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October 10th, 2015

Tech, GSU QBs cause headaches

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Lincoln Parish is living up to its unofficial title of “Quarterback Country” already this season.
Oh, it’s a stretch to place two current names in a legendary group that includes Bert Jones, Doug Williams, Terry Bradshaw, Tim Rattay, James Harris and others, but we can at least enjoy their current exploits.
Yes, head coaches Skip Holtz of Louisiana Tech University and Broderick Fobbs of Grambling State University and their offensive staffers have to be pleased with their starting field commanders at the halfway mark of the schedule.

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Bulldogs boot Roadrunners

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Late Barnes’ FG lifts Tech to 34-31 win at UTSA
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SAN ANTONIO — For the last two years, Skip Holtz has searched for a consistent kicking game that could deliver in the clutch. He may have finally found it.
Jonathan Barnes hit two field goals, including a 32-yard chip shot with 10 seconds left in the game, as Louisiana Tech (4-2, 2-1 Conference USA) edged the University of Texas-San Antonio (1-5, 1-1), 34-31, Saturday evening at the Alamodome in front of 24,392 fans.

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Wingate named Preseason All-CUSA

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Louisiana Tech senior Brandi Wingate was named to the eight-person preseason All-Conference USA team on Thursday by a vote of the league coaches while the Lady Techsters were tabbed to finish ninth in the 14-team league.
Wingate, last year’s Conference USA Sixth Player of the Year recipient, joined Middle Tennessee’s Olivia Jones (POY), Old Dominion’s Jennie Simms, Southern Miss’ Jerontay Clemons, Charlotte’s Lefty Webster, Marshall’s Leah Scott, UTEP’s Carmeasha Turner and WKU’s Kendall Noble on the all-league squad.

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Summitt puts Lady Techsters through early scrimmage

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On only the third day of official team workouts, Louisiana Tech head coach Tyler Summitt put his team through a full scrimmage against the Lady Techsters male practice players on Wednesday afternoon at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Although stats from the scrimmage were not made public, Summitt said it was a great opportunity for is young team to get a feel for where they are at with five weeks remaining before the season opener at Wisconsin on Nov. 14.

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Grambling downs Alabama A&M

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GRAMBING — Grambling State University took over early and didn’t let up late as the Tigers held on for a 37-14 win over Alabama A&M Saturday at Eddie G. Robinson Stadium.
GSU quarterback Johnathan Williams threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score as Grambling State extended its conference winning streak to four games, moving to 4-2 overall and 4-0 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference).
Grambling’s offense rushed for a total of 258 yards and 284 yards passing, with Williams accounting for 255 of the aerial yards.

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RHS alumni to be honored

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Three Ruston High School teachers and four graduates have been named the RHS Alumni Association’s 2015 Achievement Award recipients.
This year’s distinguished educator winners are current biology teacher Susan Griffin, retired business teacher Ruby Moore and the late foreign language teacher Elizabeth Gilbert.
Alumni award recipients are Maribel Tuten Childress, Class of 1986; Patrick Moore, Class of 1988; and Jackson Thigpen, Class of 1963. The Young Alumnus of Distinction is Trotter Hunt, Class of 1995.

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Sales tax up for city, parish

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When Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker’s management team began working on the city’s budget for the current fiscal year, they plugged in a 12 percent increase in sales tax revenue.
If the trend that began almost a year ago continues, they may make their goal. Since January, sales tax income for the City of Ruston alone has jumped almost 11 percent. That’s $665,731 more dollars in city’s coffers, according to the latest figures from the Ruston-Lincoln Sales and Use Tax Office.

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Garriga disqualified from District 6 race

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Lincoln Parish Police Jury candidate Chris “Moose” Garriga has been disqualified from this year’s election by the Louisiana Supreme Court.
Garriga’s disqualification came Friday afternoon when justices reversed two lower court rulings that said the Ruston Republican could seek the District 6 seat. At issue was Garriga’s attesting on his candidate qualifying form that he owed no outstanding fees or fines as per state ethics law, when, in fact, he did.
“It’s done. He has no right to re-hearing,” Kyle Green, Garriga’s attorney, said Friday in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision.

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Four constitutional amendments up for vote

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Louisiana voters will be making some financial decisions this month when they decide the fate of four proposed state constitutional amendments that are on the Oct. 24 ballot.
Early voting for the election, which also includes local and state candidate races, continues through Saturday at the Lincoln Parish Registrar of Voters office, located in the parish Courthouse.
Voting hours are 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily. The office is closed today. Voters should bring photo identification.
All of the amendments deal with management of public money.

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West Monroe rolls past Ruston, 28-14

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The chances were there early on.
But Ruston High School wasn’t able to take enough advantage of them.
And in the end, West Monroe ended up with a 28-14 District 2-5A win Friday at L.J. “Hoss” Garrett Stadium.
The Rebels fumbled three times in the opening stanza, with two recovered by the Bearcats.
But the Bearcats saw two red-zone drives stall and had what should have been an easy catch for a probable touchdown dropped.

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