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January 19th, 2013

Holladay remembered by friends as smart, meticulous

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Those who knew him well will miss the fiery disposition and meticulous nature, something they say served him well in his career, of Robert Holladay III, a former Lincoln Parish School Board member and local businessman, who died Jan. 6, 2013.
Bill Baskin, a long-time friend of Holladay, remembers his friend fondly.

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Will SI jinx derail ‘Kaep,’ 49ers today?

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On Thursday afternoon, I added another reason for predicting that the Atlanta Falcons will win today’s NFC championship game.
My Sports Illustrated arrived in the mail
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And who’s on the cover but one Colin Kaepernick, the starting quarterback who has been sensational for the San Francisco 49ers this season?

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Bulldogs do it again

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After slow start, Tech stops Seattle 78-71
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Another night, another slow start, another win and another “new” star for Louisiana Tech University.
Similar to Thursday night’s sluggish beginning, but eventual victory over Idaho, the Bulldogs (16-3, 6-0) rebounded from an 11-2 deficit in the opening 10 minutes to get past Seattle University 78-71 in a Western Athletic Conference game that attracted an estimated 3,800 fans to the Thomas Assembly Center on Saturday night.
It wasn’t pretty, but it was a win and seven in a row at home, no less, this season. Since last year, the ’Dogs have captured 11 consecutive victories in a row.

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Parish ranked teams win

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It was a good weekend for Lincoln Parish basketball teams ranked in the Louisiana Sports Writers Association state poll.
Of the five squads listed in those rankings, either in the Top 10 or honorable mention categories, all came away with victories.
In girls’ play, Dubach High’s No. 3 ranked Class B/C team was a 66-53 winner over Ruston’s New Living Word.

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Grambling teams suffer losses

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GRAMBLING — On Saturday afternoon in the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center, Grambling men’s and women’s basketball teams had no answer for Jackson State, as they both added to their current losing streaks.
The Lady Tigers fell short to JSU 61-54 for their fourth straight loss and the men’s squad suffered a 57-46 loss for consecutive defeat No. 16.

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Up in arms

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Although gun control has always been a controversial topic in modern-day America, the issue has recently created several polarizing opinions amongst the general population, political parties and elected officials. The issue seemed to hit a fever pitch on Jan 16. when President Barack Obama outlined 23 executive orders regarding firearms. The fall-out of the address spread throughout the country, with some praising his efforts, while others denounced the actions, if legislated, as illegal in themselves.

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Preparing kids for future

Those who visit the Lincoln Parish Early Childhood Center might think that it seems like a really fun place. But, they would not be right in thinking that the learning centers, which look like toys and games, aren’t part of a child’s educational journey.
Abigail James, supervisor of pre-k and family involvement, told board members at a recent school board meeting that at the beginning of preschool, students in Lincoln Parish are given a state-approved Development Skills Test.

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Riggs: Stop madness of gun violence

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The president took bold measures to help curb gun violence. We can show our support as citizens by letting our Congressmen know that we as a nation insist that this madness of gun violence must stop.  Please write our Congressmen to let them know we are serious about protecting our children and nation from the senseless murders that are taking place daily. Nine hundred people have died from gun violence since the Sandy Hook tragedy; more than 80 of the 900 have been children.  Below are a few measures Congress should take:
• Background checks must be made for all gun purchases.

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Schools up for an awesome 2013

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My friend Lisa gave me the most awesome book for Christmas. And its name says it all: “The Book of Awesome.” Well, it did until I read her inscription inside the cover —“Here’s to finding lots of AWESOME in 2013!” I don’t know about you, but I just like the sound of that. But then again, I just like the sound of that word —“awesome” just sounds awesome to me!
So as I started 2013 I placed this awesome book on my desk to remind myself daily of the awesomeness around me. After all, this book suggests that there are at least 14,001 things to be happy about even when things seem to be anything but awesome. I’ll bet if we each stop and think about it we could find even the smallest things in our everyday life that are grand, amazing, astounding, splendid and tremendous. In fact, we should truly be overwhelmed with the unsuspecting and simple awesomeness surrounding us.

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Field trip to the courtroom

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Through the years I’ve noticed that some of the occurrences in the court system are a microcosm of life.  Some of the cases produce the bizarre.  One might remember the old Art Linkletter series of “Kids Say the Darndest Things.” I suppose I could borrow that title and say “People say and do The darndest things.”

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