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Jessie’s Jottings

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Rookies, injuries and tweets
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Watching ESPN these days you would think that the National Football League season was well under way. Fans soak up every play, statistics and news story that glides at the bottom of their screens on the ticker tape. The threat of not having an NFL season made us all aware of just how fleeting our new favorite pastime can truly be.
Preseason monotony still plagues hungry fans that want to see the regular season, but for the time being, it will have to appease fan’s appetites.

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Isham ready for college ‘baptism’

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True freshman to guide Bulldogs in season opener Saturday
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Nick Isham is ready for the big crowd this weekend.
Forget that the most fans he ever played in front of as a star quarterback in the California high school ranks was an estimated 10,000.
That was then and this is now and Isham is up for the challenge.

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GSU vs. Alcorn: A ‘family affair’

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GRAMBLING — It will undoubtedly be a family affair wen Grambling State and Alcorn State square off Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Port City Classic in Shreveport.
Freshman quarterback D.J. Williams will make his first start for Grambling under the auspices of his father and head coach Doug Williams, but the family ties go deeper than that.
Alcorn State head coach Melvin Spears is Doug Williams’ first cousin and former offensive coordinator, and that’s been the focus of much pregame talk over the summer, with Doug Williams taking over for his second stint as head coach at Grambling while Spears is in his first year as head coach at Alcorn State, his alma mater.

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SWAC championship could be a Tiger hunt

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Everybody could be chasing the Tigers in the Southwestern Athletic Conference during the 2011 football season.
Two different Tigers, in fact.
One is from Louisiana.
That’s Grambling State University.
One is in Misssippi.
That’s Jackson State University.

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August 30th

Patrols out for Labor Day

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Police to crack down on alcohol-impaired driving

Local law enforcement agents will be out in full force this Labor Day weekend making sure that residents get home safely by enforcing the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.
In 2010, alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities accounted for 42 percent of the total motor vehicle traffic fatalities in Louisiana.

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Firefighters honored

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Scouts, residents provide lunches
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Ruston firefighters were treated to a free lunch twice last week, as locals showed them appreciation for the work they do.
The first luncheon was provided by a group of concerned citizens from the Tanglewood Subdivision.
Eric Brazzel, public education officer with the Ruston Fire Department, said the department had responded to a fire on Aug. 9 in the subdivision.

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Desegregation suit discussed

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Two alternative schools’ 2010 scores revealed
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There was discussion on Monday morning before the Lincoln Parish School Board voted to go into executive session at a special-called meeting.
The meeting was held to discuss pending litigation in the case United States of America v. Lincoln Parish School Board, which was originally filed in the 1960s. The public meeting lasted for 20 minutes, but school board members were in executive session from approximately 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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RCT awards RusTonys for shows

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Ruston Community Theatre RusTony Awards were presented Aug. 27 at the Dixie Center for the Arts.
This year’s celebration was the 21st and featured a long list of recipients. The awards program is held each August and is designed to recognize exceptional skills and talents in theatrical productions. Awards include cast members as well as those who work behind the scenes. This year a total of 21 awards were presented.

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Preps in high gear Friday

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Everything starts counting on Friday.
And there’s no need to remind head coaches in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association, which kicks off its 2011 regular season on Friday night.
After last weekend’s jamboree events, schools located from Bunkie to Brusly and from West Monroe to Westgate will begin playing for keeps this weekend.

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Dykes,’Dogs ready for late kickoff time

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Tech making preparations for 9 p.m. start at Southern Miss

Regardless of what kickoff time might be on the board for Louisiana Tech and Southern Mississippi on Saturday, Bulldogs’ Head Coach Sonny Dykes and his staff plan to be ready.
For the record, the ’Dogs and Golden Eagles will start squaring off at 9 p.m., Saturday in Hattiesburg, Miss., where the 2011 season opener will be televised live by the Fox Sports Network.

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