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September 3rd

Tech, GSU: Finally, kickoff nears

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Yes, there is also a football game on the schedule Saturday for Louisiana Tech and Grambling State.
Amidst Super Bowl-like promotions, the Bulldogs and Tigers get down to real business at Shreveport’s Independence Stadium.
They’ve waited 1,758 games to do so, too.

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Shows, Garrett rank among state’s all-time winningest prep coaches

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Don Shows can start adding on to his impressive lifetime victory total as West Monroe High School head football coach tonight.
The Ruston High graduate and ex-football player and trackster for the Bearcats will go for win No. 308 when the defending Class 4A state champion Rebels play host to Leesville High.
Beginning season No. 30 in his career, Shows is one of only five coaches in the history of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association to have garnered at least 300 career wins.

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Radio Center starting busy grid season

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Yes, there’s sleep involved somewhere in the fall schedules of announcers at The Radio Center of Ruston.
It’s just a matter of squeezing in some Z’s among all of the football action planned by the stations that will kick off their busiest slate ever this weekend.
Live coverage will begin for Ruston High, Cedar Creek and West Ouachita High tonight as well as Louisiana Tech and Grambling on Saturday.

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Something for everyone at Academy art classes

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The North Central Louisiana Arts Council is now offering Academy arts classes for ages 3 through adult in seven-week sessions beginning Tuesday. Prices vary according to the age of participants and length of classes.
NCLAC Executive Director Leigh Anne Chambers said NCLAC hopes to expand course offerings in the future if the response is strong. As of today, we still have a few openings for the first session.
“We are trying to offer something for everyone,” Chambers said. “We even have courses for three and 4-year-olds to take with their moms. We also have classes in drama, visual arts and even creative writing, but more importantly, our teachers are really top-notch.”

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State needs perception clean-up

It’s no secret the state of Louisiana has a black eye right now. Black as in “black gold.”
Perception is a funny thing, often misleading yet sometimes hard to overcome. That’s the situation Louisiana is facing in the wake of the British Petroleum Gulf oil spill.
And things didn’t get any better on Thursday when a second Gulf of Mexico oil rig exploded and burned.

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Show your support for area teams

It’s that time of year, Lincoln Parish.
No, we’re not talking about summer slowly fading into fall. We’re talking “Friday Night Lights” and college football showdowns. We’re talking about Lincoln Parish football.
Even with temperatures still in the 90s, the start of football season just seems to change the ambiance our region has. Maybe it’s because we’re home to two highly recognized college football programs in addition to some great high school and junior high teams. For whatever reason, moods just seem to brighten this time of year.

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September 2nd

Things shaping up for LPSO

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Initiative helps increase deputies’ physical fitness levels
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Either before or after a long shift chasing speeders and criminal suspects, sheriff’s deputies might be found running on a treadmill or pumping iron in the gym.
In December 2009, the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office launched an initiative designed to motivate their lawmen to get in better shape. The incentive? The LPSO would pay for the deputies’ memberships to Anytime Fitness if they chose to join the 24-hour club.
Despite the daily workout regimen in police academy, many veteran law enforcement personnel fall out of shape after a few years on the job.

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Mack, Flowers engaged to wed

Ronald “Jimmy” Mack, of Ruston, and Jenny Flowers, of Dubach, are pleased to announce their engagement and approaching wedding.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Angela Odell Hitt, of Dubach, and Allen and Ann Flowers, of Ruston.

She is the granddaughter of Aubrey and the late Lettie Aulds, of Dubach, Helen Flowers, and the late Larence Flowers, of Ruston.

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Dr. Floyd Coleman

Dr. Floyd Coleman, 76, of Mesquite, Texas, died Aug. 27, 2010. Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Friday at Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

Visitation is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at Our Christian Funeral Home Chapel.

Burial is at Grambling Memorial Garden.

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Billie Wayne Miller

Mrs. Billie Wayne Miller, 84, of Lafayette, formerly of Ruston, died Sept. 1, 2010. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Antioch Cemetery in Simsboro.

Visitation is from 5-7 p.m. today at Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Ruston.

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