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GSU wins SWAC title

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Tigers rally from 15-0 deficit to halt A&M
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It was only fitting that Grambling State University had to rally for the 2011 Southwestern Athletic Conference football championship on Saturday afternoon.
The Tigers (8-4) have been coming back all season long.
Trailing 15-0 in the first half, Grambling went on the greatest comeback performance in the 13-year history of the title game to come away a 16-15 winner over Alabama A&M (8-4) at Legion Field.

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O.K.’s Corral

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Big East moves may help Tech
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It’s a good thing that the five newest members of the Big East Conference won’t officially join up until 2013.
It might take me that long to memorize who is aligned with whom in the constant changing landscape of the NCAA.
Let’s see: Boise State will be in the Big East.
But for football only.

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Techsters host MSU today

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For the second consecutive home game, Louisiana Tech will host one of the top defensive teams in the country as the Lady Techsters face Mississippi State today at 2 p.m. at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Tech (3-6) is coming off a 79-53 win over Houston Wednesday night in Texas in a game that saw the Lady Techsters shoot 48 percent from the field and receive scoring production from a pair of underclassmen.

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Russell leads Creek victory

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Cedar Creek High’s boys took a 54-38 victory over Caldwell Parish during Friday night action at the annual Neill Killgore Memorial tournament.
Anthony Russell led the way for the Cougars of Head Coach Kyle Kavanaugh with 17 points, while Levi Songer added on 13 points and Tucker Smith ended with 11 points.
Quitman was a 53-48 winner over West Ouachita and Farmerville a 57-52 victor against Choudrant in other boys’ contests.

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A new way to grade teachers

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Lincoln among 12 school districts to pilot new evaluations

The 2012-13 school year is set to bring some changes to the way Louisiana teachers are evaluated, and Lincoln Parish schools are getting a special sneak peek at how those evaluations will work.
According to the Louisiana Department of Education website, Lincoln Parish joins with only 11 other school districts in piloting the implementation of Act 54, a state education act passed in 2010 that is designed to evaluate teachers based on student achievement levels. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted on Dec. 6 to approve the plan to implement Act 54, but said the changes are big enough that it will likely require many adjustments in the coming years.

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Proposed city law to crack down on bills

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When presented with a problem, the best thing to do is to look for an answer to fix it, and that is exactly what the Ruston Board of Aldermen are doing as they prepare for a vote that would crack down on area residents who don’t pay their bills.
At the aldermen’s Dec. 5 meeting, an ordinance was introduced to be voted on at January’s meeting that would allow the city to deny issuance of municipal permits, utilities or services to any person, related person, legal entity or related legal entity until the payment for those services is rendered.

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Browsing at the Farmers Market

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Ruston resident Amanda Stapleton looks over the fresh produce sold at the stand of Sue Renner during the Ruston Farmers Market on Saturday. The Farmers Market, held at the corner of Monroe Street and Texas Avenue, will reopen from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday before closing up until spring.

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Turning Brown Dense formation into green

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Exploration could pay off for Union Parish

Editor’s note: The following is the first of a three-part series looking into gas and oil exploration in the Lower Smackover Brown Dense rock formation under much of Union Parish. The series will explain current exploration, what that exploration has already meant for the parish and what it could potentially mean in the future.
Could it be that Union Parish is sitting on a potential gold mine?
Or should that be termed “Brown Dense” mine?

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Revving up to save babies

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A Friday luncheon at the Northern Louisiana Medical Center kicked off the 2012 March for Babies Campaign.
March of Dimes Community Director Sharon Davis said the March for Babies event has been saving babies for nearly 45 years.
Team members and sponsors attended the luncheon to hear a recap of how the 2011 campaign is finishing the year and to hear what to expect in 2012.

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High schoolers learn more about GSU

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Grambling High
School Day
Grambling State University provided a special day for Grambling Laboratory High School on Nov. 17. GSU President Frank Pogue and members of the GSU administration addressed all current laboratory school students and provided them with information on how to continue to be part of the GSU family by enrolling in GSU after graduation.
Many of the activities offered by the university were reviewed, and students were treated to performances by the GSU band, cheerleaders and dancers.

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