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April 12th, 2007

Robinson honored with wake

“You knew when you saw ‘Coach Rob’ coming, you were going to receive a nugget of wisdom from him,” said Ben Williams, a former All-Southwestern Athletic Conference catcher from Grambling State who went on to play professionally. “The things he said and did for us when we were there, we might have possibly taken for granted at the time.
“But then you get older, have a family or go on to other things in your life and you see just how important a person he was. To so many of his players at Grambling, he was truly a father.”

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‘Rob’: the bells are still ringing

“That might not have been what we wanted to hear at that time of the day,” chuckled ex-Tigers’ star and Pro Football Hall of Famer Willie Brown at the recollection, “but I’ll tell you this: it was that kind of discipline that coach Robinson instilled that you carried with you the rest of your life.
“He was a great coach, of course. But first and foremost, the most important thing that he taught were skills that you would use as a human being.”

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April 11th

All-time ‘Rob’ team: full of stars

“If I picked so-and-so, then maybe another so-and-so would be disappointed,” he would say. “I’ll let you guys do the picking.”
But so the story goes and as told by several of his former players who were present, “Coach Rob” once did reveal one of the Tigers who might have been included on an All-Time team.
It was the funeral services of Junious “Buck” Buchanan, an All-American defensive lineman for the G-Men before going on to a Pro Football Hall of Fame career in the National Football League.

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Make a move to clean community

Another option for disposing of items that are in good condition, but are no longer wanted is to donate them to a local charity organization. Both Goodwill and the Salvation Army accept donations, and a number of non-profit groups regularly hold garage sales with donated items to help raise much-needed money. This has two advantages — freeing up space in your home while also giving back to the less fortunate.

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Thousands pay respect to Robinson

Robinson, who endured the indignities of the Jim Crow era while building tiny and predominantly black Grambling into a football power, died last week at 88.
On Monday, his body lay in an open casket in the same room where Robinson had viewed the body of slain political titan Huey Long more than 70 years ago.
Williams estimated that more than 100 of Robinson’s former players had shown up, with more expected to attend a wake and burial on Tuesday and Wednesday in Grambling.
Robinson grew up near Baton Rouge, where a street is named for him.

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Walking among the dead

I don’t know, perhaps I can chalk some of it up to gorging on “Friday the 13th” movies as a kid, an overactive imagination and brothers who were trained in the fine art of torture.

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April 10th

Silhouettes to remind public of choices

Each of the 29 silhouettes represents a person in Lincoln Parish who has died due to alcohol in the last 10 years. Four silhouettes have been added this year since four lives were lost in 2006.
“This is an extension of an environmental strategy to change the culture of drinking within Lincoln Parish,” CHOICES director Clarence Thomas said. “We want to promote a clear public message supporting responsible decision making. Those 29 silhouettes represent deaths due to alcohol not just from vehicles, but anything where alcohol is a factor in the death.”

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‘White Tiger’ loved Robinson

But that other former player who proudly wore the black and gold and who will be among the hundreds of ex-GSU members coming into Lincoln Parish to attend Wednesday’s funeral services in Grambling is James Gregory.
Yes, he’s THAT James Gregory.
The original “White Tiger.”
Gregory, who became the first white football player in Grambling history in 1968, will make a journey of over 2,000 miles from his native state of California to be among the thousands who will gather for the 11 a.m. services at the university’s new Assembly Center.

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Coalition to create safer parish

Alcohol abuse is a prevalent issue in all communities, and the South Service Road West has had its fair share of alcohol-related deaths in the past few years.
Getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after consuming alcoholic beverages is never a smart idea and can lead to a tragic accident involving not only your life but the lives of others as well.

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A really hot car

No one was injured in the fire which occurred across from County Market in downtown Ruston, but the car was a total loss.

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