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March 11th, 2015

Sheriff’s office apprehends thief

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On or around Feb. 17 the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office received information that a suspect, later identified as Linsey Dayle Howard, 33, of 172 Howard St., Dubach, had recently been involved in stealing antique items from within a vacant house located on Louisiana Highway 822 and later selling the stolen items on various Facebook pages.
LPSO investigators worked with the victim in this matter and were able to successfully identify Howard, through the use of a game camera, above, and apprehend her for the offense.

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Louisiana Tech announces its winter quarter graduates

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Louisiana Tech University’s winter quarter commencement exercises were held Saturday, with diplomas awarded to 322 graduates. Commencement officially marked the close of the winter academic quarter.  Spring quarter classes are scheduled to began Tuesday.
Area graduates — listed by parish, city and degree — are as follows:
Arcadia
Samantha Belle Talbert, bachelor of science
Bernice
Donna M. Chandler, associate of science nursing; Jessica Danielle Towns, associate of science nursing
Bienville
Eric A. Doss, bachelor of science
Calhoun

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EMMS learn fire safety from emergency responders

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The Feb. 28 meeting of the Ethel Mae Movers and Shakers Youth Group focused on fire safety skills with the help of the Grambling Fire Department. Visiting firefighters were Jamall Jenkins, Yori Nichols and Labradford Scroggins.

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University standing affects entire area

Louisiana Tech University ranks No.1 among all public and private institutions in the state, according to PayScale.com’s 2015 College Return on Investment Report.
Tech earned Louisiana’s highest ranking in both annual percent ROI and 20-year net ROI for students living on campus and receiving financial aid, and who are paying in-state or out-of-state tuition, according to PayScale.com.

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Area weathered out the storms well

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Never doubt Punxsutawney Phil.
Three weeks to the day after America’s favorite furry forecaster saw his shadow and darted back into his burrow, winter arrived in Lincoln Parish.
Rain. Sleet. Snow. Slush. Freezing stuff. Wintery mix. Whatever you want to call it, it came.
The National Weather Service named the first round Winter Storm Quantum. How apt. It was a quantum leap — meaning a huge, often sudden, change in something — from the previous Saturday’s near 70-degree temperatures to that Monday’s icy 20s.

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Techsters to begin C-USA tourney play

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Despite losing three of its last four regular season games, Louisiana Tech has plenty of reasons to feel confident heading into its Conference USA Tournament opener Wednesday against Florida Atlantic.
The seventh-seeded Lady Techsters (15-14, 10-8) will tip off against the 10th-seeded Owls (13-16, 7-11 C-USA) at 1:30 p.m. at Bartow Arena in a game that will be televised live on the American Sports Network as well as streamed at AmericanSportsNet.com.
The contest can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network with the pregame show starting at 1 p.m.

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Kyser, Smith honored for defense

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For a third consecutive season, the Louisiana Tech duo of havoc creator Kenneth Smith and the rim protector Michale Kyser were named to the five-person All-Defensive Team, as announced by the Conference USA office on Tuesday.
Both Bulldogs claimed two of the five spots last season in C-USA as juniors and also as sophomores in the Western Athletic Conference.
Smith has anchored a Tech defense this season that forces a league-best 16.1 turnovers and is tops in steals per game with 8.55, a category they also rank 12th in the country in.

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G-Men’s season comes to end

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HOUSTON (AP) — Reginald Johnson had 22 points and eight rebounds to help Alcorn State beat Grambling State 66-52 on Tuesday night in the opening round of the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament.
Alcorn State advances to play top-seeded Texas Southern in the quarterfinals today.
Marquis Vance had 14 points with eight rebounds and Leantwan Luckett added 12 points for No. 8 seed Alcorn State (6-25). The Braves had a 36-28 advantage on the glass and forced 16 turnovers.

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Lions reach Class C Championship game

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Javier Roper (1) led the way with 22 points as New Living Word School defeated Elizabeth High School 62-58 Monday night in Lake Charles to move into the Class C title contest. NLW will take on Atlanta at 4 p.m. Friday as the Lions look for a second straight state championship.

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March 10th

Lawmakers react to Common Core, budget

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A group of concerned parents from across North Louisiana urged two state House members to fight the Common Core standards and the accompanying PARCC test.
The parents’ comments to Reps. Rob Shadoin, R-Ruston, and Jim Fannin, R-Jonesboro, came during Monday night’s meeting of the North Central Louisiana TEA Party. Though all local lawmakers were invited to participate in TEA Party pre-legislative forum, only Shadoin and Fannin did so.

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