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December 2nd

Ruston man sentenced for cyberstalking

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ALEXANDRIA — A Ruston man has been sentenced to 24 months in prison for cyberstalking a woman and posting nude pictures of her on various websites.
Wesley Ballew, 39, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell to one count of cyberstalking.
He was also sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $7,500 restitution, according to a press release issued Friday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Louisiana.

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GSU takes second straight SWAC title

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HOUSTON — As expected, Grambling State won a second straight Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship on Saturday at NRG Stadium.
What wasn’t expected was the barnburner finish the game boiled down to.
A safety with 14:55 remaining in the contest pushed Grambling’s lead to 30 points as the Tigers appeared to be in for an easy final quarter.
It turned out to be anything but.
Alcorn State rallied to score 22 straight points in the fourth quarter before the G-Men buckled down in the final two minutes to hold on for a 40-32 win.

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Ruston man sentenced for cyberstalking

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ALEXANDRIA — A Ruston man has been sentenced to 24 months in prison for cyberstalking a woman and posting nude pictures of her on various websites.
Wesley Ballew, 39, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell to one count of cyberstalking.
He was also sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $7,500 restitution, according to a press release issued Friday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Louisiana.

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Ruston man sentenced for cyberstalking

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ALEXANDRIA — A Ruston man has been sentenced to 24 months in prison for cyberstalking a woman and posting nude pictures of her on various websites.
Wesley Ballew, 39, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell to one count of cyberstalking.
He was also sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $7,500 restitution, according to a press release issued Friday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Louisiana.

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‘Brawling’ for bucks

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Amanda Roe, a local artist, paints during the annual Holiday Art Brawl event during the North Central Louisiana Arts Council’s Holiday Arts Tour Saturday. Viewers were invited to vote on their favorite painting by dropping “bucks into buckets.”

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Social media is altering sports world

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Keyboard coordinators.
A new group of “coaches” have invaded the world of sports at all levels.
That old term of “Monday morning quarterback” has now extended to seven days a week.
And pardon me if I sound like a chicken yelling about the sky is falling, but it has the potential of getting even nastier.
After the unprecedented debacle surrounding the University of Tennessee head football coaching situation, all bets are off as just how crazy high-profile hires by athletic programs will become in the future.

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Bulldogs hit century mark in home victory

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Louisiana Tech fans got to see the Bulldogs’ lone senior reach a career milestone as well as some true freshmen flash their abilities all in the same night.
Senior guard Jacobi Boykins hit 1,000 career points and the four freshmen combined to score 44 points in a 106-55 rout of Miles College on Saturday inside the Thomas Assembly Center.

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G-Men stun Georgia Tech in wrong-basket win

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ATLANTA (AP) — Diontae Jones scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds Friday night to lead Grambling State, and the Tigers upset Georgia Tech when the home team’s Curtis Haywood tipped a defensive rebound into the wrong goal with six seconds left to give the visiting Tigers a 64-63 win.
Grambling State (2-5) built a 16-point lead over Tech (4-2), and held on, barely, in McCamish Pavilion.

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Tech releases track and field schedules

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Louisiana Tech head track and field coach Gary Stanley and his staff have announced the program’s 2017-18 indoor and outdoor track and field schedules with four indoor events and eight outdoor meets scheduled in regular season action.
The Bulldogs and Lady Techsters will compete in a total of four indoor meets prior to the 2018 Conference USA Indoor Track & Field Championships, which will be held Feb. 17-18 in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Ruston flips the switch on Christmas season

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Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker got help from four students from the Paul E. Slaton Head Start Center with flipping the giant switch that turned on Ruston’s downtown Christmas lights Friday. From left are Walker, Jordyn Hargrove, Kendall Hornsby, Emoni Woodard and Logan Wade. Shepherd Landry, 1, (above right) reaches for a strand of lights as he and mother, Michelle Landry, take a close-up look at the city of Ruston’s Christmas tree following the Kickoff to Christmas night’s tree-lighting ceremony in Railroad Park. See more photos, pages 2, 3 and 6.

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