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November 15th, 2018

Five student entrepreneurs to face off at GSU

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GRAMBLING — Grambling State University and BRF’s Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program, which specializes in stimulating entrepreneurship opportunities in Northwest Louisiana, have partnered to bring The Golden Pitch competition to the GSU campus.
The competition is designed to support student innovation and will conclude at The Golden Pitch event, which will take place at 6 p.m. today in the Grambling Hall Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.

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Brazzel completes training

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Taylor Brazzel, a Ruston High graduate, has completed 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and five months of Advanced Training as an IT Specialist at Fort Gordon, Georgia. She was selected to serve as a squad leader by her Drill Sergeants at both schools and scored an impressive 279 on her Army Physical Fitness Test. Taylor is now stationed at Fort Bliss, TX with HHC 2nd /501st Aviation Brigade, under the 1st Armored Division (Old Ironsides).

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2 dead in icy crash near Memphis

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BYHALIA, Miss. (AP) — An Alabama tour bus bound for a Mississippi casino overturned Wednesday on an icy highway, leaving two people dead and 44 others aboard with injuries, authorities said, as a pre-winter storm blasted parts of the South and lower Midwest.
The National Weather Service says snow and ice fell during the day across parts of Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois. Snow and ice are predicted today and Friday for areas ranging from Ohio and the Appalachian Mountains through Washington, D.C., New York and New England.

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Fire death toll at 56 and counting in Northern California

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MAGALIA, Calif. (AP) — Cool weather helped fire crews gain ground Thursday against the nation’s deadliest wildfire in a century, as the search went on for more bodies in the ashes of Paradise and surrounding communities.
At least 56 people were killed, with 130 others missing a week after the flames swept through.
The nearly 220-square-mile blaze was 40 percent contained, the state fire agency said.

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Civic Engagement Institute encourages teen leadership

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Whether correctly or incorrectly, teenagers may sometimes get a bad rap for focusing only on the present moment.This week, Lincoln Parish high school students were given the opportunity to increase their awareness, civic mindedness, and leadership at the 2nd Annual Lincoln Parish Civic Engagement Institute.

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THURSDAYS WITH DART

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DART recognizes local Men Standing Strong
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“A strong man stands up for himself. A stronger man stands up for others.”
When I read this quote on a website for gentlemen, I couldn’t help but note that it perfectly describes the premise behind DART’s Men Standing Strong campaign.
We formed the idea of a group of men who were willing to take a public stand against domestic violence in 2013.
As we chose our founding leaders, I noted that some of them stood up for others as a vocation.
Sheriff Mike Stone, for example, has committed his life to helping victims of crime.

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November Garden of the Month

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The Greek Orthodox Church built by Steve and Noula Rodakis is the November Garden of the Month selected by the Ruston Garden Club. The church is located at 2508 Kavanaugh Road and features plantings of red knockout roses, forsythia, oleanders, crepe myrtles, bayleaves and olive trees. The well designed landscape also includes holly and boxwood shrubs.

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Gov. Edwards visits California to discuss criminal justice

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards has traveled to California to participate in a summit with celebrity Kim Kardashian West, rapper Meek Mill and other well-known figures, touting efforts to reshape criminal justice laws.
Louisiana’s governor participated in a public policy panel with several other governors during the event, which is co-hosted by Variety and Rolling Stone magazines.
The summit featured people in entertainment, advocacy and policymaking fields pushing changes to criminal sentencing laws to focus more heavily on rehabilitation.

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DEAR ABBY

Friendship between moms ends over anxiety about race for charity

DEAR ABBY: The 14-year-old son of a friend of mine is having self-esteem issues and apparently is going through a very rough patch. Our family likes to participate in charity races. My boy, 13, is a talented athlete who, according to my friend, is an “overachiever.”
My friend signed her family up for the same race as our family, then called me afterward to tell me she was having anxiety issues about us being there and asked me to forgo the race. (We had already paid for four registrations.)

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FEATURED EVENT

Downtown Christmas Open House
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Today beginning at 6 p.m.
Get a head start on your holiday shopping from some of your favorite downtown merchants during Downtown Christmas Open House tonight. Participating stores will offer special promotions and refreshments.

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