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January 23rd

Area schools stay on track

According to Education Week magazine’s 2006 report card, Louisiana ranked first in the nation in standards, accountability and efforts to improve teacher quality.
While some might be surprised the Bayou State has earned such a lofty grade, those of us who have seen the work put in by our teachers, administrators and legislature aren’t.

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GSU being checked by NCAA

The Tigers, who went 11-1 overall and captured an outright championship in the Southwestern Athletic Conference and a share of the black collegiate crown, are reportedly being probed for the use of ineligible players during the 2005 campaign.
According to interim athletic director Duer Sharp, the university’s compliance office is evaluating and working on the various parts of the investigation.

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’Dogs test NMSU at home Saturday

It was backcourt woes that applied a major thorn in the side of the Bulldogs (11-7, 4-1) during their 64-55 league mid-week loss at Utah State.
“We just had terrible guard play in the second half,” summed up Richard.
“Too many turnovers, problems running the offense and particularly getting the ball into Paul (Millsap, junior forward). Our guards forgot about Paul late in the game. He hardly touched the ball during the last five minutes. Our guards just got way too tentative.”

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Clausen unwavering in Judson’s support

Clausen requested the closed-door meeting to address demands from the president of the Grambling University National Alumni Association (GUNAA), James Bradford, and several Grambling residents that Judson, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Robert Dixon and Vice President of Finance Billy Owens step down or be fired.
The Grambling City Council met in special session Thursday to discuss and endorse a petition calling for the termination of the three top administrators at GSU, but tabled the issue after speaking with Clausen.

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Grambling postpones decision

That decision came after nearly two hours of testimony by state Rep. Richard Gallot, D-Grambling, Grambling University National Alumni Association President James Bradford and several private citizens, punctuated by an executive session that lasted 35 minutes.

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Marshall is favorite of Bulldogs’ fans

J.J. Marshall has his own Fan Club.
Or maybe even several.
Who knows how many “underground” admiration-for-J.J. organizations may be in the works for this sophomore guard from Shreveport?
Unofficially, Marshall just might be the most popular member of the Bulldogs’ squad.
And he has appeared in only four games and averaged only 8.2 minutes during his second season as a collegian.
No matter.

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January 19th

Foreign tale told at familiar site

In the upcoming Ruston Community Theater production, Choudrant High School principal Doug Postel will set aside his lesson books and hopefully pick up audience admiration when he portrays the title character. The first RCT play to be performed in the newly-renovated Dixie Center for the Arts, The Foreigner tells the story of a man who discovers himself by pretending to be someone else.

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Ground breaking long awaited

It is a project which has been long in its completion. After seven years of planning and work it is coming to its fruition with construction starting very soon.
Phase I of the project, called the U.S. Highway 167 underpass, will extend both the north and south service roads connecting U.S. 167 and Tech Drive/Cooktown Road. The service roads currently make a “U” and tie in underneath Interstate 20 near the intersection of the south service road and Baldwin Street.

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Grambling calls special meeting

“I want us to discuss the situation and gather more input for the citizens of Grambling,” Andrus said. “The petition will be available if citizens want to sign it.”
The petition was started by GSU National Alumni Association president James Bradford. Andrus said she supports the petition circulated by Bradford.
“The relationship between the city and the university has deteriorated,” Andrus said. “That’s what disturbs me. If a person in charge is not fixing the problem, they need to be replaced.”

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January 18th

An era of journalists ending

The publisher (sorry, his name slips me) was in turn killed by a bystander. All of this happened on the street in front of the newspaper and within sight of the courthouse. Ah, the good ol’ days of journalism.
Those days are fading away, and small, family-owned newspapers are falling by the wayside. Newspaper corporations are steadily replacing local owners, and one-by-one, these men who were born with ink and ice flowing through their veins are dying.

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