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Wright overcame adversity for stardom

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GRAMBLING — Larry Wright turned humble beginnings into titles, Grambling Legends honors
The product of a single-parent home in the poorest part of southside Monroe never let his humble beginnings slow him down. He’d help teams win basketball championships in high school and college — then titles in the National Basketball Association and overseas.

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Herman joins staff for ’Dogs

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Louisiana Tech has announced that Bradly Herman has joined its football staff as the new Student Success Specialist in the academic center.
His duties will center around working with the school’s football team.
Herman joins the Tech staff after working at Auburn as a student-athlete academic counselor. He has also served as a student-athlete academic coordinator at Arkansas State and assistant athletic academic coordinator at Northwestern State.

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District 5 team at 31-3

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Louisiana’s District 5 team has won 30 or more games for the second straight year and for the fourth time since 2001.
But now it’s on to more significant things for the perennial summer baseball powerhouse.
Next in line: the annual Southwest Regional Big League tournament that will begin at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park on Friday and continue through Wednesday.

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State museums need local support

Lincoln Parish is fortunate to be home to two successful historical institutions run by the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office — the Louisiana Military and Eddie G. Robinson museums.
Both facilities are facing reduced hours, as the SOS Office has proposed cutting both museums’ operating hours to 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays-Saturdays only.

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Saying goodbye to Harry Potter

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Millions of people across the world have been under the spell of a young, British wizard for more than a decade now. On Friday (as early as midnight if you’re truly devoted and have no qualms about being tired at work on Friday morning), the last movie based on the Harry Potter book series will hit the screens of packed cinemas around the world.

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Job creation and uncertainty

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It wasn’t a great start to a Friday. The latest employment numbers came out on July 8, and they certainly didn’t paint a pretty picture. According to the Labor Department, nonfarm jobs rose by only 18,000 in June, woefully short of the 90,000 economists had predicted. To make matters worse, the May jobs increase was revised downward to a paltry 25,000.

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Childhood prayers and memories

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The year that my best buddy’s folks tired of trying to eke out a meager existence from their rocky hill farm, they threatened to “sell out,” lock, stock and barrel and move to the “Delta Bottom.”
It was the mid-30s, and their “asking price” for house, barns and 70 acres of land was an unheard of $1,000!
Although I felt a little guilty for doing so, I prayed every night that there might not be any takers.

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Weed Eater inventor, native of Ruston, dead at age 85

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George Ballas, who was born in Ruston and invented the Weed Eater, died recently in Houston at the age of 85.
Raised in Rayville, Ballas spent much of his adult life in Houston, where he founded his Weed Eater company in 1971. Ballas reportedly came up with the idea for the Weed Eater, a device also commonly known as a weed whacker, while sitting in a car wash and wondering whether the idea of spinning bristles, like the ones cleaning his car, could be applied to trimming grass and weeds in areas a lawnmower couldn’t reach.

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Motorcyclist arrested for excessive speeding

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A Ruston man was jailed this week after a deputy allegedly caught him speeding in excess of 100 miles per hour on a motorcycle.
Billy Paul Moss, 38, of Baxter Road, was released from the Lincoln Parish Detention Center on Sunday on a $1,000 bond.
Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Maj. Stephen Williams said an LPSO unit was parked at the intersection of Louisiana Highway 33 and La. 822 running stationary radar when the motorcycle was spotted.

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THE FOLLOWING Resolution was offered by Council member Cullen Jackson

THE FOLLOWING Resolution was offered by Council member Cullen Jackson. and seconded
by. Council member Roy Jackson
RESOLUTION NO. 070711-3
A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY OF GRAMBLING, PARISH OF LINCOLN, STATE OF LOUISIANA (THE "ISSUER") TO INCUR DEBT AND TO ISSUE ITS CERTIFICATE OF INDEBTEDNESS, SERIES 2011 IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY THOUSAND DOLLARS ($180,000); MAKING APPLICATION TO THE STATE BOND
COMMISSION; AND OTHERWISE PROVIDING WITH RESPECT
THERETO.

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