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Saturday in the Park

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Event to feature outhouse derby
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Most people have never won something sitting on a toilet, but this month could be someone’s chance to become a champion.
The 2011 Outhouse Grand Nationals are slated for take off at 4 p.m. Sept. 24 on Elm Street in Choudrant. The event is a soapbox derby style race featuring outhouses — complete with a toilet bowl as the seat — as the racecars.

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Election qualifying begins

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Qualifying began today for local and state-level elections set for Oct. 22.
As of press time today, those who had qualified to run for Lincoln Parish Police Jury spots included Democrat Theresa Wyatt, District 1; Democrat Hazel Hunter, District 2; Democrats Bobby Bennett and Woodard Christian, District 3; Republican David Hammons, District 5; Democrat Roy Glover, District 6; Democrat Troy Smalling, District 7; Republican Skip Russell, District 8; Independent Joe Henderson, District 9; and Democrat Nancy Wilson, District 10.

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Shooting suspect booked

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A Simsboro woman is in jail following a report of a shooting in Grambling.
Shanetra Lajoyce Baker, 22, of 250 Jackson Road No. 2, was arrested just before 10 p.m. Sunday on a charge of aggravated second degree battery.
According to the arrest affidavit, an officer with Grambling Police Department on Sunday responded to a call of a shooting in front of Grambling Town Hall. The officer made contact with the victim, who reportedly accused the suspect of driving by and shooting him in his left arm.

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Community pep rally to fire up downtown

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Special to the Daily Leader
Are you ready for some Louisiana Tech football? Then Ruston has just what the doctor ordered.
Green Clinic and Green Clinic Surgical Hospital are teaming up with the City of Ruston and Louisiana Tech Athletics to host a community pep rally at Railroad Park as the Bulldogs get set to open the home season against the University of Central Arkansas Bears on Saturday.

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Grambling: All about family

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Doug Williams restores pride in Tigers’ tradition
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GRAMBLING — If a re-run is ever made of the “All in the Family” television series from the early-to-late 1970s, how about a modern day version being filmed on the Grambling State University campus?
Given the family atmosphere that has been rejuvenated in recent months around the athletics’ department, it would only be appropriate.
In Tiger Nation these days, there is a renewed sense of everybody belonging and feeling like a…..well, family.

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Central Arkansas high on FCS charts

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Louisiana Tech University is a member of the Football Bowl Subdivision, formerly known as Division 1-A and the highest classification for NCAA programs.
The University of Central Arkansas is at the next level, the formerly labeled Division 1-AA now known as the Football Championship Series.
All of which should mean practically a locked up win when the Bulldogs play host to the Bears on Saturday at Joe Aillet Stadium.

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Tech sets tailgating menus, promotions

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Louisiana Tech University football fans will have plenty of opportunities for tailgating during the 2011 season, as the Bulldogs host five big home games at Joe Aillet Stadium.
Director of Special Events Bill Graham has set the menus for this year’s tailgating action and various groups of Tech student-athletes will comprise the judging panel for each and every weekend.
Prizes will be awarded for the largest group, best prepared food and best decorations.

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Be cautious when planting, pruning

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What happened to summertime? I often go on a picnic and go fishing but this year I didn’t do anything like that. I didn’t soak one cricket. It was just too hot all summer long. I know it isn’t because I am getting too old: Age is that distance between your ears. It is not what the calendar says. Well … Maybe autumn will bring fall. That sounds like apples and pears — hunting and fishing — leaves turning color and falling. I guess that is where it got its name fall. What about a fall in temperatures? Let’s take a quick look back and then look forward toward what is ahead.

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Elite eight boost Hall of Fame

For the multi-faceted sports fan, the 2011 induction class for the Louisiana Tech University Hall of Fame fits the bill perfectly.
There are representatives in four different sports, along with the legendary “voice” who recorded many of the inductees’ legendary achievements.
Members of the next enshrinement class include Matt Stover, David Lee and Matt Dunigan in football; Venus Lacy in women’s basketball; Mike McConathy and Paul Millsap in men’s hoops and T.J. Soto in baseball.

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Preventative measures for SIDS

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Taking proper care of children is one of the most important jobs that a parent can do.
One thing that parents should do is lower their baby’s risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), the sudden, unexplained death of a child under the age of 1. This is often called “crib death,” but SIDS is not caused by cribs. Although the exact cause of SIDS is unknown, parents can take certain measures to lower the risk. According to the National Institute of Child Development and Human Health, there are 10 ways that parents can lower the risk:

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