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November 29th

Give the gift of life

We search high and low, spending hours upon hours looking through various gift shops and department stores for that one thing that jumps off the shelves.
One thing to consider is no gift is more important than the gift of life.
Life Share Blood Center of Ruston is hoping for an increased supply of donated blood for the holidays. Rachael McIntrye, a donor recruiter for Life Share, said the holiday season is when blood is needed the most.

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CCA needs volunteers for Poor Man’s Supper

The main course, vegetable soup, will be prepared by the volunteer hosts from the Grace United Methodist Church. The special guest will be “Entourage” from Grambling State University.
The event will be held from 5-7 p.m., Dec. 6, at the Ruston Civic Center. CCA Executive Director Stephanie Griffin said the best way to contribute is to attend, volunteer or both.

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November 26th

It’s almost here: Tech vs. Boise State

In arguably the most important game in Bulldogs’ history since a 1990 Independence Bowl-clinching win of 31-30 was achieved against Colorado State, the two teams have a couple of major objectives on the docket:
1-Wrap up a bowl berth.
2-Stay alive for a league championship.
A victory will achieve those goals.

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Bayou Classic — throw out the records

They, indeed, don’t mean diddley.
On one side, you have Grambling State with its 8-1 record and already clinched Western Division title in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
Not to mention six-game winning streak, seven No. 1 team and seven individual rankings in the league’s latest statistical report and far more points scored than any other school in the conference.
On the other side, there’s Southern with its 4-4 overall and Western Division runner-up record and seven team and two individual top listings on that stat chart.

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Tulane’s long season ends Saturday

In the manner in which things have transpired over the past several months, one couldn’t fault head coach Chris Scelfo and his team for being thankful about it finally coming to a close.
To say it’s been a trying campaign for the Green Wave would be tantamount to exclaiming that USC has a load of talent.
Hurricane Katrina, new home in Ruston, injury woes, turnovers at critical times and—of course, one road game after another.
Name it and it’s been on the back of these Tulane coaches and players this fall.

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Ruston, Lady Tigers meet — again

The icing on the cake would be to knock off the Lady ‘Cats on their own home floor – just like Ruston did to Simsboro last year, ending the Lady Tigers’ 43-game home winning streak.
Ruston and Simsboro have hooked up in late January in each of the past two seasons.
The two teams have taken time out of their district schedule just weeks before the playoffs to battle it out for parish supremecy.
As is expected when a 5A powerhouse battles a B powerhouse, the Lady ‘Cats have come out the victors — winning 57-48 in 2004 and 62-56 last season in Simsboro.

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November 23rd

Prepare to tighten belts

Heading into the session — called by Gov. Kathleen Blanco — legislators knew that there were difficult decisions that had to be made. Nearly $1 billion had to be trimmed from the state’s $18 billion budget — including cuts in such areas as higher education and health care.
There were also issues such as a new law that required building codes — and with them, inspectors — throughout the state, even in rural areas.

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Lincoln residents prep for holiday

While stores are continuing to keep up with customers’ needs, those customers are planning a holiday meal for a small army — their family.
Lisa Carroll said she was staying in Ruston for Thanksgiving to be with her family.
“Every Thanksgiving, we have 50 to 75 people at my parents’ house because my dad’s family is really large,” said Carroll. “My grandparents are even coming down from Little Rock.”
Carroll said that the entire family consistently pitched in with the food.

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Possible Ruston annexation causes uproar

Two property owners, Kenneth Terral and Chris Warren, made the request to the city that their properties be annexed. Warren’s property consists of approximately eight acres, while Terral plans to develop about 43 acres into a residential neighborhood.
Both Ruston Public Works Director Lewis Love and Planning and Zoning Chairman Travis Defreese expressed the city’s desire to annex the property to the northeast of the city limits.
“The city would like to annex property in, and this is an area we’d like to do it in,” Love said.

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Building code passes House

"We voted to send the budget back to conference committee," Rep. Rick Gallot, D-Grambling, said. "There were some issues that needed to be worked out."
One of those issues was the proposed reduction or elimination of the Office of Rural Development on the Governor's staff. Ruston's Ty Bromell heads that department.
"That directly affects those of us in rural parishes and it's something that we don't want to see cut," Gallot said.

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