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January 20th, 2018

G-Men win while Lady Tigers lose at Jackson State

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JACKSON, Miss.— The Grambling State University men’s basketball team left little doubt on Saturday as GSU upended Jackson State, the lone unbeaten team in the Southwestern Athletic Conference, 72-45, at the Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center.
Grambling State (8-12 overall, 4-3 SWAC), winners of four straight, led from start to finish over Jackson State. GSU led 46-23 at the half and outscored Jackson State 26-22 the rest o the way to pick up the SWAC win.

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Lady Techsters fall at Florida Atlantic

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BOCA RATON, Fla. — Sasha Cedeno scored 30 points and Danneal Ford added 21 points to lead Florida Atlantic to an 86-72 victory over Louisiana Tech before 804 fans at FAU Arena Saturday night.
Cedeno scored 14 points in the first quarter and 11 more in the second as Florida Atlantic opened up a 21-point lead late in the second quarter before taking an 18-point advantage into the halftime locker room.

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Bulldogs cook up win over Rice

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Louisiana Tech used a combination of solid defense and the long ball to take over in the second half Saturday to defeat Rice 69-54 in Conference USA action before a crowd of 3,836 at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Tech hit on 11 treys on the night, with senior Jacobi Boykins tying his season high with six en route to a game-high 21 points.
The Bulldogs trailed by six points at 19-13 with 13:15 left in the first half on an offensive putback by Rice’s Austin Meyer. The Owls (4-16, 1-6 C-USA) hit eight of their first 11 shots to open the game.

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We won’t soon forget this crazy football season

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There’s at least a dozen reasons and a few extra ones for good measure as to why we just can’t let go of the wild, wacky and wholly unpredictable football season.
And that attachment can apply regardless of what level you are talking about: college, NFL and our own Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University.
So let’s get started.
• As much as Saints Nation hates to replay the death knell of that stomach-turning loss to the Vikings, they will surely take one more look to see that it really did happen (it did).

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Lady Panthers remain undefeated in District 1-1A

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GRAMBLING — The Lady Panthers remained undefeated in district play Thursday night as Lincoln Preparatory School took a 35-28 home win over Arcadia.
Lincoln Prep is now 10-6 overall and 6-0 in District 1-1A.
Jesse Anderson led the Lady Panthers with 10 points while Justice Cage and Auniyah Rhone added seven points each while Rhone also tallied three steals.
Choudrant 48, Simsboro 28
SIMSBORO — Olivia Hennen poured in 27 points Friday night to lead Choudrant High School to a 48-28 District 2-B road win at Simsboro.

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Simsboro dominates in win over Choudrant

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SIMSBORO — Kalep Crane led the way with 19 points Friday night as Simsboro stormed past Choudrant 85-29.
The win moved the Tigers to 26-3 overall and 2-0 in District 2-B while Choudrant fell to 6-17 and 0-2.
Jakemin Abney and Gianni Nelson added 17 points each for the Tigers, who have gone 4-0 in January.
Arcadia 74,
Lincoln Prep 70
GRAMBLING — A 25-point performance from Isaiah Gray wasn’t enough Thursday night as Lincoln Preparatory School in a tough District 1-1A home contest against Arcadia.
The win moved the Panthers to 8-10 overall and 4-2 in district action.

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One year in: Ruston recycling looks to expand participation

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Despite first-year numbers lower than what he had hoped, Ruston’s venture into curbside recycling has still been “extremely successful,” Mayor Ronny Walker said.
Twelve months after the city started the program in January 2017, 742 households and approximately 300 small businesses are participating, according to statistics compiled by city. Of those households, 612 are inside the city limits and 130 outside the city.
Ruston offers recycling within a 3-mile radius of the city limits.

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Local colleges brace for budget cuts

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As the Louisiana Board of Regents continues to grapple with the state Legislature on decades-long budget cuts, local higher education leaders have adapted by finding new ways of staying competitive in the 21st century education market, further evolve as institutions and create new partnerships.
Commissioner of Higher Education Joseph Rallo said higher education continues to face record-breaking drastic budget cuts to as the state continues to fix a $1 billion budget gap.

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Artic blast puts area in holiday mood

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Sometimes when the weather guys on our local TV channels say a chance of snow is in our forecast, our usual comment is something like … ”Yeah … right!” Chances are that once again, it probably ain’t gonna happen.

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Hawaii missile false alarm sparks conversation

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“This is not a drill.”
Those famous words were sent during the Japanese attack on Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
Unfortunately, these words were recently erroneously repeated at Pearl Harbor, and to 1.5 million people.
I had not planned to write about Pearl Harbor today. I would have done so later. But because of last Saturday mistake, with fear quite real, the thoughts are timely. There was “a drill” lasting more than 30 minutes; petrified citizens thought they were being attacked.
Last week my family, as wedding guests and tourists, had the opportunity to visit Hawaii.

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