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And the big man shed tears

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He was giant of a man — easily six feet five or better, with a muscular sun-tanned 245-pound frame to match. I eyed him curiously, there in the soft green and ivory décor of the plush mortuary, and somehow he seemed strangely out of place. Awkward and obviously ill at ease, he nevertheless had the grace of dynamism of a man accustomed to great out-of-doors as he paced restlessly up and down, up and down, like a caged lion. His wife, a rather small wisp of a woman who plainly adorned him, sat on a green divan and watched him nervously. I found myself mysteriously drawn to these two, as I wondered silently at their reason for being here.

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Spangler has tough Tech defense

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Returning coach, all-star players could help boost title chances
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That sigh of expected relief you might have heard recently probably disseminated from the head coaching fraternity in the Western Athletic Conference.
Well, can you blame them?
Boise State is no longer in the league which, for the remaining teams, is cause or a mass celebration.

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Jessie’s Jottings

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Here we go again...
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This summer, we saw the National Football League at a standstill and on the brink of not having a season. Once again, America is in the grips of a lockout and this time its the National Basketball Association.
With basketball season right around the corner you would think that more progress would have been made since that close of the season. The lockout began on July 1 and has been largely stagnant since then.

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Ex-NFL star returns to coach receivers

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Sammy White making big impact on Grambling staff
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GRAMBLING — Looking to bring back pride and tradition to the Grambling State football program, Doug Williams knew exactly who to turn to and add to his coaching staff.
“It was a no-brainer,” Williams said. “I knew exactly who I needed.”
So when Williams returned to Grambling in February for his second stint as head coach, he also brought back his former receivers coach for the G-Men, friend and former teammate Sammy White.

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Sellers, Vining wed in weekend ceremony

Chelsey Paige Sellers, of Dubach, and James William Vining Jr., of Oak Grove, were united in holy matrimony Aug. 27 at New Prospect Baptist Church in Dubach.

Officating the ceremony was Wendell Sellers.

Chelsey is the daughter of Harold and Barbara Sellers, of Dubach. She is the granddaughter of the late Harold Sellers, Patsy Sellers, of Farmerville, Clarice and Ronald Sanders, of Dubach, and Ben and Janice Jones, of Ruston.

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Webbs celebrate 50 years

Webbs celebrate 50 years
George Edward Webb Sr. and Mary Deane Price Webb, of Ruston celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Aug. 28.
The couple were married Aug. 31, 1961.
They have four children George Webb Jr., Tom and Stacey Webb, Becky Webb, and Cindy and Walter McElduff.
The couple also has 13 grandchildren — Chad Webb, Shelby Webb, Austin Webb, Cody Webb, Jake Webb (deceased), Morgan Webb, Ali Davenport, Seth Davenport, Mason McElduff, Dylan McElduff, Evan McElduff, Carmen McElduff.

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Williams, Fuller unite in matrimony

Miranda Williams, of Ruston, and Zachary Fuller, of Longview, Texas, were united in holy matrimony Saturday afternoon at Creekwood Gardens in Simsboro.

Miranda is the daughter of Robert and Nancy Williams, of Ruston. She is the granddaughter of Ernest and the late Eliane Barber, of Slidell, and Joyce and the late Peyton Williams, of Humble, Texas.

Zachary is the son of Cole and Holly Fuller, of Longview, Texas. He is the grandson of Halley and Lena Fuller, of Longview, Texas, and Dorothy Flanagan, of Garland, Texas.

Officiating the ceremony was Brother Loy Seal.

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Leachman, Easley exchange vows

Taylor Leachman, of Ruston, and David Easley Jr., of Cedar Bluff, Miss., were married in a 6 p.m. ceremony Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Ruston.

The Rev. J.D. Shaw and Butch Simmons officiated the wedding ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Leachman. She is the granddaughter of Sally Leachman, of Ruston, the late Fred Leachman, Mr. and Mrs. Ken Swiatowicz, of Haughton, and the late Mr. and Mrs. H. Leon Taylor.

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Rev. Robert L. Peyton

The Rev. Robert L. Peyton, 95, died Sunday, September 4, 2011. He and his wife, Elizabeth, lived in retirement in Arcadia, LA for 28 years before moving to Hartwell, GA one month ago. For 68 years, he was a United Methodist pastor who served churches first in Mississippi and Texas, and then in Louisiana since 1953, at Lake Charles, Arcadia, Bastrop, West Monroe, and finally at Ruston as a United Methodist District Superintendent. At each church he served in Louisiana, he initiated successful building expansion programs.

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Carolyn Jane Morrow

Carolyn Jane Morrow, age 60 of Ruston, passed away on Friday, September 2, 2011 in a fatal car accident. She was a beautician in Ruston for many years. Jane was preceded in death by her father, Raymond E. Murphey and her son, Reife Brown.

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