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November 11th, 2017

Cougars nab first-round win

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Strong starts were a big part of Cedar Creek’s 9-1 run through regular season play.
The Cougars’ failing to do so in the regular-season finale loss at Oak Grove proves that point.
But No. 2 seed Cedar Creek came out red hot in the opening round of the Div. IV playoffs Friday night as the Cougars roared past Hanson Memorial 42-0 at Cougars Stadium.
It took only 3:48 for the Cougars to ignite as Henry Terral’s 64-yard scoring scamper put Cedar Creek on top 6-0.

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Bearcats break opening-round jinx

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Ruston pulls off big Class 5A win with 35-25 defeat of East St. John
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Big plays from big players made for a big win Friday night for Ruston High School.
The Bearcats erased four years worth of playoff opening-round frustrations as Ruston finally moved on to the second round in Class 5A postseason play with a 35-25 win over East St. John on James Field at L.J. “Hoss” Garrett Stadium.
After falling in the first round of the playoffs the past four seasons, the sense of relief wafted through the air during the on-field celebration following the win.

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Kincade leads GSU over Alabama State, 24-7

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Devante Kincade completed 17 of 27 passes for 205 yards and two touchdowns and Grambling dispatched Alabama State 24-7 on Saturday for its ninth straight victory.

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Bulldogs’ frustrations continue

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Tech falls to 4-6 with 48-23 loss to Florida Atlantic
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It was a different melody, but the song and dance still remained the same for the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Saturday against Florida Atlantic.
And while the frustrations remain, this one wasn’t heartbreakingly close.
Fighting to find a way to win after three one-point losses along with a double overtime loss, once again the ball didn’t bounce Louisiana Tech’s way as Florida Atlantic continued its perfect run through Conference USA with a 48-23 win over the Bulldogs in front of 16,511 fans at Joe Aillet Stadium.

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It’s great to be back writing again

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My mom was right.
I’ve lost count the number of times she used to tell me that “God blessed me with the gift of writing.”
And while I’ve certainly never have taken these skills for granted, I truly appreciate them even more when they’re not being used, for whatever reason.
And since Sept. 20, the keyboard on my iPhone has been largely silent.
That’s the date — hard to believe it’s been this long — that I underwent surgery for a nagging bedsore that had plagued our backside for more than a year.

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Local veterans receive quilts

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A cool chill ran through the air as dozens of people gathered at the flag pole in front of the Northern Louisiana Medical Center Thursday.
But, it didn’t seem to bother the 13 local veterans seated in the front row.
These men and women came to be honored during the America’s Heroes Presentation held by The Senior Circle Quilters, whose mission it is to “present heirloom quilts once a year, in November around Veterans Day, to local veterans who have served our country so bravely and so proudly,” according to Tami Davis, senior circle advisor for the hospital.

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Man dies after being hit on I-20

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A man walking down Interstate 20 was killed Friday evening after being struck by an oncoming vehicle.
As of early Saturday evening, the victim’s identity had not been released by law enforcement officials pending notification of next of kin, according to Louisiana State Police.
Though details are sketchy, the preliminary investigation shows parish sheriff’s deputies first responded to a call concerning a man on I-20, Lincoln Parish Sheriff Mike Stone said. When officers arrived, the man darted toward the woods and onto the interstate in the path of oncoming traffic.

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Ruston to veterans: Thank you

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More than 1,000 people gathered in downtown Ruston’s Railroad Park on Friday to say thank you to local veterans.
The event included a parade, a flyover by three Louisiana Air National Guard F-15 fighter jets, the laying of a wreath for fallen soldiers and an MIA/POW empty chair ceremony.

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Daughters of the American Revolution

Long Leaf Pine Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution met at 1 p.m. Nov. 7 at Trinity United Methodist Church with nine members present.
Regent Kay Goss-Knotts opened the meeting with prayer, the DAR ritual and conducted chapter business.
Secretary Kara Giddings read the minutes and they were approved.
Treasurer Anne Hough gave her report.
Chaplain Lou Taylor reported the death of members Marsha K. Clinton and Ruth McMichael. A vase of white camellia sasanquas graced the table in their memories.

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Rely on him when hard times hit the country

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Painfully we witness tragedy and observe horror. We do not know answers to the questions “Why?” or, “What to do?”

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