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June 8th, 2013

Little Miss Juneteenth Pageant finalists

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Pictured above from left to right during Friday’s Miss Juneteenth Pageant in Grambling are 2013 Little Miss Juneteenth first runner up Amaya Major of Ruston, 2013 Little Miss Juneteenth Sydney Millage of Grambling and second runner-up Mar Kaylia Buggs of Grambling.

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Keep crime down by keeping kids busy

The Louisiana summer months are upon us and it’s beginning to get hot. It’s unfortunate, but like the temperatures, statistically, crime will also rise.
According to the FBI crime statistics, the crime rate typically increases between 6 and 16 percent, with a medium of 10 percent, during the months of June, July and August. Violent crime usually increases by 13 percent.

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Life lessons from a bicycle

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I hated to see May end.
Don’t get me wrong — it was nice to get the school year to an endpoint. And my compulsively organized self was relieved to see my office and desk take on a more respectable look. Plus my legs were especially glad to see the calendar clear off a bit. However, none of that contributed to my dismay in seeing May give way to June.

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Big Brother is watching

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For those who have been regular, law-abiding taxpayers, you might believe that the branch of our bureaucracy, the Internal Revenue Service, is doing its predictable outstanding job. After all, although we do not particularly enjoy paying taxes, we know as responsible citizens, that it government cannot operate on a whim and promise, although things such as increasing debt and printing more money do come into play. There are those who need assistance of various types, for example, social security recipients. There are some other arenas that are of vital importance to our nation’s security that must be paid for, and this cannot occur without a payment of a fair amount of taxes.

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Dubach Revitalization and Coalition elects officers

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The Board of the Dubach Revitalization and Coalition, Inc. met recently to elect new officers. The new officers and board members attending are shown from left to right in the above picture: Maggie Brown, president, Fellowship Baptist Church; Hattie Graham, Church of God in Christ; Billie Jenkins, First Baptist Church Dubach; Glenda Knowles, secretary, Hico Baptist Church; Judy Beavers, Treasurer, Dubach United Methodist Church; and Evelyn Graham, Greater Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. Not pictured is Denine Stringfellow, vice-president, Church of the Living God.

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Stanley, Lovell: ‘bargain’ track gems in parish

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On the bargain “aisle” for collegiate track and field coaches, there are few better buys than Gary Stanley and Bertram Lovell.
Talk about the best bang for the buck, but the veteran leaders for the Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University programs make Dollar General and Family Dollar look like Tiffany’s.

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Wilson goes to Mets

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Ivan Wilson, Jr., is heading to the city where his favorite baseball team is located.
Well, his new favorite team, that is.
Growing up, the five-tool outfielder at Ruston High School always rooted for the New York Yankees.
After what transpired Friday, he’ll have to put the Bronx Bombers on the nostalgic shelf and pull for the New York Mets.

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Williams: Super supper

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GSU alumni chapter honors Tigers’ head coach
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Twenty-five years later, the memories of his historic performance at Super Bowl XXII keep returning for Doug Williams.
On Saturday night, at the Library Events Center, it was in conjunction with the second annual Grambling University National Alumni Association Ruston chapter “Scholarship Gala,” where the former Tigers’ quarterback was honored for his Most Valuable Player award-winning leadership in the Washington Redskins’ 42-10 Super Bowl victory over the Denver Broncos on Jan. 31, 1988.

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Tech fans will be in high ‘Cotton’

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Starting Monday, current members of the Louisiana Tech University Athletic Club and 2013 Bulldog Football season ticket holders will have the exclusive opportunity to purchase tickets to the Heart of Dallas Classic before they go on sale to the general public June 17.
The Heart of Dallas Classic between the Bulldogs and Army is slated for 2:30 p.m., on Sept. 28 at the Cotton Bowl and will be televised on a FOX Sports Network.

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Hall opening nears

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State sports museum to be unveiled June 28
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BATON ROUGE — State Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Foundation are hosting a grand opening reception in Natchitoches on June 28 for the state’s newest and most dazzling cultural attraction — the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum.

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