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January 15th, 2018

Saints’ loss anything but comical

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Are you kidding me?
Was that Lucy Van Pelt of Peanuts cartoon fame wearing a No. 14 purple jersey last night?
It must have been, because the Minnesota Viking wearing that jersey pulled the ball — and a Saints win— right from under me last night as I fell back-first to my living room floor yelling “ARRGHHH!”
The Saints were 10 seconds away from one of the most remarkable comebacks in NFL playoff history, somehow rallying from a 17-0 halftime deficit on the road against the NFL’s best defense in a boisterous and hostile environment.

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Chamber makes up funds lost during Peach Festival

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The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce was able to “close the gap” of the approximately $50,000 lost during 2017’s Louisiana Peach Festival through various holiday events presented by the Chamber, said Judy Copeland, Chamber president.
“This means we close the 2017 (year) with a loss, but we still have money in the bank,” Copeland said. “We will scale back some expenses on Peach Festival, but that will put us back in line with previous years.”
Chamber officials announced they had taken over and created several events in December to replenish the money lost from Peach Fest.

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James Building getting facelift

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Downtown Ruston’s historic T. L. James Building is getting a new old look.
Construction crews have removed the granite and plaster façade that was added to the building during a previous renovation and returning the structure to its original 1926 look.
The renovation project also includes window replacement and relocating the overhead air conditioning on the ground floor so as to expose the original ornamental plaster ceiling.

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Winter storm barrels toward parish

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Get ready. The first winter storm of 2018 to set its sights on Lincoln Parish is only hours away.
National Weather Service models show temperatures dropping rapidly into the 20s this evening with rain beginning around 8 p.m. The precipitation is expected to quickly turn into snowfall that will continue into Tuesday.
The area will struggle to get above freezing even into Wednesday.
“I don’t think we’re going to be able to dodge the bullet on this one,” Kip Franklin, Lincoln Parish director of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness said.

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January 13th

Techsters pull away from Herd late

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HUNTINGTON, W.V. — Louisiana Tech is developing a reputation for hitting big shots late in Conference USA games and for the third time in four contests, the Lady Techsters found a way to win late.
This time it was Kierra Anthony’s turn to be the late-game hero.

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Who Dats have something to believe in

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I don’t think it’s any secret that I’m a Who Dat.
And I realize the Minnesota Vikings have to be the favorites to beat the New Orleans Saints in today’s NFC divisional playoff game.
After all, they’re rested after having a bye last week, and they’re playing at home.
Yes, I realized the Vikings dominated the Saints in Week One, taking a 29-19 win at Minnesota’s U.S. Bank Stadium.
But somehow, some way, something keeps telling me the Saints are going to find a way to pull off the upset today.

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Sluggish second half dooms Dunkin’ Dogs

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BIRMINGHAM — It was another tough second half in another tough road environment for Louisiana Tech as the Bulldogs fell to Alabama-Birmingham, 74-62, on Saturday night inside Bartow Arena.
Playing without star point guard DaQuan Bracey, Tech (10-9, 1-5 C-USA) battled to have a one-point edge at halftime behind six made 3-pointers and nine assists.
The second half was the opposite with zero made triples and just two assists to go along with 10 turnovers. UAB (13-5, 4-1 C-USA) in the second stanza made over half its shots and led for the final 18 minutes of the game.

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Lady Tigers prevail in 81-79 OT victory

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GRAMBLING — Shakyla Hill and Monisha Neal reached double figures as the Grambling State University women’s basketball team rallied to defeat Prairie View A&M, 81-79 in overtime in a Southwestern Athletic Conference game on Saturday afternoon at the Fredrick C. Hobdy on Saturday afternoon.

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Gaston guides G-Men past Prairie View

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GRAMBLING (AP) — Anthony Gaston scored a season-high 30 points with seven rebounds and four steals and Grambling beat Prairie View 80-71 on Saturday.
Diontae Jones’ jumper gave Grambling a 9-8 lead and the Tigers never trailed again. Jones’ shot was the beginning of a 7-0 run which included a 3-pointer from Gaston. Later, Gaston made a layup and back-to-back 3s and the margin grew to 24-10.
The Panthers put together a 9-1 run and reduced their deficit to nine and Troy Thompson’s jumper at the buzzer made it 38-31 for Grambling.

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Winter storm may be on horizon

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Lincoln Parish may be in for its first significant winter weather event Monday night into Tuesday.

“There is still some uncertainty in the forecast for this event, but some accumulation of ice and snow is looking very possible at this time,” the National Weather Service in Shreveport said Saturday.

The forecast shows another Arctic cold front late Monday night with temperatures rapidly falling below freezing.

“Rain will begin mixing with freezing rain, sleet and then snow from north to south across most of the area,” the NWS said statement said.

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