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May 20th

Grambling begins SWAC play

They’re all 0-0 right now.
“The best thing about being in postseason play is that everybody starts out the same,” said GSU coach Barrett Rey. “Everybody has the same chance to win the tournament.”
The Tigers (14-35, 10-13) began tournament today with a noon battle against Jackson State (35-19, 5-9), the No. 2 seeded squad for the Eastern Division. Grambling is the No. 3 seeded club for the Western Division.
Action began this morning with No. 3 Eastern Division seed Alcorn State (25-17, 12-9) meeting No. 2 West seeded Arkansas-Pine Bluff (20-23, 13-11).

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It feels good to be back home

Upon turning around, I see two elderly men staring at me with mean, unhappy and cantankerous looks on their faces.
I could think of only one thing to ask.
“Shouldn’t you be up on the balcony heckling the Muppets?”
(OK, I didn’t ask that question — my mama always told me to respect my elders)
According to these two men, it was time for me and my co-worker to remove ourselves from our seats.

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Stay vigilant to keep kids safe online

Unwitting children can quickly become victims if they don’t know what to do to protect themselves.
National statistics show that one in seven kids between the ages of 10 and 17 have received a sexual solicitation online. One in three have experienced unwanted exposure to sexual material on the Internet.
Sheriff Mike Stone offers these tips to keep children safe online:
• Put the computer in a common area where you can see what your children are doing online.
• Spend time online with your child and establish rules for Internet use.

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School test scores out

That means residents will know later this week whether Lincoln Parish students’ test scores surpassed or fell below the overall state average. Once the statewide results are released, residents also will know how Lincoln Parish students’ performance compares with students in previous years.
“We cannot release any information until Wednesday because the state superintendent (Paul Pastorek) has put an embargo on information until then,” Doss said.
Pastorek is scheduled to issue a statement on the test results sometime Wednesday, she said.

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May 19th

Choudrant sets events for Saturday in the park

So far, Sanderson said about seven teams have either signed up or are planning to sign up for the quarter-mile Outhouse Derby, which will be double elimination and take place in downtown Choudrant. During the derby, the outhouses will be driven forward by gravity, after up to two individuals push the competitors 40 feet before letting them loose downhill.

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Tech, GSU: Tourney time

In Birmingham, Ala., beginning at noon Wednesday, the Tigers (14-35, 10-13) have a first-round assignment against Jackson State (35-19, 15-9) in the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament.
“You just want to keep your season going as long as you can now,” said GSU coach Barrett Rey. “Every game you play from here on is a bonus for your players and program.”
The two Lincoln Parish teams wrapped up their regular seasons this past weekend.

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Poultry plant decision due

After a long ordeal of wheeling and dealing behind closed doors to bring about a deal Pilgrim’s Pride finally tentatively accepted, the bankruptcy court’s decision is expected to be in the affirmative.
The completed deal won’t come a second too soon. The closure of the poultry plant led the way to a 30 percent jump in initial claims for unemployment benefits last week in Louisiana, the Louisiana Workforce Commission said.

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Partnership gives students opportunity

The shock of the new university setting coupled with more intense classes and higher expectations can challenge some new college freshmen. For many students, having the chance to experience these types of classes while still in high school will allow the transition to a university to be that much smoother.
Some Ruston High students already are taking dual-enrollment classes on their own campus through the school’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program, known as STEM.

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Teacher wins trip to ‘American Idol’ contest

The kindergarten teacher secured her tickets and expense-paid trip to the championship episode by answering a question about the show correctly and then winning a raffle drawing in a trivia contest hosted by Fox 14 TV and 98.3 FM radio.

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May 18th

Tech women win WAC title

Featured in the title performance were eight first-place finishes and a 21.5-point advantage over its closest competitor.
Tech also had the co-women’s Coach of the Year winner in Gary Stanley, who had won the award outright for the league’s indoor competition, and the Bulldogs’ Albert Fullwood was chosen as the men’s Track Performer of the Year.
In the men’s division, Tech had a third place finish for the third straight year, ending with 130 points and only points shy of a runner-up position.’

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