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November 8th, 2014

Catching up with a NBA legend

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It’s been five years since I last interviewed the great Willis Reed for a magazine story that is, until last week.
Looking for an interview for my Glynn Harris Outdoors radio program on ESPN 97.7, I was scanning my address book when I ran across Reed’s name and the cell phone number he had given me back then.
Wondering if he still had the same number and if he would agree to an interview, I called the number and was delighted when Reed answered the phone. When he learned the purpose of my call, he readily agreed to do an interview.

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Sportsmen’s Alliance banquet set for Winnfield

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The Louisiana Sportsmen’s Alliance (LSA) will hold its annual banquet at 6 p.m. on Nov. 13 at the Winnfield Fair Grounds. The Public is invited.
Tickets including a chicken and sausage gumbo supper are on sale now for $10 each or they can be purchased at the door. Other activities will include raffles for bullet jewelry, a Browning Safari 30.06 deer rifle valued at $2.200, a $10,000 prize and numerous other prizes.
“Anyone can attend,” said Leroy Husser, LSA President. “The banquet is for the public and not just members.”

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Kittens crush Ringgold

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Jerome Hudson (carrying ball) and Grambling Laboratory High School pulled off a big win Friday in the regular season finale as the Kittens took a 46-6 road victory at Ringgold. The Kittens, 3-7 overall and 2-3 in District 1-1A, will find out their fate today as playoff pairings are announced.

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Tech soccer falls in C-USA semis

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The magical run came to an end for Louisiana Tech Friday night in the Conference USA Tournament Semifinals as a late goal in the second half by Rice gave the Owls the 1-0 decision at Transamerica Field.
The combination of goalkeeper Kylee Seto and the defense had held strong through much of the contest, but in the 79th minute Rice’s Lauren Hughes was able to get behind and stay onside. Her initial shot was saved by Seto, but the follow-up deflection was an easy chest volley into the open net.

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Shots fired near Tech

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The suspect in a shooting that occurred near Louisiana Tech University Saturday morning is still at large.
Text message notifications began being sent shortly after the 2 a.m. shooting took place.
In a press release from the Louisiana Tech Police Department, the incident took place a 1/4 mile from Tech on the corner of Tech Drive and West California Avenue.
The LTPD and the Ruston Police Department responded to the scene to find a person suffering a gunshot wound in the vacant lot.

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Dubach students, faculty paint with First Lady Supriya Jindal

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First Lady of Louisiana Supriya Jindal met with students and faculty at Dubach School Friday to help them decorate Christmas ornaments to be displayed on the National Christmas Tree in Washington D.C.
Every year, the first lady selects an artist to design a Christmas ornament for not only the national tree, but the official Lousiana Christmas Treee as well.

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IRS scam targets residents

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Individuals impersonating the Internal Revenue Service have targeted not only Lincoln Parish residents, but residents in Texas and Arkansas in a scam to collect money.
According to reports, the scam involved a third party reporting to be from the IRS contacting residents to inform them of an outstanding tax debt that must be paid immediately to avoid being sued or being arrested.

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Video kiosks may benefit taxpayer, justice system

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Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of articles to be published by the Daily Leader concerning expediting the judicial process in Lincoln Parish.
By Briana Arrington
briana@rustonleader.com
Lincoln Parish Detention Center Warden Jim Tuten is looking into installing video kiosks to serve as informational terminals for prisoners. Although the new technology would allow prisoners more access to communication and references, the benefit is not actually meant for the inmates, but rather the judicial system and, inevitably, the Lincoln Parish taxpayer.

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Voters needed in Dec. 6 election

The long awaited, much talked about November election is finally over. Winners have been declared, losers consoled and candidates who are advancing to the December general election are already strategizing.
Now the work begins. Now is the time to lay aside differences and pull in one direction — the direction that will make Lincoln Parish and its communities stronger.
Local election officials say voter interest in the recent election appeared to be at a historic high. But despite a record-setting early voter turnout, overall voter participation hit only about 50 percent parishwide.

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Rogers helped to shape community

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Sometimes I recall my days on the athletic bench. never first team. I was a bench warmer. Sometimes I might get in the game appreciating the coach’s generosity.

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