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April 11th

Thousands pay respect to Robinson

Robinson, who endured the indignities of the Jim Crow era while building tiny and predominantly black Grambling into a football power, died last week at 88.
On Monday, his body lay in an open casket in the same room where Robinson had viewed the body of slain political titan Huey Long more than 70 years ago.
Williams estimated that more than 100 of Robinson’s former players had shown up, with more expected to attend a wake and burial on Tuesday and Wednesday in Grambling.
Robinson grew up near Baton Rouge, where a street is named for him.

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April 10th

Silhouettes to remind public of choices

Each of the 29 silhouettes represents a person in Lincoln Parish who has died due to alcohol in the last 10 years. Four silhouettes have been added this year since four lives were lost in 2006.
“This is an extension of an environmental strategy to change the culture of drinking within Lincoln Parish,” CHOICES director Clarence Thomas said. “We want to promote a clear public message supporting responsible decision making. Those 29 silhouettes represent deaths due to alcohol not just from vehicles, but anything where alcohol is a factor in the death.”

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‘White Tiger’ loved Robinson

But that other former player who proudly wore the black and gold and who will be among the hundreds of ex-GSU members coming into Lincoln Parish to attend Wednesday’s funeral services in Grambling is James Gregory.
Yes, he’s THAT James Gregory.
The original “White Tiger.”
Gregory, who became the first white football player in Grambling history in 1968, will make a journey of over 2,000 miles from his native state of California to be among the thousands who will gather for the 11 a.m. services at the university’s new Assembly Center.

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Coalition to create safer parish

Alcohol abuse is a prevalent issue in all communities, and the South Service Road West has had its fair share of alcohol-related deaths in the past few years.
Getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after consuming alcoholic beverages is never a smart idea and can lead to a tragic accident involving not only your life but the lives of others as well.

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Count your blessings, share

And, yes, for those of you wanting to know, I did cry during the movie.
As I watched that movie, I wondered what I would do if I were in that type of situation. Would I fight back? Would I concede to the terrorists’ demands and be passive? In my vivid imagination, I see myself being terrified at first and then absolutely furious and wanting to fight. I hope I would not take death sitting still.
I then thought of what I would do if I were in the passengers’ loved ones’ shoes. How would I feel if my parents or my husband were up in the air about to die? What would I do?

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A really hot car

No one was injured in the fire which occurred across from County Market in downtown Ruston, but the car was a total loss.

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April 9th

GSU chosen to host advanced study

Gelpi said this advanced study would greatly increase the participants’ professional development.
“It directly benefits them because they receive free credit hours or continuing learning units,” he said. “You don’t have to pay for books or materials; it’s provided. Teachers get paid to take the course. At the completion, they will receive a $725 stipend.”
While Gelpi said this is a good opportunity, it is extremely competitive.

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’Dogs ready to resume drills

Such will be one of the primary tasks for Dooley, his staff and entire team this week after taking a short break for the Easter holidays.
Tech has been idle since a scrimmage last Thursday. Meetings will be held today and then a return to on-the-field workouts is set for Tuesday at 5:45 p.m. Other practices set for this week include Wednesday and Friday at 3:45 p.m. and then a scrimmage that will be open to the public at Joe Aillet Stadium on Saturday at 1 p.m.

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C.R.A.B.S. is about community

“What we’re trying to do is enhance a lot of things about Choudrant,” Havis said. “We’re trying to draw in public awareness; we’re trying to keep that local hometown environment. Instead of our families driving off to see the Christmas lights in Jonesboro or Natchitoches or going way out of town just to have something for your family to be able to do, we’re just trying to get things going on in Choudrant where it’s just a family environment.”

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No 'Peeping Toms' allowed

“I’m on my way home,” he said.
“OK. So what did you guys do?” I asked. “Hello?”
No reply.
I dialed his number and flipped up the blinds that covered the window in the living room to see if he was about to pull into the driveway, but it wasn’t my husband’s white Cavalier I saw through the window. I couldn’t believe my eyes when they registered an older gentleman, with his arm propped up on my windowsill, gazing in at me. I froze, open-mouthed until Dustin picked up the phone.
“Hey, sorry, we must have …” he began.

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