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February 2nd, 2015

GSU to host MVSU

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Grambling State University will play host to Mississippi Valley State University in a Southwestern Athletic Conference doubleheader today at the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center. Monisha Neal (with ball above) and the Lady Tigers will tip off at 5:30 p.m. followed by the men’s game around 7:30 p.m.

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Burglary suspects arrested

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Two men reportedly responsible for multiple vehicle burglaries in the Ruston and Lincoln Parish area has been apprehended by local law enforcement.
Lucas Gail Young, 19, of 684 Rabb Road, Dubach, and Zachary Paul Sanford, 19, of 3175 U.S. Highway 167, Dubach, were both arrested on Friday for questioning in several cases.
Public Information Officer Maj. Chad Alexander said the two suspects have been connected to a series of vehicle burglaries.

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Williams takes the win

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Charlie Williams (left), 2 1/2, of Ruston, celebrated with family Saturday after winning the toddler division of a March of Dimes Diaper Derby held at halftime of a Louisiana Tech Univeristy Bulldogs basketball game at the Thomas Assembly Center.

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Enrollment set for free tutoring program

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When Ruston resident Tammy Bryan realized her 13-year-old goddaughter could barely read at a fifth grade level, she decided something had to be done.
“She had no idea how to sound out a word,” Bryan said. “I got really upset. I thought it was just a Hispanic problem, then I got even more upset because I found out 30 percent of children in our parish can’t read. That’s statistic is from the state.”

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UFO spotted in the Ruston area

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On the night of Nov. 8, Merrill O’Neal was in her stable tending her horses when suddenly she noticed something peculiar in the night sky.
Nine to 15 bright yellow to orange lights up in the sky, half of them closer to the ground than others, that were shinning as bright as the sun, floating over her property on Rodeo Road and across the sky heading south.
“I wasn’t afraid,” O’Neal said. “They were so bright and pretty and peaceful. The ones closer to the ground were about the size of a (pickup) truck and the ones farther away were about the size of half a (pickup) truck.”

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Tech’s COES announces distinguished alumni

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The College of Engineering and Science at Louisiana Tech University is pleased to announce its 2015 Distinguished Alumni. These alumni are recognized as industry and community leaders, and serve as role models for future generations of engineers and scientists, the college officials said.
The 2015 honorees are as follows:
• William Rainey Brown, IV: civil engineering (1975), vice president and corporate officer of Tidewater Marine — Austin, Texas.
• Stephen Ray Crosby: chemistry (1971), president of Coastal Spray Company — Houston, Texas.

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Children: The smallest victims of domestic violence

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Last week, I wrote about the impact of domestic violence upon children in the home.
I discussed the fact that even if parents do succeed in preventing their children from actually witnessing the abuse, they are seldom able to prevent their children from experiencing the secondary trauma of living in a home where violence occurs.

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Tutoring to aid in literacy

Across the country, and even right here in Lincoln Parish, early literacy continues to be something with which we struggle as a society.
Several programs offered by the Lincoln Parish School system, United Way and other organizations focus on this need. And, beginning Wednesday, there will be another group focused on making sure our children are strong readers.

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Making a difference with MOD

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February — still in the grasp of winter’s hand, but with an added sense of freshness and a feeling of impending birth, no matter what Punxsutawney Phil might say.
It’s a wonderful time of the year, and fitting to start the annual March of Dimes fundraising to raise money to try and prevent premature births and birth defects.
And it’s a special cause for me personally, because I was a premature baby myself, weighing only two points at birth.

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January 31st

Celebrating Black History

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Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of features running in February in recognition of Black History Month.
John Belton still remembers the fear that gripped him as a youngster the night he came home from a basketball game and saw a hearse parked in his parents’ driveway.
But his alarm was needless; the car belonged to one of Belton’s father, Willie’s, best friends who also owned a local mortuary. The two older men were discussing civil rights.

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