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January 12th, 2016

Long Leaf Pine Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution

Long Leaf Pine Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution met at 1 p.m. Jan. 5 at Trintiy United Methodist Church with 14 members present.
Regent Melissa Wiygul opened the meeting with the DAR ritual, conducted chapter business and read the President General’s message.
Secretary Kara Giddings read the previous minutes and they were approved.
Treasurer Anne Hough gave her report.
Kay Goss-Knotts, American Indians chairman, gave an American Indians minute and Rosy Bromell spoke about visiting the Sitting Bull Memorial near Mount Rushmore.

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January 11th

Grambling charter school approved

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The Louisiana Department of Education has accepted a recommendation to approve the conversion of the Grambling Lab Schools into a single charter school system.
Grambling High Foundation President Gordan Ford said the decision come after a review from SchoolWorks, an educational consulting group, was sent to the department.
Ford said the departments within the lab schools are no longer in danger of closing, more funds will be available for the operations of the new school and the school is now truly a community school.

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Audit sites issues in Simsboro

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A theft of utility collections, as well as disorganized and missing records, were two key findings in an investigative audit of the Village of Simsboro released Monday by Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera.

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Woman in search of ‘Buddy’

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A year ago, Kathleen Tortu-Bowles began the search for two dogs that are close to her heart, Buddy and Bailey.
“Many months ago, there were two dogs surrendered to an animal shelter in Oklahoma,” she said. “They were surrendered because their owner couldn’t keep them. They are a bonded pair and their names are Buddy and Bailey.”
However, it took a while for her to be able to find a rescue that could accommodate the pair.
“Unfortunately, there was not one rescue who would step up for Buddy and Bailey, so my two friends and I took it upon us to make sure they would be safe,” she said.

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NAACP banquet awards students

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The Lincoln Parish Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will award five area students college scholarships during its annual banquet.
The students, Demarious Combs, attending McNeese State University; Raynaldo Dade, attending Grambling State University; Jaylen Ferguson, attending GSU; Kiara Morris, attending Louisiana Tech University; and Kaenan Washington, attending Tech, will all receive the scholarship at the Freedom Fund and Scholarship Banquet starting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the Ruston Civic Center.

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The glow of Christmas remains

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Christmas is over, the lights have been removed and the trees taken down. The holiday has officially ended and we can get down to the serious business of a new year. We all have goals to set, resolutions to make, and winter weather to expect.
At DART, however, there is still a glow of gratitude at our office. Christmas may be over, but thanks to the incredible, openhearted giving of this community, the families of DART have had a holiday of goodness.

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Local club receives donation

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David Aubrey, of AT&T, presented $1,000 to Boys and Girls Club of North Central Louisiana Board President Drake Mills along with long time supporter and friend of the Boys and Girls Club State Rep. Rob Shadoin.

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GSU to play DH at Alcorn State

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Grambling State’s basketball teams try to get back on a winning track tonight after falling on Saturday at Southern University. GSU will play a doubleheader at Alcorn State, with the women tipping off at 5:30 p.m., followed by Ervin Mitchell (above) and the Tigers tangling with the Braves around 7:30 p.m.

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Creek splits 1-1A doubleheader

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Cedar Creek School split a District 1-1A doubleheader Friday with Karlee Malone (2, top) and the girls’ team defeating Haynesville 41-23 while Carlos Espinoza (with ball bottom) and the Cougars’ boys lost 70-29. Mary Taylor Fuqua had 12 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Lady Cougars (14-2, 3-0 in District 1-1A) while Anna Larr Roberson added nine points, 18 rebounds and 3 steals, Savannah Rojas totaled six points and four assists and Madison Hoffman chipped in with six points and three steals.

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Buddys Blog: Jones tossed six no-hitters in youth baseball

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On Sunday, the Daily Leader devoted almost its entire first sports page to Bert Jones.
And deservingly so.
The Ruston native who initiated his climb to stardom as a youth, junior high and prep athlete in the city was announced on Friday as one of the members of the 2016 National Football Foundation/College Football Hall of Fame.
It’s an honor bestowed upon a precious few, all worthy of such an award for what they accomplished on collegiate gridirons.

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