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November 21st, 2014

Flaws exist in today’s music

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Lauryn Hill said it best in her 1998 “Superstar” album: “Come on baby, light my fire, Everything you drop is so tired, Music is supposed to inspire, How come we ain’t getting no higher?”
The fact is we aren’t getting higher from the music we consume. I say we because I, too, still listen to today’s music. All it needs to be a hit is a good beat and a catchy chorus.
In today’s time, artists have no purpose in their music — no positive purpose, at least.Over the years, musicians have transformed from great influences to straight clowns.

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Vaccinations are here for a reason

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When the temperature begins to drop and the wind begins to howl, sickness has a tendency to set it for all ages.
We recently took the boys to the doctor, Tristan for a check up and Asher because his ear was hurting.
Unfortunately Asher had an ear infection, his first in more than a year. Tristan, on the other hand, was healthy as can be, and got his routine 6-month shots along with the flu vaccine.

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November 20th

Cook brings cheer to Navajo

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For approximately 10 years, Fred Pee, of Choudrant, has loaded a trailer full of gift-filled shoeboxes, winter clothing and other items and brought a little holiday cheer to the Navajo reservation in New Mexico.
Pee is a board member for Open Door Missions, which has its home base right here in Ruston at Cook Baptist Church. And, through this program, more than 1,100 children will receive holiday gifts this year.

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Early voting kicks off

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Early voting for the Dec. 6 general election begins Saturday at the Registrar of Voters office located on the ground floor of the Lincoln Parish Courthouse.
The voting period continues Monday through Wednesday and resumes Nov. 29 following the Thanksgiving holiday. Hours are 8:30 a.m.- 6 p.m. each day. Voters must bring photo identification.
Despite the short ballot — there are only eight runoff races and one proposition — voter interest in the runoffs seems high, Registrar of Voters Dianna Stone said.
“People are calling a lot,” she said.

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‘Pickers’ coming to Louisiana

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Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz have crisscrossed America, looking through barns and basements for dirty, rusty treasures.
The “American Pickers” want to plan a trip to Loui- siana, and are looking for residents’ help.
Lum Farr, president of the Union Parish Chamber of Commerce, said he was contacted by the company that produces the show, now in its fifth season on the History Channel.
“We would love to have them come to Union Parish, and we need the public’s help to make it happen,” Farr said.

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Tech helps DART

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The Louisiana Tech University Women’s Softball Team helped the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team recently by applying a fresh coat of paint to the life-sized silhouettes, which stood in front of The Bridge Community Church last month, in memory of lives lost to domestic violence in our community.
“(The softball team members) were a big help,” said DART Community Advocate Terrie Queen Autrey. “And they were very moved to hear some of the stories of the silhouettes.”

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Bulldogs focused on ODU only

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The road to the Conference USA championship is slowly falling into place with Louisiana Tech firmly entrenched in the race.
But coming off a bye week, Bulldogs head coach Skip Holtz has only one thing in focus — Tech’s upcoming game at Old Dominion on Saturday.

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Tech baseball adds seven early signees

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First-year head coach Greg Goff and the Louisiana Tech baseball team welcomed seven newcomers on National Signing Day on Nov. 12, including six junior college players and one high school athlete, all of which are set to join the Bulldogs next fall.
In all, the Bulldogs have added four infielders, two right-handed pitchers and a catcher, all of which will enroll at Tech and be eligible to take the field for Goff and Co. next fall. In addition to the following seven players, there will be seven more future Bulldogs released later this week.

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GSU to host Tougaloo tonight

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Monisha Neal (No. 4 pictured above) and the Grambling State Lady Tigers (0-2) will play host to Tougaloo College (0-4) at 6 p.m. tonight in the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center. A’Ttori Shine (No. 1 pictured below) and the GSU men’s basketball team (1-1) will play at Purdue (2-0) at 6 p.m. tonight.

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Grambling Lab splits with Richwood; RHS Lady ’Cats to open home season tonight

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Grambling Labortory High School opened the 2014-15 basketball season Wednesday night by splitting with Richwood at home in both boys and girls action.
The Kittens defeated Richwood 61-52 with Kaedrick Williams leading the way with 21 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks.
Tylan Dean added 14 points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals for the Kittens, who also got six points each from Xavier Davis, James Caesar and Shawtaveon Jenkins.

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