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December 4th

Dean’s big year continues

No word yet on whether or not Dean has been checking out some old tapes of, say, Joe Montana, to grab a tip or two on making the perfect candy toss.
“It will be fun and I’m honored to be doing this,” said Dean, one of only 247 members in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which honored him and five other legends of the sport in Canton, Ohio this summer.
“I am grateful that they chose me to be the grand marshal. It means so much, having grown up here and played in high school and college locally.”

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Think outside the gift box

I’ll admit it’s nice to have a specific time set aside each year where television commercials and store window signs remind us to think about the needs and desires of others.

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GSUPD hire is key piece of safety puzzle

Chambers has experience with the toughest of the tough departments in the nation. A former New York City Department of Investigations officer, he has also served in positions with North Carolina A&T University and the Burlington, N.C. police department. He’s been a patrol officer, narcotics investigator, detective, special operations officer, community policing officer and school resource officer. Look at him as a Swiss army knife among police officers.

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Shades of the holiday season

Some varieties, like “Visions of Grandeur” poinsettias with a creamy white and pink coloration, were already spoken for.
“It’s beautiful,” said horticultural attendant Ashley Hall of the breed, which is a new one for the year. She also pointed out a “Holly Point” variety with a green and white color pattern that she said is one that stands out for her.
That’s not to say the sale is limited to just poinsettias, with winter rose varieties like “Red Marble” and “Peppermint Twist,” and chrysanthemums also available for purchase, just to name a few.

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December 3rd

Bulldogs’ offense on upswing

Included in that production were four contests of 31 or more points, among them being a 45-38 victory over Utah State.
“Toward the end of the year, our offense has taken some really big steps,” said starting quarterback Ross Jenkins. “We’ll all become much more comfortable with each other and we’ve gained a greater understanding of our personnel.”

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Grin and bear Ruston roads

The construction on that main north-south artery was so bad at one point that I think he actually considered hitting the Sonic on California Avenue for lunch, which is a rare hiccup in his highly regimented world. Since construction has somewhat eased in that area (and I stress somewhat), the complaints have not been as barbed, but you can tell it still irks. It’s not one-laned anymore, but the narrowness and the grade drop-off are still big problems for commuters. He worries that even in his small vehicle, he’s going to clip some poor highway worker.

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City reacts to residents' concerns

When government responds to resident concerns so readily, that’s something worth recognizing. We are fortunate to live in a city with leaders who respond to our requests, especially in such a timely manner.
Taking care of blighted property is a logical first step in making the changes the city needs as it heads into the future. It makes sense to assess and address the existing buildings and infrastructure in town before embarking on new construction projects.

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Time for parades

Bush said area residents who come downtown to see the parade Thursday will be treated to candy thrown from Santa and other float riders, as well as entertainment from Choudrant High and Ruston Junior High spirit groups and Louisiana Tech and Grambling High’s bands.

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December 2nd

Tech hoops: Hallway of stars

In addition, there are new display areas exclusively devoted to the achievements of the Bulldogs’ and Lady Techsters’ teams, former Techsters’ head coach Leon Barmore and ex-Tech and professional star Malone.
Produced by Atlanta-based Murphy and Orr, the marketing firm that set up the trophy display area at the Charles Wyly Athletic Center, the new look to the TAC will provide a means for fans and alumni to appreciate and gain a greater knowledge of the success of the Tech hoops program.

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Thankful season for GSU

But GSU prevented that from happening with a 29-14 win over the Jaguars to take the SWAC West. Good thing, too. You see, the Grambling-Southern football rivalry is unlike any other I’ve seen in college athletics.
Legendary NFL Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi said it best about this series: “Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing.”
That’s because it doesn’t matter if one of the teams wins all of its other games — a loss in the Bayou Classic means a lost season. Conference championships don’t really matter — the season for these teams comes down to one game: The Bayou Classic.

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