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December 3rd

Serving others from the battlefield to the classroom

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Island spent 32 years teaching, has been pastor since 1963
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Serving in the Korean War and teaching at Lincoln High School through segregation — Henry Island is a man who has seen the changing of the times.
“My experiences are unexplainable,” he said.
Island graduated from high school in 1951, and said the late Grambling State University head football coach Eddie Robinson recruited him to play football for GSU.

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Ruston supports Amtrak extension

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Ruston’s Board of Aldermen has endorsed a resolution supporting Amtrak passenger rail service through North Louisiana.
The board’s action Monday night adds the city to a growing list of municipalities, governmental entities and business groups supporting the return of train travel to the area.
“I think it’s one of the best things going,” Alderman Elmore Mayfield said.
Passenger service could be a tremendous economic boost to Ruston and Lincoln Parish, especially if the train made a local stop, Kristi Lumpkin, Ruston’s economic development administrator, said.

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Retail tax collections up by less than 1 percent

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Sustained oil and gas activity plus building projects at two local industries continue to boost Lincoln Parish sales tax collections, Sales and Use Tax Administrator Jerry Moore said Monday.
But despite third-quarter and year-to-date gains, retail sector collections — that posted less than a 1 percent increase for the latest quarter — may be the best overall indicator of how the parish is doing, Moore said.
“People are not spending a lot of money,” Moore told the sales and use tax commission. “If they’re going to spend it, they’re going to spend it the last quarter.”

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Most plants benefit from cold weather precaution

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Recently I discussed protecting tender plants in the landscape, but now that temperatures are reaching below the freezing point on a regular basis, most plants will benefit from severe cold weather protection.
Winter protection of woody plants and herbaceous plants is important during the upcoming winter months. The amount of protection depends upon the cold hardiness of the plants as indicated by the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map designation. This indicator reflects the severity and length of the cold period and upon exposure.

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Cougars shine prep spotlight on Ruston

Cougars shine prep spotlight on Ruston
Congratulations to the Cedar Creek football team for going where no Cougar has gone before — the semifinals of the state football playoffs.
Cedar Creek’s 28-7 home win over St. Edmunds on Friday propelled the Cougars to the semifinal round, where they’ll take on top-ranked Vermilion Catholic in Abbeville at 7 p.m. this Friday.
Ruston has seen the RHS Bearcats make it to the Superdome to play in a state championship more than once over the years. In fact, it was an every-other year occurrence in the 1980s under then-head coach Chick Childress.

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4-H to hold cooking contest

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4-H is continually adding new projects and events that appeal to and benefit the youth of this generation. 4-H offers projects and events in the areas of robotics, outdoor skills and public speaking. These are just a few of the more than 50 project areas that youth can be a part of by joining the LSU AgCenter 4-H Youth Development Program.
We are also an organization that is rich in tradition; therefore, we still offer a variety of projects and events that have been a part of the 4-H program for more than 100 years.

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Lend a hand this holiday season

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I’m not going to lie. Sometime around early to mid-November, I start to wake up with a spring in my step.
For a few months at the end of each year, the air becomes cooler, the world lights up with holiday decorations and my favorite holiday tunes start sneaking their way onto radio stations. Once December hits, Christmas movies — the ones I’ve always loved the best — take over the television set, and something pleasant always seems to be cooking in the kitchen.

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Lady Techsters fall in heartbreaker

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Nicholls State overcomes 10-point halftime deficit for 80-78 victory
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THIBODAUX — Emani White scored 22 points and Nicholls State overcame a 10-point halftime deficit as the Colonels defeated Louisiana Tech 80-78 before 211 fans at Stopher Gym Monday night.
Tech (1-5) held a 75-72 lead late on a pair of free throws by Lulu Perry with 1:41 to play but the Lady Techsters failed to capitalize on some point blank shots in the final minute while Nicholls State (4-3) hit key shots to pull away for the win.

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Diamond ’Dogs release 2014 baseball schedule

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Louisiana Tech and the Bulldog Baseball team has announced its schedule for the 2014 baseball season, featuring a 12-game home stand to open the season, a total of eight home weekend series and three-game series against SEC and Big Ten opponents.
Overall, the Diamond ’Dogs will play 29 home games inside J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park in 2014, including eight home weekend series and five midweek contests over the course of the season.

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December 2nd

AJB families invited to healthy lifestyle seminar

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Families at Alma J. Brown Elementary School will get a chance to learn about the importance of healthy lifestyles through a program sponsored by the Community Nutrition Programs from the LSU AgCenter.
On Thursday, a Family Nutrition Night will be held at Alma J. Brown Elementary School in Grambling.
Families will have the opportunity through hands-on activities to learn more about steps they can take to “Eat Well, Be Active, Feel Great!”
The event will begin with a presentation “You Can Make a Big Difference in Your Child’s Health!”

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