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October 28th

Durrett speaks to Lions

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Simsboro Lions Club hosted guest speaker Simsboro High Principal Ricky Durrett on Oct. 3. Durrett told club members about some new incentives at the school to reward students’ good behavior and doing things right.

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Cole: Bearded ’backer

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Move over, Brian Wilson.
It’s time for Adrien Cole to get a little “love” for having a beard and succeeding as an athlete.
Wilson, of course, is the eccentric ace reliever of the San Francisco Giants whose famous, thick beard captivated the nation during the 2010 World Series.
This fall, prime beard time is being owned by Adrien Cole, the hard-tackling defensive leader of Louisiana Tech University’s football team.

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PARISH GAMEDAY

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A quick look at this weekend’s football action for Lincoln Parish high school and college teams:
HIGH SCHOOL
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• RUSTON, home, vs. Natchitoches Central, 7 p.m., District 2-5A game; Records: Ruston, 4-4 overall, 0-2 District 2-5A; Natchitoches Central, 6-2 overall, 1-1, District 2-5A; Last week’s results: West Monroe 38, Ruston 21; Monroe Ouachita 28, Natchitoches Central 16;k Radio: KXKZ 107.5-FM, Ruston; State rankings: Ruston, unranked, 5A; Natchitoches Central, No. 15, 5A.

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Allen’s punts keep Bulldogs’ foes backed up

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Kickers, be those who place a football on a tee or simply punt it, are oftentimes referred to as being from “another planet” or just a bad weirder than the next guy suiting up.
They’re the game’s equivalent of the pole vaulter in track.
Just a few bubbles past the center, if you will.
But come crunch time and when a game’s outcome is riding on a conversion kick or field goal, there’s no better player to have on the roster.

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RPAR FOCUS

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1. What is the best sports-related gift you have ever received on your birthday or special occasion?: My dad gave me a basketball goal for my birthday.
2. What is your favorite nickname for a player in professional sports, either in the past or currently? “Breezy” for Drew Brees.
3. Name three current or former professional players you would invite to dinner? John Cena (professional WWF wrestler), Michael Jordan and LeBron James.

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Scobee honored in NFL

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — All he had to do was single-footedly win the team’s first game since opening day and tie an NFL record in the process.
That’s what Jacksonville Jaguars’ placekicker Josh Scobee, a former Louisiana Tech University star, did to be named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week.
The Jaguars defeated the Baltimore Ravens 12-7 on ESPN’s Monday Night Football, moving the team to 2-5 on the season.

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Creek’s Ginn ranks high in state stats

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Cedar Creek High’s Austin Ginn continues to move up on the weekly football statistical rankings for the leading rushers and scorers in Louisiana.
According to statistics announced by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association on Thursday, the senior running back is currently ranked No. 4 in scoring and No. 15 in rushing among all players in the state.
Ginn has totaled 1238 points and has scored a total of 23 touchdowns. His TD total shares second place for the most by any state player.

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October 27th

Alexander stops by

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Fifth District Congressman Rodney Alexander, R-Quitman, was recently in town and stopped by the Daily Leader to share his inside knowledge and perspectives on a few topics of interest to local residents.
One project Alexander said he supports is a plan to treat water from Lake D’Arbonne to be used by the municipalities of Ruston and Farmerville as an alternative to the Sparta Aquifer.
The Sparta is the primary source of potable water for Lincoln and 14 other North Louisiana parishes, as well as parts of Arkansas. Water levels have been falling for years and there has been saltwater intrusion as a result over overuse.

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RPAR hosts iHoops Skills Challenge

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Area young people will have an opportunity to shoot for bragging rights during the iHoops Skills Challenge.
The second annual competition hosted by Ruston Parks and Recreation Department, set for 10 a.m. Nov. 12 in the Bobby James Gym, is open to those ages 8-14. The competition is free to enter and offers youngsters a chance to showcase dribbling, passing and shooting proficiency in a timed, half-court obstacle course.

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Grambling City Hall moves locations

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GRAMBLING — With their old building outdated and compacted, Grambling town employees made a move to a new building in early September, and Mayor Edward Jones could not be happier.
“This is probably the best move we could have ever made,” he said. “We just had gotten to the point where we had outgrown ourselves and we had to branch out, and that is what we did.”
Jones said the move from the previous City Hall building on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue to the new City Hall and Community Center location on King Street behind the fire station was made out of necessity.

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