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Kittens fall at Jonesboro-Hodge

It lived up to the hype, as the Tigers (8-1) held off a feisty Grambling squad to gain an 85-76 victory.
Coaches from Grambling State, Louisiana-Lafayette and Northwestern State were on hand to scout Jonesboro’s Drew Prestley and Grambling’s Elijah Millsap and Devin White.
All three of the stars delivered.
Prestley scored 20 points in the second half and the 6-5 guard finished with 30 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks. Whenever the Tigers needed a big bucket or key rebound, it was Prestley that stepped up.

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Bicknell, Oakes discuss contract, future plans

Then what?
That’s exactly what the former Boston College offensive lineman and university athletic director Jim Oakes will be discussing today.
The two will gather for a meeting to talk about the future and where the NCAA Division 1-A and Western Athletic Conference affiliated program is headed.
Bicknell will go into his eighth season as the Bulldogs’ commander in 2006 after having sent this year’s club to a 7-4 record and share of third place in the league.

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Pearl Harbor remains vivid memory

Ruston resident Ed Rolf still remembers being rudely awakened by the sounds of bombs exploding.
Rolf was stationed at Scoffield Barracks, 15 miles from Pearl Harbor. He had been up most of the night guarding the flight line at Wheeler Field, a fighter-plane base adjacent to Scoffield Barracks.
But shortly after “hitting the sack,” Rolf was awakened by the sounds of war.

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Pet owners prepare for winter

Bonnie Brackin, a veterinarian technician with All Creatures Animal Hospital, located at 2005 Farmerville Highway, said people need to watch the weather — and their furry friends.
“If it’s freezing or below freezing, they need to bring their pets inside,” Brackin said. “Before that time, if a pet has acclimated to the weather, a lot of people will put hay out for them to warm up, and they need to stay out of the wind.”
Pet owner Michelle Langian said her dog Duke is accustomed to the cold weather, though she always makes sure he stays warm.

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Always remember Pearl Harbor

The surprise attack had been conceived by Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto. The strike force of 353 Japanese aircraft was led by Commander Mitsuo Fuchida. There had been no formal declaration of war.
The following day President Franklin Delano Roosevelt said, “Yesterday, December 7, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan ...”
Those words prompted Congress to declare war and signaled America’s entry into World War II.

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Attack on freedom still alive in U.S.

Sixty-four years later, that day remains a rallying cry for Americans. That “greatest” generation poured the blood of its young over such far away places as Okinawa, Tarawa, Bastogne and Verdun to secure our freedom. In the end, those brave warriors were successful, and we are the beneficiaries.
Today, our freedoms are again under attack. Once again, we were attacked on our home soil — this time in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. And once again, our nation has responded.

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Tulane award right on mark

When the Football Writers Association of America recently submitted ballots for the winner of its 2005 “Courage Award”, all markers pointed in the direction of Tulane University.
After what the Green Wave suffered through and endured during its recently completed season, how could they not be the recipient?
The program displaced from its campus in New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina was an overwhelming choice to receive the honor which is annually presented to the team that shows perseverance through tough times and overcoming adversity.

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Experience hometown Christmas

I am getting excited about this upcoming Saturday. Not because it’s a day off of work — because, for me, it isn’t — or because it’s a game day — because I won’t be going to any athletic event. Instead, as soon as the pages are laid out for the paper, I will be jumping in my car with my husband and traveling a few miles down the road to the village of Choudrant to see a green winter wonderland.
This year, Choudrant is hosting its first Christmas in the Village, which may very possibly turn into an annual event.

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No bowl, but a good year

Granted, it’s a major disappointment after the super way in which the Bulldogs’ squad closed out this 2005 season on Friday night.
Despite being a three-touchdown underdog in some circles, Tech hammered top 25 ranked Fresno State 40-28 at the California school’s home field.
But even with that impressive win, one of the biggest in school history, the Bulldogs will be remaining at home during the soon-to-be-busy bowl season.
On Sunday evening, the final bowl matchups were announced and Tech was a “no show.”

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Recent death signals need for change

The young man was walking home following an evening of drinking alcoholic beverages at one of the establishments on the Service Road. He told friends he would walk home to avoid a potential arrest for driving while intoxicated.
He was then struck by an automobile driven by an employee of the same establishment. The police report of the incident said the employee had nearly three times the amount of alcohol in his system allowed by Louisiana law.

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