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February 29th

Recognition gained around the world

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GSU Tigers signify athletic traditions

When one considers black history in Lincoln Parish, Grambling State University immediately comes to mind.

And a big part of that is the school’s storied athletics programs that have long made GSU known throughout not only the U.S., but worldwide.

During Eddie Robinson’s football coaching heyday, Grambling played football games not only in big cities across the country, but also in places like Japan.

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Exhibit’s purpose is to encourage young artists

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Several pieces of art will be on display beginning today at the Dunbar Gallery at Grambling State University during the High School Student Art Competition.
Attendees will be able to view and discuss around 100 pieces of art from local high school students from around Lincoln Parish.
“There are usually between 75-100 works in the show from 50-60 students,” Donna McGee, professor of art at Grambling State University, said.
The purpose of the show is to encourage young artists in their creative pursuits by giving them an opportunity to exhibit their work.

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Mossy Oak Properties comes to Ruston

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Patterson: Office opened to better serve clients
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Mossy Oak Properties of Louisiana, a real estate firm specializing in the sales and services related to rural real estate, recently opened a new branch in Ruston to serve the people of Lincoln Parish, located at 629 Leachman Road.
“Mossy Oak Properties of Louisiana has been servicing the State of Louisiana since 2005,” Jarod Patterson, sales agent and consultant forester, said. “With such a demand for rural land investment in the Ruston area, the firm decided to open their first expansion office here to better serve clients.”

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Grambling, an American success story: The early years

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Editor’s note: In honor of Black History Month, the Grambling Historic Preservation Study Committee thought it would be appropriate to highlight the history of the origin of Grambling. The information presented here is based on historical narratives about Grambling by Reginald Owens; information from former history professor Lawrence Garner; William McIntosh; Mildred Gallot; Thelma Williams; Roy Moss; J. Andrew Gaulden and other research on African Americans’ transition from slavery to freedom. This article is mainly focused on Grambling’s beginnings.
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Examining why women stay with abusive partners

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It is the number one question asked by those who are deeply concerned about someone who lives in an abusive relationship.
“Why doesn’t she just leave? Why does she stay?”
It seems like such a logical question.
If she is being beaten, if she is terrorized and traumatized, if her life is monitored, tracked and controlled, why would she stay in that situation? Why wouldn’t she just walk away?
The thing is, it’s not that simple.
There are so many reasons why a woman does not feel able to leave her abusive husband or partner.

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Pet of the Week

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Meet Kaiser. He is a male Catahoula mix that is up-to-date on shots and is looking for a home. He is seemingly great with people and other pets. Kaiser has a lot of love to give and is very affectionate. Come see him at 4 Paws Rescue from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. They are closed on Sunday and open by appointment only on Monday. Call 251-3647 for more information.

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FNB announces Jackie Whitlock scholarship

First National Bank is offering a $1,500 college scholarship for the 2016 year.
All graduating seniors from schools in Lincoln Parish are encouraged to apply.
The annual scholarship honors the memory of Jackie Woodard Whitlock, who worked in the Lincoln Parish school system for over 20 years.
She began working in education as a classroom teacher and moved to the central office for the last several years of her career.

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Celebrating Black History Month

Throughout the month of February the staff of the Ruston Daily Leader has had the pleasure to talking with key African Americans within our community.

These individuals were able to give area residents a taste of what life has been like for them as African-Americans.

They shared their accomplishments, their dreams and gave insight into how they plan to change the world we live in.

Each February we take time to recognize those men and women who have added value and character to our community.

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Protecting higher ed, healthcare

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As our state legislators continue working on ways to deal with a $957 million budget shortfall, they should not just be considering ways to make tough cuts and make up for that money.
It all begins with the Louisiana Constitution.
Why do state budget cuts always seem to be centered around health care and higher education? It’s because those are two government programs that are not protected by the state's constitution.
There are some obvious things protected by the constitution, like K-12 education and pensions for state employees.

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Lady Techsters rally past Lamar

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Trailing 4-3 with only three outs remaining, Louisiana Tech used a mix of experience and youth to mount a seventh inning rally against Lamar for a 5-4 win on Sunday morning at the Lady Techster Softball Complex.
Entering the bottom of the seventh inning, Lamar pitcher Ciara Luna had retired 12 of the last 13 Lady Techsters she had faced, but the momentum stopped when senior Katelynn Cook stepped in the box to open the final frame.

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