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08/29/2016 - 11:26am
Former Ruston High School football coach Billy Laird, who passed away last summer, was honored Saturday with a Bayou Jamb Lifetime Achievement Award. Pictured is Billy Laird’s widow Brenda picking up the award with Former Bearcat Bobby Williams, center, and Laird’s son Brad, right, current head...
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08/29/2016 - 11:30am
O.K. “Buddy” Davis never scored a touchdown, made a tackle, swung a bat or pulled down a rebound, but his prominent place in the history of north Louisiana sports is secure. As the executive sports editor of the Ruston Daily Leader, Davis has worked tirelessly to bring national attention to...
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08/29/2016 - 11:36am
Grambling State University Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Ellen D. Smiley has named new deans at two of the university’s colleges. Smiley said the moves are aimed at strengthening the institution’s academic offerings while seeking creative approaches to help the colleges,...
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08/28/2016 - 12:43am
The animal rights organization PETA is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for help in nabbing the person who taped a dog’s mouth shut. The dog was found Tuesday near Grambling after a nearly 12-hour hunt by volunteers, parish sheriff’s deputies and the area rescue group Passionate for Pups. The...
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08/28/2016 - 12:45am
An artist’s life is not always easy. Sarah Albritton is proof of that. When she was young, her mother, feeling she could not raise Albritton and her sisters, left them with various family members. Albritton ended up with her uncle, helping out and going to school. When she was 9, she began her...

Announcements

Edwin and Pat Davis, of Ruston, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary next month. They were married Sept. 2, 1966 at Grace Methodist Church. The couple will celebrate later in the month with a family dinner. They have four daughters, Kim Branch (Kenny); Kelly Plunk (David); Karen Garrett (...
Wayne “Jug” Martin and Joyce Williamson Martin, of Ruston, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. The couple were wed Aug. 27, 1966. They have three children, Matt Martin (Brandi), Marsha Martin and Mandy Ford (Scott). They also have five grandchildren: Marissa Ford, Chandler Ford,...

Sports

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Louisiana Tech and Arkansas State came into Sunday with the all-time series tied and it ended up staying that way as the two teams played to...

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MONROE — Ruston High School must have felt like it hit the jackpot Saturday as the Bearcats blasted West Ouachita 20-0 in game three of Bayou...

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HOMER — Cedar Creek School was able to give its younger players some much-needed work while playing a pair of games Friday night at the...

Editorials

It was quite the journey for Robert “Demp” Smith. The former Lincoln High School football coach became the first African American to lead Ruston High School’s football team...
Here are the facts: Lincoln Parish covers 472 square miles with a population of almost 47,000 people. There are 15,235 households in the parish, with close to 10 percent of...