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November 28th, 2016

PUBLIC NOTICE

A public hearing will be held on December 1, 2016, before the 2016 monthly meeting of the Grambling Legends Square Taxing District Commission at 5:00 p.m. in Council Chambers/Courtroom, City Hall, 127 King Street, Grambling, Louisiana. The following Ordinance will be considered for Adoption:
AN ORDINANCE OF THE GRAMBLING LEGENDS SQUARE TAXING DISTRICT
LEVYING A TWO AND ONE-HALF PERCENT (2.5%) HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX

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SEALED BIDS

Sealed bids for the following project will be received by the Purchasing Department of the City of Ruston, Louisiana, located at Ruston Public Works Complex, 701 East Tennessee Avenue, Ruston, Louisiana 71270, either by mail or hand delivery, no later than 2:00 P.M. local time on Tuesday, December 20, 2016, at which time all bids received will be publicly opened and read aloud in the in the office of the Purchasing Director. Bids received after the 2:00 P.M. deadline will be returned via certified mail to the bidder unopened.
PROJECT: CONSTRUCTION OF MARTIN LUTHER KING DRIVE

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GSU students support the Bayou Classic

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NEW ORLEANS — Grambling State University students Robert Bailey Jr., Shelby Prout and Que Robinson weren’t on the Mercedes-Benz Superdome football field for a single play Saturday, but each had an impact on the Bayou Classic matchup between Grambling State University and Southern University.

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Ruston churches aid in Operation Christmas Child

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Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child, the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, has collected and delivered more than 135 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 150 countries and territories. For many of these children, the gift-filled shoebox is the first present they have ever received. The goal for 2016 internationally is 12 million. For the United States, the goal is 9.5 million shoeboxes. Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham.

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Groups awarded grants

Three Lincoln Parish groups have won grants from the Living Well Foundation.
Life Choices of North Central Louisiana, MedCamps of Louisiana and Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home Outdoor Wilderness Learning Center were among the 17 agencies awarded funding from the West Monroe-based foundation.

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Domestic violence and the holidays

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Tanya, 34, and her children, Dakota, 9, and Ariel, 5, arrived at the local shelter three days before Christmas. Tanya’s husband, Dean, grew up in a home with a violent father. Dean vowed he would never be like that and most of the time, he was kind and fun-loving.
However, every Christmas, Dean seemed to become a different man. He drank more, he was short-tempered, and he frightened the children by throwing things when he was angry, or threatening them and their mother.

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Still counting after four days

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Thanksgiving morning, I updated my Facebook cover photo with an image that urges folks to “Count Your Blessings.” It’s a black-and-white illustration that’s completely filled with tally marks. You know, those simple lines clustered in groups of five.
Being the curious — and literal — person that I am, I decided to count all those marks. I came up with a total of 230, with some additional marks peeking over the bottom of the frame, almost hidden but with a promise of things to come. Hmmmm. I had thought the total would be higher.

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Patriot Guard takes stand

They train, often in harsh conditions. They go to the battlefront and witness scenes worse than the goriest of made-for-TV movies. They do their jobs, day in, day out, with perhaps only their families back home to support them.
Then they come home, either on leave or at the end of their hitch, and find few options for mental “decompression.” The situation can result in a soldier’s taking his life.
The suicide rate among all U.S. military veterans has risen 35 percent since 2001, according to research by the Department of Military Affairs.

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Williams is Bills’ ‘wise man’ on defense

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Don’t get that rockin’ chair out just yet for Kyle Williams.
He may be 33 — “old” by some NFL standards — but he’s playing like he’s 23 in this, his 11th season.
Every one of those years have been spent in one place, which is about as rare as Odell Beckham, Jr., or Antonio Brown passing up an end zone celebration
Williams fits the city of Buffalo perfectly.
Hard-working, consistent, gritty, relentless.
Bills’ fans are marked by those qualities and that’s why they love the former Ruston High School and LSU All-American. His No. 95 jersey is one of the team’s best sellers.

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Tech defeats Maryland-Eastern Shore

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It was redemption day for Louisiana Tech veterans Erik McCree and Jacobi Boykins.
Four days after both had one of their worst shooting performances of their career, the duo combined for 44 points which included eight 3-pointers to propel the Bulldogs to a 74-53 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore on Sunday afternoon inside the Thomas Assembly Center.
McCree and Boykins went through a first half stretch of making 25 straight points for Tech (3-2), but the ’Dogs only held a five-point edge at intermission.

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