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November 24th, 2014

Man arrested in West Monroe death

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A man suspected of murdering a family member has been apprehended in West Monroe.
At approximately 4:30 p.m. Saturday, the West Monroe Police Department responded to the 1200 block Hinkle Drive in West Monroe in reference to family members finding a deceased family member inside of the home.

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Bulldogs beat Presbyterian, 76-48

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‘Speedy’ Smith sets career steals mark; Bulldogs sweep tourney
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It was another day with another fallen record and another victory.
Less than 24 hours after Michale Kyser became the all-time career blocks leader at Louisiana Tech, Kenneth Smith became the all-time career steals leader with the magic number being 192.
The point guard needed just one for the record but finished with three steals which ignited a defense that forced 21 turnovers in leading the Bulldogs to a 76-48 win over Presbyterian to complete the weekend sweep of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic on Sunday evening at the Thomas Assembly Center.

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GSU to take on Ball State

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AT’Tori Shine (shooting ball) and the Grambling State Univeristy Tigers will take on Ball State University at 6 p.m. tonight in West Lafayette, Indiana. Grambling and Ball State both stand at 1-2 on the season.

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Taking extra precaution

Preparing for the holiday season begins in advance for some residents. But extra precautions to ensure safety this holiday season also need to be taken.
There are ways to help prevent an incident from happening, according to Chad Alexander, public information officer with the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office.
“Residents can request an extra patrol through either our (smartphone application) or the new website,” Alexander said.
Ruston Police Department Deputy Chief Clint Williams reiterated the same tip.

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Time to give back to others

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You don’t bave to be a baseball player to help.
On Saturday, former Ruston High School and LSU baseball standout Ben Alsup is conducting a baseball clinic to benefit former Louisiana Tech University football offensive lineman Ken Serpas, who is suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
The disease is no stranger to me. I had an uncle die of ALS in the early 1970s. Former Dubach and Grambling State basketball standout Mary Currie died of ALS in 2000 at the age of 34.

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Children, Christmas and domestic violence

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My head is filled with so many different thoughts as I sit down to write this week’s column. I am thinking of the heartfelt and humble Christmas Angel requests we have from children who have lived with the fear and stress of family violence. I am considering the fact that for many of those children, the holidays will not bring sweet and comforting family traditions, but instead a guaranteed mounting tension in the home, a growing anger, an increase in curses, threats and beatings.

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Pet of the week

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Rufus was found wandering on a busy road about to get hit by traffic. Rufus jumps in laps, licks faces and follows us everywhere. He is house broken, up-to-date on shots and ready to go to his forever home. Rufus is tan in color. Adoption fees are $65. Call 251-DOGS for more information. To see all 4 Paws’ dogs available for adoption visit the shelter located at 290 Rodeo Road, just south of Tech Farm Road. The office is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or by appointment.

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‘A Cappella Christmas’ predicted for region

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North Louisiana’s weather can’t guarantee the region a white Christmas, but two choral groups can certainly assure the area “An A Cappella Christmas.”
Piney Hills Harmony Chorus of Sweet Adelines will present its annual show at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Strauss Theatre in Monroe, joined by the Noteorius chorus.
Piney Hills Harmony is a women’s chorus based in Ruston; Noteorius, a men’s chorus based in Monroe. Rhapsody and Harmonic Engineers quartets will also perform. All the groups sing four-part a cappella harmony, barbershop style.

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November 22nd

Dunkin’ Dogs 2-0 in tourney play

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Tech closes out home Coaches vs. Cancer event today vs. Presbyterian
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Michale Kyser became the all-time leader for career blocks as Louisiana Tech cruised past American, 63-44, in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic on Saturday night at the Thomas Assembly Center.
The Bulldogs and Eagles traded blows in the first 15 minutes before a quick 11-2 run propelled the Bulldogs to a 12-point lead, a lead they would hold on to for the remainder of the game.
American gained momentum closing the margin to eight with 11 minutes remaining in the second half. However, Louisiana Tech would respond immediately with a 19-6 run over the next 10 minutes to seal the victory.

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Lady Tigers shoot down Pilots

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Bre’Nae Andrews (13) scored six points for Grambling State Saturday as the Lady Tigers moved to 2-2 with a 67-58 home win over LSU-Shreveport. Mariah Gilliam came off the bench to scrore 15 for GSU while Grambling’s Yosha Watson led all scorers with 19.

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