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February 8th

Lyons’ den unveiled at Grambling

From shiny plaques and tall trophies, to newspaper clippings with bold headlines proclaiming another state or district championship for the Kittens, the room barely had any empty space left after all of the items were displayed. On the wall, in cases and surrounded by glossy photographs of the numerous GHS teams that the Grambling State University graduate has guided through the years.

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Blood giving in the red for parish

We should all hope that a situation like that doesn’t arise. The guilt we feel when we read articles that proclaim such red alerts for our local blood supply is well founded.
Instead of just thinking about it, go out and donate.
As a parish that prides itself on its generosity and thoughtfulness when it comes to others, it’s beyond belief that the situation would arise in the first place.
Blood donation has fallen by the wayside with the hustle of daily life and the concerns of politics, business, school and myriad other distractions.

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Drive-thru mentality spreads

Video games, Xbox and Wii promise virtual realities that bear uncanny resemblance to our own. Cell phones are as commonplace as Social Security numbers; however, the latter may fade into obscurity faster than the Taco Bell Chihuahua declared “Yo Quiero!” Reality has become a television show, with personal and disturbing invitations into strangers’ intimate lives, so that we may identify, or live through their experiences in addition to — or heaven forbid — replacing our own.

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Art gallery opens downtown

The desire to help local artists, to have a studio from which to work and his mom, artist Lisa Clark’s, wish to have a place to sell her jewelry and ceramics, gave way to the inception of Thousand Words.
Clark quickly found that working from a two-bedroom house was challenging.
“I needed a place to photograph,” he said. “I had gotten a lot of equipment. I just needed more space.”
Clark, who has done product shots for local artists, believes the gallery will be helpful in presenting unknown artists’ work to the public.
“I’d like to sell work for people,” he said.

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February 7th

Presidential primaries Saturday

n’t have a nominee. Most people expected the race to be more or less over by now.”
On Tuesday, candidates bit their nails as 13 states held nomination votes across the nation, including big-ticket locales like California and New York. Many expected clear winners after Tuesday.
That is not the case. With the Democratic nomination requiring 2,025 delegates to seal up, Barack Obama trails Hillary Clinton 960-1045.
The battle ahead will likely be long for the Illinois senator trying to become the first black president and the woman with her sights set on being the first in that role.

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Bulldogs emphasize quality

Maybe even some magical potion to make sure everything works out just perfectly once the NCAA’s National Signing Day shows up on the calendar.
Because then, anything can happen and usually does.
Consider Louisiana Tech University’s 2008 recruiting class, which was officially announced on Wednesday and numbered 16.
It was several players who weren’t on the list handed out to the media and an estimated 250 high noon luncheon fans at the Charles Wyly Athletic Center who prompted the most queries, among them being national “Super Sleeper” Bret Jefcoat out of the Mississippi prep ranks.

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Parish faces promise of growth spurt

As Louisiana Tech University invests in its Research Campus and strengthens the bond between research and business, more entrepreneurs and their families will look to relocate to Lincoln Parish.
The developing Cyber Innovation Center at Barksdale Air Force Base and its collaboration with Tech also will bring an influx of professionals to our area.
While this is exactly the type of growth the parish should encourage, it also comes with great responsibility.

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Life lessons revived via text

She presents stories of success such as “Gifted Hands,” about Ben Carson, a frustrated black youth from inner-city Detroit who became a doctor, and “Life in Prison,” about former gang member and death row inmate Stanley Williams, to show how peer influences can propel a person down the wrong path.
“The response from the students has been great,” Ashley said. “Some of them think about jail and how at 9 years of age Williams thought it was great to hear older boys talk about prison and wanted to go there.”

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Faithful mark start of Lent

Catholics abstain from meat on the seven Fridays of the Lenten season.
Good Friday, the Friday preceding Easter, marks the day of Christ’s crucifixion.
Lent is also a time many people give up some enjoyable habit or activity and replace it with spiritual pursuits. It is widely observed in Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox religions and in some Protestant denominations like the Episcopal Church.
The Rev. Gary Bernhardt, pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Ruston, said the period began as a retreat time for those who were entering service with the church.

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February 6th

Tech, GSU: SigTech, GSU: Signing day arrivesning day arrives

Tech’s early morning group of signees helped relieve some of the disappointment resulting from three earlier commitments opting to play at other schools.
Players who switched from earlier verbals with Tech were quarterback Bret Jefcoat to the University of Southern Mississippi, offensive lineman Nick Chartain, also to the Golden Eagles’ Conference USA squad and athlete Ed “Bud” Patterson to Texas Christian University.

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