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June 7th, 2013

Grambling to honor ‘Gallot Trio’

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For many Grambling residents, the name Gallot invokes thoughts of public service and dedication to the community.
Members of the Gallot family have held positions such as state senator, educator, board member and mayor. To honor three specific members of the Gallot family, the City of Grambling has named Rick Gallot Sr., his wife Mildred Gallot and their son State Senator Rick Gallot the “Gallot Trio” as well as Grand Marshals of Grambling’s Juneteenth Heritage Festival.

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Kicking off peachy fun with an art show

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The North Central Louisiana Arts Council office is excited about next week’s Peach Festival Art Exhibit. On Thursday, we’ll be on site at the Ruston Civic Center from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. to check in artwork for this 26th annual fine arts show. This is such a wonderful program, as it brings the community together through the arts, exhibiting works by hobby-artists, professionals, students and young children. Wonderful community sponsors contribute monetary awards in eight categories, and works exhibited may be for sale, so viewers can buy and bring a favorite piece home when the exhibit closes.

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Kicking off Juneteenth with a crown

On June 19, 1865 Major General Gordon Granger with the Union Army, marched into Galveston, Texas declaring all slaves to be free. Although the event was more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation had become law, General Robert E. Lee had jut surrendered a few months prior. That more than likely warm day in June 1865 began a long tradition known as Juneteenth.

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Francis places No. 21

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Kim Francis ran 13.34 and finished No. 21 in the 100-meter hurdles, as Louisiana Tech University wrapped up competition at the NCAA Outdoor Championships at historic Heyward Field in Eugene, Ore., on Thursday.
Francis, a native of Lafayette, finished eighth in her heat before defeating two hurdlers from Southern Cal and another from UCLA in the finals.

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Wilson slated for draft call by end of day

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Move over, George Heard Stone, Jr.
And James Rodney Richard.
And Ralph Garr.
And Wayne Cage.
And all of the other well-known and successful names of Lincoln Parish’s baseball glory.
There’s another soon-to-be-notable name added to the legendary feats that followed former Ruston High stars Stone and Cage and ex-Lincoln High phenoms Richard and Garr into the professional ranks.
Introducing: Ivan Wilson, Jr., the Bearcats’ outfielder and slugger who is scheduled to be selected by the end of today in the 2013 Major League Baseball draft.

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Tech golf: high class grades

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The Louisiana Tech University men’s golf team has received an NCAA Public Recognition Award for its success in the classroom as part of the NCAA’s Academic Performance Program.
This marks the third consecutive year that head coach Jeff Parks’ golf team has earned the recognition for its academic work.
“This is a tribute to the hard work and dedication that our young men put forth every day in pursuing their degrees,” Parks said.

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Ellis regional streak snapped

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College baseball Super Regional action starts today, but for the first time ever former Grambling State University baseball coach Wilbert Ellis will not be serving as a Super Regional tournament director.
NCAA Super Regional Play debuted in 1999 and since then Ellis has travelled the country serving as a director for those tournaments. But the College Baseball Hall of Famer had to bow out this week.
“My sister down in St. Francisville had to have surgery, so I’m going down to be with her,” Ellis said.

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Torbush enters ETS coaching race

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One connection to Louisiana Tech University is out and another is in with the current head football coaching vacancy at East Tennessee State University.
Taking his name out of the hat on Thursday was Gunter Brewer, a former Cedar Creek High wide receiver and son of former Bulldogs’ head coach Billy Brewer.
Putting his name in the running for the Buccaneers’ job is Carl Torbush, who served as the head coach at Tech in 1987.
Torbush, who was also once the head baseball coach at Southeastern Louisiana University, was the linebackers’ coach at Liberty College in 2012.

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Grambling to honor Williams on Saturday

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Twenty-five years after he created one of the greatest moments in Super Bowl history, Doug Williams will receive additional accolades for his historic performance.
The former All-American quarterback at Grambling State University will be recognized at the annual “Scholarship Gala” of the Ruston chapter of the school’s National Alumni Association at 6 p.m. on Saturday at the Library Events in Ruston.
On Jan. 31, 1988, Williams earned Most Valuable Player honors in leading the Washington Redskins to a 42-10 win over the Denver Broncos in Super XXV in San Diego, Calif.

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Mr. Johnny William “J.W.” Key

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Funeral services for Mr. Johnny William “J.W.” Key, age 88 of Dubach, will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday, June 9, 2013 at Hico Baptist Church. Officiating the services will be Rev. Carroll Holmes and Rev. Danny Triplet. Burial will follow in Henry Cemetery in Hico under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Ruston. Mr. Key was born September 29, 1924 in Arcola IL and died June 6, 2013 in Ruston. He was a welder for Texas Gas for 36 years and served in the US Army during WWII.

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