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December 16th

N.C. A&T sneaks past Grambling

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ATLANTA (AP) — North Carolina A&T won its fourth Historically Black College and University national title Saturday and did it while going unbeaten for the first time.
Lamar Raynard scored on a 1-yard sneak with 38 seconds left and the Aggies won their second Celebration Bowl in three years, defeating Grambling State 21-14.
“It’s a great feeling to make history,” the junior quarterback said.
N.C.A&T (12-0) claimed titles in 1990 and 1999 in addition to 2015, when the Aggies defeated Alcorn State 41-34 in the first Celebration Bowl.

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Williams credits fans for ‘snow’ win

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Carousing through a couple of sports topics — locally and nationally — on this Sunday morning:
“SNOW-ING” THEIR SUPPORT: It wasn’t as if Kyle Williams was dodging the media.
Any reporter who covers the Buffalo Bills knows he’s a stand-up guy, one of the first players whose locker they surround after every game.
But on this day, the veteran of 11 seasons in the NFL had something to say.

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Simsboro shoots downs Bearcats

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David vs. Goliath. Class B vs. Class 5A. Experience vs. inexperience. Speed against size.
There were plenty of ways to labels basketball game featuring Class C Simsboro at Class 5A Ruston, but it was the experience and speed possessed by the Tigers that made all the difference.
Simsboro broke open a tight game midway through the third quarter to pull away for a 67-49 win over the Bearcats at the RHS Gym Friday night.

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West takes down East in I-2o Bowl

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There was plenty of Lincoln Parish prep talent on the East Squad, but it was the West that came out on top Saturday afternoon in the second annual I-20 Bowl All-Star game at L.J. “Hoss” Garrett Stadium.”
Benton quarterback Garrett Hable led the West to a 52-26 win, throwing for three touchdown passes and running for another to earn MVP honors.
Ruston linebacker Tahj Samuel, running back DeAndre Marcus and wide receiver Donald “Red” Johnson represented Ruston High School and were joined by Cedar Creek quarter LB Tripp Marcus and defensive lineman Ben Slusher on the East team.

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I-20 Bowl Photo Gallery

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Top Left: Ruston’s DeAndre Marcus scored on this 14-yard scamper for the first-score in Saturday’s I-20 Bowl.
Top Right: Cedar Creek’s Tripp Marcus (5) moves to try and make a tackle against the West.
Middle Left: Cedar Creek defensive end Ben Slusher (58) closes in to try and make a tackle for the East.
Middle Right: Ruston High School head coach Jerrod Baugh (far left) joined East head coach Jeff Fitzgerald (far right) and his staff in arguing Tahj Samuel’s ejection.
Bottom Left: Ruston receiver Donald “Red” Johnson (right) heads upfield after making a catch for the East.

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Locked up

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A Choudrant man who was selected for early parole and probation under Louisiana’s new Justice Reinvestment program has been arrested for burglarizing the same business that led to his 2014 conviction.

Jeffery Brian Davis, 47, of 4889 Hwy. 145, was arrested Thursday by Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s deputies and charged with simple criminal damage to property and simple burglary in connection with a break-in at Waterworks District No. 3.

The waterworks office is located on Highway 80 between Ruston and Choudrant.

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The true holiday blues

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W inter weather and Christmas cheer fills Lincoln Parish this month when families and friends will gather together to celebrate their respective holiday celebrations.
For some; however, the changing of the seasons, traditions and even marketing of potential gifts can bring a sense of sadness, or “holiday blues.”
Sharon Kilcoyne, clinical director of the Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home family counseling center, said the holiday season is a time of happiness for many people, but in many cases, this is a time where many unwanted feelings can consume individuals.

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Higher ed commissioner: ‘Let your voice be heard’

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Reach out to state legislatures to voice your opinion about public higher education institutes and the continued budget woes that colleges and universities face.
That was one of the messages state Board of Regents Commission of Higher Education Joseph Rallo brought Friday to an audience on the Louisiana Tech University campus.
“Each of you is a citizen — whether you’re an employee or a student,” Rallo said. “You
have the right to call and tell your legislator what you think about (higher education).”

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Head Start to resume classes Monday

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Classes are set to resume Monday for the 215 Paul E. Slaton Head Start Center students who were displaced in October when fire destroyed the center’s main building located on Oakdale Street.
The classes will be housed at Ruston’s Zion Traveler Baptist Church through the end of the current academic year.
“We’re looking forward to it,” Head Start Executive Director Clotill Smith said Friday about this week’s reopening. “Hopefully all children served at the time of the fire will be returning.”
Transportation will be provided, Smith said.

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No celebration for G-Men

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The look on his face said it all as Grambling State football coach Broderick Fobbs watched his Tigers fall 21-14 to North Carolina A&T Saturday in the Celebration Bowl in Atlanta.

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