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Arrests made in GSU dorm

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An illegal gambling game at Grambling State University led to an alleged armed robbery of approximately $5,000 and the arrest of four men in connection with the incident.
Deonta Dontrell Johnson, 20, 2940 Mansfield Drive, New Orleans, was arrested Dec. 6 and charged with aggravated burglary, armed robbery with a gun and aggravated battery by the Grambling State University Police Department for allegedly robbing the men participating in the illegal gambling activity.

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LPDC budget includes deficit

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Commission covering cost for 168 inmates this week

The Lincoln Parish Detention Center Commission formally adopted its 2011 Amended Budget and 2012 Proposed Budget on Monday.
Expenditures exceed revenues in both budgets. For the 2011 Amended Budget, total expenses are $2.49 million and revenues are $2.09 million. For the 2012 Proposed Budget, expenses are projected to total $2.62 million, and revenues are estimated to be $2.08 million.
Commission chair and Sheriff Mike Stone said the housing of adult prisoners is the biggest expense for the commission.

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Recovery celebrated

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The biggest jail cell is not inside the walls of prison, but that which some have built around their lives, Lincoln Parish Sheriff Mike Stone told several inmates at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center last week.
Stone was one of several attendees at the facility’s first graduating class ceremony from Celebrate Recovery, a nondenominational 12-step program for dealing with addictions and other issues.

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White House to honor associate dean, professor

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Jenna Carpenter, associate dean for the College of Engineering and Science and the Wayne and Juanita Spinks Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at Louisiana Tech University, is being recognized Friday at the White House for her work with and contributions to advancing women in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

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Choudrant approves zoning change

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CHOUDRANT — Choudrant aldermen have finally made a decision on a rezoning proposition first brought to their attention during the Sept. 12 meeting.
Aldermen voted unanimously on Monday to rezone a property owned by Bud and Skip Morrison, located on Lamar Drive in Choudrant, from a Residential 1 zone to a Residential 2 zone.

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Scouts learn about community

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Boys in the Tiger Den of Cub Scout Pack 59 in Ruston recently visited the Lincoln Parish Library to learn more about their community and the services it provides.

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Local church presents musical

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First Baptist Church’s Celebration Choir will present its Christmas Cantata at 6 p.m. Sunday at 200 S. Trenton St. to area residents.
Under the direction of Wayne Bridges, more than 100 participants, including more than 30 children, and featuring a “live baby Jesus” will perform,“The Gift of Christmas,” by Prism Music, Inc.
“Christmas in August — 2011” was the initial start of the choir’s rehearsals, when, according to Bridges, they sang through the entire musical, inviting all FBC members to come and sing with them.

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The day I met Eddy Arnold

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The day I met Eddy Arnold was definitely one of the highlights of my life. As I recall, he only had a couple of records out at the time, but I had heard them on various Shreveport radio stations and juke boxes around town. Even on “first listen” I predicted (to one and all) that ol’ Eddy-boy was “Hit City” bound … My best buddy, an aspiring young singer named Webb Pierce, seemed to share my enthusiasm for our up-and-coming “golden boy,” so when we learned that he was coming to our city for a concert we immediately started trying to figure out how we might meet him.

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Helping those who need it

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Some people, like my college roommate, had parents who had saved money to make sure their children could receive a good education. In fact, in her situation, they had saved enough money to not only send her to undergraduate school, but to fund two masters degrees and a Ph.D. (though she chose not to receive that final designation).
Others, like both my husband and myself, have had to work through college and will have to continue to work to pay for college long after they’ve handed over our final piece of expensive paper.

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Remember Pearl Harbor, those who served

Those who served our country in World War II are known as the “Greatest Generation” from the tremendous courage they showed and sacrifices they made during the infamous war.
Troops fought on two fronts, in Europe and in Japan, to help keep the freedom of American and Allied citizens alike. The whole grueling confrontation started for America 70 years ago today.
On Dec. 7, 1941, the Japanese Empire catapulted America into the war when they surprise attacked Pearl Harbor naval base in Oahu, Hawaii.

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