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November 18th

Tech, GSU: An historic game

“That makes this game even more unbelievable and exciting for its fans,” said Tech coach Kerry Rupp. “This is a game that Karl Malone (former Tech, NBA star from Summerfield), who grew up in the area, has often talked about that needed to be played and our team and fans are looking forward to it. It’s great for both schools.”
For Rick Duckett, it will also mean his debut as the new coach at Grambling, where he takes over the reigns after having served as an assistant coach at the University of South Carolina.

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Tech, GSU take step forward

Our two parish universities have worked hand in hand for years, even combining to offer collaborative classes, where students from one university attend classes with the students at the other school.
But never before have Lincoln Parish residents been treated to being able to see their two college teams take their friendly rivalry to the floor. Not until tonight.
Both schools have incredibly rich basketball histories. Eddie Robinson is a household name in the United States. Fred Hobdy’s should be.

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Take support of the arts beyond Tour

Communicating the message that Lincoln Parish values and nurtures the arts is key to keeping our talent here. Many residents have been working in recent years to brand Ruston and the parish as a hotspot for artists, and that work must continue.
As Louisiana Tech University moves forward with its Enterprise Campus and invests in the tech economy here, that work must be balanced by a creative outlet.

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Grambling awaits ruling

McCallum heard arguments from both sides and is reviewing the case. He is expected to announce his findings sometime this week.
“Both sides appeared before Judge McCallum and presented their case,” Grambling City Councilman Edward Jones said. “Now we just have to wait for his decision.”
Grambling’s city government has faced much infighting during the past year, but tempers seemed to cool in June as both parties agreed to a compromise to settle a lawsuit filed by the council on May 16. McCallum heard the lawsuit and requested both parties work out their differences.

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November 17th

Spotlight shines on creativity

“This event is always scheduled around a Louisiana Tech home game because we’re hoping to attract patrons from out of town, too,” Waters said. “A lot of times the games are at night, so wives bring out their husbands to the tour and then they go to the football game that night. This time Tech had a day game, so we have a lot of women from places like Texas, Monroe, Shreveport and El Dorado that have husbands out at the football stadium while they take the art tour. We had a pretty good crowd with cooler weather.

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’Dogs outlast Aggies

“That’s huge and a great honor, but we’ve still got two games remaining and we want to win both of them,” said junior running back Daniel Porter. “It means a lot for the program to know it is eligible for a bowl game, but it’s more important right now to take each game as they get here and go from there.”
The Bulldogs’ next mission: win for a second straight time on the road Nov. 22 when they play New Mexico State in Las Cruces, site of an embarrassing 50-23 loss in the final game of the 2006 season.

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An afternoon walk is good for the soul

About three months ago, I started taking Casey the dog on a walk every day after work. I realize this may not sound like anything worth mentioning, much less dedicating precious newspaper ink to, but I assure you it is.

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Schools need our attention

The administrators, teachers, support staff, students and parents affiliated with the school should all take a moment to pat themselves on the back. They have achieved a rare accomplishment in the competitive and ever-evolving world of public education.
The five-star label, which only 10 schools in all of Louisiana can claim, also comes with some responsibility. Not only are the educators at A.E. Phillips challenged to maintain the high level of performance they’ve proven they can achieve. They are also in a position to reach out to other Lincoln Parish schools that are struggling.

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Tales of an Arts Tour vendor

As it happened, I was virtually two places at once because my husband, Trey, was also a tour vendor, selling his screen-printed T-shirts just a holler away at The Fashion. We phoned one another periodically for foot traffic reports and to trade stories. From where we were located, the Friday night tour started off slowly, and I held my breath momentarily for fear that there wouldn’t be a crowd. But my anxiety was unfounded as when the first rabble of raring-to-go shoppers arrived, a steady flow of visitors followed for the remainder of the night. Saturday brought a constant stream as well.

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Get informed to help protect children

The first step is to recognize that the undesirable aspects of the Web can be easily accessed by kids. Despite the many arrests made and the publicized online sting operations targeting online predators, there are still people out there looking to take advantage of unsuspecting kids.
Prevention is the best cure for this problem. If we safeguard our computers and monitor kids’ usage, hopefully we can keep dangerous Internet users from contacting them.

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