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October 13th

Grambling gets major medical grant

Calvin Young, who is the president of Powerpoint and Associates Consulting Firm in Arcadia and wrote the grant for the city, made the announcement in front of roughly 75 attendants at the Trash Bash.
The grant will "mean a lot to the city of Grambling," Young said, adding Grambling received one of only 20 grants in the nation.

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The good and funny reverend

The comic, the retired Rev. Douglas McGuire of Ruston, tells the crowd that God wants all people treated equally, so he allows the bum inside to share their meal. The hobo, who is actually McGuire’s long-time friend and partner, Robert Peyton, a retired Methodist minister from Arcadia, then says, “Well, I can play the guitar for my supper.”

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Dubach issues get messy

District 4 Police Juror Terry Knowles, who shared the Jury's conception with council members, said he is opposed to the plan, which would provide each parish resident outside city limits with a 96-gallon garbage pail for waste disposal.
"If the bins are removed completely we'll have the problem of people going on the back roads and dumping," Knowles said.
Although still in the planning stage, Knowles said the new system will likely become a reality.

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National Guard Engineer Unit to Change Command

Lt. Col. David B. McGee handing over command — which he had held since Nov. 1, 2003 — to new 527th commander Lt. Col. Jerry S. Crooks at a command change ceremony at Ruston's Memorial Armory.
Kelly Barnett, chaplain for the 527th and master of ceremonies Saturday, gave some of the history behind the 527th and command change ceremonies.
The 527th saw its birth in 1973 and has served in both Desert Storm, being called to active duty by President George Bush in December of 1990, and Operation Enduring Freedom.

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Lady 'Cats end Simsboro home win streak

Yet for all intents and purposes, they were the decided underdogs for perhaps the first time all season.
Being the defending Class B state champs and current No. 1-ranked team in the state in your classification doesn't mean much when you step up to play a Class 5A school — particularly a consistent winner like the Ruston Lady Bearcats.
Despite the underdog status, the Lady Tigers (33-3) fought valiantly against the bigger, stronger Lady 'Cats (23-9). But Ruston managed to hold on to a 62-56 victory that snapped Simsboro's home win streak.

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Board approves Bell, 13th checks

“We look forward, Mr. Bell, as you lead Lincoln Parish to even greater achievements,” Anders said.
Bell is slated to receive a $90,000 base salary and $5,000 car allowance in his two-year contract, which is effective July 1 and ends July 1, 2007.
“I appreciate your confidence in me,” Bell told the board. “These aren’t easy shoes to fill.”
Anders thanked outgoing superintendent Charles Scriber for his years of dedication and hard work in the parish.

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Bell named new superintendent

"It was a difficult decision to make," she said. "Each candidate had their own individual strengths and weaknesses. However, (Bell had) an overwhelming support of the educators and the public in general.
My personal count of letters and phone calls was 130 plus in support of Danny Bell."

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Aldermen endorse sex offender bill

The resolution should state "Whereas, there is pending in the Louisiana Legislature House Bill 451, which would establish a mandatory minimum bond of $150,000 for people who, having been previously convicted of sexual misconduct with children 12 years and younger, are again arrested and charged with a violation involving sexual misconduct with a child 12 years and under ... "

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Aggies stifled extra inning threat

Last year, Choudrant came here to Bringhurst Park for the state tournament ranked No. 1 in the state. They left with a 6-0 defeat to No. 2 and eventual state champion Oak Hill.
Those Aggies from a year ago all returned, including eight seniors. And they returned once again as the No. 1 team in the state to face the second-ranked team in the semifinals.
This year’s opponent, the Simpson Broncos (21-5), came out on the losing end this time.

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Vitter covers various issues at town hall

Vitter, who spoke at Wyly Tower Auditorium on the campus of Louisiana Tech University as part of his statewide trek to hold town hall meetings in all 64 parishes, covered a number of local and national issues on questions from the audience.
Vitter said the town hall meeting was designed to be a "relaxed, informal discussion about what's on your mind and in your heart" so that he could take those issues back with him to Capitol Hill.

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