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August 29th, 2013

Men standing strong

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Ten community leaders have joined forces to kick off a new initiative for Domestic Abuse Resistance Team. The founding members of "Men Standing Strong" — men who make a public stand against domestic violence and pledge their support to DART in its efforts provide support to families struggling with abuse — met this week at Community Trust Bank. Randy Ewing, Rev. Thomas Kennedy, Rusty Woodard, Dr.

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Change in schedule

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For high school students in Lincoln Parish, the school day typically involves seven different classes with seven different teachers and seven different sets of expectations. This year, however, Simsboro High School students will only have to deal with only four classes each day.
Ricky Durrett, principal of the K-12 school, explained that the school’s oldest students are now on a 4-by-4 block schedule. They will take four 90-minute classes each semester with a switch at half term.

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GSU hires, promotes officers

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Grambling State University is making history yet again.
Wednesday marked the induction and promotion of several officers employed by the GSU Police Department.
In May 2013, GSU hired Willy Bell, a retired police chief from North Carolina, as a consultant to come in to revamp and restructure the entire department.
“All of the guys we have hired have past experience,” Bell said. “I won’t go home until we have hired everyone to fill out the new structure we have designed.”

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Men as supporters, men as allies

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In a strong majority of the situations DART encounters, we are called upon to help protect a woman from abuse by her husband or boyfriend. The regrettable truth is that in the majority of domestic violence cases, the victim is a woman and the abuser is a man. For this reason, some people may believe that DART has a problem with men.
Please allow me to dispel that myth. We are huge fans of men! In fact, DART believes that men are a powerful force in our efforts to stop family violence.
When a man stands up and says, “I will not tolerate domestic violence,” people take notice.

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Red River Revel Fest announces line-up

Food, art and music will abound at the 38th Annual Red River Revel Arts Festival, Oct. 5-12, in downtown Shreveport Festival Plaza. Known as north Louisiana’s largest outdoor arts festival, the Red River Revel attracts more than 180,000 visitors to enjoy live music featuring national headline performers, “Homegrown” Louisiana favorites and local and regional talent from throughout the region.

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N.C. State, Tech not that different

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Two teams in transition. Two teams with new head coaches and staffs. Two teamss with new starting quarterbacks. Two teams looking to getting better defensively after struggling on that side of the ball in 2012.
Louisiana Tech and North Carolina State will square off at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, and while they’re not exactly mirror images of each other, there are still many similarities between the Bulldogs, who went 9-3 last season, and the Wolfpack, who finished with a 7-6 mark.

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Two Bulldogs granted fifth year

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The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) ruled on two more Louisiana Tech appeals Wednesday, granting Larry Banks and Scott Cathcart a fifth year of eligibility.
The two Bulldogs join three others — Richie Casey, Jeremy Graffree and Andrew Guillot — that were given a sixth year of eligibility on Aug. 15.
Head coach Skip Holtz initially announced the rulings over his twitter account, @LATechSHoltz, and retweeted the news from the program’s official twitter account, @LATechFB.

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Dawg House to hold watch party

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Louisiana Tech fans not able to make the trip to Raleigh, N.C. this weekend for the Bulldogs’ season-opening game at NC State can join other Tech fans in red and blue at The Dawg House in Ruston for the official watching party.
Saturday’s game against the Wolfpack will be televised on the ACC Network and simulcast on ESPN3 (http://espn/LATECHvsNCSU).
It will also be part of ESPN’s Game Plan package. Three television stations in Louisiana are part of the ACC Network including Shreveport’s KPXJ-21, Baton Rouge’s WBTR-41 and New Orleans’ WNOL-38T

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Alabama A&M wants strong start

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A pair of teams looking to turn things around after frustrating 2012 campaigns square off at 6 p.m. Saturday at Robinson Stadium as Grambling State University plays host to Alabama A&M in the season opener for both teams.
Both perennial Southwestern Athletic Conference powerhouses, GSU went 1-10 last year and winless in conference play while Alabama A&M went 7-4 overall and 6-3 in the SWAC. A&M finished on a down note, losing four of its final five games.

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Local citizen praised as Good Samaritan

It’s the kind of story you expect to hear on the network news: A passerby saves two small children from potential tragedy and is hailed by law enforcement as a real-life Good Samaritan.
It’s a story that happened here in Lincoln Parish last weekend when a motorist and his passenger noticed two toddlers, barefoot and wearing only their diapers, running down Pleasant Grove Road near Choudrant.
The passersby stopped, plucked the children out of the road, called the sheriff’s departments, and located the adults who were supposed to be watching the young brother and sister.

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