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January 9th, 2015

Grambling approves officials

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Grambling City Council met last night to approve several officials, revise the comprehensive zoning regulations and approve an ordinance to provide for collection expenses for court costs and fines.
Roy Jackson will continue to serve as mayor pro tempore and Cullen Jackson will continue to serve as the alternate.
There were also approvals on reappointments of Shirley Jackson as commissioner to the Grambling Housing Authority, Pamela Stringfellow to serve as municipal clerk and Tommy Clark Jr. as Chief of Police/sergeant at arms.

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LCB celebrates Braille Awareness Month

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Their fingers were gliding elegantly across their pages and typewriters, hitting each cell in order to read their notes to explain better how it works.
Page by page, line by line, cell by cell they read off what they wanted to say, and there was a lot to be said.
Mary Fernandez, Eric Guillory and James Konechne of the Louisiana Center for the Blind said Braille is vital to the everyday lives of a blind person.
January is also the birth month of Louise Braille, of France, who created Braille.

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O negative is positively needed

During the holiday season, many people — even frequent donors — don’t think about giving blood.
The bustle of the holiday season frequently results in a blood shortage, and LifeShare Blood Centers said that’s what has happened this year.
“We are experiencing an O negative blood shortage, which has the capability to become critical before the end of the week,” Tina Hooper, LifeShare spokesperson, said. “The extreme weather predicted adds another layer of concern, underscoring the immediate need for O negative donors to provide for patient needs through the week.”

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Thoughts at the dinner table

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In today’s media-driven society there isn’t a day that goes by when people of all ages are not impacted by technology.
After an interesting email landed in my inbox earlier this week my interest was piqued.
The email began, “With a technology-driven society and many families being two-income families, many lament that family time such as the family supper have become things of the past. Some argue that this lack of family time directly affects how children are raised and is hurting in their development.”
There was other information further down in the email, but you get the jist.

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Techsters take big win over UTEP

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Kelia Shelton and Kevione Moten recorded double doubles to lead Louisiana Tech to a 90-72 win over UTEP Thursday night before 1,808 fans at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Shelton scored 28 points — 25 in the first half — and grabbed 10 rebounds while Moten added 11 points and 10 rebounds while Whitney Frazier added 19 points, four rebounds and four assists as Tech (6-7, 1-1 C-USA) rebounded from a heartbreaking overtime loss to Southern Miss on Sunday.

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’Dogs defense overpowers Miners

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EL PASO, Texas — Last year in the Don Haskins Center, Louisiana Tech and UTEP were in an offensive battle with the Miners coming out on top.
On Thursday night, it was the other way around on both accounts as the Bulldogs flexed their muscle on defense holding the Miners to just 12 second half points on their way to a 58-45 road win in front of 8,653 in attendance.
Tech (11-4, 2-0 Conference USA) was as flawless as you can be on defense with UTEP (10-5, 2-1 C-USA) making just five second half field goals and outrebounding the bigger Miners roster by two.

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GSU to host SU

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Grambling State will play host to Southern in a Southwestern Athletic Conference doubleheader Saturday in the Frederick Hobdy Assmebly Center. The women’s game will begin at 3 p.m. while Chase Cormier (10) and the Tigers will take on the Jaguars around 5 p.m.

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’Cats fall to Carroll

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Ruston High School fell to 8-4 on the season Friday as Carroll defeated Terrance Dodson (20) and the Bearcats 60-51 at the Don Redden Tournament at Ouachita Parish High School.

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Time to let the good times roll

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This week marks the beginning of the Mardi Gras season! Once again the nonprofits Ruston Civic Symphony Society, Dixie Center for the Arts, North Central Louisiana Arts Council, Ruston Community Theatre and Troupe Dixie are hosting the Annual Krewe of Allegro Mardi Gras Ball and Silent Auction to raise money for the Sustaining Building Fund that maintains the Dixie Theatre complex.
The 16th Annual Bank of Ruston sponsored Mardi Gras Ball will be held on Feb. 7, at the Ruston Civic Center.

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Youth dutch oven cook-off set for March

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Youth organizations are encouraged to start now preparing for an opportunity to show off the group’s cooking talent.
On March 28, the Claiborne Dutch Oven Cookers are hosting their second Annual Kid’s Cast Iron Cook-off and Potluck at Lake Claiborne State Park.
This event is for all Scouts, 4-H, Trail Life USA, youth organizations and individuals, ages 7-15. Participants will compete to see which team, or individual will reign supreme and be named “Master Cast Iron Chef Jr.”

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