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August 22nd, 2016

GSU student starts new chapter after her home flooded

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Essence Brown planned for her first week at Grambling State University to be a dream come true.
But after the freshman criminal justice major was awakened by her mother at 5 a.m. Aug. 13 to knee-deep water in her Albany home, Brown knew her dream would be tarnished.
“It was unbelievable,” she said. “The water was everywhere. I didn’t expect my freshman year of college would be coming out of a flood.”
Brown went to sleep on Aug. 12 thinking what any freshman might be thinking of — decorating her first dorm room.

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Lincoln Parish men continue to stand strong

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For the fourth year in a row, men in Lincoln Parish are forming ranks and standing up to be counted. DART’s 2016 Men Standing Strong campaign has officially launched, and this year’s leaders are an impressive group of men. They are: Drake Mills, Gary Stokley, Brian Smith, Clarence Williams, Wilbert Ellis, Lewis Jones, Cassidy Keim, Jake Woods and Skip Holtz. Allow me to mention each of them here. This will be a two-part column.

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Grambling Chamber of Commerce donates goods

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The Greater Grambling Chamber of Commerce recently bagged and delivered for victims of the south Louisiana flood to Cook Baptist Church. The church has been sending trailers to Fellowship Church in Prairieville. Monique Pruitt, vice president of the Greater Grambling Chamber of Commerce, brought donations the chamber had received. “This is a natural disaster and we came together and wanted to help. It could have been us,” Pruitt said. The chamber donated several bags of toiletries, hygiene items, clothes and school supplies.

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Club News: Caney Lake Good Sams Club

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The Pavilion RV Park in West Monroe was the destination for the July 20-23, 2016 campout for the Cane Lake Good Sams Club. Hosts Mary and James Dugdale invited the campers to bring their sack lunches and join them on Wednesday evening.
Sightseeing began Thursday morning after breakfast. The group went out to the Biedenharn Home, Coke Museum, Gardens, and Bible Museum. There were very interesting facts about the way the Biedenharns came to be in Monroe and the way the bottling of Coke began.

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Miss America events can help Louisiana

Not every community can lay claim to being home to a potential Miss America. Lincoln Parish can.
Choudrant resident and reigning Miss Louisiana Justine Ker is in Atlantic City today to begin the concluding weeks in a quest that she — and we — hope ends with her being crowned the new Miss America.
Between now and the final night of competition Sept. 11, Ker will participate in number of events that will not only give her the opportunity to showcase her talent and vibrant personality, but also to talk about the state from which she comes.

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The man in the folding chair

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When I drive down Lewisville Road, on my way to somewhere, I see him sitting there — off to the west — sometimes in the morning, sometimes in the afternoon.
I’ve thought about stopping but I still consider myself a mild-mannered polite Southern gentleman. By that I mean, my nature; I don’t like to bother people. Normally, I wouldn’t think of pulling my pickup truck over to ask a man why he chooses to sit in a folding chair at a graveyard — of all places — day after day, rain or shine, like he was waiting for his favorite team to take the field.

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Lady Techsters soccer opens with win

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BEAUMONT, Texas — The last time Louisiana Tech was forced to play a man down due to a red card, it was four years ago and the Lady Techsters were still able to pull off the victory.
The same scenario happened on Sunday night as Tech was forced to play with 10 on the field and still came away with a dramatic 2-1 road win over Lamar at the LU Soccer Complex to open the 2016 season.
The match was knotted up at one goal apiece before Monica Gebler was issued a red card just 35 minutes into the game.

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Buddy's Blog: Cannon’s famous run still a big thrill for LSU fans

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The run, or should we write The Run, can still be viewed by modern day, computer-savvy football fans on YouTube 57 years later.
But any true and passionate LSU fan doesn’t need what the author of The Run now calls ‘’a fading yellowish film clip’’ from that Halloween night in 1959.
It’s etched in the memory bank and passed on from one generation to another, like a rite of passage to anyone confessing a loyalty to the Tigers and their rich history on the gridiron.

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August 20th

Former coach makes history

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Reception to be held for Robert Smith Sept. 2
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 Robert “Demp” Smith has spent his life overcoming obstacles, blazing trails and working with the youth of Ruston.
The former Lincoln High School and Ruston High School coach will be honored on Sept. 2 on the 40th anniversary of his become the first African American head football coach at RHS.
A reception will be held from 11:30 a.m. — 1:30 p.m. Sept. 2 at the Lincoln Parish School Board Title 1 Office and later that day will be honored with a halftime plaque presentation during the Ruston High vs. Neville High football game at L.J. “Hoss” Garrett Stadium.

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Four indicted in Grambling shooting

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A Lincoln Parish grand jury has indicted four men in connection with the shooting death of a Ruston man outside a Grambling nightclub last April.
In a separate case, grand jurors also indicted the driver of a vehicle in which a Louisiana Tech University student was killed earlier this month.
Word of the grand jury’s action, taken Aug. 12, was released Friday by 3rd Judicial District Attorney John Belton’s office.

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