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July 12th

Putting Grambling on the map

The fellow wedding attendee, who hails from west Texas, immediately placed the city as the home of Grambling State University.
I guess GSU has its own appeal that translates across state lines.
This is obvious by the vast differences of the zip codes that students call home. From California to Jamaica, the range of origins is incredible.
The draw of the university is increasing, too, thanks to yearly Bayou Classic appearances and national exposure on BET.
With plans for modernization of the university’s residential life, GSU

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Ruston resident makes a difference

Murphy is on a quest to raise $16,000 for World Vision in order to have a well built for a village in Africa. She said that many children in Africa forfeit school in order to travel for water.
“Carrying my backpack is a daily reminder to me of what some of the women and kids go through. Some of them walk eight hours a day just for dirty water. They don’t have any other option,” Murphy said. “It’s horrible what they go through. I just want to make a difference.”

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July 11th

RHS, Choudrant have high rankings

States included in the South region and eligible to be ranked are Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama and Louisiana.
An estimated 150 programs were used as a basis for the final rankings, both RHS and Choudrant having been included in a semi-final list announced during the early part of June.
Ruston High finished with an overall record of 25-11 and went 10-2 against District 1-5A foes during the past season.
Choudrant wound up with a 27-9 season mark and 8-0 production versus District 2-B opponents.

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Amputees are inspiration

None of these, though, believe their loss of limb prevents them from being fully active and even participating in a cross-country biking event Sapere began five years ago called Amputees Across America.
These three travel 25-40 miles each day between June and July to spread the word that amputees can have full, active lifestyles.
The trio is traveling to Ruston today and should be in town sometime tonight to rest before visiting with area residents and HealthSouth
patients and giving encouragement to all.

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Regular heroes rival Superman

We discovered that night and the next morning that a 31-year-old woman had been lying face down in the water for about four or five minutes before anyone realized what was wrong. The paramedics had been able to resuscitate her, but she still was not breathing on her own. Her fiancé had been called and made it to the hospital during the night.
Then we found out the one thing that made us very, very perturbed: No one did anything to help her.
Why?
The night of the incident, we had seen several kids swimming in the pool and a handful of adults watching and more in the pool.

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Amputees Across America visit Ruston

“The staff of HealthSouth Specialty Hospital of North Louisiana is pleased to host Joe, Gary and A.J. as they bring inspiration and encouragement to all who hear them — especially those with loss of limb,” said Donna Bernard, director of marketing operations at HealthSouth.
“We’re inviting the public and anyone who could use encouragement in his or her life. These guys have been through it all, and they’re inspiring.”
HealthSouth will host a reception for the riders from 10-11 a.m., Wednesday, in the lobby of HealthSouth at 1401 Ezell St.

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July 10th

Livejournal, Myspace, Xanga

These are all good things. Writing in a blog, an online journal, is not only therapeautic, but it also allows the user’s “friends” to know about his or her life when a phone call, for example, would take too much time. Being able to post pictures of family vacations or birthdays saves on postage when you want to send these memories to Aunt Sue or Grandma Betty. Friends and family are allowed instant access into your life, often, along with everyone else.
Therein lies the problem.

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Library great for community

Our parish library purchases thousands of books for its patrons each year, but they are not only a place where children, teens and adults can check out reading material. They also have 63 workstations for area residents to research, study and even surf the Internet, and two of those workstations are made for people with disabilities. These two workstations are accessible to wheelchairs and have large print monitors, large keyboards and a mouse with a big track ball for people suffering from arthritis.

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Vickie Johnson: ‘steady’ is word

Now in her 10th year in the league, Johnson has averaged in double figures for points all but twice and she barely was shy in doing it on those occasions (9.5 as a rookie in 1997 and 9.4 in 2004).
She is more than halfway to playing in at least 30 games for the ninth straight year, the only other non-such achievement being in that debut campaign where she logged 26 appearances.
You want somebody steadfast in making a contribution?
Yea, “V.J.” is that kind of player.

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Area guardsmen patrol the Big Easy

Both men agree the work of a policeman in a city the size of New Orleans presents a different set of circumstances that they face as correctional officers in Lincoln Parish.
“This is nowhere near what we would do on a normal basis,” Sims, 23, said. “And after doing it, I have no desire to do it on a regular basis.”
Not Mack.
“I’m kind of thinking about changing my line of work to this side of law enforcement,” Mack, also 23, said. “I find it very interesting.”
The two men are home this weekend, earning a three-day pass before heading back to New Orleans Monday.

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