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Minden man killed in Claiborne Parish crash

A Minden man was killed in a single-vehicle crash near Athens Tuesday night. Just after 10 p.m., Louisiana State Police responded to the fatality crash on La. Highway 518 at Old Athens Road. This crash claimed the life of 33-year-old Patrick Halliburton, who was not wearing a seat belt. The...
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Expired license plate evolves into drug, weapon charges

A Dubach man was booked for numerous violations Saturday morning after he was stopped for driving a vehicle with an expired license plate. Sgt. T. Edmiston of the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Department stopped the vehicle on La. Highway 33 after determining the plate registration expired in 2018. The driver, Thomas Shane Otwell, 50, could not produce a driver’s license and a record check showed it was suspended.

Man charged with killing wife’s dog

A Grambling man was arrested for aggravated cruelty to an animal Wednesday after he allegedly shot and killed his wife’s dog. A woman told Lincoln Parish deputies responding to an Igoe Inn Road address that her husband, Tamario S. Taylor, 42, was inside the home with a shotgun and had killed her dog.

Woman arrested on drug charges

A Minden woman was arrested Saturday afternoon after the car she was traveling in was stopped for speeding. A Ruston police officer was monitoring traffic on the Farmerville Highway about 4:00 p.m. Saturday and clocked a vehicle on LIDAR at 51 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone. As the officer stopped the car, the front seat passenger’s head disappeared from view and it appeared the passenger was placing something in the console between the front seats.

Grambling shooting lands two men behind bars, police say

Disclaimer: All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty. GRAMBLING, La. (KTVE/KARD) — On Tuesday, June 21, 2022, at approximately 8:40 AM, Grambling Police received several calls in reference to gunshots near an apartment complex on Green Lane. As officers arrived to the scene, they discovered two damaged apartments and a damaged vehicle due to […]

Kyle Williams officially inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame

MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Former Class 5A Defensive MVP from Ruston High School and All-American as a LSU Tiger, Kyle Williams is now a member of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame. Williams went on to play 13 seasons in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills, earning six Pro Bowl selections. He is currently the defensive coordinator for the Ruston Bearcats.

Louisiana Tech extends women’s basketball coach Brooke Stoehr’s contract

RUSTON, La. – Louisiana Tech VP and Director of Athletics Eric Wood announced today that the University has extended the contract of head women’s basketball coach Brooke Stoehr for an additional two years. Stoehr’s contract now runs through the 2025-26 season. The contract extension is pending approval...

Shots fired in subdivision leads to arrest

A 22-year-old Simsboro male was arrested Tuesday morning after shots were fired at Green Lane Subdivision in Grambling. Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office called Grambling Police Department in reference to shots fired at Green Lane. When the GPD lieutenant arrived, a male witness stated the shooting occurred between apartments 133 and 146.

Grambling state’s track and field athlete Alexavier Monfries advances to the 200m semifinal at the Jamaican nationals

WEST MONROE, La. (KTVE/KARD) — The Jamaica national championship meet took place Saturday afternoon. Grambling state’s track and field athlete Alexavier Monfries who’s competing in his home country of Jamaica Monfries competing in the junior and senior meet ran in the 200 meters, from the block Monfries running in lane 4 coming off a great […]

Louisiana Tech Extends Brooke Stoehr Contract

RUSTON, La (Louisiana Tech Athletics) – Louisiana Tech VP and Director of Athletics Eric Wood announced today that the University has extended the contract of head women’s basketball coach Brooke Stoehr for an additional two years. Stoehr’s contract now runs through the 2025-26 season. The contract extension...

Rapid HIV testing offered in parish on Monday

Monday, June 27 is National HIV Testing Day, and many testing sites will be available on that day and throughout next week. While a full list of the parish health units and their addresses can be found at, Grambling State University will host a testing site from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 27 in the Student Health Center.

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Dr. Kiki Baker Barnes embodies the spirit and legacy of Title IX

Today marks 50 years since the signing of Title IX, which expanded athletic opportunities for females. Dr. Kiki Baker Barnes, a Minden native who went on to star in basketball at UNO, before serving as athletic director at Dillard University for almost 20 years, and is now commissioner of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference, says she is a proud beneficiary of that legislation.

Tioga offensive lineman Hayden Christman commits to Louisiana Tech

TIOGA, La. (KALB) - The 6-foot-7, highly recruited offensive lineman Hayden Christman from Tioga High School committed to further his football career at Louisiana Tech University. He has received many college offers to play football from the University of Louisiana Monroe, Tulane University and McNeese State University, but the Bulldogs...

What new Louisiana Tech football Sonny Cumbie said about Bulldogs quarterback competition

Louisiana Tech football coach Sonny Cumbie is high on Calvary Baptist quarterback Landry Lyddy, but he’s also expecting a heated battle for the top job when practice opens in August. “It will be a good one,” Cumbie said at Thursday’s Bulldog Blitz in Shreveport. “We’ve added Landry Lyddy, Andrew Brister, Lonnie Ratliff and then...

Cyber Discovery Camp provides high school students with hands-on opportunities

Recently, Louisiana Tech University hosted its annual Cyber Discovery Camp on its Ruston campus. Teachers and rising high school sophomores from Little Elm, Mt Carmel Academy, St. Joseph Academy, West Feliciana, and West Monroe High Schools spent the week at Louisiana Tech’s Cyber Discovery Camp on the University’s Ruston campus.