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December 18th

Les Guice looks forward to new role

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I was tremendously honored to be selected as the 14th president of Louisiana Tech University by the University of Louisiana System Board. I deeply appreciate each one who offered encouragement and support to Kathy (my wife), me and our family during this process. We have been overwhelmed by all of the positive encouragement that we have received from friends at the university, in the community, across the region and from the greater Tech Family. 

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Time for a new year, new you

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The LSU AgCenter is offering an eight-week Smart Portions program. The Smart Portions program teaches people how to eat healthy and lose weight.
Losing weight can be a challenging task unless you have great support. The Smart Portions program is designed so that participants encourage and motivate one another to stay on task.
Participants team up and support one another for eight weeks. To verify change in behavior, participants will have their body mass analyzed, waist measured and their starting weight recorded on the first day of class.

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Remember how precious each day is

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Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.
— John Lennon, “Beautiful Boy”
People around the globe believe that we might not wake up on Saturday morning, or that if we do so, it will be to a world filled with all sorts of new horror. The Mayan apocalypse has been predicted pretty much since they unearthed the dreaded calendar that appears to end on Dec. 21 of this year.

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Irene Atteridge

A memorial service will be held for Irene Atteridge, 81, at 2:00 p.m., on Thursday, December 20, 2012 at First Baptist Church in Arcadia.  Rev. Jeff Hoffman will officiate.

Mrs. Atteridge was born July 14, 1931, in Kansas City, MO to Louis and Irene Smith Guentz. She entered into rest on December 15, 2012, in Arcadia, LA. Mrs. Atteridge was a member of the First Baptist Church in Arcadia. Mrs.

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December 17th

Second wreck victim dies

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A second man has died following a crash in Lincoln Parish last week.
According to a news release from Louisiana State Police, on Dec. 16, the Caddo Parish Coroner’s Office informed Troop F that Andrew Perkins, 25, of Shreveport, had died.
Perkins was the best friend of Grambling State University student and wreck victim Michael Hubbard Jr., 25, according to a relative of Hubbard.

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Santa, Joy Fund group spread Christmas cheer

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GRAMBLING — There were sights to see and snacks to grab as part of the City of Grambling’s annual Christmas celebration on Saturday.
It began with a parade themed “Peace on Earth,” where participants rode vehicles or horses or marched. Among the participants was the jolly old man in red himself, who then settled in at the Grambling Community Center to hear the Christmas wishes of local children.
Resident Gardner Clark, a retired Grambling State University professor, stumbled upon the parade by accident.

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New library policy targets sex offenders

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Convicted sex offenders whose victims were under the age of 13 can only visit the Lincoln Parish Library during certain hours, according to a new policy approved by board members on Wednesday.
A 2012 state law prohibits such offenders from entering a public library, with certain exceptions. As part of Act 693, library boards must have a policy pertaining to sex offenders in place by Jan. 1.
One issue that was raised was how library board members and staff could enforce a policy to prohibit sex offenders from using the library during certain hours.

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CVB to have additional $100K a year

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The Ruston Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau will have an extra $100,000 a year to spend following the recent refunding and extension of a bond.
Bank of Ruston President and CVB Board Chair Bill Hogan said, about five years ago, the CVB authorized Foley & Judell, LLP, a law firm in New Orleans, to put together a bond issue and send a request for proposals to banks that might want to purchase the bonds. The monies would be used to construct the new CVB building on U.S. Highway 167.

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Pierian Club

The Pierian Club of Ruston began its 112th year on Sept. 11 in the home of Vickie Benefield. Members were treated to lemon ice-box pie and croissant roll ups served on fine china with starched napkins by co-hostesses Bobbie Sue Lann and Sharon Thomas.
Programs for the year will mainly be taken from the book “Louisiana Women: their Lives and Times.” Gaye Ross told about Sarah Katherine Stone, a Confederate woman from the Vicksburg area. Stone’s insightful and honest impressions of the hardships of Civil War life were revealed through her diaries.

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Toy drive helps more than 500

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The Ruston Jaycees held their annual Toys for Tots event on Saturday and more than 500 children received presents for Christmas morning. Toys and money were donated from community members and organizations to help provide Christmas presents to Lincoln Parish children in need.

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