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January 20th, 2014

ADA Belton shares his family’s Civil Rights role

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Local NAACP holds annual banquet
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The 2014 Annual Freedom Fund Banquet for the Lincoln Parish Branch of the NAACP was held Saturday night at Mt. Harmony Baptist Church.
Guest speaker for the event was Lincoln Parish Assistant District Attorney John F. Belton. He was introduced by his wife, Alana Belton.
“John received home training from his father,” she said. “His father taught him many things, and he has in turn taught me discipline.”
John Belton said residents in attendance were living the dream of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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GSU observes MLK Day

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GRAMBLING — Grambling State University campus ministries and the Favrot Student Union Board will host a Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at 5 p.m. today.
Main speaker Alana Belton is a prominent attorney and businesswoman in Monroe, West Monroe and Ruston. She and her husband, attorney John Belton, operate Belton and Belton, a Ruston-based law firm.

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Burn ban in effect

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LPFD fights six grass, wood fires over weekend

After responding to six woods and grass fires, two of which burned more than 30 acres, the Lincoln Parish Fire District No. 1 has issued a burn ban.
Capt. Dustin St. Andre said after responding to such a large number of calls, the department decided to issue a burn ban.

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Police: Woman hit in head with iron in self defense

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A Ruston woman faces aggravated second-degree battery charges today after she allegedly hit her niece in the head with a coffee mug and then attacked her with a kitchen knife.
Darlene Gray, of 617 Jackson Ave., was arrested on Sunday morning by Ruston police following an argument with her niece. According to the arrest affidavit, the argument apparently stemmed from the niece’s refusal to tell Gray “what was wrong,” according to the arrest affidavit.

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Environment, health expert to speak at Tech

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Dr. Louis J. Guillette, professor of obstetrics and gynecology and director of the Marine Biomedicine and Environmental Sciences Center at the Medical University of South Carolina, will present two lectures on Jan. 27 in Louisiana Tech’s University Hall as a part of the “New Frontiers in Biomedical Research: Impacts on Health and Society” seminar series.

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Hilburn: A voice to women DART serves

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In a matter of days, our community has lost two icons; leaders and gentlemen who helped to shape the culture and direction of this part of the state.
Last week, DART honored the life and memory of Mickey McHale.
This week, with heavy hearts, we join literally thousands of people in saying goodbye to Wiley Hilburn, journalist, storyteller, professor and friend.

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Pet of the week

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Meet Grace. She recently got to go on an outing and it turns out this beautiful girl appears to have a love of children. Grace has a great, happy personality and lots of energy. Her brindle legs show off her beauty and her dark brown coloring. She is walks well with a leash. She would make a great only pet. She came to 4 Paws as a pup and is around 3 years old. As one of their longest staying rescues, 4 Paws would love to see Grace get a loving home. Her adoption fee is $65. Call 251-DOGS for more information. Come see all of the dogs at 290 Rodeo Road. The office is open from 10 a.m.

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Beta Sigma Phi, Eta Omicron Chapter host fall fundraiser

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TOP: Jackie Smith, Rosy Bromell and Diana Zumwalt are shown presenting a $100 Super 1 shopping card to David Witt, this year’s winner.
Below: The second annual Beta Sigma Phi, Eta Omicron Chapter golf tournament was held at Ruston Country Club in November. Shown below are this year’s participants, relaxing after playing golf and enjoying a catered barbecue dinner.

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Southern Miss downs ’Dogs

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Louisiana Tech suffers first Conference USA loss on road, 80-71
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HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Coming into Reed Green Coliseum, a place where Louisiana Tech’s outstanding 2012-13 season came to end, the Bulldogs knew they had to shoot better against the vaunted Southern Miss zone.
Tech did that on Sunday afternoon, connecting on 45 percent of its shots from the field and nine 3-pointers. But the University of Southern Mississippi repeated its dominance inside with 46 points in the paint that helped give the Golden Eagles an 80-71 home win.

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GSU teams to host doubleheader vs. Prairie View A&M tonight

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Grambling State’s basketball teams return to Southwestern Athletic Conference action tonight as they play host to Prairie View A&M in doublehader action starting with the women’s game at 5:30 p.m. in the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center followed by the men’s contest. Dominque Patrick (20) and the Lady Tigers stand at 6-10 overall and 3-2 in the SWAC while A’Torri Shine (1) and the Tigers are 1-13 and 0-5.

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