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October 12th, 2012

Finally here: Tech vs. A&M

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’Dogs, Aggies get it on Saturday night in Shreveport

For Louisiana Tech University’s football team, the work is far from done.
Sure, it’s all nice and good that the Bulldogs are ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, but there’s still seven games to be played.
And one of those finally arrives on the calendar Saturday when the No. 24 Bulldogs tangle with No. 22 Texas A&M at Shreveport’s Independence Stadium.

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GSU: Road test vs. Mississippi Valley

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GRAMBLING — Maybe part of the struggles of Grambling State University’s football team this season simply has to do with demeanor.
“We’ve got a great bunch of guys who are maybe too nice,” sized up Head Coach Doug Williams about the Tigers, who are winless in five overall games and mired at the bottom of the Southwestern Athletic Conference’s Western Division at 0-4. “We need a little more toughness.”
The Tigers will try and upgrade their toughness factor Saturday when they play Mississippi Valley State in a 2 p.m. game at Willie Totten Stadium in Itta Benna.

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American Legion players to be honored

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Members of the T.L. James Contractors team that won a state championship in 1972 and players from all of the city’s American Legion teams through the years will have a reunion on Saturday at the Ruston Country Club. A golf scramble is set for that morning and a supper will be held beginning at 6 p.m. Comprising the 1972 team were (front row) batboy Kenny Henderson (first row, from left) David Tinsley, C.L. Albritton, Randy Rogers, Robert Mitchum, Ricky Russell, Greg Caver, Marshall Napper, Stanley Crawford (back row, from left), Assistant Coach Ronnie Fitzgerald, T.L.

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RHS swimmers win home meet

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Ruston High School swimmers finished first in a 13-team home meet held recently at the Lambright Sports and Wellness Center.
“It was another good performance by our swimmers,” said head coach Paulette Crawford. “We are competing well and our athletes are the results with a number of Top 5 individual finishes.”
The local teams’ next meet will also be at home on Saturday at the Louisiana Tech University Natatorium in the Lambright Sports and Wellness Center. The meet will begin at 10 a.m. Admission: $1.

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Learn about amendments

Every so often, citizens are called upon to make decisions that affect the entire system under which they are governed. Too frequently, it is the small amount of participation at the polls that results in the minority of people making important decisions for the majority. Although reasons differ for not voting, the lack of resources to become educated on the topics should not be one of them.

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Life on Chautauqua Road

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Like the old Brooks and Dunn song, I, too, had my own “Red Dirt Road” growing up in Ruston. I was not old enough to have “wrecked my first car” or “drunk my first beer” on Chautauqua Road, before it was paved, but I can remember when it was red dirt.
I have lived on Chautauqua for 53 of my 64 years on this earth. Sometimes as I walk to my mailbox I wonder if I could find traces of years past, if the asphalt were peeled back.

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Voting differently from parents

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“Whom are you voting for?” “My dad said [insert political figure here] was good, so I guess him.”
This is a dialogue that occurs far too often between young adults, and it is these same young adults who often do not end up at the polls.
Many young adults probably do not realize they may have different beliefs than those their parents hold.

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October 11th

Election choices

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Nine amendments on November ballot

Editor’s note: The following information was provided by the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana. It is the first in a series of articles by PAR that the Daily Leader will print relating to the proposed Constitutional Amendments on the Nov. 6 ballot. Today’s article focuses on Constitutional Amendment No. 1. Articles may be edited for space.
Louisiana voters will be asked to decide nine proposed amendments to the Louisiana Constitution on the Nov. 6 ballot. These proposals were approved by legislators during the 2012 Regular Session. Those receiving a majority vote in the statewide election will be enacted.

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Second Chance Car Show

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A line-up of unique vehicles could be spotted at the North Louisiana Exhibition Center during the Second Chance Car, Truck and Bike Show held this past weekend.
“It’s anything other than your average vehicle on the road. It might be modified by suspension, paint or body modification,” said Josh Burson, vice-president of Southern Attitudz Car Club, which organized the show. “We also have racing cars, hot rods and rat rods, which are vehicles thrown together from random parts — a Heinz 57.”

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Sharecroppers Band to perform

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The Lincoln Parish Library will host award-winning Cajun fiddler Hadley Castille’s Sharecroppers Band, along with Castille’s granddaughter and award-winning Cajun Fiddler Sarah Jayde, at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Library Events Center.
Hadley J. Castille and the Sharecroppers Band offer South Louisiana Cajun fiddle music.
According to his website biography, “Castille’s incredible gift of expression and musical interpretations of turn-of-the-century songs, along with a swing influenced sound captures both heart and soul, and creates an intoxicating blend of both the traditional and contemporary.”

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