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April 9th

Choudrant to vote on bond issue

Property owners who have a home with an assessed value of $75,000 or less, which is eligible for homestead exemption, would not pay the tax.
Lincoln Parish School Board member Jim Kessler, who represents the Choudrant district, said the cost of building a new elementary school — which would be twice the size of the old one — is not significantly more than the cost to renovate the old building.

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Bulldogs sweep Aggies

Tech also won over the Aggies (14-21, 4-8) on Thursday and Friday.
It also marked the second consecutive weekend in which the ‘Dogs have swept a three-game series, last week doing it against non-WAC Dallas Baptist.
On Saturday, infielder Dennis Winn had a two-run homer in the second inning to get Tech started en route to the win.
Team home run leader and outfielder Brian Rike had a run-scoring double and outfielder Brandon Hudson a pair of RBIs with a single in the fifth.

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‘Coach Rob’ set the mark for all of us

When he took over as coach of GSU in 1941, Robinson had no paid assistants or staff members. It was truly a one-man show as Robinson often made sandwiches for his players to take on road trips: many eating establishments across the Deep South denied service to blacks during those days.
But Robinson did not let the ideology that discriminated against him and his players get him down: He told his young men that if they worked hard, got an education and persevered, they could also overcome.

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Margaret's smile, hugs will be missed

I remember Margaret expressing her concerns to me about coach Jack Bicknell’s firing.
“I’m really going to miss Jack,” Margaret said as we played a hand of Rook at Grace’s monthly Friendship Club meeting and lunch. “He was sure easy on the eyes.”
She quickly got over her concern when new coach Derek Dooley was hired and the first pictures of the new top dog graced the pages of the newspaper.
“He sure is a pretty little fellow,” Margaret said. “As long as they keep picking coaches that look like Jack and that little Dooley fellow, I’ll be a fan.”

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Trailblazer seeks Alexander’s aid

“President Bush proposes to cut the RC&D program by eliminating 325 of the 375 coordinator positions and requiring the remaining 50 coordinators to serve all the councils in each state,” Pickens said.
“This will have a significant impact on the programs and services provided by the councils. We need your help in restoring this funding to a minimum of $56 million.”
Alexander said this is not the first time the President has tried to cut funding to RC&D.

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April 6th

Tech sharp in scrimmage

The offensive unit was crisp with its play execution, among the positives being steady play from quarterbacks Zac Champion and Michael Mosley and the pass receiving of former Ruston High star Earl Griffin.
“Zac and Michael both showed signs of being effective at playing winning football,” noted Dooley. “We didn’t have many stops because of penalties and that was good.”
Among the highlights for the offensive squad was with 1:53 remaining on the clock, the line of scrimmage being at the 35 and a touchdown needed to win. That’s exactly what happened on a 15-yard drive.

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Community celebrates holiday

Children from daycares like T.L.C. and Happy Days got to take a closer look at horses, goats and a white rabbit. An Easter Bunny also made a visit to the center as children hunted eggs. A total of 110 children got the chance to spend a day in the great outdoors with their friends, and the staff at Princeton Place got to bring smiles to their faces.
Also, this weekend many organizations, such as the Choudrant Restoration and Beautification Society, will provide a time for the community to get together with an egg hunt, games and fellowship among neighbors.

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Dance breaks all barriers

Dance can be appreciated on two levels: through developing a deep fascination for the sport or simply using it as effective physical activity and social enjoyment.
Along with physical stamina and cultural discovery, social dance also builds self-confidence through close interaction with other people and the realization that you do not have to feel stupid alone. (Plus the ladies love the attention and the gentlemen get the chance to be an example of how chivalry has not died.)
My latest adventure centered around these levels of this misinterpreted pastime.

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State pays homage to ‘Coach Rob’

It will mark the first-ever event to be held at the nearly 8,000-seat facility which will serve as the home for the school’s basketball teams.
“What could be more appropriate than to have coach Robinson laid to rest not far from where he spent so much of his time,” said former Grambling State University head baseball coach Wilbert Ellis. “It will be a perfect way for all of us to remember what he meant to Grambling, Louisiana, the nation and the entire world.”

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April 5th

‘Rob’ could light up a room

At the age of 88, the winner of 408 games and a combined 26 championships at either the national or conference level passed away late Tuesday night after a lengthy illness.
“He touched the lives of so many boys and girls, so many men and women and so many people of all walks of life,” said Wilbert Ellis, a long-time friend and co-worker who formerly served as the head baseball coach at Grambling State. “Whenever we have traveled through the United States and the world, you tell them you’re from Grambling, they would be asking about Coach Robinson. He was loved by all.”

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