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August 27th, 2016

Cannon class act in Ruston appearance

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I kept waiting for Billy Cannon to pull back his chair and leave the table covered with an assortment of items that were a microcosm of his playing career.
But he wouldn’t.
Or couldn’t.
On last Saturday afternoon in Ruston, when the sun finally came out almost on cue, the man who had returned a punt in 1959 that still stirs the purple and gold streaming through an LSU fan’s veins, there weren’t any water breaks or TV timeouts.
No sooner than when one fan had presented an item (photos, footballs, helmets, jerseys), another would be at the ready.

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Bearcats overpower W. Ouachita

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MONROE — Ruston High School must have felt like it hit the jackpot Saturday as the Bearcats blasted West Ouachita 20-0 in game three of Bayou Jamb 2016 at the University of Louisiana-Monroe’s Malone Stadium.
That’s because the Bearcats took advantage of powerball to help build momentum moving toward next week’s regular season opener.

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Cougars split games at Homer Jamboree

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HOMER — Cedar Creek School was able to give its younger players some much-needed work while playing a pair of games Friday night at the Homer High School jamboree.
The Cougars fell to Northwood Lena 14-13 before taking a 14-0 over Homer.
“We played our entire JV against Northwood Lena and were able to give those kids a lot of good work,” Cougars coach Ben Haddox said. “I was encouraged by the way those young guys played and got after it.”
In the win over Homer, Jace Moss had a 71-yard touchdown run to open scoring before Michael Pike broke free for a 66-yard dash to paydirt.

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Lincoln Prep victorious in debut

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GRAMBLING — The era of Panther football started for Lincoln Preparatory Charter School Saturday afternoon, and it began in winning fashion.
Rising like a phoenix from the ashes of what was formerly known as Grambling Laboratory High School, the Panthers dominated on both sides of the ball en route to a 20-0 shutout win over University Academy out of Alexandria.
Lincoln Prep’s Glen Hunt liked what he saw in his first game as the Panthers head coach while admiting he didn’t view perfection by any means.

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Tech volleyball comes back to beat SEMO

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — After dropping the first two sets of the afternoon to Southeast Missouri, Louisiana Tech dug deep and rallied to win the final three sets in dramatic fashion to claim its first win of the 2016 season on Saturday.
“I am very proud of our players for working together and fighting for every point today,” said Tech coach Adriano de Souza. “We started the day by saying we wanted to finish the tournament on a high note and competing at the level we know we are capable of.”

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Tech soccer shuts out MVSU

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Louisiana Tech was able to put its last game in the past by pitching a 3-0 shutout against Mississippi Valley State on Friday night at the Lady Techster Soccer Complex.
Tech (2-1) was able to break through midway through the first period with a goal by Olivia Millington. Mississippi Valley State’s (0-2) backline and goalkeeper were able to stay within one goal for the next 60 minutes, but the Lady Techsters broke through with two late insurance goals by Kathryn Sloan and Kristine Emrick to seal the win.

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Remembering birth of Lake Claiborne

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There is a special segment Sunday nights on a Shreveport television station highlighting a hometown hero who served in the military. Most of those featured were from the Greatest Generation, having served in World War II.

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Reflecting life: Sarah Albritton shares her story through art

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An artist’s life is not always easy.
Sarah Albritton is proof of that.
When she was young, her mother, feeling she could not raise Albritton and her sisters, left them with various family members.
Albritton ended up with her uncle, helping out and going to school.
When she was 9, she began her first job as a dishwasher and cook at a local restaurant.
“When I was 9, I started cooking at the Tech Hitching Post,” she said. “I was the dishwasher at night after school.”

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PETA offers reward in cruelty case

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The animal rights organization PETA is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for help in nabbing the person who taped a dog’s mouth shut.
The dog was found Tuesday near Grambling after a nearly 12-hour hunt by volunteers, parish sheriff’s deputies and the area rescue group Passionate for Pups. The animal’s mouth had been taped shut with electrical tape.
“Lincoln Parish residents are rightfully upset over this particular case,” Rachel Bellis, local affairs manager for PETA’s cruelty investigation department, said Saturday.

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Former coach to be honored

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Robert “Demp” Smith, Ruston High School’s first African American head football coach, will be honored Friday by the Lincoln Parish School Board and RHS.
A reception will be held from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Parish School Board office followed by a halftime plaque presentation at the RHS football game starting at 7 p.m. at L. J. “Hoss” Garrett Field.
A brief program will also be held at noon during the reception.

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