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TIF board created

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Grambling council passes selections
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GRAMBLING — The Town of Grambling has been working on bringing new infrastructure and businesses to its limits for quite some time through the help of a tax increment financing district. Last week, Grambling got even closer to seeing that dream become a reality when the town council unanimously approved the selections for the TIF district’s taxing board.

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Woods ablaze

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LPFD requests LDAF help with fire
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The Lincoln Parish Fire Department responded to a woods fire off of Howell Road south of Simsboro at approximately 5 p.m. Tuesday.
The first LPFD personnel to arrive on the scene found approximately 35 acres of woods and brush burning. Fire department personnel extinguished the fire in the areas that could be accessed by LPFD equipment.

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Mack qualifies for SB seat

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George Mack Jr. has qualified for the Lincoln Parish School Board seat held by his father, the late George Mack Sr.
Mack, a Democrat who resides in Ruston, has been filling the District 11 seat on an interim basis since the elder Mack passed away in February.
As of press time this morning, Mack was the only person who qualified.

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Tractors pull their way into expo center

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Typically, tractors are used for various agricultural functions in a field setting. However, this Saturday, at the North Louisiana Expo Center, antique model tractors will be pulling their weight, literally, in the Fourth Annual Antique Tractor Pull.
Presented by the Boeuf and North Louisiana Vintage Tractor Clubs, participants will be divided into two categories, with multiple classes within each.

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Chicken Fest pageant set

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DUBACH — The annual Louisiana Chicken Festival in Dubach will be held the weekend of Sept. 29 with the pageant being held at the Dubach High School Gymnasium the weekend before. 
Dubach looks forward to having its festival and eight new queens reigning over the festivities.
 The pageant is for girls ranging from ages 1-18 years of age, divided into eight categories. Baby — 1 year-olds, Toddler — 2-3-year-olds, Tiny — 4-5 year-olds, Little 6-7-year-olds, Petite — 8-9-year-olds, Deb — 10-12-year-olds, Jr. Teen — 13-15-year-olds and Teen Miss — 16-18-year-olds.

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Bulldogs in awards’ lineup

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Five Tech candidates to be included on ESPNU show
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There will be a definite Louisiana Tech University flavor to a national football awards show on Friday night.
Five members of the Bulldogs’ defending Western Athletic Conference champions will be included on the list of candidates for major awards in the ESPNU College Football Awards Preview Show to air on the network starting at 5:30 p.m., CDT.

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Bearcats, Cougars: Grading time

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Friday scrimmages will provide fall camp evaluation

Get the report cards ready.
That’s what head coaches Billy Laird of Ruston High and Ben Haddox of Cedar Creek High will be doing on Friday.
The Bearcats and Cougars will get a good idea as to the progress they’ve been making in fall camp when they take part in preseason scrimmages that will arrive just over a week before the “Jam at the Joe.”

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Hayes turns pro

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STOCKHOLM, Sweden — The incredible and impressive season that Chelsea Hayes is having just got a little bit longer. The six-time All-American standout from Louisiana Tech extended her stay in Europe after signing a professional contract with Nike.
A native of New Orleans who finished No. 16 at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in the long jump, Hayes signed with Nike immediately following the Olympic games and has traveled straight to the Swedish capital of Stockholm for her first professional competition today at the DN Galan meet.

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Motorcyclist killed in crash

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Troopers assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 20 shortly after 12:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Camp Road exit that claimed the life of a West Monroe man.
The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2011 Harley-Davidson driven by 36-year-old Christopher S. Biddle, of West Monroe, entered Interstate 20 from the Camp Road exit traveling west in the wrong direction when it was struck head-on by a 1998 Kenworth Conventional 18-wheeler driven by 52-year-old Marquita Wolverton, of Ashland, Ohio, that was traveling east on Interstate 20 in the right lane. Biddle was ejected from the motorcycle.

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Delta college works to make cuts transparent

Since 2008, Louisiana’s public universities have had their fair share of cuts to deal with in order to keep up normal operations, and during that time, Delta Community College has been no stranger to fund cutting either.
Scheduled to slice another 5.2 percent from their budget for the upcoming year, Delta and its eight campus, 12-parish system — with campuses in Ruston and Farmerville — will be losing a total of $2,290,577, leaving the school with a final budget of $18,190,577 to work with and get enrollment up.

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