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December 16th

Consider adoption this Christmas

Many children — and a few adults, too — have whispered in Santa’s ear this holiday season that the thing they’d most like to see under the tree on Christmas morning is a furry friend.
Numerous studies across the years have proven that owning a pet has many benefits including encouraging owners to have a healthier lifestyle, helping with asthma and allergies and helping individuals live longer. Adding in the loving relationship brought on by pet ownership, there are lots of reasons that individuals might consider expanding their family this year.

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Future looking a little brighter

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Anyone worried about the state of our youth and the future they’ll lead us to should have been at last week’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post monthly meeting.
It seems our future might be brighter than we think if some of the shining lights presented during that meeting continue on their paths to success.

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December 14th

G-Men downed at Arizona State

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Grambling falls to 0-4 in first game played since Nov. 20

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Shaquielle McKissic took a rough road to Arizona State.
On Saturday, in the Sun Devils’ 97-55 rout of Grambling State, he gave a hint of the kind of talent he can bring.
McKissic scored a season-high 19 points, including 3 of 3 3-pointers, in just 19 minutes on the court. Overall, he made six of eight shots.

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Lady Tigers to tangle with SFA

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Senior forward Victoya Ricks and the Grambling State Lady Tigers take to the road today to play a 2 p.m. contest at Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches, Texas. GSU stands at 2-4 while SFA is 3-5. Last season at Grambling, SFA lost 64-63 as the Lady Tigers made a layup with two seconds remaining to get the victory. The Lady Tigers are led by Joanna Miller. The guard was chosen as the 2013-14 SWAC Preseason Player of the Year. In her last game, she posted 16 points at Texas Tech, hitting 7-of-15 from the field. Miller did not play at Kansas State in GSU’s last game on Nov. 7.

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Saints have Super swagger for deep run

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Usually in this Sunday Morning column, we wind up our offerings with a Random Thoughts section or, if you will, a variety of sports items.
Today, you will be served up with a full plate.
Super Saints: I will go record right now.
The Saints will be in the.Super Bowl.
They’ve gotten their bad game (against Seattle) out of the way. They’ve learned about their weak spots.
Now, the guys from the Big Easy are ready to kick some butt.
Witness their impressive win over the Carolina Panthers recently.

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Farmers take state

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Union Parish outlasts Livonia in double overtime
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NEW ORLEANS — It seemed the odds — the numbers — were in Union Parish High School’s favor Friday night as the Farmers battled Livonia for the Louisiana High School Athletic Association football championship in the Mercedes Benz Superdome.
Last May, the Farmers experienced the tragic death of junior Jaleel Gipson, who died days after breaking his neck during a spring football workout.
On Friday night, they proudly carried his No. 33 jersey around the Superdome floor, hoisting it high in the air in celebration of the 33-27 double overtime win they had just pulled off.

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Cold shooting dooms ’Dogs

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Tech falls 70-55 to No. 7 Oklahoma State in All-College Classic
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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.— Despite holding Oklahoma State to 20 points less than its season average, cold shooting doomed Louisiana Tech as the Bulldogs fell to the No. 7 ranked Cowboys, 70-55, in the All-College Classic inside the Chesapeake Arena.
Tech (8-3) ended the game 21-of-64 (32.8) from the field with only six makes coming in the first half.
Being undersized at nearly every position, the Bulldogs were able to find some open looks from the perimeter, but the shots were not falling. From 3-point range, Tech hit on only 6-of-26 (23.1 percent) of its shots.

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LPPJ takes care of business

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Budgets adopted during meeting

The Lincoln Parish Police Jury officially adopted its 2013 amended budget and 2014 proposed budgets during Tuesday’s monthly meeting at the Lincoln Parish Courthouse.
A total of $15,527,293 was tabbed as the estimated expenditures, revenue and other financing uses for 2013 while the LPPJ adopted a proposed budget of $15,353,335 for 2014.
Also adopted were the 2013 amended and 2014 proposed budgets for the Humanitarian Enterprises of Lincoln Parish.

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Santa Claus comes to town

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The annual Grambling Christmas Parade rolled through Saturday as area residents flocked to the streets to join in on the holiday celebration. Pictured is Santa Claus throwing candy to spectators. Following the parade, Santa and his helpers passed out bags of fruit and candy to attendees at the Grambling Community Center.

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Eyeing judgeship

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Two additional candidates confirmed
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Two more Ruston attorneys have throw their hats into the ring for the Third Judicial District Division B judge’s seat, and two others say they’re eyeing the race.
Mike Coyle and Ty Storms, both Republicans, said they’ll be candidates for the seat to be vacated next year by retiring Judge Wayne Smith.
“I’ve gotten to the point in my life where I think this is what I want to do. It’s still involving the law, but in a different way,” Coyle said.
“I fully intend to run. I’m going to qualify,” Storms said.

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