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’Dogs close out home schedule

It will be the regular season home finale for the ‘Dogs, who then end their WAC campaign Friday through Sunday in Las Cruces, N.M. against New Mexico State University.
Tech will be seeking to go 2-0 against the Warhawks and finish out with an 8-3 record against in-state foes with tonight’s game.
In a late February contest held in Monroe, the Bulldogs took an 11-7 victory, one that featured a leadoff home run by senior centerfielder Adam Cobb of Tech on the very first at-bat of the night.

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Town has opportunity to recover

Recent business news in Grambling has not been positive. Doors have been shut across town, leaving residents and administrators wondering how the town will generate sales tax revenue.
The forthcoming Eddie Robinson Museum could make Grambling a tourist destination, but the town must be prepared.
Recruiting a brand new hotel with a restaurant and meeting rooms is an important step toward stimulating the town’s economy.
Giving visitors a place to stay in Grambling will keep their money in town, rather than sending them east to stay in Ruston.

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Abuse can be financial trap

When she had to go grocery shopping, on his schedule, he gave her a handful of cash and a grocery list. The amount of cash was always too small to purchase the items listed. He also gave her an impossible time schedule, 20 minutes to drive to the store, 30 minutes to select her purchases, and 20 minutes to drive back home.
From their home in the country, this poor woman had to travel at break neck speed, grab the items from the shelves rapidly making the decision which to leave behind because she didn’t have enough cash, and then come tearing home.

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DUI mock crash sends message

The driver, played by Jeremy Uzzle, had been smoking marijuana and drinking a little at a graduation celebration, but he decided he was in better shape to drive than his peers.
“He actually drove better when he was high because he was more ‘careful,’ at least that was what he told himself,” Simsboro First Baptist Church pastor Wilton Wall, who acted as narrator, explained to the crowd of students watching the scene. “His friends didn’t care. They all got in the car with him willingly.”

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Business moving into town

“We are really excited about this new hotel and other economic development projects that are coming to our community,” McIntyre said. “All of this will mean jobs and taxes for our city.”
Other projects that will be discussed include a mini-shopping center and the Eddie Robinson Museum. Officials from the City of Grambling and Grambling State University also will make presentations.
“This is a good opportunity to hear first-hand the current and future projects in the city of Grambling,” McIntyre said.

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Techsters defy major odds

Well, believe it.
The team that everybody this side of Honolulu probably thought had little chance of hanging around until the tournament’s final day pulled off one of those “do you believe in miracles?” feats Saturday night.
For the fourth consecutive game, Tech (35-27) not only defeated a top 25 nationally ranked club, but did it in the championship game with a 2-1 victory against No. 1 seeded Nevada.
It marked back-to-back wins, no less, for the Techsters against the Wolf Pack and this time on the WAC’s biggest softball stage.

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Despite loss of peaches future is bright

There’s no need to worry. Our city has lots going for it beyond our famous peaches.
The leadership of the city and the parish hasn’t put all its eggs in one basket. We’re a diverse community poised to thrive even if our peaches dwindle out.
As sad as that day would be, it won’t take Ruston off the map.
For years, city administrators have been working to make our city a destination for lots of people, with different reasons for wanting to be here.

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Soft spot for man's best friend

While Peanut was rescued from neighbors who had her chained to a fence without shelter or water, Lulu was bought from a breeder. I wouldn’t trade her for anything, but lately I have found myself thinking of the many animals that have been rescued from abuse or have been abandoned and now are in need of caring homes. The next time I choose a dog, I will go to my local animal shelter.

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Peaches in peril

A soil-borne fungus is prematurely killing peach trees throughout farms in the South, including at Mitcham’s Peach Orchard in Ruston.
The deadly fungus is responsible for the mortality of peach trees, resulting in a national annual loss of $5 million, according to the International Society for Horticulture Science.
Once word of the dying trees spread locally, rumors began to circulate, said Debbie Otwell, sales manager at Mitcham’s Peach Orchard Peach Store.
“The first week that the word got out, it was like it was the end of the world,” she said. “The phone rang and rang.”

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Moats’ days in Philly numbered?

After all, he can do the math. He can see that when a team has an all-pro running back like Brian Westbrook, there’s only going to be limited opportunities for anyone else.
He can also count up the rest of the competition — veteran Correll Buckhalter, second year back Tony Hunt along with recently acquired Lorenzo Booker — whom head coach Andy Reid lavished praise upon — and ask himself, `Where does that leave me?’
Yet still he’s here, left in limbo at the mercy of Reid and the rest of the Eagles braintrust.

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