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December 21st

Beaten at the buzzer

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Late trey denies G-Men second straight victory
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GRAMBLING — It seemed like the Grambling State Tigers had victory in their hands Saturday.
That was before the thrill of victory instantly morphed into the tragedy of defeat.
Looking for a second straight win as well as their second win in as many seasons, the Tigers led for the majority of the second half — until the final 3.3 seconds.
That was when elation made a sudden transition to heartbreak as Lyon College’s Riley Jenkins took advantage of a defensive breakdown and nailed a long-range 3-pointer to put the Scots up by a point over the G-Men.

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Lady Tigers hold off Philander Smith

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GRAMBLING — If the mark of a good team is being able to win when not playing its best, the future may not be too bad for the Grambling State Lady Tigers.
Playing without head coach Patricia Bibbs, who is recovering from neck surgery, the Lady Tigers shook off a sluggish performance and maintained their composure en route to a 70-64 win over Philander Smith College Saturday at the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.
Grambling moved to 3-7 with the win while Philander Smith is now 7-8.

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Frazier, Walter lift Techsters to win

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Whitney Frazier scored 15 points and grabbed a career-high tying 15 rebounds and Chrisstasia Walter added 20 points to lift Louisiana Tech to a 50-39 win over Arkansas-Little Rock Friday night before 912 fans at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Tech (4-7) won for the fourth straight time at home this season and did so behind a stellar defensive effort that saw the Lady Techsters hold UALR (4-5) to only 12 first half points and a 25 percent shooting performance.

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Tech women to host Alabama A&M

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Louisiana Tech will play a rare Sunday matinee when the Lady Techsters host Alabama A&M at 2 p.m. today at the Thomas Assembly Center as part of “Christmas at the TAC.”
As part of the holiday promotions surrounding the afternoon tipoff, Santa Claus will be in attendance as Tech fans of all ages can take their picture with jolly ole Saint Nick prior to the game as well as during the first half.
Tech will also be hosting a toy drive for Toys for Tots as fans are encouraged to bring a new toy and drop it off at the entrance of the Thomas Assembly Center.

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Bulldogs head east today to take on ULM

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Typically when Louisiana Tech travels down Interstate 20 to nearby Monroe, its destination is the airport.
At 5 p.m. tonight, the 30-minute trip east for the Bulldogs will stop at Fant-Ewing Coliseum to take on the University of Louisiana-Monroe.
The matchup will mark the sixth straight year that the Bulldogs and Warhawks meet on the hardwood with Tech (9-3) coming out victorious in the five previous.
However, the two road wins have been tough to get with scoring margins of just three points in 2009 (76-73) and two points in 2011 (73-71).

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‘Bayou-Diversity’ a must read

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I still remember an outing I made on ancient Black Bayou north of Monroe with Kelby Ouchley, retired wildlife biologist, who I don’t doubt for a minute can navigate the lake blindfolded. We saw an alligator, birds of every description and moss-shrouded cypress and tupelo gum trees everywhere.
I’ve kept up with Ouchley over the years primarily through social media and was pleased to learn that he was recently honored with the Governor’s Conservationist of the Year Award. When I realized he had written a book that piqued my interest, I had to have a copy.

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Consider these financial moves when you relocate

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Almost everyone would agree: Moving is a hassle. In addition to selling your current home and finding a new one, you may need to deal with a new school for your kids, a new doctor, a new dentist — the list goes on and on. But you’ll also need to consider the financial aspects of your move — specifically, your investments, insurance, taxes and even your estate plans.
How can you help make sure that your move doesn’t slow your progress toward your financial goals? Consider the following relocation “checklist:”

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Enjoying Christmas even during crisis

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Question: For most people the economy seems to be doing better. But this year my husband got sick, and we were not able to do as well in our business as we did in the past. Everybody’s talking like times are getting better, but we haven’t seen it yet. Have you seen that this recovery has been uneven?
Answer: Recoveries are only smooth in hindsight. They don’t usually feel like what you’d think of as a recovery until they are over.

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Settling a loved one’s financial affairs

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Dealing with your grief when a loved one dies is hard enough. But often you may find yourself in a situation where you have to deal with financial and investment matters as well. The feelings of uncertainty about what to do next and who to consult can be overwhelming. The following suggestions may help guide you through the process.
Gathering the pieces

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LPSO makes DC better

In July 2013, after some difficult times, the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office took over the management of the Lincoln Parish Detention Center.
The detention center began 34 years ago, and had not been repaired since then until the sheriff’s office took over. It wasn’t until the State Fire Marshal told management that if they did not do something, the Fire Marshal was closing the doors to the center.
Once the sheriff’s office took over the detention center, things began to move, and a $1.7 million deficit accumulated at the end of 2013.

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