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O.K.’s Corral

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It’s been tough year for GSU athletic family
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Notes, thoughts and tidbits along the sports trail while wondering if the NBA lockout will drag on a la the NFL’s dispute:
• This has been a tough past 12 months for the Grambling State University athletic family.
When it rains, it sometimes pours and, unfortunately, there’s been a lot of tears shed for the passing of several distinguished representatives of Tiger Nation.
In August of 2010, ex-Tiger greats Gary “Big Hands” Johnson and James “Hound” Hunter died unexpectedly of heart attacks.

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Super day still remembered

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Williams’ 1988 performance ranked among sports’ greatest ever
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Doug Williams still has a painful, yet satisfying reminder of the greatest day in his athletic career.
In January of 1988, the former Grambling State University All-American quarterback overcame seemingly game-ending knee problems to rally the Washington Redskins to a 45-10 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXX.
The Zachary native battled courageously, not only with his physical woes on the turf of Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego, but also with the pressure of being the first African-American quarterback ever to play in the NFL’s ultimate game.

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Tech drills start heating up Monday

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Louisiana Tech University’s Charles Wyly Athletic Center turns into “Grand Central Station” today.
A total of 100 players will start checking in for the kickoff to preseason practices, which officially takes an on-the-field approach Monday at 6 p.m.
Today’s rituals will include players checking into their dormitory rooms beginning at 1 p.m., then attending orientation meetings.

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Tech among the state’s best, say Forbes, PayScale.com

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Louisiana Tech University has been ranked among the best institutions in Louisiana, according to Forbes’ 2011 America’s Best Colleges Rankings and PayScale.com’s 2011-2012 College Salary Report.
Forbes, one of the nation’s most respected business and finance publications, ranked Tech as the top university in the University of Louisiana System (ULS) at No. 494 and second only to Louisiana State University at No. 442 amongst all of Louisiana’s public institutions. Tech also ranked No. 131 among institutions in the southern United States and No. 171 of Research Universities.

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Howell honored at board meeting

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Emily Howell was recognized at the Aug. 2 Lincoln Parish School Board meeting for being named the Louisiana State High School Teacher of the Year. Howell is the second Ruston High School English teacher to win the award in two consecutive years. She is pictured with her husband, Jason Howell.

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Football, family go hand-in-hand

Wife shares tales of game-day meals, life in Ruston
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While head coaches are usually the person in the limelight come football season, it can also be noted that the woman behind the man is just as important.
Kate Dykes, wife of Louisiana Tech head football coach Sonny Dykes, said she is just as busy being the coach’s wife.
“We have an unwritten schedule that we go by each week,” she said. “Monday nights are late nights. On Tuesday nights during the season (other coaches’ wives and I) have cookie night for the players where we each sack up little Ziplocs for them to have when they get out of practice. Wednesday night we’ll have a casserole or something like that and Thursday night we have a kind of family night.”

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Church News

ASSEMBLY OF GOD
First Assembly of God
Our sixth-12th grade youth ministry is growing. Join us at 6 p.m. Sundays. We also invite you to come pray with us. Our doors will be open from 6-9 p.m. each Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
For more information, call 255-8932 or email fishin4men@bellsouth.net.
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BAPTIST
Calvary
Worship and Bible study is at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Tuesday’s men’s prayer is at 7 a.m. and Celebrate Recovery is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evening service is at 6:30 p.m.

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Visiting family members highlights life

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What can I say? My brain is fried, I do believe. The temperature today in Dallas was 110 degrees. It could get as low as 106 by Sunday, the weatherman predicts. Really?
I was in Little Rock four nights and three days this past week. I went with granddaughter Susan to see my new, and first, great-great granddaughter, Madisyn Brooke Bowman, great-granddaughter Amanda’s new baby.

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