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February 1st, 2014

Grambling police chief overcoming challenges

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***Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of features running in February in recognition of Black History Month.
For some 25 years is a lifetime, but for Grambling Chief of Police Tommy Clark Jr. it is the amount of time in one career field.
Clark began his public service by joining in the United States Marine Corps, but that was 1986. Since then he has served his community in various ways but most notably for his role in law enforcement.

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Peyton will lead Broncos to win

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In recent weeks, ESPN has been airing the must-see documentary called “The Book of Manning.”
Of the many well-done programs included in the “30-for-30” series, this may the best.
It chronicles the life and times of football’s first family, which is fitting, given the success of one of its members during this NFL season.
Peyton Manning has had a record-breaking, memorable season, one that has resulted in new standards of excellence for most passing yards and touchdown passes.

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Techsters race past Roadrunners

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Freshman JaQuan Jackson scored 22 points and junior Whitney Frazier added 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead Louisiana Tech to a 71-50 win over Texas-San Antonio Saturday night at the Thomas Assembly Center.
With the game tied, Tech (7-13, 2-5 Conference-USA) used a 15-2 run midway through the first half to build a double digit lead and never look back as the Lady Techsters improved to 6-1 all-time against UTSA (11-9, 2-5 C-USA).

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Anderson leads ’Dogs to win over UTSA

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas — In what was an extreme case of a tale of two halves, Chris Anderson put Louisiana Tech on his back in registering a career-high 26 points and 11 rebounds to bring home the 87-72 road win on Saturday evening inside the Convocation Center.
The victory for Tech (18-5, 6-2 Conference-USA) snapped a four-game home winning streak for UTSA (7-13, 3-4 C-USA) and delivered a small payback for the conference tournament loss last season.

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GSU hoops teams swept at UAPB

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PINE BLUFF, Ark. — Late turnovers doomed the Grambling State University Tiger Lady Tigers as they lost a tough one on the road against the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff Lady Golden Lions.
UAPB won by the score of 64-58 at the H.O. Clemmons Arena.

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Kittens scratch out 2-1A home win over Cougars

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GRAMBLING — Grambling Lab head coach Antonio Hudson credited every senior on his team for not only the show they put on for their home fans on Friday night, but also what they HAVE accomplished thus far this season.
Led by Davauhnte’ Turner, Marty Tolston and DeAndre’ McGuire, Grambling beat Cedar Creek 62-25 on Friday night in the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center on the Grambling State University campus.
“We played well at the defense of end tonight,” Hudson said. “We rotated well, we played actively and it was a good win.”

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Pyles powers Creek girls to win

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GRAMBLING — Head girls’ basketball coaches Katie Eagles of Cedar Creek and Antonio Hudson of Grambling Laboratory High School agreed the team with the least turnovers wins the ball game.
The Cedar Creek Cougars brought on full-court pressure every Grambling Lab Lady Kittens possession, creating 30 turnovers.
Easy transition baskets off those turnovers led to a 41-33 Cedar Creek victory against Hudson’s Lady Kittens on Friday night in the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center on the Grambling State University campus.

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Natchitoches-Central sweeps RHS hoops teams

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A sluggish start combined with a poor finish was too much for the Bearcats to overcome Friday night as Natichitoches Central took a 60-49 win over Ruston High School in the RHS gym.
Ruston trailed 16-10 at the end of the first quarter but remained within striking distance at intermission, going in to the locker room trailing 32-18 at the half.
The Bearcats made a move in the third quarter, outscoring the Chiefs 16-7 to make it 39-34 in favor of Natchitoches Central heading into the final stanza.

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Making our community a better place

People who do good work for the sake of making a community a better place for all of it citizens to live deserve to be recognized.
Chris Turner, winner of the Ruston Rotary Club’s 2013 Bill Best Humanitarian Award, fits perfectly into that category. The award, named after the late Ruston businessman and civic leader Bill Best, is one of the top honors that can be bestowed on a local resident.

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Grandparents sharing in story time

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Intermittently some of you request comments about special topics. I have formerly addressed the joys of grandparenting. Fellow grandparents, we have a camaraderie stemming from shared laughter. Yet I wonder: will my grandchildren one day ask “Why did you put that in the paper?” Some of you have asked me to re-print my so-called “Grandparents’ Bill of Rights.” That comes later; this is story time. And please, if any of you have any grandchildren stories, send them to me at joe@northlalaw.com. I will mention your name or not, whichever you prefer. Now for two of mine.

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