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George Mack remembered

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Longtime LPSB member dedicated to community
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Photo: George Mack served on the Lincoln Parish School Board for 39 years.
The voice of Lincoln Parish School Board member George Mack Sr. will be missed by those he served in district 10, as well as all who knew him.
Mack died on Feb. 22 after a lengthy illness. Visitation is set for 5-8 p.m. today at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church. Services are set for 10 a.m. Wednesday also at the church.
Mack had been on the school board since Jan. 1, 1973, and was the first African-American to serve on the board.

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Hatchett speaks at GSU

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Celebrity judge offers inspiration
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GRAMBLING — Grambling State University and its students got their fair share of celebrity sightings Monday morning when Judge Glenda Hatchett, of the television show “Judge Hatchett” made her way to the campus to speak.
Hatchett spoke as part of Grambling’s Lyceum Series, and T.H. Harris Auditorium was packed full of students and area residents waiting to hear a few words of wisdom from the famed TV judge.
“Today I get the honor of ordering a judge around,” GSU President Frank Pogue joked when talking about Hatchett.

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Union Parish man dead in crash

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A Downsville man has died after being ejected from his vehicle in a Union Parish crash.



Louisiana State Police Troop F Troopers responded to the crash Monday night at about 9:30 p.m. on Louisiana Highway 15 near mile post 158.  
According to a news release from LSP, the investigation revealed that a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee was traveling south on La. 15 when it began to pass a 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee in a no passing zone and a curve.

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Making animals fit into landscapes

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During the last few months I have had a nagging question come up that I had to do some investigation on.
The question was because of a puppy that one of my daughters came home with. She was offered the puppy and then in turn offered it to my wife and me. She knew that we had puppies before and a granddaughter had a little Jack Russell that we enjoyed. It had been sometime since we had a dog, but on and off we have had pets of one kind or another.
Growing up we both had come from families that had pets around them. She asked and in a moment of weakness we both said yes.

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Emory named as Dixie president

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Lynne Gnemi passed the gavel to John Emory Jr. at the Dixie Center for the Arts annual meeting on Feb. 21. After serving two years as president of the arts center, Gnemi has moved to an advisory position. In her remarks at the meeting attended by board members and benefactors, Gnemi thanked everyone for their continued support.
“The contributions of money and time given by those who love the Dixie continues the dream that started many years ago,” Gnemi said. “We have an obligation to carry forward the plans of those who worked diligently to make the Dixie Center of the Arts a reality. When someone gives to the Dixie Center it benefits the lives of many including our priority partners, Ruston Community Theatre, North Central Louisiana Arts Council, Troupe Dixie and Ruston Civic Symphony Society. Additionally, your commitment to keeping the Dixie strong has created a true community theater used by civic groups, schools and other organizations.”

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Parish teams in quarterfinals

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Simsboro, Dubach, Choudrant, NLWS face tests tonight

If Lincoln Parish is to have all four teams survive in the quarterfinal round of the 2012 Louisiana High School Athletic Association boys’ basketball playoffs tonight, it will have to do so under near Herculean-like conditions.
Those four opponents have a combined average of 31.5 victories, with all having won no fewer than 28 games.
Of the last 57 games played by the parish foes, 54 have resulted in wins and two will carry double-digit victory streaks in tonight’s game.

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Taylor’s Topics

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It’s Oscars’ night over a ‘dunk fest’
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Well, it was the choice between the National Basketball Association’s annual All-Star game or the 84th annual Academy Awards on Sunday night, and without a doubt in my mind, I went with the Academy Awards.
While sports are my favorite thing in the world, I cannot bring myself to watch any professional sports’ all-star game. Between the ridiculously over-hyped competitiveness of the game and the complete lack of defense, I really just don’t understand why I am supposed to care.
Let’s take Sunday night’s All-Star game in the NBA for starters. Now I didn’t watch the game, but I did see the highlights. I can honestly say one thing after watching them, too. I thought the dunk contest was Saturday night.

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Simsboro wins own tourney title

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Simsboro High School’s baseball team captured the championship of its own tournament recently with four wins in as many games.
In the title contest, the Tigers blanked Downsville 6-0.
Capsuling the games for Simsboro:
TIGERS 16, FAIR PARK 1: Early lead gives the Simsboro Tigers easy victory over Fair Park, 16-1
The Tigers shut the door early on the Indians. Sixteen runs in the first three innings allowed Simsboro to put the game away early.

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Cage-Bibbs gains career win No. 500

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Patricia Cage-Bibbs joined an exclusive “neighborhood” on Monday night.
There’s not that many coaches in the history of women’s collegiate basketball who have won 500 games, but that’s exactly the company that she belongs now.
With her North Carolina A&T University team defeating Savannah State University 88-74 in Savannah, Ga., Cage-Bibbs reached milestone career victory No. 500.

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Speak up to representatives

In Lincoln Parish, we have five individuals who will be representing our interests in Baton Rouge when the legislative session begins on March 12.
Lincoln Parish was divided into three senate districts after the Census count in 2010, which left us without a majority stake in any of the districts.
Because of this, it is more important than ever for Lincoln Parish residents to make sure that state senators and representatives know how we feel about the issues at hand. Each district is more geographically diverse than it was previously, which means senators have the concerns of voters in other parishes to worry about as well. These men that we have elected to represent us — Rob Shadoin and Patrick Jefferson in the House of Representatives and Rick Gallot, Mike Walsworth and Bob Kostelka in the Senate — can’t do so properly if we do not express our views to them.

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