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February 16th

GSU mourns the passing of Houston — honorary alumna

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GRAMBLING — Whitney Houston graced Grambling State University’s commencement stage in the summer of 1988 to receive one of the university’s highest honors, the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. The Grambling State University Family, like others across the world, was saddened to hear the news of a fallen alumna.
Houston was the most awarded female artist of all time, according to the “Guinness World Records.” She received two Emmy Awards, six Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards, among a total of 415 career awards as of 2010. She held the all-time record for the most American Music Awards of any single artist and shared the record with Michael Jackson for the most AMAs ever won in a single year with eight wins in 1994.

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GSU mourns the passing of Houston — honorary alumna

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GRAMBLING — Whitney Houston graced Grambling State University’s commencement stage in the summer of 1988 to receive one of the university’s highest honors, the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. The Grambling State University Family, like others across the world, was saddened to hear the news of a fallen alumna.
Houston was the most awarded female artist of all time, according to the “Guinness World Records.” She received two Emmy Awards, six Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards, among a total of 415 career awards as of 2010. She held the all-time record for the most American Music Awards of any single artist and shared the record with Michael Jackson for the most AMAs ever won in a single year with eight wins in 1994.

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RPAR to offer Mardi Gras Zumba

Mardi Gras, also known as “Fat Tuesday,” is a celebration of good times and decadence. Popular practices include wearing masks and costumes, dancing and parades.
Carnival will be taking over the Bobby James Gym next week on Fat Tuesday.
Area residents are invited to join the Ruston Parks and Recreation for plenty of throws, some exciting Cajun music and a Zumba workout that will burn off all those King Cake calories.

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Williams, GSU deserve awards

In his return to his college alma mater, Head Coach Doug Williams couldn’t have asked for a much better 2011 football season at Grambling State University.
Name it and the Tigers and their famous leader seemed to have won it over the course of four months, even though things started out frighteningly bad in September.
GSU had a tough start to Williams’ second stint as head coach. The Tigers won their opening game, but then lost four in a row and left their fans in a quandary as to just how the team was going to live up to preseason predictions of a favorite’s role in the Western Division of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

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'Tis the season to be magical

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“They say the hardest part isn’t when you are lost. It’s when you’re alone. But when someone loves you, magical things can happen. There’s always a chance that things will get better; always better for the hope of a brighter day.”
This is a dialogue from “The Rift,” a short metaphorical film “about the harsh realities that countless children in our world face each day.” This is most seen at the time of year where everything is pink, red or heart-shaped. From shiny balloons to pop-up cards and the baskets of candy filled with this gigantic teddy bear that says “I Love You.”

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Better integrating the schools

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As we observe Black History Month, it’s a time to not only look back at decades past, but to more closely scrutinize where we are going.
Around 60 years ago, segregation flourished. Blacks and whites in America had separate restrooms, water fountains and schools.
Then came the desegregation order, and after a few decades, everyone who is not drinking bottled water is using the same fountains, and the bathrooms are open to everyone.

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The 23rd member of the club

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It has been 10 years since Oklahoma joined the ranks of Right-to-Work states, becoming No. 22. Now Indiana has become No. 23. The legislation recently enacted in the Hoosier State is potentially a game-changer in the workplace. The upper Midwest was a bastion of manufacturing and union dominance for decades. In post-World War II America, that region ruled when it came to manufacturing steel, automobiles and durable goods of all types. The industrial might of the region was tempered only by the clout of the industrial unions that used their muscle to secure contracts that drastically and systematically increased wages and benefits and imposed burdensome work rules on employers. The result was diminished productivity and higher manufacturing costs.

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Cause unknown for fire near Simsboro

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Smoke is visible after a mobile home fire erupted on Wednesday south of Simsboro.

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Students, teacher honored for excellence

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Hats Off
Grambling Middle School’s Student and Teacher of the Year were recognized at the Student and Teacher of the Year Awards Gala on Jan. 30 at the Ruston Civic Center. GMS was represented by Raegan Nation, student of the year, and Cathy Holmes, teacher of the year. They each received a plaque and certificate. Congratulations!

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Community service project planning begins

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‘The BIG Serve’
Bethel Christian School is making plans for “The BIG Serve” set for the week of April 23 when students, faculty, staff and school board members will join together in serving Lincoln and Jackson Parish communities in a variety of dynamic service projects. In doing so, the school has a goal of raising $50,000 during this pledge-driven event to increase their teachers’ salaries and replace the roof of the gym/multipurpose building. Individuals and businesses will be invited to financially support this effort.

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