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September 26th, 2016

Community helpers rewarded for hard work in Choudrant

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Choudrant recently had a clean up day as a part of their Saturday in the Park event. Volunteers were assigned a cleanup area and, once completed, would exchange the safety vest for an event T-shirt. A volunteer from Choudrant High School and one from Choudrant Elementary were randomly selected to win a cash prize. From Choudrant High, left, it was Grayson Pylant, a seventh grader. From Choudrant Elementary, it was fourth grader Bailey Weaver, right.

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Pumpkins for Peace: Patch to aid DART

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If you look up “pumpkin” in the Oxford English Dictionary, it will tell you that it is “a large rounded yellow-orange fruit with a thick rind, edible flesh, and many seeds.” But if you are from Ruston, “pumpkin” has a much broader meaning. It means color and community. It means the arrival of fall. It means the start of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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THE JOURNEY: U.T. Tower shooting – 50 years later

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Editor’s Note: It has been 50 years since the University of Texas tower shooting. My former neighbor, M.J. Gabour, and his family were there that day.

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BUDDY'S BLOG: Butler has bright future with Panthers

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One of these days, probably sooner than later, a commentator might be heard saying from an NFL broadcast booth, ‘’the Butler did it!’’
And he would be right.
Vernon Butler, a giant of a man at 6-4 and 323 pounds, could be doing it often as one of the top young defensive linemen for the Carolina Panthers.
So far, and while it’s still early, the former Louisiana Tech University ball carrier crusher, has demonstrated his worth as a first-round draftee.
It took only one game, no less, for Butler to whet the appetite of Panthers’ fans.

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September 24th

Sunday means a full menu of NFL viewing

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And on Sundays, the earth rested.
Well, at least for those who don’t care much for the National Football League.
Don’t count me in that number.
My Sabbath is grounded in a deep faith with the good Lord, but I believe He allows me a free pass (or the NFL Network’s GamePass, if you will) on this day.
I am, and have been, a fan of the NFL since I was knee-high to a blocking sled.
Much of it is grounded in a love of the professional sport’s history and its iconic names: Vince Lombardi, Jim Brown, Sammy Baugh, Sam Huff, Y.A. Tittle, etc.

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Bulldogs fall in heartbreaker

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn.—Middle Tennessee scored 31 points in the second-half while Louisiana Tech failed to complete a last-minute comeback of its own as the Blue Raiders defeated the Bulldogs 38-34 Saturday night at Floyd Stadium.
In the Conference USA opener for both teams, Louisiana Tech led 34-31 with under four minutes left in the game thanks to Kam McKnight’s 1-yard touchdown rush, but Middle Tennessee used a five-play, 75-yard scoring drive that ended with a 23-yard touchdown pass from Brent Stockstill to Ty Lee to put the Blue Raiders ahead, 38-34.

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G-Men grind out 43-18 victory over Braves

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GRAMBLING — Success can be the sweetest revenge.
In a rematch of last year’s Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship Game, Grambling State knew it would be in for a challenge against Alcorn State, which won last year’s title contest 49-21.
And the game was challenging, until late in the third quarter before the G-Men started pulling away en route to a 43-18 win over the Braves at Eddie G. Robinson Memorial Stadium.

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UL System sees increase in enrollment

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The University of Louisiana System has eclipsed 90,000 students for the first time since 2012.
An additional 588 students over last year brings the System’s total enrollment to 90,439 students.
Six of the nine UL System institutions experienced some level of growth.
Northwestern State University in Natchitoches boasted the highest percentage and student increase at 7 percent and 640 students, respectively.
Grambling State University followed with a 6.8 percent increase from an additional 310 students.

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A Clucking Good Time

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Visitors and residents alike had a clucking good time during the 28th Dubach Chicken Festival held Friday and Saturday in downtown Dubach.
From chicken cooking contests to a mini farm, attendees had a variety of activities to entertain them during the annual event.
Heather Croxton, of Dubach, said the Chicken Festival is always fun.
“The Chicken Festival is always fun to come to,” she said. “I grew up here and I am incorporated with everything here.
“It is just a really good time with family, friends and neighbors.”

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Local brothers, 12 and 14, climb Mt. Kilimanjaro

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Swami Sivananda once said “The harder the struggle, the more glorious the triumph.”
Local brothers Kiyan Rice, 12, and Aly-zaman Rice, 14, took those words to heart when they decided to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania, with their mother, Shelyna Rice, in June.
Shelyna Rice said Kiyan was inspired by an article he read in school about a 10-year-old who climbed the mountain.

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