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September 12th, 2016

Back to school, or back to bullying?

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As a young person, I always looked forward to going back to school. I loved shopping for fall shoes and a few new dresses, getting a new notebook, new pencils, and fresh, clean paper which seemed to wait expectantly for my learning to begin. Having attended 11 schools in 12 years, I was used to being one of the new kids at school. But on the military bases where I grew up, this was actually a very common experience. I was not traumatized by the new setting, new teachers, or new classmates.

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Pet of the Week

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This is Kay — or as she’s called at 4 Paws — “Miss Kay. She is the hidden treasure at 4 Paws. She is often over looked, but when she gets to go on a walk, everyone is surprised at how much fun she has. She is one of our seniors being featured for Senior September month. She is spayed, up-to-date on shots and heart worm negative. This month all seniors adopt for half price — $42.50. For more information call, 251-3647. Submitted photo

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It was high time to muscle up

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I read on the Internet the other day that it was Road & Track magazine that first started calling them muscle cars back in 1965.
I bought mine used in 1974 — my senior year in high school — and it still had plenty of muscle left. It was a 1969 Buick GS 400 with raised white letter tires, dual exhaust with glass packs, chrome tailpipe extenders, bucket seats, a 4-speed Hurst stick shift with a white cue ball grip. When I punched the gas pedal it would go from zero to seeing Jesus in less than six seconds. You could see the RPM needle going right and the fuel gauge needle going left.

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New police cars to aid GPD

A new president is not all Grambling State University students are noticing on campus.
Two police cars were recently donated to the GSU Police Department by the city of Monroe.
As part of Monroe’s “Strengthening ties between our towns and gowns” initiative, the Monroe City Council approved the donation of a 2007 and 2008 Ford Crown Victorias used previously by the Monroe Police Department to GSU.

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BUDDY'S BLOG: Lewis: A 42-year fixture at Grambling

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What do Ralph Waldo Emerson Jones, Eddie Robinson, Pete Dosher, Doug Williams and the patriarch of “Duck Dynasty” have in common?
They are all intricately connected to Edward Glenn Lewis.
For that matter — more on that further down in today’s blog — so is the guy staring at you in the mug shot today.
After 42 years of clocking in with the regularity of a night watchman, Lewis has retired as a photographer and yearbook advisor at Grambling State University.
Forty-two years.
Wrap your hands around that number.

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Milestones reached in Tech soccer win

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THIBODAUX — It did not turn into a four-hour weather delay like Saturday’s Louisiana Tech football game, but the soccer team endured a one-hour delay Sunday due to lightning before the match was called 74 minutes in.
Tech had the upper hand at that point, extending their unbeaten streak to seven with the 2-1 victory over Nicholls State at the Nicholls Soccer Complex.

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September 11th

Faces in the Community: First responder recounts story of national tragedy

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In 1996, Ruston city firefighters Harvey Davis and Donnie Watson were part of a six-man team sent to New York State to bring back a fire engine the city thought it wanted.
As the men drove through New York City, they marveled at the two giant World Trade Center towers that dominated the skyline. Watson took pictures.
“You could see those buildings a long way off,” Davis said.
Five years later, the skyscrapers imploded to ground.
It was just another Tuesday morning in September. The sun was shining; the day was warm, as early fall days tend to be in North Louisiana.

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Grambling State University placed on ‘fiscal watch’

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Grambling State University must create a corrective action plan after being placed on “fiscal watch” by the Louisiana Board of Regents.
GSU was placed on “fiscal watch” after the board’s Planning, Research and Performance Committee found GSU’s finances were in “poor health” based on an “accountability model” used by the Ohio Department of Education, said Matt Adams, a policy analyst for the Board of Regents.
The most recent audits were the audits used in the review, Adams said.
The model ranges scores from 0 to 5, 0 being poor financial health and 5 being excellent.

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Ruston aldermen to discuss rezoning

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Residents along Wynnwood Avenue and the adjacent streets in the Forest Circle neighborhood get their last chance Monday to have a say about the proposed rezoning of a lot at the intersection of U.S. Highway 167 North and Wynnwood Avenue.
Developer Frank Cordaro’s request is among the agenda items for Ruston Board of Aldermen meeting. Aldermen convene at 5:30 p.m. at the City Hall. The meeting is open to the public.
This month’s meeting is a week later than normal because of the Sept. 5 Labor Day holiday.
In addition the rezoning, aldermen will also:

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Inmate dies at LPDC

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A Lincoln Parish Detention Center inmate has died in custody. Willie Bias, 68, of 101 Reeves in Bernice, was discovered unresponsive in cell Friday morning.
He was transported to Northern Louisiana Medical Center where he was pronounced dead shortly after 11 a.m., according to a Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Department press release.
An autopsy is pending to determine the cause of death. Bias was a pre-trial inmate charged with sexual battery.

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