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August 30th, 2013

Go outside and save your marriage

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The divorce rate in the United States is 50 percent. That statement is one everyone who has ever been married has heard, whether there is any statistical evidence to back it up or not.
Studies have shown that divorce rates are higher in the South than in other parts of the country. Researchers have related this to the number of marriages that occur.

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An open letter to all black men

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I hope this letter reaches the people whom I am writing. I invite you, the reader, to help me share this letter with as many black men and black boys as you can. The Trayvon Martin murder and joke of a trial has created a much needed movement to rescue and save you, us. There are people (of all racial and eth­nic backgrounds) all across this country participating in marches, community meetings, think tanks and political forums trying to bring about more protection for the black male.

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Bulldogs set to open at N.C. State

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It’s the start of a new era as Louisiana Tech University opens the 2013 football season Saturday with an 11:30 a.m. contest against North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C.
Tech is coming off a 9-3 campaign last season while the Wolfpack went 7-6.
The game will mark the first game for the Bulldogs as a new member of Conference USA, the first under new head coach Skip Holtz and the first under the leadership of new Tech President Les Guice and new Athletics Director Tommy McClelland.

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GSU ready to start vs. Alabama A&M

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Grambling State University kicks off the 2013 football season Saturday as the Tigers play host to Alabama A&M in a 6 p.m. contest at Robinson Stadium.
No strangers to each other, Alabama A&M and GSU have never opened the season against each other but have met four times in the SWAC Championship game.
Grambling leads the series between the teams 15-5, but A&M has won two of the past three, including a 2011 game at Grambling. The Bulldogs have never won on back-to-back trips to Grambling.

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KGRM to broadcast Tiger football games

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After 14 years, Grambling State University’s football games are returning to 91.5 KGRM-FM, the university’s radio station.
The first broadcast is Saturday as the Tigers face Alabama A&M at Eddie G. Robinson Stadium. Listeners can hear the entire football game, including the pregame and postgame shows. The pregame show starts 30 minutes before the game and the postgame show will begin immediately after the game.

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Tech volleyball to begin against Grambling State

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The Louisiana Tech volleyball team will begin the 2013 campaign in the exact arena they ended last season as the Lady Techsters travel to compete in the UTA Hilton Invitational beginning with a 4 p.m. match today against in-state foe Grambling State Friday at College Park Center in Arlington, Texas.
The Lady Techsters wrapped up the 2012 season last November against the Mavericks of UT Arlington and now return to Texas for tournament play to begin 2013.

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Area high schools face jamboree games tonight

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Ruston High and Cedar Creek get an early jump on the 2013 football season as they take to the road tonight to play in preseason jamboree football games.
The Bearcats travel to West Ouachita for a 7 p.m. matchup while the Cougars will play in the Pineland Jamboree at North Webster High School at 7 p.m. against NWHS. Haynesville and Minden will also square off as part of the Pineland Jamboree.
RHS coach Brad Laird said he just wants to see his team continue improving.

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August 29th

Men standing strong

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Ten community leaders have joined forces to kick off a new initiative for Domestic Abuse Resistance Team. The founding members of "Men Standing Strong" — men who make a public stand against domestic violence and pledge their support to DART in its efforts provide support to families struggling with abuse — met this week at Community Trust Bank. Randy Ewing, Rev. Thomas Kennedy, Rusty Woodard, Dr.

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Change in schedule

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For high school students in Lincoln Parish, the school day typically involves seven different classes with seven different teachers and seven different sets of expectations. This year, however, Simsboro High School students will only have to deal with only four classes each day.
Ricky Durrett, principal of the K-12 school, explained that the school’s oldest students are now on a 4-by-4 block schedule. They will take four 90-minute classes each semester with a switch at half term.

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GSU hires, promotes officers

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Grambling State University is making history yet again.
Wednesday marked the induction and promotion of several officers employed by the GSU Police Department.
In May 2013, GSU hired Willy Bell, a retired police chief from North Carolina, as a consultant to come in to revamp and restructure the entire department.
“All of the guys we have hired have past experience,” Bell said. “I won’t go home until we have hired everyone to fill out the new structure we have designed.”

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