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November 13th, 2014

Emmanuel Pre-K: Students visit Russ Place, Simpson’s farm

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Top left: Ms. Ashley, Ms. Robin and Ms. Nilu’s classes had a great time “camping out.” The s’mores and tents were especially fun.
Top right: Tosh Schexnyder loved the calves at Papa Simpson’s Farm.
Bottom left: Ms. Monica’s class partied with the wonderful guests at the Russ Place. They received lots of hugs and candy.
Bottom right: Ms. Deby’s class picked out fabulous pumpkins at the First United Methodist Church pumpkin patch in West Monroe.

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What can Brown do for a team?

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If it’s daughter of P.J., Dee, it’s plenty
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Kim Mulkey will be keeping her fingers crossed on Friday.
So will Gary Blair and Holly Warwick.
Friday is the day that Kalani Brown is scheduled to announce which college she’ll be signing with to continue her honor-filled basketball career.
The Slidell High School star and daughter of former Louisiana Tech University players P.J. and Dee Brown has narrowed her choices down to three nationally-prominent programs:
• Baylor, whose head coach is former Lady Techsters’ star Mulkey.
• Texas A&M, directed by ex-Techsters’ assistant Blair.

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Roper’s hoops dreams realized

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New Living Word forward taking talents to Grambling St.
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New Living Word forward Javier Roper decided to forgo the distraction of heavy recruiting during his senior year, signing a National Letter of Intent Wednesday to play basketball at Grambling State University.
Roper (6-7, 195) averaged 19 points and 10 rebounds in leading New Living Word to a Class C state championship last season. Roper averaged 28 points, 10 rebounds, 6.5 blocks and 2.5 steals at the Top 28.
“It’s a place that really wants me and I feel like is home,” Roper said. “I really want to help change that program and it was just the right decision for me.”

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Lady Techsters softball team signs six

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Louisiana Tech head coach Mark Montgomery added six newcomers during national signing day on Wednesday as the Lady Techsters saw five high school prep stars and a junior college all-American join the program.
Jessica Ball (Thornton, Colorado/Western Nebraska CC), Berkley Calapp (Ft. Collins, Colorado/Fossil Ridge HS), Anna Dies (Haughton, La./Haughton HS), Preslee Gallaway (Pilot Point, Texas/Pilot Point HS), Morgan Turkoly (Sanger, Texas/Sanger HS) and Chelsea Rangel (Bossier City, La./Benton HS) comprise this year’s signing class for LA Tech.

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November 12th

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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