening agenda.
The board convenes at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall in a meeting that’s open to the public.
Aldermen will also consider accepting a $35.2 million bid for construction of a city sports complex on U.S. 167 south, as well as act on road and infrastructure projects.

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Officials break ground on second phase of Rock Island Greenway project

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Groundbreaking ceremonies were held Friday for the second phase of the Rock Island Greenway shared-use bicycle and pedestrian path. City officials used the ceremony to announce receipt of a $1 million Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Louisiana grant that will be used to construct three connecting routes to the greenway. Most of work announced Friday will be done in south Ruston. Phase II of the greenway stretches from West California Avenue to the city limits at West Tennessee Avenue.

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Disaster relief still needs us

From gathering donations to opening our doors for those in need, Lincoln Parish has stepped up to the forefront to help the thousands in need after natural disaster.
From as far back as Hurricane Katrina to as recently as Hurricane Harvey, that hit only weeks ago, local folks understand the importance of lending a helping hand.
Unfortunately, there’s a storm currently punishing the state of Florida.
Early reports suggest this is going to be as dangerous as the two storms mentioned above.

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Celebrity deaths bring strong memories

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You can be a world champion sprinter. But eventually there’ll be one race you just can’t win.
Because old as his is, Father Time is always faster
I was reminded of that with the deaths of musicians I admire this week. /
Walter Becker of Steely Dan, Dave Hlubek of Molly Hatchet, country crooner Don Williams and country/pop star Troy Gentry all passed away in recent, sending a flood of songs surging through my mind.
Glen Campbell’s death a few weeks ago hit me even harder.

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Hate groups have no place in our America

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I do not understand.
I do not understand, why, in 2017, that we hear and see in our public discourse, topics such as Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan.

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Should I serve as a trustee for my brother’s children?

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Question: My brother has approached me about serving as a trustee for his kids. It would only go into effect if something happened to him. I guess this is something his lawyer suggested. Is this OK for me to do that?
Answer: Be sure you understand what you are agreeing to do. Perhaps there is a way to say yes to your brother and no to the individual trustee offer.
First, a trustee is someone held responsible for managing assets held in trust for the benefit of someone else.

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Protect three key goals with life insurance

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September is Life Insurance Awareness Month. And “awareness” is an appropriate designation, because many people remain unaware of the many ways in which life insurance can help families meet their key financial goals.
Here are three of the biggest of these objectives, as seen through the eyes of a hypothetical couple, Jim and Joan:
• Pay off mortgage — Jim and Joan have a 30-year mortgage. If one of them dies well before that mortgage is paid off, could the other one afford to keep making payments to remain in the house with the children?

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