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December 14th

One killed in I-20 crash

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A Shreveport man was reported dead after a fatal crash occurred at approximately 11:30 p.m. Thursday on Interstate 20 near milepost 73.5.
According to State Police Public Information Officer Albert Paxton with Troop F, Michael Hubbard, 25, of Shreveport, was driving a 2010 Ford Fusion in the eastbound lanes of I-20, when for unknown reasons, the car left the roadway, crossed the median and struck a 2000 Kenworth 18-wheeler traveling in the westbound lanes, driven by David Alday, 41, of Juarez, Mexico.

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GSU grad commissioned into U.S. Marine Corps

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GRAMBLING — A Grambling State University graduate will be commissioned as a second lieutenant by the United States Marine Corps following the university’s morning commencement ceremony today.
The Corps believes Officer Candidate Olaolu Ogunyemi is the first Marine officer receiving a commission at GSU.
According to the U.S. Marine Corps, the last Grambling State University graduate to be commissioned in the Corps was Dave Beasley Jr., a 1971 graduate who was commissioned at Quantico, Va., in March 1973.

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Fire commission spot discussed

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On a divided vote, the Lincoln Parish Police Jury and Personnel/Benefits Committee on Tuesday recommended a City of Ruston employee to fill a spot on the Lincoln Parish Fire District Commission for Ward One.
Two men expressed interest in the position — incumbent Herbert Lyons, whose two-year term expires Dec. 31 — and City of Ruston Engineer Richard Aillet.
The Jury Personnel/Benefits Committee was charged with making a recommendation to the full jury.
Before deciding who to recommend, a couple of jurors had questions.

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‘A Christmas Carol’ to benefit NCLAC

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For those wanting to see a matinee on Sunday afternoon, the Dixie Center for the Arts will host the Northeast Louisiana Player’s Guild, as they present “A Christmas Carol.”
The proceeds will be evenly divided between the Player’s Guild, a regional acting troupe, and the North Central Louisiana Arts Council.
“We are excited to partner with a neighboring community, and to see such a favorite Christmas production,” said Jessica Slaughter, executive director of NCLAC. “Collaboration between arts organizations is essential in building strong community arts programs.”

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NCLAC hosts winter workshops for children

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Those of us with children are well aware of the countdown until school ends for the long holiday break. The Christmas/New Year’s break is full of excitement for the kids, and for us as well, but we also have to figure out where they will go, and what they will do, when we have to go back to work and they’re still out of school.

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A.E. Phillips team places in state competition

The “Robodogs” from A.E. Phillips Laboratory School at Louisiana Tech University took second place in the robot performance competition at the Louisiana State First Lego League (FLL) tournament held recently in New Orleans.
This year’s competition consisted of 58 teams from across the state competed at the state tournament. For the robot performance competition, each team designs and builds an autonomous robot using LEGO Mindstorms kits that must complete a variety of missions and score as many points as possible in a two-and-a-half minute competition round.

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Ward speaks to Lions Club

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Dr. Connie Ward (right) was guest speaker at the Ruston Lions Club Christmas in Dixie Celebration. Shown with Dr. Ward is Lions Club First Vice President Carroll Cochran.

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Cast announced for Tech’s winter production

The Louisiana Tech University Theatre announces the cast for the winter quarter production of “Proof,” directed by Paul B. Crook. The cast includes Sarah Flanagan from Ellicottville, N.Y., as Catherine; Aaron Anthon from Monroe as Hal; Jake Guinn from Ruston as Robert; and Molly Page from Tuscaloosa, Ala., as Claire.
“Proof,” by American playwright David Auburn, is the winner of the 2001 Tony Award for Best Play, the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2001 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play. The script was adapted into a film in 2005 starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Gwyneth Paltrow.

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Help prevent flu epidemic

It’s flu season and although many chose to get a flu vaccine in hopes of not coming down with the potentially fatal virus, others decided against it. But that hasn’t slowed the spread, as flu season is well under way.

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No room for change here

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As a rite of passage for growing older, I have deemed anything concerning change as totally unnecessary in my life.
I never have been a fan of change. Change is dirty and germ ridden. It’s like ground clutter on my dresser or in the console of my truck.
Can you imagine how many pockets this 1981 nickel has been in? Here’s a 1996 dime that has been handled so many times, the edges are worn off.
If we could convince Americans to round up or round down, we would not need change. There are very few items that consumers can purchase for 50 cents or less anymore.

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