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December 8th

Grambling revels

“I thought it went great, we just want to see it continue to grow,” Grambling mayor Martha Andrus said. “We want to get more people, churches and organizations involved, and we want to encourage people from surrounding communities to come and see what our Grambling Christmas parade is all about.”

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’Dogs go Independence bowling

“Per instructions from the NCAA, nothing can be officially done until after the BCS makes its announcement,” said Missy Setters, the executive director of the Independence Bowl. “As soon as that (the BCS bowls) are finalized and set up, then we will extend invitations to schools.”
No surprise: the Bulldogs will accept that invite to make their first postseason appearance since the 2001 Humanitarian Bowl in Boise, Idaho, where they lost to Clemson 49-24.

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’Dogs bite Tigers again

“It took everything we had to win over there and we were determined to play a lot better tonight,” said junior center/forward Kenneth Cooper. “We never got into the flow at their place. Tonight, we did.”
Save for the first three minutes, Tech (3-4) controlled the game from the start and enjoyed leads of 18 or more points in the final 15 minutes. Grambing got to within 51-33 with 10 minutes to play, but that was as close as they could get in trying to pull off a similar late game rally as the Bulldogs did at the Tigers’ den.

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Grambling hire must get city on track

Tim Green of Monroe’s Allen, Green & Williamson accounting firm said that because of an abundance of insufficient documentation to reconcile the audit and the fact that there is no signed letter of representation from city management for the audit, there is a disclaimer attached to it saying that there is no opinion because it can’t be qualified.
Willie Mabry has picked up the pieces and is the new point man for the city’s financial strategy, and he knows he faces an uphill battle to get the tangled problem under control.

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TV-free for 365 days and counting

Forgoing cable TV is not a big deal in larger markets where you can still pick up a few local channels with the trusty rabbit ears. Believe me, I’ve gotten my money’s worth from the pair I purchased years ago.
Here in Ruston, though, we’re too far away from any of the regional channels’ satellites to reliably catch the major networks on any kind of consistent basis.
Believe me, I’ve tried.
Even with the help of a “signal booster” compliments of my dad, our TV channel reception has been spotty at best.

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Floats fuel excitement

“It’s a great night for a Christmas parade,” Dean shouted as he tossed candy out to festive parade-goers.
Haley Issac brought her kids out to see the parade with their grandmother, Shelly McGuyer, on North Trenton Street as they parked their truck near Waltz Pharmacy.
“We get out here to park every year at 5 p.m. and get the same spot every year,” Issac said. “It’s great, we’ve been coming out for years and years. The only bad thing is on a night like this, I really miss the hot cocoa they used to sell there on the corner.”

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December 5th

Tech, GSU: Showdown No. 2

In a Nov. 18 game held at the GSU’s Assembly Center, Tech managed a thrilling 80-74 overtime victory in front of an estimated 4,200 fans.
An even larger attendance count is due for the second version of Lincoln Parish bragging rights, the game following a 6 p.m. matchup between the women’s teams at Tech and the University of Arizona (6 p.m.).
“It was a great game at their place,” said Tech coach Kerry Rupp. “It was a great atmosphere with two teams fighting to get a win. We are excited to get Grambling on our floor this time around.”

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Studies show kids are not OK

The thing about moral norms is they take work — hard work — to inculcate in any of us, much less the average 19-year-old. It would certainly be a lot easier for most of us parents if the postmodernist myth were true.
But this week two big pieces of evidence came in showing that the kids are not OK. Really not OK at all.

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University weaknesses must be fixed

In other words, our weaknesses showed up across the board. This is not OK.
Rather than tucking its tail between its legs and feeling sorry for itself, our state should confront these findings head-on. State and university leaders must accept the challenge that lies ahead and work harder than ever to improve our education system.
Louisiana Commissioner of Higher Education Sally Clausen said the state’s grades on the report are “embarrassing.” She’s right, and we’ve got to do something to fix them.

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Tech comes back to life

Expectations are that student enrollment will be stable compared to last year, even in the midst of a recession that, according to reports from a nonprofit private agency called the National Bureau of Economic Research, has dragged since this time last year.
Registrar Bob Vento, who describes himself as a glass-half-full type, points to classes filling up and steady traffic in Ruston and Tech’s Barksdale campus in Bossier City as positives. Still, he can’t be sure of the situation until official tallies come out around Dec. 16, the official ninth class day.

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