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December 14th

Chamber seeking nominations for Russ Award

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Nominations for the 2012 Robert E. Russ Award are being sought by the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce. The award, given by the Chamber and named for Ruston’s founder, is one of the most prestigious civic honors that can be obtained by a Lincoln Parish resident.
Nomination deadline is noon Jan. 11. Nominees for the 2012 award must have been residents of Lincoln Parish since at least Jan. 1, 2011. Nomination forms are available at the Chamber office located at the Ruston-Lincoln Visitors Center, 2111 North Trenton St., and should be returned to the office.

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Emergency Siren to be tested on Wednesdays

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The City of Ruston’s Outdoor Audible Emergency Warning System will be tested at 11 a.m. the first Wednesday of every month beginning in January. Testing will last about 30 seconds.

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Dubach High Alumni seeking donations

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The DHS Alumni Association is raising funds to add an LED display to the existing Dubach High School sign. Anyone who would like to contribute can send a check made payable to: DHS Sign Fund, 7710 Fellowship Road, Dubach, LA 71235. The association will have a plaque made and affixed to the new sign acknowledging this is a gift from past DHS alumni. For more information contact Randy Rogers at 268-0312 or dubachdaddy@yahoo.com.

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Holiday feasts to be given to needy

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Praise Temple Ruston will be giving away 10 holiday feasts to those most in need. If residents know someone or if they believe they can benefit from this gift please contact the church at 255-8120, email at praisetempleruston@ymail.com or inbox on their Facebook page at Praise Temple Ruston. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 21.

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Residents may call the North Pole

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Ruston Parks and Recreation has again secured a line directly from the North Pole to Ruston. Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and their elves will be recording messages for young callers at 255-5414. The recordings from Santa’s workshop will be updated every few days in mid-December and then daily as Christmas draws closer. They will be reporting all of the goings-on at the North Pole. The phone lines will be open from Friday, Dec. 14, through Wednesday, Dec. 26. It’s a free call, so residents can call as often as they would like. For more information contact the RPAR office at RPAR@Ruston.org.

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Holtz to lead Bulldogs

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Louisiana Tech University might become the new testing ground among NCAA members on how to choose a head football coach.
Just seek out the son of a well-known, successful father who has been in the business.
For the fourth time this decade, the Bulldogs will have a head coach with that distinction.
Louis Leo “Skip” Holtz, Jr., son of the legendary Lou Holtz, has accepted an offer and been hired by Tech as its new head coach.

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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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