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December 16th

Spears, GSU enjoy success

Following the 2005 campaign, Spears had a 6-5 record while working in an interim basis.
A shocking 24-13 victory over rival Southern University in the “Bayou Classic” put him among the front runners to be considered for the permanent job, but there were numerous other candidates as well.
In the end, school officials opted to retain Spears and have him carry the role of head coach with an official title.
Good thing.
What the native of Clinton and graduate of Alcorn State University has achieved over the past several months is nothing short of amazing.

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The Leader is back online

Since the summer the site had been down due to maintenance upgrades and the implementation of a new site. However, we are back — and better than ever.
While not as thorough as our paper edition, our Web site (www.rustonleader.com) will be updated several times a week with key news and sports stories, along with editorials and editorial columns such as this one.
There are many schools of thought about Web sites or online editions to a newspaper.

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Interstate drug busts on the rise

Since Dec. 1, area law enforcement agencies have combined for a total of seven arrests for cultivating or carrying large amounts of marijuana.
Topping the list was the arrest of Jamal Thompson, 32, of Atlanta, Ga., and Jacoby Charmont Mixon, 42, of Cerritos, Calif., who were stopped by Lincoln Parish Narcotics Enforcement Team (LPNET) agents. They were driving a large bus estimated at $1.3 million in value and were carrying 647 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $647,000.

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GSU football needs to go independent

Leave.
Get out.
Bolt.
Whatever, just move on to what can be many more opportunities and even more national exposure for one of America’s most successful and famous athletic teams.
With all due apologies to the 10-member league and the long standing relationship that the school has had with the conference, but it would behoove Grambling to be an independent football program.
Remain within the NCAA’s Division 1-AA ranks, but break away from any ties to the SWAC.

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Techsters stop Grambling 84-55

Louisiana Tech University was trailing Grambling State 35-34 at halftime of an historic, first-ever meeting between the two Lincoln Parish schools at the Thomas Assembly Center on Saturday night.
Midway through the opening half, the Lady Techsters (4-2) were up by 11 (20-9).
But back came the Lady Tigers (3-2) on runs of 10-1 and 12-2 to move to within five points (32-27), then deadlock the score at 33-all with 43.7 seconds to play.

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Body type wins production role

My wife Susan and I go to First Baptist Church in West Monroe and are active participants in the choir. This year, our Christmas production is titled “A Time For Christmas.” It follows the life of a young man (Bill) as he learns the true meaning of Christmas and what it means for all of those who believe in Christ.
The drama gives snippets of Christmas celebrations from the time of Christ’s birth in Bethlehem through today. Of course, any story that tells the tale of Christmas has to include Jolly Ole St. Nick.

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Jury, CVB need to find compromise

A portion of the park’s funding has traditionally come from a percentage of the hotel-motel sales tax collected by the CVB. The 1 percent total contributed by the CVB was agreed to in return for the Police Jury’s support of the tax in the mid-1980s — at the time a 3 percent tax.
The agreement has been honored for the past two decades and the park has flourished. The Police Jury and the CVB partnership has worked well and the results are an asset to this community.

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Hospital layoffs come at trying time

The cuts come at a time when most people are more focused on gift-giving than job-hunting.
Whenever job loss occurs, it can be a traumatic experience. When that job loss comes a little more than two weeks before Christmas, the elements for depression can be set in motion.
Tony Young, the interim associate dean for Graduate Studies and Research in the College of Education at Louisiana Tech University, said depression depends on many things, including exterior circumstances and an individual’s personality.

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December 9th

48 Hours Mystery to feature murder trial

Sims, a Louisiana Tech University English teacher, was murdered in January 2003. Her body was discovered in a remote area of the Jackson/Bienville Wildlife Reserve about five weeks later. Her lover, Wayne Joseph Guidry Jr., was convicted of the murder in Claiborne Parish on Thursday.
“We’ll be working on this for at least the next 30 days, and we anticipate this will get on the air sometime in March or April,” Peter VanSant, a correspondent with the show, said. “We don’t have a firm air date yet.”
VanSant said the murder and subsequent trial fits all the criteria for the show.

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Jury finds Guidry guilty of murder

Wayne Joseph Guidry Jr. was accused of killing Stephanie Pepper Sims on Jan. 5, 2003, by shooting her one time in the chest, then dumping her body in a hole on the Jackson/Bienville Wildlife Reserve. Sims’ body was discovered Feb. 13 by a massive law-enforcement search party after the location was tipped off to authorities by Guidry’s father.
Prosecutor Hugo A. Holland Jr., assistant district attorney for the 1st Judicial District sex crimes unit in Caddo Parish, said Guidry’s father’s testimony was vital.

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