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December 1st

12 Days of Christmas Shopping set

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As holiday shopping begins, families start to think about sitting down and creating their shopping lists. Each list is filled with items that mean something to the person they are meant to be received by. They are special. They are unique.
So, too, should be the store that those items are purchased from during the busy holiday season.
The many businesses and stores located around Lincoln Parish can fulfill that need to be different in a way that is beneficial to everyone.

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GSU hires new athletics director

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GRAMBLING — Grambling State University will start the new year with a new era for its athletics department as GSU President Rick Gallot announced Thursday that he has tabbed Paul Bryant as the school’s next athletics director effective Jan. 1.
It ends a long wait in GSU naming a permanent AD as Bryant, who has served as the AD at South Carolina State since Aug. 25, 2014, will succeed Obadiah Simmons, who has served as the school’s interim athletics director for the last 16 months.

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Pets of the Week

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These pups are looking for a home for the holidays. They have been at 4 Paws Rescue for quite sometime awaiting a family. These pups are up-to-date on shots and have been spayed or neutered. Come see them at 4 Paws Rescue, located at 290 Rodeo Road.
Their hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. They are closed Sunday and open by appointment only on Monday. Call 251-3647 for more information.

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C.C.C. presents check to Lincoln Prep

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Community Coordinating Council, Inc., a nonprofit organization providing educational experiences for senior citizens via seminars and educational travel is giving back to the community. A part of C.C.C.’s programmatic thrust is to give funds to organizations/individuals to help support and attain their educational goals. C.C.C. recently presented a check from the funds raised from their 2016 annual Senior Extravaganza to Lincoln Preparatory School in Grambling.

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Legends Square to help Grambling

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Grambling resident Phyllis Miller hit the proverbial nail on the head with Grambling’s Legends Square.
The 9.2 acre economic development project off RWE Jones Street not only represents the future of Grambling’s economy, but also harkens back to an earlier time in Grambling’s history.
“At one time, Grambling gained independence through entrepreneurship,” she said. “Legends Square brings us back full circle.”
That circle Grambling found itself in was not always going to be perfectly round.

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Ruston begins holiday season

While the weather is beginning to get a little cooler, residents can look forward to some fun community activities that will get families out and about this holiday season.
For those who love theater, the Ruston Community Theatre will open its holiday production of “It’s a Wonderful Life” at 7 p.m. this evening at the Dixie Center for the Arts.
The production is a classic holiday play, said Jane Wallace who is making her debut as director of the production and a junior high science teacher and drama club sponsor at Choudrant High School.

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Grambling’s Kincade awarded

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HOUSTON — Quarterback DeVante Kincade of Grambling State University, has been named Ben L. Cavil, Sr. “Big Ben” Award winner.
This second annual Ben L. Cavil, Sr. “Big Ben” Award was presented by Pure Sports at the Crowne Plaza Hotel-Houston NRG on Wednesday.

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GSU offensive coordinator Dooley honored

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Grambling State offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Eric Dooley was named the FCS assistant coach of the year by the American Football Coaches Association on Wednesday.
The award, first presented in 1997, honors assistant coaches who excel in community service, commitment to t- he student-athlete, on-field coaching success and AFCA professional organization involvement.

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G-Men focused on the real prize — a SWAC title

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GRAMBLING — The Bayou Classic is also huge for Grambling State University, so last weekend’s 52-23 win over Southern University at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans is a big deal.
But now the Tigers are moving on to bigger things.
Ranked No 1 in the Historically Black College football polls and No. 14 in the FCS Top 25 Coaches Poll, the G-Men will take on Alcorn State University in the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship game at 3 p.m. Saturday at NRG Stadium in Houston.
That game will be televised on ESPNU.

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Dunkin’ Dogs downed in OT at Cal, 68-59

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BERKELEY, Calif. — Undersized and outmanned, Louisiana Tech nearly ended California’s 23-game home winning streak but the Bears were able to escape with a 68-59 win in overtime on Wednesday night inside Haas Pavilion.
Jalen Harris did not suit up and Qiydar Davis suffered an injury in the first half which put Tech’s (3-3) depth to the test against a team who was receiving points in the top 25.

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