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GSU seeking offensive punch

It wasn’t until the final quarter that the Tigers made it in the end zone, courtesy of an 18-yard pass from quarterback Greg Dillon to wide receiver Nick Lewis.
Otherwise, field goals of 34 and 35 yards by junior placekicker Luis Leal supplied the points against the Lions (3-2).
“We’re not a very good team right now on offense,” said GSU coach Rod Broadway. “We’ve got a lot of work to do there and in all areas. Running, passing, catching, blocking. It’s not one thing. It’s everything.”

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Hungry children need help

The Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana is doing what it can to curb the hunger felt by needy children in the region, and communities in northeast Louisiana should do what they can to offer support. During the school year, each Friday in Ouachita Parish, 115 students receive satchels loaded full of balanced foods to last them throughout the weekend.
With funding from one grant, provided by Feeding America, the food bank is now capable of serving only Ouachita Parish, but Guidry is optimistic about the future.

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Students will benefit from ag education

This wasn’t the case a generation ago — when many children were responsible for tending to the backyard garden or other agriculture-related chores. It’s a sign of the times, but it’s also a loss of valuable knowledge and tradition.
The Louisiana Farm Bureau realizes the impact of this trend, and it’s working to reverse it by bring agriculture education into classrooms across the state.
Right here in Lincoln Parish, where many people depend on agriculture for their very livelihood, there are children who don’t realize that ice cream starts with a cow.

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Celebration fills downtown

While people purchased food from various vendors, others grilled for a newly established grilling competition, the “BBQ Chicken Cook-Off.” Harold Watts arrived downtown at 10 a.m. to begin cooking chicken halves, which he said he brushed with Italian dressing and Lowery’s seasoning. Watts, who once cooked 452 chicken halves for the Chicken Festival vendors, chided his neighboring competitors and said with a wide smile that he expected to win.

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When Tech thrives, so does Ruston

As a college town, Ruston not quite the same when students are away from the city. It’s as if the city wakes up from its summertime slumber once Tech’s fall quarter begins.
And since the university employs so many Lincoln Parish residents, what’s good for Tech is good for us.

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Bridges get emergency repairs

Unique materials are being modeled on this project to extend the life of the bridges, which were shedding pieces of concrete, said John Kelly, DOTD district 5 administrator.
“Up to this point, small chunks of concrete had fallen on grass, but not on the highway itself,” Kelly said. “We were concerned that left unattended, it would get worse and start falling out there; so we led an emergency project to try to prevent loose concrete from falling.”
The reason the concrete is falling is not known, said Kelly, who added this is the only such case in the area of which he is aware.

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Pets display unique breed of craziness

I believe my pets have a touch of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
Now let me stop here and be completely clear about something: I realize OCD is a serious and very real mental illness. In no way am I poking fun at those who suffer from it; I have simply made some observations over the past year or so that lead me to believe there very well may be OCD tendencies that exist in certain domesticated animals. Namely, my domesticated animals.

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Grambling survives, 13-2

Otherwise, the Tigers had to settle for two field goals, both by junior Luis Leal, who booted through 34 and 35-yarders.
“We’re struggling on offense and it’s in all areas,” said coach Rod Broadway of Grambling. “Blocking, catching, passing, running. It’s everything. We all have to take a good look at our offense and make some improvements.
“But that’s not to say we’re not happy with this win. A win is a win and it’s always exciting to win.”

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Tech student injured in shooting

A 911 call received at 3:53 a.m. Friday requested an ambulance and police at the Louisiana Tech Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house at 110 Western St., where Chelsea Rene Wilder, 18, of Shreveport, was found seated on the front porch with a bandaged forearm and hand.
Ruston Chief of Police Steve Rogers said the wound appeared to be a gunshot wound leaving a 3/4-inch “scrape” on Wilder’s arm and hand. She was transported to Northern Louisiana Medical Center, where she was treated and released for her injuries.

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