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Williams high on NFL list

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Ex-RHS star ranked among Top 10 defensive linemen
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Kyle Williams’ reputation as one of the National Football League’s best defensive tackles is spreading.
In the June 29-July 5 issue of USA Today Sports Weekly, the former Ruston High and LSU star was ranked among the Top 10 players at that position in the league.
Williams, who has six seasons of NFL experience, is No. 7 on the list compiled by the publication’s editorial staff with input from player personnel directors, scouts and coordinators in the league.

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O.K.’s Corral

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It’s not too early to get in ‘Jam’ mood
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A Sunday morning’s worth of sports notes while sending out congratulations to Derek Jeter for reaching 3,000 hits and, even better, for being a class act:
• Guess what is one of the best things about the late August “Jam at the Joe?”
There won’t be any dang lockout to worry about, right?
Ah, the purity (well, for the most part) of high school sports.

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‘5’ team faces tourney tests

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League, Southwest Regional action next on schedule

Postseason tournament time is here for the Louisiana District 5 baseball team.
It all begins on Monday when veteran Head Coach Eddie Parkman sends his traditionally successful squad into the Southern Collegiate Preparatory League tourney.
The tourney will last through Wednesday and be held at Acadian Park in New Iberia.

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Millsap to have ‘Day’

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Paul Millsap is already one of the NBA’s best young players.
Now, he’s less than a month away from having his own “Day.”
A “Paul Millsap Day” is set for Grambling on Aug. 5 to honor the former Grambling High School and Louisiana Tech University star.

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Goree helping ‘5’ win

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First baseman Eric Goree has been among the players helping the Louisiana District 5 squad earn 20-plus wins and earn a favorite’s role for the Southern Collegiate Preparatory League tournament that will begin in New Iberia on Monday. Goree, who aided Ruston High’s march to a District 3-4A championship this spring, saw action for the District 5 team this weekend in a three-game home series against NOLA of New Orleans.

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R.W.E. Jones, a proud legacy

Now, there is no doubt about the late Ralph Waldo Emerson Jones ranking among college baseball’s most successful coaches and individuals.
No longer will the jury be out on whether the incredible number of victories that he compiled or the countless championships he achieved while guiding Grambling State University’s program should have a special place in the game’s history.

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Ruston man comments on Tea Party

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The Tea Party is a grassroots movement of millions of like-minded Americans from all backgrounds and political parties. The Tea Party is not a political party. The Tea Party movement is about reforming all political parties and government so that the core principles of our Founding Fathers become, once again, the foundation upon which America stands. Their rallies are across the U.S. including tens of thousands of supporters in Washington D.C. The meetings are non-violent and there is no mess left behind.

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Words can leave scars

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I grew up hearing: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” What a crock! How absolutely false and untrue that statement is; some of the longest lasting scars and biggest wounds which people have carried around are from words that were said, maybe as far back as childhood, and maybe as recently as this morning.

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Remembering Confederate officer

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When the gun went off, Lieutenant Colonel Charles Dreux knew something was wrong. It was just before sunrise on July 5, 1861, and Dreux (“droo”) was hiding in some bushes by a road near Newport News, Va.
The young officer had set up an ambush to bag some Union cavalrymen who regularly passed down the road. He had instructed his men not to fire until he gave the order, but a single gunshot rang out just as the enemy approached.

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Resident recalls Grambling man

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Today’s writing was to be a cutting response to a letter calling for the closing of Grambling State University, but a single event has overshadowed my desire to write such a response.
That event is the death of Mr. James “Ace” Jackson, one of Grambling’s oldest citizens. He reached the age of 96 years old on June 28; and on that day, from a bed in ICU, he was able to tell me who I was, when he was born, his age and how he felt. Like always, he spoke with strength and clarity. I quietly thanked the Lord when he said he was not in any pain.

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