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October 25th, 2013

Grambling gears up for Texas Southern

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GRAMBLING — After two controversy-filled weeks and a forfeited game, Grambling State finally gets back to the business of football at 2 p.m. Saturday as the Tigers play host to Texas Southern on High School Day at Robinson Stadium.
It will mark Dennis “Dirt” Winston’s first game as interim head coach of the Tigers, who took over two days before last week’s boycott of Jackson State’s Homecoming game, which the G-Men had to forfeited after refusing to play in protest of a number of issues.

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Tech looking to cut down on mistakes at FIU

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Two teams looking to turn around their seasons clash in Miami at 5 p.m. Saturday as Louisiana Tech takes on Florida International in Conference USA play.
Tech enters the contest at 2-5 overall and 1-2 in C-USA while FIU is 1-5 and 1-1.
The main thing Bulldogs coach Skip Holtz is looking for his team to eliminate at least some of the mistakes that have been so costly so far this season.

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Area prep teams set for Week 8

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Grambling Lab is the only area team playing a “home” game this weekend as Ruston and Cedar Creek both face district showdowns on the road.
The twist? The 1-6 Kittens will play what will be designated as their “home” game on the road as they face 1-6 Arcadia in Arcadia in tonight’s 7 p.m. District 2-1A showdown.
Ruston heads east down I-20 for a District 2-5A contest at 7 p.m. tonight at Ouachita Parish High School.
The Bearcats are coming off a district loss to West Monroe and stand at 5-2 overall and 1-1 in district play.
OPHS enters the game at 5-2 and 2-0.

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Big weekend slated for Tech soccer

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The pursuit of qualifying for the Conference USA tournament continues this weekend as Louisiana Tech wraps up its final road trip of the season, taking on Colorado College at 4 p.m. today and UTSA at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Tech’s (9-7-1, 4-3 Conference USA) squad of 18 freshmen, seven sophomores, two juniors and one senior has turned in an incredible turnaround, winning four of its last five matches by a combined score of 10-3 with all four of those victories being shutouts.

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RHS to host meet

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Ruston High School will host a Cross Country meet starting at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Louisiana Tech Farm/Equine Center. Pictured is Bearcat Brandon Smith competing in the 2013 Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival in Fayetteville, Ark., where he finished ninth overall earlier this month, leading RHS to a fourth-place finish. Smith also finished in first place overall at the recent Lois Davis Invitational at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, Ark.

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Hoogland’s dream of LPP comes true

Fredric Hoogland had a dream when he ran for the Lincoln Parish Police Jury back in 1972. People needed a place to play, to be outdoors, to picnic, to fish, he believed. People needed a park.
For the next 10 years, Hoogland sought money, property and public support for the vision that would eventually become Lincoln Parish Park.
The path to the park wasn’t always easy. At first, there was push-back from the Police Jury. But the parish governing body eventually realized the wisdom of Hoogland’s vision.

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GSU should be treasured

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During my senior year of college, I decided to take yet another history class really to just fill space in my schedule. Little did I know that class would bring a whole new appreciation for a university that was just down the road — Grambling State University.
The class you might wonder was Introduction to Public History, which looking back actually fit well with my degrees.

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A place where healing begins

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The lights are bright. The room is cold and sterile.  Imagine you’re just 4 years old, scared and you’re sitting in a police station or in a medical examination room.  The strangers around you look like giants and they all want you to describe (again and again and in great detail) the terrible abuse you’ve suffered.      

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James Albert Reynolds

James Albert Reynolds, age 87, of Ruston, Louisiana formerly of New Iberia, Louisiana died Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at his home. He was born April 22, 1926 at Kinder, Louisiana to Bernal Dewey and Edith Marie Reynolds. He served in the Army Air Corps at the end of World War II. He was retired from Exxon Mobile after 32 years of service and was a member of Cook Baptist in Ruston, Louisiana. He is preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Elizabeth Ann Reynolds; a brother B.D. Reynolds, Jr.

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William Wesley Lantrip

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William Wesley Lantrip, Jr., 93, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, October 24, 2013, while in the comfort of his daughter's home, surrounded by his children. Born in Cameron, Texas on March 19, 1920 to William Wesley Lantrip, Sr. and Kathryn Turney Lantrip, Mr. Lantrip, better known to most as “Coach Lantrip,” was a 1940 graduate of Lake Charles High School, where he was a star halfback on the football team. He attended LSU where he played football his freshman year until he was drafted into the U. S. Army in 1941.

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