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November 12th, 2014

RPAR wraps up its fall sports season

Coaches can receive a tax break
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The final team activities of the 2014 recreation seasons are nearing an end and we are already looking ahead to 2015, but we would be in error not to congratulate those teams and individuals who helped make our programs a success.
Our Youth Flag Football recently wrapped up with seven teams participating in a five- week season. At this time, we would like to thank our volunteer coaches. For the 5-6 year old division: Steelers’ Coach Chad Sims, Patriots’ Coach Karline Gray, Packers’ Coach Adrian Jackson, and Broncos’ Coach Wombie Jackson.

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Grambling meeting every challenge

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Tigers don’t let sprinkler malfunction rain on their win parade
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Becoming a winning football team sometimes means seemingly getting a target painted on your backs.
And having a sprinkler hit the bull’s eye on a chilly fall night can make things even worse.
But that’s what the Grambling State Tigers (7-3) faced in their last game at Mississippi Valley State University on Thursday in a game nationally televised on ESPNU.

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Second chances pave way for Brown

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Tech defensive back relishing each opportunity
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Failure often changes a life for the worse.
But sometimes it works the other way, too.
Louisiana Tech senior defensive back Colby Brown is one of those people who feel that past failures led to present success both on the football field and in the classroom.
After graduating from North Clayton High School in College Park, Georgia, in 2010, Brown didn’t receive any scholarship offers, admitting a lack of the effort in the classroom didn’t help that fact.

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Take caution in colder weather

Cooler weather seems to have set in for North Louisiana and with that comes the added safety measures that need to be taken around the home.
Eric Brazzel, public education officer with the Ruston Fire Department, said there are several areas in which resident should take extra precautions.
• Have all heating appliances — furnaces, water heaters and wood stoves — checked and serviced yearly by a reliable professional.
• Make sure no flammable materials have been placed near any heating appliance over the summer, while the appliance was not in use.

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Pilgrims doomed from the start

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I’m not a big fan of holidays. About the only thing they’ve got going for them is a day off from work — sometimes.
In the news business, holidays typically mean more assignments to get done in less time: seasonal stories to write, special events to cover and attempting to explain to way-too-cheery friends and family why “jolly” is neither on our faces nor in our vocabulary. Humbug.

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OGB still a concern for many

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One of the main concerns that has been at the forefront of many peoples’ minds and the reason for a number of contacts, calls, emails and text messages, has been the issues concerning the Office of Group Benefits. As I have said countless times, the people, when they get engaged and involved, can bring about changes in the decisions made by the people in government. Let me bring you up to date on where I believe we are on the OGB question.

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November 11th

More than 500 flags placed on graves

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In honor of Veterans Day and in partnership with the local VFW Post, Boy Scout Troop 45 and Cub Scout Pack 45 placed flags at the graves of veterans at six local cemeteries. The boys place more than 500 flags out several times a year to recognize the brave men and women who have fought for this country.
Pictured above are: back row — Barrett Moore, McKinley Moore, James Ellenberger, Ryan Williams, Ivan Valentine and Ethan Brantly. Front row — Tanner Andrews, Riley Moegle, Eli Stevens, Hunter Ellenberger, Colton Kent and Travis Cox.

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LTPD, RPD make arrest

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Two burglary suspects apprehended today

The Louisiana Tech and Ruston Police Departments were instrumental in apprehending two suspects in burglaries from early today.
Tech Chief of Police Randal Hermes said he appreciates RPD’s help in arresting the two men in this case.
He said at approximately 2 a.m. there was a vehicle burglary in the vicinity of the apartments behind the Louisiana Tech Baseball Complex.
“Then at 6:30 a.m. RPD received a report of an attempted strong arm robbery outside Steeples Glen Apartments,” Hermes said.

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Pipes: Serving is good for you

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Honoring those who have served is a large part of what today is about, but for one Choudrant native it is much more than that.
Jack Pipes, 88, was born and raised in Choudrant, and drafted at 18 he set out for California and the U.S. Navy.
“I was dry behind the ears when I was drafted,” he said. “There were five of us from Lincoln Parish that were drafted then, but I was the only one who got the Navy.”
Pipes would end up serving a little more than two years before being discharged from the Navy.

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WISE Council approves UL System campus plans for $9.5M

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BATON ROUGE — The Workforce and Innovation for a Stronger Economy (WISE) Council approved the University of Louisiana System’s campus plans for $9.5 million of state funding for workforce and research initiatives on Monday.
Pending final approval by the Louisiana Board of Regents, the UL System’s nine universities can move forward with plans to grow student enrollment and graduates in high demand workforce fields as outlined in their WISE plans.
University of Louisiana System President Sandra K. Woodley presented the campus plans.

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