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November 12th, 2014

Veterans modern day superheroes

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A crowd of more than 50 people came together on Tuesday to hear the tale of a superhero.
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Gordon Ford was the keynote speaker for the 2014 Veterans Day program hosted by the Grambling State University Tiger Battalion Army ROTC, Ludley-McCall-Williams American Legion Post No. 593 and the Greater Grambling Chamber of Commerce.
Ford said when he was a child he loved comics.

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Stevens shares war stories

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Several people in the audience were in tears at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Veterans Day program held Tuesday at the National Guard Armory as Ernie Stevens, director of the Lincoln Parish Military museum and decorated Vietnam War vet, told of his experiences and the friends he lost during the war.

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Choudrant honors real life heroes

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Residents from across the parish gathered in Choudrant Park on Tuesday to honor veterans, who were dubbed by the main speaker as “real life superheroes.”
Veterans were treated to several musical selections by musicians Ricky Houck and Margaret Williams Jones.
Mayor Bill Sanderson welcomed those in attendance and thanked spectators — those who are not veterans — for attending the event and supporting local veterans.

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Gray: LPPJ in good financial shape

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The Lincoln Parish Police Jury met Tuesday night to discuss the amended budget for 2014 and the proposed budget for 2015, both of which accountant Bobby Gray said were in good standing.
“Basically, you’re going to meet all of your expenses unless an emergency pops up,” Gray said of the proposed budget. “When you look at the general fund you’re doing well and able to meet all of your expenses — a lot of parishes can’t do that.”

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Burglary suspects apprehended

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The suspects in the burglaries in close proximity to Louisiana Tech University on Tuesday have been apprehended and booked into the Lincoln Parish Detention Center.
Deputy Chief Clint Williams, public information officer with the Ruston Police Department, said the arrests were a result of a joint investigation with the Tech Police Department.
Mante D’juan Hayes, 17, of 1015 Leon St., Jonesboro, was booked into the LPDC on 10 counts of simple burglary, one count aggravated burglary and one count possession of marijuana.

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RPAR wraps up its fall sports season

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The final team activities of the 2014 recreation seasons are nearing an end and we are already looking ahead to 2015, but we would be in error not to congratulate those teams and individuals who helped make our programs a success.
Our Youth Flag Football recently wrapped up with seven teams participating in a five- week season. At this time, we would like to thank our volunteer coaches. For the 5-6 year old division: Steelers’ Coach Chad Sims, Patriots’ Coach Karline Gray, Packers’ Coach Adrian Jackson, and Broncos’ Coach Wombie Jackson.

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Grambling meeting every challenge

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Tigers don’t let sprinkler malfunction rain on their win parade
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Becoming a winning football team sometimes means seemingly getting a target painted on your backs.
And having a sprinkler hit the bull’s eye on a chilly fall night can make things even worse.
But that’s what the Grambling State Tigers (7-3) faced in their last game at Mississippi Valley State University on Thursday in a game nationally televised on ESPNU.

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Second chances pave way for Brown

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Failure often changes a life for the worse.
But sometimes it works the other way, too.
Louisiana Tech senior defensive back Colby Brown is one of those people who feel that past failures led to present success both on the football field and in the classroom.
After graduating from North Clayton High School in College Park, Georgia, in 2010, Brown didn’t receive any scholarship offers, admitting a lack of the effort in the classroom didn’t help that fact.

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Take caution in colder weather

Cooler weather seems to have set in for North Louisiana and with that comes the added safety measures that need to be taken around the home.
Eric Brazzel, public education officer with the Ruston Fire Department, said there are several areas in which resident should take extra precautions.
• Have all heating appliances — furnaces, water heaters and wood stoves — checked and serviced yearly by a reliable professional.
• Make sure no flammable materials have been placed near any heating appliance over the summer, while the appliance was not in use.

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Pilgrims doomed from the start

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I’m not a big fan of holidays. About the only thing they’ve got going for them is a day off from work — sometimes.
In the news business, holidays typically mean more assignments to get done in less time: seasonal stories to write, special events to cover and attempting to explain to way-too-cheery friends and family why “jolly” is neither on our faces nor in our vocabulary. Humbug.

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