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August 10th, 2015

Health centers help community

Our community health care centers work day-in and day-out to make sure our local residents get the healthcare they deserve.
This week marks National Health Center Week, a week dedicated to recognizing the men and women who take care of our daily ailments.
According to www.healthcenterweek.com, local community owned and operated Health Centers serve over 23 million Americans at more than 9,200 delivery sites in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and United States territories.
One in every 15 people living in the U.S. depends on their services.

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Beware dangerous excessive heat

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It’s one thing to be hot. Being oppressive and dangerous is a whole other issue.
And that issue is one we’re facing as you read this. Mother Nature has been especially boisterous in 2015 and she’s back to business today with dangerous weather.
We are under an excessive heat warning issued by the National Weather Service until 7 p.m. this evening with a heat advisory in effect until 7 p.m. Tuesday.
That means a high temperature of around 105 degrees Fahrenheit today with heat index figures rising to around 115 degrees.
And we’re not alone.

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August 8th

Grambling starts grinding

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Tigers battle blistering heat in intial practice sessions
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GRAMBLING — The Grambling State Tigers returned to the field for their second preseason practice Saturday, showing their intensity isn’t wavering despite the already blistering morning heat.
There are quite a few changes in store for the Tigers after their impressive turnaround season in 2014. Expectations are high for the G-Men after rebounding with a 7-5 campaign last year following two consecutive one-win seasons.

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Thompson: he was truly ‘one of kind’

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Over the course of 50 years covering sports and the people who play them, I’ve met my fair share of “characters.”
By such a definition, I mean individuals who fall outside the realm of just being plain different than the rest of the civilized world.
Or being unique.
Clyde Thompson clearly falls into that category.
The former Louisiana Tech University baseball/football player/physical education professor and North Louisiana high school coach passed away recently at his Poverty Point home in Madison Parish.
He was 78.

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‘Speedy,’ Appleby headed overseas

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They worked together to revive Louisiana Tech University’s men’s basketball program.
Now they’re again both headed the same direction — eastward overseas — to begin their professional hoops careers.
Former Tech Dunkin’ Dogs Kenneth “Speedy” Smith and Raheem Appleby both officially joined the professional ranks earlier this week, with Smith signing with EF Riga in Latvia while Appleby will play for Hungary’s PVSK Panthers.

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Squire Creek prepping for USGA event

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CHOUDRANT — From Oct. 3-8, for only the second time in history and the first time in nearly half a century, Louisiana will host a USGA event.
Squire Creek Country Club in Choudrant is the site of the 29th U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship.
Louisiana hosted its only other USGA championship in 1966, when the USGA Senior Women’s Amateur was played at Lakewood Country Club in New Orleans. An international field of 132 female amateur golfers, 25 and under, will compete for the title.
Practice rounds are Oct. 1-2.

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Allen has long-range security in NFL

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In my second life, I want to return either as a punter/placekicker or a second-stringer backing up a star quarterback in the NFL.
Those specialists and No. 2 field generals have it made big time.
I have known this for quite some time, but have become convinced even moreso after learning about the new contract extension finalized recently for punter Ryan Allen of the New England Patriots.
He is, as you may well know, the former two-time Ray Guy Award winner as the best collegiate punter in the country.

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Consignment shop focuses on outdoor gear

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Roy Stapp is an energetic businessman in the north Louisiana area. He has been successful in a variety of ventures but the one upon which he is currently embarking has him more than excited. Au. 1 was opening day of his Sportsman’s Paradise Consignment Shop.

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Duck call makers to meet

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There will be a gathering of duck call makers and interested parties at the Scott Hamilton Warehouse at 10 a.m. Saturday in Dubach.
The doors will be open to the public from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Admission ito the event will be free.
There will be everything from standard hunting call to custom calls to carved pieces of art for the collectors.
Every call featured during the Dubach gathering will be 100 percent handcrafted.
Also, the pictured call at right will be raffled offf for $1 per ticket.

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RES project work moves on

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Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series on the ongoing construction of Lincoln Parish schools.
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Students and parents at Ruston Elementary School will notice new classrooms, security work and additional parking spaces for teachers as the new school year begins.
Lincoln Parish Schools Transportation and New Construction Coordinator James Payton said there is also new parking lot for teachers on the south side of campus.

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