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December 6th

Garage sale Saturday to benefit DART

Looking for unique Christmas gift ideas for the high-end shopper? Residents might try the upcoming garage sale to benefit the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team. For the second time, Terry and Gary Nix are donating personal items from their home and office as a fundraiser for DART.

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‘Joy to the World’ concert set for Sunday

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Ruston's Piney Hills Harmony Chorus of Sweet Adelines will join with the Monroe men's barbershop chorus "Note-torious" to present the concert "Joy to the World! An A Cappella Christmas" at 5 p.m. Sunday at White's Ferry Road Church of Christ in West Monroe.

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Students prepare for ‘The Polar Express’

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Third-grade news
We have been working hard using various strategies to improve our reading comprehension and fluency. We are focusing on personal narratives in writing.
We are excited to experience “The Polar Express” ballet this month in Monroe and also to enrich our culture.

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Parish full of holiday events

Well before families celebrate Christmas in their homes this year, local residents have multiple opportunities to herald in the season with special community events.
Just this past Saturday, the Dubach Restoration and Beautification Organization presented the annual Christmas Arts and Crafts Festival and Parade, where children had an opportunity to talk to Santa, and the Scott Hamilton Warehouse was packed with vendors hawking their holiday goods.

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Reneau comments on bowl exclusion

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I can say without hesitation that the past few days have been among the lowest and most disappointing of my 26 years as president of Louisiana Tech University. Our football team’s exclusion from a post-season bowl game was something that I could never have imagined given the success we enjoyed on the field and the way in which our players and coaches represented Louisiana Tech. Above all else, I am truly saddened for the opportunity our players, especially the 32 seniors, lost to showcase their talents and passion for being Bulldogs, one final time in front of a national audience.

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Born into wealth or poverty

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U.S. President Barack Obama was recently quoted as saying that Republicans should extend existing Bush-era tax rates for households earning $250,000 or less, while allowing increases to kick in for the wealthy.
Some might argue with this action, saying that those very wealthy individuals have worked hard for what they have earned and should not have to pay out any additional taxes.

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Pinching pennies, healthy eating

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With Thanksgiving over and Christmas right around the corner, most people tend to start looking at their waist lines. The New Year’s resolutions begin to surface. The first is to start eating healthier. The second is to lose the extra weight accumulated during the holiday period. However, eating healthy and buying groceries in a specialty section such as vegetarian foods can become too expensive. Prevention featured an article in which one Canadian village of residents reported eating healthy as expensive, for example the purchase of a head of cabbage is $28 and $65 for a pound of chicken.

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Allen: Another Ray Guy Award?

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Tech punter is finalist again for national honor
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Louisiana Tech University’s football program still has an opportunity to go back-to-back in national recognition.
Oh, that second consecutive berth in a bowl game is, of course, history.
But there’s still Ryan Allen.

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Allen among Tech WAC leaders

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Ryan Allen has plenty of “No. 1 company” for Louisiana Tech University in the final Western Athletic Conference statistical report.
He is one of five different Bulldogs who placed No. 1 in their skill areas for the 2012 season.
Allen is tops in punting with a 48.04 net average that also leads the NCAA’s Football Bowl Subdivision.

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Who’s next to lead Bulldogs?

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No sooner than Dykes is gone, speculation begins on successor

Go West young man.
And that’s where Sonny Dykes is heading after being chosen Wednesday as the new head coach at the University of California.
Wasn’t it just the other day when he came on board to rejuvenate a Bulldogs’ program that had dipped to a 4-8 record in 2009 only three years after recently disposed University of Tennessee Head Coach Derek Dooley had taken the team to a bowl game (Independence).

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