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December 11th

Troup Dixie to host ‘Merry Movie Marathon’

On Saturday, Troupe Dixie will host its Merry Movie Marathon at The Dixie Center for the Arts in downtown Ruston. This event will begin with a special family movie feature at 1 p.m. The Christmas classic “The Polar Express” will be shown, and free popcorn will be provided by Celebrity Theatres.
General admission tickets are $5 for both children and adults, and proceeds will benefit Junior Auxiliary of Ruston’s Christmas Clearinghouse program.

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National Society of Black Engineers’ executive director to speak at Louisiana Tech

Carl Mack, executive director of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), will speak at Louisiana Tech University at 6 p.m. Thursday in the University Hall Auditorium.

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Master Gardeners

The North Central Master Gardener Association met Dec. 4 at the Lake D’Arbonne State Park with President Donna White presiding. Park Interpretive Ranger Jon Witherington, along with Park Manager Lance Shoenfelder, welcomed the group and presented them with a certificate of appreciation for work done in the beautification of the park.
Members presented Dee Hutson with a variety of scarves and hats to wear as she battles cancer.
A pot luck lunch was enjoyed, followed by the program, “Herbs, Oils and Spices of the Bible” presented by Martha Walsworth.

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RHS: 10 first-unit 2-5A picks

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Competing in what has traditionally been termed as “the strong 5A league in the state,” Ruston High School has placed 19 players on the 2012 All-District 2-5A football team.
And of that number, 10 Bearcats earned first-unit recognition in voting by the district’s head coaches.
Ruston also had five second-unit representatives and four members included on the honorable mention chart.

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Malone is first-team All-State

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Christmas has arrived early for KJ Malone.
The first gift came Monday when he was announced as a first-unit All-District 2-1A member.
Today, another gift arrived and with even fancier wrapping.
The offensive tackle for Cedar Creek High School was included on the top unit of the 2012 Class 1A All-State squad selected by members of the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
Malone, a 6-7 and 300-pounder who has verbally committed to play at LSU, is the lone member of the Cougars’ squad to be chosen for the team.

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Monken to guide USM; Brown hired by Wildcats

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Todd Monken, scratch.
Neal Brown, scratch.
Two of the speculated primary candidates for the head football coaching vacancy at Louisiana Tech University have been hired by other schools.
Monken, the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State University, will be introduced today as the new head coach at the University of Southern Mississippi.
The former Bulldogs’ assistant coach had reportedly been regarded as one of the top prospects for the current Tech opening and had applied for the same position when Dykes was chosen in 2010.

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Grambling State men play at Auburn tonight

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AUBURN, Ala. — Grambling State University’s long-running show in men’s basketball will continue tonight at the University of Auburn.
The two Tigers’ squads will hook up in a 7 p.m. tipoff.
Grambling, under the direction of first-year Head Coach Joe Price, has yet to play at home in six games.
The G-Men will be seeking to break into the win column against the Southeastern Conference-affiliated Tigers (2-5) after dropping an 85-54 finale at Oregon State University this past weekend.

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No bowl, but still big year for ’Dogs

Louisiana Tech University’s football season didn’t end the way its loyal fans wanted it to, but one thing is patently clear about the 2012 edition of the Bulldogs.
Despite not being among the participants in the upcoming and seemingly never-ending bowl season, Tech had one of its greatest campaigns ever.
In the overall body of work produced by the ’Dogs since early September, it was a season filled with exciting wins, a plethora of team and individual records and plenty of attention from the national media.

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Agricultural gift shopping

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With the Christmas season in full swing, most of us are looking for gifts to give our family and friends. We look for items they don’t already have and items they would enjoy.
Why not give some agricultural gifts this season? Shopping online for agricultural gifts has never been easier thanks to the MarketMaker program. MarketMaker is an online directory for agritourism, farmers/ranchers, fisheries, wineries and more. In Louisiana, the MarketMaker program features some of the best agricultural products our state has to offer.

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Bikers not such bad people

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In popular media, people who ride motorcycles are always portrayed as unsavory characters. I’ve personally never had a problem with people who ride motorcycles, but it could be because I have family members who are bikers and who don’t walk into bars and beat people up or any of the other horrible things bikers normally do in movies.
And, on Saturday, I was able to spend some time getting to know a really nice group of people — and all of them were bikers.

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