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December 27th

Bills’ Williams gets Pro Bowl invitation

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Kyle Williams is going back to the Pro Bowl.
The former Ruston High School and LSU defensive lineman was announced this week to the NFL’s annual postseason roster.
Williams is one of two members of the Buffalo Bills to be selected for the game that will start at 7 p.m. Jan. 25 in Glendale, Arizona, the site of Super Bowl XLIV.
Ironically, both of the Bills’ players named to the squad have last names of Williams, the other being defensive end Mario Williams.
Kyle Williams has 40 tackles, 5.5 sacks and a pass interception this season.

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Buddy's Blog: Grambling has strong nucleus for 2015

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Anyone who keeps up religiously with Grambling State University’s football program is probably shaking their head over the 2014 season.
Who, in his right mind, would’ve ever believed that the Tigers would be one of the most improved squads in the nation, regardless of division?
But that’s exactly what happened, the G-Men going from only one victory in 2013 to seven this past season.
Not only that, but Grambling came within a yard of reaching the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship game.

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BULLDOGS WIN OVER HEART OF DALLAS

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DALLAS — Louisiana Tech University broke open a tight game in the final six minutes Friday as the Bulldogs took a 35-18 Heart of Dallas Bowl win over the University of Illinois.
Tech led 21-9 at halftime after Illinois quarterback Reilly O’Toole’s pass was returned for a touchdown by Xavier Woods midway through the second, but Illinois responded with a three-yard scoring run by Donovonn Young. The two-point conversion failed, though, but Reisner banked in a field goal to cut the Bulldogs’ lead to three points at 21-18.

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Police, fire respond to call

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An early morning vehicle fire on Chase Lane caused first responders to venture out Saturday.
Ruston Fire Department-EMS and the Ruston Police Department responded to a call right before 1 a.m. Saturday.
RFD Public Education Office Eric Brazzel said the fire is under investigation.
Brazzel added that reports from the scene indicated the fire started in a trashcan and spread to the vehicle.
RPD officers responded to the scene to assist RFD in the evacuation of the house as a precaution in case the fire spread.

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DC juvenile housing discussed

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The Lincoln Parish Detention Center has looked into the possibility of housing juveniles, but according to Warden Jim Tuten there is one main issue.
“It’s not whether or not we have the facilities to house juveniles because we do,” he said. “It’s a matter of staffing.”
Tuten said he is currently in need of two deputies at the detention center.
“If we were to house juveniles we would need to hire an additional 12 staff members,” he said. “We already have a doctor and a nurse, but we would also need an administrator, counselor and teacher all for just the juveniles.”

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Chamber banquet approaches

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With recipients such as the late former Grambling head coach Eddie Robinson, current Louisiana Tech president Les Guice and incumbent mayor Dan Hollingsworth taking home the award, the award is a prestigious one for Lincoln Parish.
The 2015 95th Annual Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet will take place at 6 p.m. on Jan. 29 in the Ruston Civic Center. At the banquet, the Robert E. Russ Award will be presented to someone who contributed to the civic, business or cultural advancement or development of Lincoln Parish during the preceding year.

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Remembering special time at year’s end

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There’s an old gospel song I love that has a line that goes “What a day, glorious day that will be.”
I’m thinking of a takeoff on the line in that old hymn in looking back over the year just ending …”What a year, glorious year this has been.”
As an outdoor writer/broadcaster, I got to do some stuff and see some things that were extra special to me. Mingled with a few of these activities I get to do every year was one particular event that was a first for me, a sponsored fishing trip to Nebraska.

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2014 HEART OF DALLAS BOWL PHOTO GALLERY

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Top left: Louisiana Tech team captains Houston Bates, Kenneth Dixon, Mitch Villamez and Hunter Lee (left to right) showed their solidarity to the field for the opening coin toss. Tech won the toss and deferred to the second half.
Top right: Tech junior running Kenneth Dixon (28) stiffarms a Fightin’ Illini player attempting to make a tackle en route to an 80-yard touchdown reception for the game’s opening score.
Middle left: A large contingent of Tech fans were on hand to cheer on the Bulldogs.

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Commending LPDC, LPSO for their hard work

It is only a matter of time before the Lincoln Parish Detention Center is in tip-top shape.
After two inmates escaped from the LPDC in September a state of emergency was issued for the fencing surrounding the facility.
Warden Jim Tuten approached the Lincoln Parish Police Jury to have funds approved for not one, but two fences.
The first being a 10-foot fence which would surround the designated trustee area, and would be equipped with razor wire, lights and cameras.

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Ruston beats the statistics

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Our newspaper has been filled to the brim with stories about how people have been giving back this season. So, when an email popped into by inbox about how Louisiana was the sixth least charitable state according to a recent study, I was a little flummoxed.

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