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Grambling fans hope to cheer on title game win

This time a month ago, what Grambling State University football fan would have been planning for an early December trip to Birmingham, Ala.?
Probably not many, given the precarious position that the Tigers found themselves in with their Southwestern Athletic Conference brethren.
Grambling was nudged in behind Prairie View A&M in the league’s West Division and practically needed a miracle to stay alive for a berth in the SWAC championship game.

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Pearl Harbor hits close to home

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Seventy years ago, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor at the Hawaiian Islands. Throughout the years, that attack has been labeled a “sneak attack.”
Leading up to the Dec.7 attack, there were many indicators that an attack was a probability. Pertinent information that would have alerted the commanders in Hawaii was not transmitted with priority. Therefore, the important warnings were too late to be helpful.
I was 9 years old, with two of my five brothers old enough to volunteer their time for military duty. It appeared that everyone was patriotic and anxious to serve their country.

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Garden club worthy of thanks

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The Ruston-Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce would like to take this opportunity to extend thanks to the ladies of the Ruston Garden Club for their wonderful work in decorating the Ruston Lincoln Visitors Center for the holidays.
Prior to Thanksgiving, many of the ladies stopped by the office to get a visual of the space they would be decorating as members of the club. Then after the holidays the ladies came in and spent three days turning our office into a true reflection of the Christmas season. They decorated the Christmas tree, display cases and the fireplace mantle. They also decorated the outside as well.

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The perils and promise of Newt Gingrich

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Newt Gingrich is now clearly the front-runner in the race for the GOP nomination. I’m trying to wrap my head around this dizzying fact because, well, frankly, I share a lot of the concerns that are now being expressed about his record as a leader.
Newt Gingrich is in his own mind a historical world figure on par with Lincoln or Thatcher, and he has no hesitation about telling you so.
This has had its obvious downsides. (As a friend said, “I fear Newt Gingrich may be the one guy who can re-elect President Obama.”)

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USPS changes will affect many

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When I was in school learning about the Wild West growing up, I heard about this thing called the Pony Express. Before cars, trains or planes, the mail use to take its time getting from one place to another.
People would wait days on end just to get a letter from someone who might be a few states away.
That process got even longer when thousands of Americans started moving westward across the nation.

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GSU, ’Dogs collide for title

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SWAC rivals’ second season meeting for league laurels
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GRAMBLING — Figure on another close game between Grambling State University and Alabama A&M this weekend, only this time under much more important circumstances.
In a late September regular season duel at Robinson Stadium, the Bulldogs pulled out a 20-14 victory.
Now, the longtime rivals from the West (GSU) and East (A&M) divisions collide in a winner-takes-the-title setting on Saturday (1:30 p.m., ESPNU) at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala.
“It’s probably going to be close again, I would think,” said Grambling wide receiver Mario Louis. “I’ll kinda be surprised if it isn’t. We’re both pretty evenly matched and have similar records.”

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Tech’s Allen wins Ray Guy Award

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Bulldogs’ junior chosen as nation’s top college punter
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With the Louisiana Tech University fight song playing in the background, Ryan Allen walked up to center stage at the 2011 Home Depot College Football Awards Show in at Disney World in Orlando, Fla., on Thursday night.
When he walked off, the Bulldogs’ junior punter was carrying a huge trophy.
Allen was announced as the recipient of the coveted Ray Guy Award, emblematic of the nation’s top college punter.

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Creek, Choudrant gain wins

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Cedar Creek High’s girls and Choudrant High’s boys took victories on Thursday in second round action at the annual Neill Killgore Memorial basketball tournament.
The Lady Cougars were a 60-42 winner over Delhi Charter. The Aggies took a 68-43 victory against Delhi Charter.
Ruby Richie fired in 30 points, Victoria Pardue had 16 points and Allison Ewing grabbed a game-leading 13 rebounds to pace the Lady Cougars. Seth Hancock (16), Deandre Williams (11) and J.P. Hancock (11) were the scoring leaders for Choudrant.

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TCU co-offensive coordinator selected Memphis head coach

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TCU, which will meet Louisiana Tech University in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, will be minus one coach for that Dec. 21 postseason game.
On Thursday, Horned Frogs’ co-offensive coordinator Justin Fuente accepted an offer as the new head coach at Memphis.

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’Dogs return to road Saturday

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Will Louisiana Tech University’s Bulldogs be involved in another close game on Saturday night?
If their first eight outings are any indication, there’s a good chance it could happen.
And pardon first-year Head Coach Michael White if he is suddenly sprouting some gray hairs on his crew cut.

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