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November 28th, 2017

Holiday bowling hopefully in store

Bowling has become a recent holiday tradition for north Louisiana football fans.
And after last weekend’s results, postseason bowl games remain a possibility for Louisiana Tech’s and Grambling State’s football teams.
Grambling took care of business by rallying late to take a 30-21 win over Southern in the 44th annual Bayou Classic at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Martez Carter’s 11-yard touchdown run with 3:22 remaining helped the G-Men overcome a late one-point fourth-quarter deficit before they added an insurance field goal with 1:39 left on the clock.

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November 27th

RCT to perform holiday classic

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In the spirit of the season, the Ruston Community Theatre will raise the curtain on “A Christmas Carol” at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Dixie Center for the Arts.
This production was selected by RCT to help kick off the Christmas season in Ruston and North Louisiana, said Dee Alexander, the musical director.
“This particular adaptation of ‘A Christmas Carol’ was chosen because of the beauty of the score by Alan Menken,” he said. “It includes soaring melodies, lovely harmonies and exciting song and dance numbers. It’s Scrooge meets a Broadway show.”

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Grambling Christmas parade to ride

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Grambling residents will celebrate Christmas spirit with gifts, fruits and candies during the Grambling Joy Fund’s annual Christmas parade starting 11 a.m. Saturday.
The parade, which has taken place for more than 50 years will begin at New Rocky Valley Baptist Church, move east on Martin Luther King Avenue, take a right turn on Main Street at the Christian Center, move through the business area and Grambling State University, take a left at the Catholic Center and then end at the Grambling Fire Station on Stadium Drive.

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Beautiful, humble hearts at Christmastime

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The story I am about to tell you was published in a newspaper somewhere in North Louisiana a decade or two ago. I wish I could find it again for the writer was a wordsmith that kept every pointless word at bay.
The story goes like this: A woman was raising three children by herself, and while they had very little, they had each other and enough to be comfortable.
At church one Sunday, the pastor announced that an offering would be taken in one month to help a poor family during the holiday season. “What a great idea,” the woman thought.

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Hearing the thumpety-thump of Christmas

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I must admit: I cringed when I saw the glut of Christmas decorations and paraphernalia in the big box stores before Halloween. I winced when I witnessed the Hershey’s Holiday Bells ringing several weeks ago on their seasonal commercial. (But that lead bell’s clearing its throat is the cutest thing.) And I chided the folks whose house was suddenly outlined in white — more than a week before Thanksgiving.

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Holiday events: They’re for you

Pack up the Pilgrims and get out the elves and snow globes. Christmas is coming to Ruston and Lincoln Parish.
Beginning Thursday, the calendar becomes increasingly full of holiday lighting ceremonies, parades, craft fairs, chili cook-offs, art events and even the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future who’ll appear on stage at the Dixie Center for the Arts.
It’s a busy time of year. We encourage folks to immerse themselves in the sights and sounds of the season by participating in as many of the events as possible. Here’s a look at just what’s happening this week:

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Walls could add to Grambling’s Pro Hall legacy
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Four and counting.
And five — yes, five — Pro Football Hall of Famers may be only a few months away for Grambling State University’s remarkable program.
Former Tigers’ defensive back Everson Walls is among 27 names gracing the semifinal list for the 2018 induction class in Canton, Ohio.
If elected, “Cubby,” would join the late Junious (Buck) Buchanan, Willie Davis, Charlie Joiner and Willie Brown as former G-Men in the Hall.
That’s an amazing number for a school that competes in the Football Championship Series and has a student enrollment of 5,188.

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Saints streak ends with 26-20 loss to Rams

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The end of New Orleans’ eight-game winning streak came as no surprise to Saints coach Sean Payton.
“I thought our week of practice was just OK at best, honestly. It was average at best, I’ll say that,” Payton said.
New Orleans’ high-scoring offense was held in check and the Saints struggled to stop Jared Goff with their top two cornerbacks sidelined by injuries. The result was a 26-20 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in a meeting of two of the NFL’s highest-scoring teams.

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Lady Techsters fall to Niagara

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LAS VEGAS — Less than 48 hours after recording one of its most impressive wins in years, Louisiana Tech came back down to earth in a 73-67 loss to Niagara Sunday at South Point Arena.
Despite shooting a season-high 55 percent from the field, the Lady Techsters (4-2) couldn’t overcome 21 turnovers and a poor effort on the defensive end of the floor.
“This is one of those learning lessons that young teams sometimes have to experience in order to truly understand,” said head coach Brooke Stoehr. “We didn’t get the job done.

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November 25th

GSU Bayou Classic win a special one

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NEW ORLEANS — It was a special win for Grambling State Saturday evening as the Tigers rallied from a late deficit to defeat Southern 30-21 at the 44th annual Bayou Classic at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
GSU kicker Marc Orozco made three of four attempted field goals, with his only miss coming from 53 yards out, while the Jaguars failed on both of their field-goal tries. After Southern took its only lead of the game in the fourth quarter, Calief Samon had a 41-yard kickoff return to set up the winning touchdown drive that started at the Jaguars 40 yard line.

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