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September 22nd, 2017

Planet Fitness expected to open in December

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Planet Fitness recently announced that it will be opening its first health club in Ruston.
The site will be located at 103 North Service Road East, and will mark the fifth club in northern Louisiana, according to Jade Osowski, communications manager for Planet Fitness.
Representatives anticipate the business, replacing the former Backus True Value Hardware store in the North Park Mall Shopping Center, will open by December.

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Online K-12 school hosts open house

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Lincoln Parish parents and guardians interested in kindergarten through 12th grade online public schooling can visit with University View Academy representatives from 1-3 p.m. today at the Lincoln Parish Library Event Center.
University View Academy is a state-based K-12 tuition-free online charter school available to students statewide from any parish.

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Lincoln Parish student named National Merit semifinalist

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A Cedar Creek School senior was the sole Lincoln Parish student to be named one of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship program.
Carlie Toliver, 17, will now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for one of 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million offered next spring.
“I was shocked to find out,” she said “It’s an honor to represent the area and my school.”

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Shooting at GSU

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Grambling State University police are investigating a shooting that occurred Thursday night at Attucks Hall on the university campus.
GSU’s communications director Will Sutton said this morning that around 10:30 p.m. Thursday a GSU student let someone into the all-male residential hall where a struggle started resulting in a gunshot to the victim’s left arm.
The unidentified male victim was transported to North Louisiana Medical Center before being transferred to University Health Shreveport for surgery. The victim’s condition was unknown as of earlier today.

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Cougars, Panthers both on road

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The Ruston Bearcats have a bye weekend, but Cedar Creek and Lincoln Preparatory School both play road games as Week Four of prep football action rolls around. Senior quarterback Jace Moss (above) will lead the undeated Cougars against Delhi while the Panthers (0-3) travel to Farmerville to take on D’Arbonne Woods. Both games are set for 7 p.m. starts today.

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G-Men hit road to take on Mississippi Valley

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GRAMBLING —Grambling State University football team tries to make it three straight as the Tigers take to the road this weekend to Itta Bena, Mississippi, to open Southwestern Athletic Conference play against Mississippi Valley State.
Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. Saturday at Rice-Totten Stadium.
The G-Men (2-1) enter the contest after victories over Northwestern State and Jackson State, while Mississippi Valley State (0-2) will be playing at home for the first time this season.
Valley ‘ opened the season with losses to North Dakota State and Southern Illinois.

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Tech set for road clash at South Carolina

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Louisiana Tech showed last week the Bulldogs can win on the road in a crucial game after they defeated Western Kentucky in the Conference USA opener for both teams.
That was after the Bulldogs fell to SEC foe Mississippi State the previous week. Now Tech (2-1) heads faces an SEC foe again, this time at the University of South Carolina.
South Carolina holds the series record over Louisiana Tech 4-0-1, with the last meeting coming in 1995 as the Gamecocks rolled to a 68-21 win over the Bulldogs.

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Art exhibit to showcase local artist

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On Tuesday, NCLAC will hang an exhibit of paintings by local artist Emily Pullin at Parish Press Coffee House.
Pullin is an art educator, teaching elementary art at Cedar Creek School in Ruston. Pullin holds two art degrees: a Master of Arts in Teaching, kindergarten through 12th, and a Bachelor of Interior Design both from Louisiana Tech University. She also enjoys working in ceramics.

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Tragic story provides insight to the eternal

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Ole Miss football coach Billy Brewer told him he wasn’t big enough or fast enough or good enough to play college football in the Southeastern Conference.
Roy Lee “Chucky” Mullins leaned across Brewer’s desk and said, “If you give me a chance, coach, I’ll never let you down.”
The coach gave him that chance, and Mullins lived up to his word.

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Historic shelter animal transport saves lifes

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Simply put, they saved lives.
With each name called during Tuesday’s early morning hours, a second chance for life was given to area shelter animals.
More than 100 dogs and 30 cats were selected to be a part of a transportation project that would mark the largest number of shelter animals being sent to another state for adoption from north Louisiana.
The large red buses equaled freedom and love to these animals, even if the animals didn’t realize it. Some were more reluctant than others to get on board that transport.

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