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May 27th, 2017

GSU women get ‘big’ signee

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GRAMBLING — The Grambling State Lady Tigers went big earlier this week as Pasadena (California) City College center Kailyn Gideon signed to continue her basketball career at GSU.
The 6-3 Gideon, who didn’t start playing basketball until she was in her teens, attended three different high schools before joining PCC for the 2015-16 season.
Gideon was a defensive force for the Lancers, being named an All-South Coast Conference North Division Second Team selection as a sophomore.

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Dunkin’ Dogs bolster frontcourt

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Tech signs 6-10 Kyle McKinley from JC ranks
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Louisiana Tech’s frontcourt received some more depth on Friday as head coach Eric Konkol announced the signing of junior college center Kyle McKinley.
McKinley, at 6-foot-10 and 220 pounds, redshirted his freshman year at the University of Albany and then transferred to Northeast Community College where he spent one season.

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Williams Brothers Basketball Program looking for athletes

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The Williams Brothers Basketball Program, a nonprofit organization sponosring AAU youth basketball teams, is looking to expand its growing roster. The program started five years ago but now consists of nine teams: fifth, sixth, seventh, eight and ninth grade boys teams and sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth/10th grade girls squads. Families looking for more information or to join the program directed by brothers Reginald, Rory and Ryan Williams should call Rory Williams at 318-243-2560 or Reginald Williams at 757-8698-9826.

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Tech Athletics makes grade with impressive APR scores

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In the NCAA’s most recent Academic Progress Rates (APR) released earlier this month, all 16 of Louisiana Tech’s Division I sanctioned programs remained penalty-free with four of those programs recording a perfect 1,000 single year APR score.
Women’s Cross Country, Bowling, Soccer and Tennis all recorded a perfect single year rate, the most since the 2012-13 academic year. The Lady Techsters soccer and tennis programs also recorded their highest ever multi-year rates at 981 and 983, respectively.

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Bream fishing a lifetime pursuit

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Recently, I was driving over some old familiar territory, Highway 156 between Creston and Goldonna. A couple of miles out of Creston, there is a high hill but before the hill, there is an area where the road dips low for a few hundred yards.
I slowed as I hit the low area, remembering a time when as a boy, this stretch of road, now paved but then gravel, would be covered in spring from high water as nearby Black Lake overflowed.

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Local couple celebrates golden anniversary

Joe and Suzanne Rainer, of Ruston, celebrated their 50-year wedding anniversary Saturday at the Ruston Country Club with friends and family. The couple have one daughter, Haley Rainer Holder, and her husband, Dominik Holder. They also have one grandchild, E.J. Holder. The couple wed June 3, 1967.

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Remembrance is a gift from God

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Tomorrow, our nation will celebrate Memorial Day as we take time to remember those who have literally given their lives to serve our nation. Men and women, fathers and mothers, sons and daughters who signed up, served, and sacrificed. The idea of memorializing those who have died is an ancient tradition, for there is great power in “remembrance.” It helps us to stay connected to our past, to be grateful for our blessings and to hope that we, too, might leave a legacy of noble character to our children. It is also an idea that is found throughout Scripture.

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Ruston Community Theater announces cast

The Ruston Community Theater has announced the cast for its second junior musical, “The Lion King, Junior.”
Show dates are June 20 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., June 21 at 2 p.m. and June 22 at 7 p.m.
Anna Katherine Thompson will play the part of Rafiki; Donovan Turpin, Mufasa; Rebekah Heiden, Sarabi; and John Davis Vessel, Zazu.

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Church News: May 28, 2017

ASSEMBLY OF GOD
First Assembly of God
“Living in the Spirit” class is at 9:45 a.m. Sundays. Children’s church is at 10:45 a.m. Nursery through age 3 is provided at 10:45 a.m. Sundays, by request on Sunday night and at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
BAPTIST
Calvary
Bible study classes begin at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Worship is also held at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Men’s prayer breakfast begins at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. Wednesday prayer services are at 6:30 p.m.
China Grove Missionary

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May 26th

Burglary suspects face more charges

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More charges have been added to list of those faced by two adults and one juvenile in reference to a recent rash of vehicle burglaries in the parish.
Jamario Montreal Smith, 18, of 500 South Barnett Springs Road, in Ruston, now faces 22 counts of burglary, while Emerion Holland, 17, of 141 Bennett Rd., in Grambling, now faces seven counts of burglary.
Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested Smith, Holland and three juveniles on Tuesday. One of the juveniles is also now charged with 22 counts of burglary.

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