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Celebrating past and present

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GSU begins yearlong festivities in honor of 1901 founding
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GRAMBLING — Grambling State University celebrated its past Friday, while also looking ahead to its future.
The university kicked off its yearlong 110th anniversary celebration with a breakfast in the Black and Gold Room of the Favrot Student Union that culminated with youngsters from Alma J. Brown Elementary School on the GSU campus releasing 110 black and gold helium-filled balloons into a sunny morning sky.
“Happy birthyear,” GSU president Frank Pogue said to start the morning. “Imagine what Charles P. Adams must have looked like to blacks and whites alike 110 years ago when he walked into a room asking for money to start a black college. They must have thought he was crazy. Grambling State University derived from farmers in the area wanting to educate other blacks. It was a revolutionary idea at the time. It was the start of the Civil Rights Movement. I don’t know of any other variable that allows success more than access to education. It was revolutionary that this man was talking about educating the sons and daughters of former slaves.

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Providing new paths

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City looks at sidewalk expansion
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Ruston’s vision for sidewalk improvements is expanding.
In addition to the renovations and new construction already complete, city officials have mapped out a plan for sidewalk work that is on their long-term list.
City of Ruston Administrator Lewis Love said the rehabilitation of existing sidewalks is now part of routine maintenance, but he is looking for funding for new projects.
“We would like to come up with a program where we set a certain amount (of funding) aside each year to build sidewalks,” Love said.

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Days of integration in Lincoln Parish remembered

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Some local residents who lived in Lincoln Parish in the late 1960s and early 1970s say the integration of schools was a smooth process here.
Though the Supreme Court ruled in 1954 that segregation was illegal, Lincoln Parish did not fully desegregate local schools until 1971 when the all black Lincoln High School closed its doors for the last time.
Lincoln Parish School Board representative George Mack — who began his tenure on the board shortly after desegregation began — said the school only closed for two years.
“I went on the school board in 1972,” Mack said. “I convinced the board that it was a waste of taxpayers’ money to have to lose the facility. The members opened it back up into the Lincoln Learning Center.”

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Bulldogs edged by Aggies

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All of which played a major factor in Tech coming up a point short, 50-49, and remaining lodged in the WAC cellar.
The Aggies (14-12, 8-4), holding on to the runner-up slot in the league standings, were able to squeeze out the victory when junior guard Hernest Laroche sank two free throws with 12.2 seconds remaining.
Tech still had a chance to win it, but a 12-foot jumper by senior guard DeAndre Brown nicked off of the front of the rim as the final buzzer sounded.

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Packers’ march to world title one for the ages

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Over the course of 45 years, there might have been more talented teams than the latest one to win a Super Bowl.
But very few, if any, can match up with the 2010 Green Bay Packers in terms of overcoming season-long challenges and adversity.
It’s easy and justifiable to get caught up in the moment and focus merely on what transpired over the four quarters of Super Bowl XLV.

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G-Men take third win in row

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GRAMBLING — Grambling State University’s men made it three victories in a row against Southwestern Athletic Conference opponents here Friday night with a 64-33 win against Prairie View A&M.
The win lifted the Tigers’ league record to 3-8 and put them at 5-18 on the season going into a Monday night home and league contest against Texas Southern University.
Senior guard Donald Qualls, who continues a strong late-season bid for All-SWAC honors, led Grambling in scoring with 20 points.

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Ewing, Threlkeld on All-WAC list

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Senior Clint Ewing and junior Mark Threlkeld were named preseason all-Conference and Louisiana Tech University was tabbed to finish fifth in the WAC according to Baseball America in their annual West Region Preview that was released Friday morning.
Fresno State was named the league favorite while Hawaii was picked to finish second. Nevada and San Jose State were slotted to finish third and fourth in front of Louisiana Tech while New Mexico State and Sacramento State were picked to finish sixth and seventh in the conference.

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Tech spring grid drills begin March 10

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Louisiana Tech University head football coach Sonny Dykes has announced the 2011 spring football practice schedule.
All 15 spring sessions will be open to the public, including all three scrimmages. The spring practice schedule starts on March 10 at 4 p.m., while the “T-Day” spring game is set for April 2 at 2 p.m. at Joe Aillet Stadium. All weekday practice dates are scheduled for a 4 p.m. start while the Saturday practices will begin at 10 a.m. with the exception of the “T-Day” spring game. NCAA rules allow football programs to hold 15 spring practices. All spring practices have been tentatively set to be held in Joe Aillet Stadium. All dates, times and locations are subject to change.

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RHS, Creek, Grambling gain prep wins

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No. 1 ranked Kittens advance overall record to 22-5
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Grambling High’s boys, Cedar Creek High’s girls and both of Ruston High’s teams captured victories in district basketball action on Friday night.
The Kittens (22-5, 10-2), ranked No. 1 among Class 1A teams in the Louisiana Sports Writers Association weekly poll, came away with a 56-42 District 1-1A win against Haynesville.
In a District 2-1A contest, the No. 8 state ranked Lady Cougars (21-5, 7-2) got past Claiborne Christian 43-31.

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Malone saddened by Sloan’s resignation

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Karl Malone is totally certain of one thing regarding the sudden and unexpected resignation of Jerry Sloan recently.
The head coach that “The Mailman” played for during 16 of his 19 years in the NBA certainly didn’t just give up.
“I know my coach,” Malone said Friday night before attending the Jazz’s 95-83 loss to Phoenix in Salt Lake City. “The coach I know and the man I know has never quit or resigned at anything. That’s what I want to say. ... That man has never resigned.”

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