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October 21st

RHS will face state’s No. 1 team

“Whether it’s No. 1 or No. 50, it really doesn’t matter because we know, where they are ranked, they are a very good team,” said Bearcats’ coach Billy Laird Monday afternoon. “Really, the rankings don’t have anything to do with knowing how good they are or what we have to do in order to win. Whatever it might be, we know we’ve got to take care of our business and be focused against a very talented team.”
The Rebels received 136 points and five first place votes from the 12-member statewide voting panel.

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GSU inductees are a class act

It was an impressive mix of athletes and academicians inducted into the GSU Hall of Fame, and many of those names came from the school’s magical heyday of the late 1960s and early 1970s — no coincidence according to new inductee Aaron James.
James, a current instructor in GSU’s department of health and physical education, was Grambling’s first NBA draft pick and during a five-year career he averaged 10.8 points and 4.1 rebounds in 356 career games for the New Orleans Jazz.

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Athletes work hard off the field, too

Within the WAC, Tech also outshined its competitors. For two consecutive years, that’s really something to be proud of.
Tech President Dan Reneau took immense pride when his student-athletes showed this level of success last year, and surely this recent news will keep him smiling.
Because no matter how well athletes perform on the field, the simple fact is that athletic ability can only serve them for so long. It’s crucial that players have something to fall back on when their sports careers are over.

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Sheriff’s Office relies on volunteers

“A lot of them are just good individuals who are interested in law enforcement but already have a career in some other field,” LPSO Spokesman Stephen Williams said. “We rely on them tremendously. The department only has 20 full-time patrol deputies. We couldn’t do what we do without them.”
The reserve deputies’ in-house training is held two evenings a week over a three-month period. During this time, they undergo firearms training, learn defensive tactics, patrol techniques and other aspects of law enforcement.

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October 20th

Prep teams enjoy victories

With the wins, the parish teams maintained their hopes of moving up in the weekly state power ratings and staying alive for berths in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association playoffs.
For Ruston High, it was practically a “moral” win just for scoring a touchdown. In the previous two games, the Bearcats’ offense had been held to only three points.
“This game shows what this team really is, and what it can be, when it plays well,” said coach Billy Laird.

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Frugality feeds creative spirit

During the salutatory Great Depression program, through stories told from the perspectives of elders who lived in the region during the era, younger generations can learn about a different way of life when the populous had to don a make-do attitude.

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We can help club help local families

The program is meeting the needs of local families, but there are many more who would use the service if the facilities were larger.
The Boys and Girls Club is hoping to expand, but it needs the community’s help.
The organization experienced an unexpected cut in state funding earlier this year, when Gov. Bobby Jindal vetoed $30,000 it was counting on.
Since then, the club is relying more heavily on community donations, and really there is no better cause for local residents to give to.

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Nonprofit seeks new facilities

Osborne said the club frequently gets calls from individuals who are interested in enrolling their children in the program, but space is very limited. Osborne said he would like to find either an existing building to renovate or purchase land to build a new facility that makes room for growth.
“If we had facilities and funding, we could easily fill up a building twice the size (of the current one),” Osborne said. “There’s no shortage of children that would be interested in being in the program.”
Since the Club is a nonprofit organization, Osborne said it relies largely on donations.

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’Dogs thump Idaho, 46-14

Tech had its highest point production of the season, the previous high being 41 against Southeastern Louisiana University, and most in a WAC game since a 48-35 victory over Utah State in 2006.
Jenkins had earned the starting job after Taylor Bennett had struggled and Coach Derek Dooley made the decision earlier this week to go with a new look at quarterback.

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Change can hurt, but it's worth it

Clearly, the state of the global economy is forcing a lot of change, most of it negative, to take place in the lives of everyday Americans and the fat cats who created this mess.
Here in Lincoln Parish, change is afoot as Louisiana Tech embarks upon its Enterprise Campus initiative, Grambling State University continues to get the right people in the right positions and the city of Ruston sets its sights on its future in the 21st century.

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