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February 29th, 2008

Re-evaluating role models

Not so long ago, I was engaged in a discussion of famous film actors with a colleague of my generation. This conversation occurred in the presence of a Louisiana Tech University sophomore. We mentioned Katharine Hepburn because we both had enjoyed her performance in The African Queen, a classic film from 50-plus years ago. The sophomore asked, “Who is she?”
“You know,” I answered. “She was the actress alongside Humphrey Bogart in The African Queen.”
The sophomore had a blank look on her face. “Who’s he?” she asked.

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February 28th

Bearcats’ balance big key to success

The two top 10 state ranked clubs (RHS is No. 6, East Ascension is No. 3) will collide in a 7 p.m. showdown at the Bearcats’ gymnasium, with a trip to next week’s “Top 28” state tournament on the line; tickets are $5 and can be purchased by contacting the RHS office at 255-0807.
Brown, who had scored 31 points in a 73-54 first round victory against Lake Charles Barbe High, ended up with 11 against St. Paul’s and had only four by halftime.
“They were concentrating on stopping Josh and when you do that, we’ve got other players who can contribute for us,” said RHS head coach Chris Bush.

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Grambling set to benefit from tourism

As the town of Grambling works to spruce itself up in preparation for the opening of the Eddie Robinson Museum, it can expect to see increased tourism from this statewide trail.
Grambling’s efforts to reinvigorate its downtown area, known as The Village, include creating a Walk of Fame. This sidewalk path will give supporters of the town and its university the chance to fund improvements while leaving a permanent mark of support.
The state’s recognition of Grambling and the other locations on the new trail shows that Louisiana’s diversity is a true selling point.

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Grambling steps out with ‘Walk’

The Eddie Robinson Museum, set to fill the old women’s gym on the campus of Grambling State University, will be the head of a walking trail to run through downtown to Martin Luther King Street. “The Village,” as town leaders call the suffering downtown area, is the focus of a community sponsorship effort to raise funds for renovations.
City engineer Dean Dick said the money raised will be used to fund burying overhead lines in the Village. Grambling has a Department of Transportation grant of $175,000 for use in the sidewalk project.

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School to work a big switch

Surely there’s a more efficient way for young people to transition from school to work. Actually, there is.
Over at Lincoln Parish Career Academy, several students are learning how to fit in when they enter the work world through the school-to-work program. They spend the first couple of months of the year learning about interviews, positive attitudes and appropriate work behavior and conduct. After a few months, they venture out during school hours to fill part-time positions at businesses in the community.

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February 27th

Parish teams stay alive in playoffs

Ruston will now play host to East Ascension (33-2) in a quarterfinal round battle at the Bearcats’ gymnasium on Friday night; tipoff time is set for 7 p.m., and the game will be broadcast live via Ruston’s KLRQ-FM (94.1) station.
To make it one step further in postseason play, however, the ‘Cats had to overcome a sluggish start.
“We came out lackadaisical and were just too relaxed,” said head coach Chris Bush. “It’s all right sometimes to be calm and composed, but we didn’t have a chip on our shoulder at the beginning of the game. We got it back on in the second half.”

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Incubators breathe life into business

NFT’s success is an example that can be held up. The firm’s head men like to say they are revolutionizing an industry, and broadcast television certainly seems in need of a revolution these days.
This is a Louisiana company. In its success, NFT carries the image of Louisiana Tech with it wherever it goes.
We hope that beacon will bring more minds with like focus to Lincoln Parish and Ruston, Grambling, Choudrant, Dubach, Simsboro and all of the beautiful country here.

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Parish pushes in playoffs

Starting times will be 6 p.m. for the Simsboro-Simpson matchup and 7 p.m. for the other contests.
Save for Dubach, all of the parish teams finished in the top 10 of their classifications for the weekly Louisiana Sports Writers Association poll. Ruston was No. 6, Grambling No. 3 and Simsboro No. 4.
The Hornets, however, had the biggest upset during the first round, as they overcame their unranked position and a No. 23 seeding to stun favored Hackberry 51-49 on the road.

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It feels quite presidential

So, to start again, I haven’t discussed politics much lately.
Save for the harried election-night phone calls to my political scientist of choice, Jason Pigg.
I called several times on the Saturday afternoon of this month’s Presidential Preference Primary, which was dominated by Republican Mike Huckabee and Democrat Barack Obama.
Mr. Pigg was hard to reach that day. When I did find him, I grinned like a hyena.
“Go Obama!”

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February 26th

Artmobile open to visitors at parish library

From Michael Walker’s drawing titled “Madre Tierra” to a painting by Eddie Lee Kendrick labeled “Prayer Travels Across the Ocean,” the gallery is whirling with diverse works.
Referring to the “Healer” painting by Roger Bowman, art educator and tour guide Virgil Lawrence commented, “It has a surreal style. It’s kind of a narrative of constant renewal in nature — a metamorphosis of two life forms.”

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