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January 18th, 2013

First MLK event scheduled in Union Parish Saturday

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The Union Parish community will remember the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the late Nobel Peace Prize-winning civil rights leader with its first memorial celebration Saturday.
Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue will be the keynote speaker. Parish officials declared Jan.19, and each Saturday before the third Monday in January in future years, as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Farmerville and in Union Parish.
According to Willie Payne, this event is long overdue.

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Salvadore Liberto to take Dixie stage

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Salvadore Liberto has been writing, recording and performing original music for more than 20 years. He’s released four studio albums and has played at many performing arts centers, theaters and colleges across the United States. I was first introduced to the music of the gifted musician as he performed at the Charles W. Eismann Center for Performing Arts in Richardson, Texas. I knew immediately that he would be a great addition to the Dixie Center concert series.

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Club News

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Hosts Nellie and Emory Ambrose and Laverne and Aron Kirbow gathered the Caney Lake Sammers at Country Cottage in Arcadia on Dec. 7. Before the frivolity began, President Carolyn Estes called the business meeting to order. She asked the group to stand for a few minutes in silent prayer for those in our military services. Joe Dickson then led in the Pledge of Allegiance. Emily Arnold and Linda Richardson (daughter of Mae and Keith Elliott) were introduced as guests. When Pat Dickson called roll, 18 rigs responded. She then read the minutes.

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Transportation for public a parish asset

Every day, people get in their vehicles and drive to work, the store or perhaps a medical appointment.
It is not until one’s vehicle breaks down that they realize how desperately they rely on their motorized form of transportation. 

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Gun control not the answer

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America only thought that jumping off or falling from the fiscal cliff was going to be trouble. The trail our government is walking down, currently, in pursuit of “gun control” could result in a horrendous slide down a treacherous slippery slope.
Riding the wave of emotion left in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting, we only admit now, what we have known for too long. There are mad people in this country who will do bad things, with no regard for the lives of innocent people.

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Firearm debate about common sense

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The gun control debate has become front and center since the massacre in Newtown, Conn. Americans have seen too many of these types of tragedies over the past decade. We have become numb to it all.

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’Dogs outlast Idaho

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Just ask Kenneth “Speedy” Smith or Raheem Appleby about being tagged with “Stars of the Game” labels after Louisiana Tech University battled back to knock down Idaho, 72-66, in a Western Athletic Conference game at the Thomas Assembly Center on Thursday nigh.
They’ll have nothing to do with it.
Oh, they’re appreciative of any kudos being hurled their way after combining for 43 points, three rebounds nine assists, five steals and a blocked shot in the Bulldogs’ consecutive win No. 7 in a row this season and 11 straight extending from last year.

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Prep hoops

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The current Louisiana Sports Writers Association state high school basketball polls for boys and girls (first place votes in parentheses):
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Class 5A
1-Scotlandville (11), 132; 2-Ouachita, 114; 3-Brother Martin, 106; 4-Comeaux, 91; 5-East Ascension, 81; 6-RUSTON, 62; 7-H.L. Bourgeois, 59; 8-East St. John, 44; 9-New Iberia, 40; 10-Westgate, 39; 11-Byrd, 38; 12-Dutchtown, 30; 13-Natchitoches Central, 20; 14-Higgins, five; 15-Mandeville, Baton Rouge Woodlawn, one each.
Class 4A

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Petersen officially on board

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Louisiana Tech head football coach Skip Holtz has announced that Tony Petersen has been named the team’s new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
A record-setting quarterback at Marshall, Petersen joins the Louisiana Tech Family after serving as the co-offensive coordinator at Marshall for three seasons in the second of two stints at his alma mater. He comes to Ruston with over 20 years coaching experience at the NCAA Division I level.

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Techsters rally past Vandals

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MOSCOW, Idaho -- Following a 19-hour trip to Moscow the day before, Louisiana Tech found itself trailing the Idaho Vandals by 20 points early in the second half of Thursday night’s Western Athletic Conference contest at Cowan Spectrum.
Head Coach Teresa Weatherspoon’s bunch dug deep and used a game-ending 37-8 run to record the second largest come-from-behind victory in the program’s history, as the Lady Techsters defeated Idaho 67-58.

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