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December 9th

Power & Grace clearly defined

This event is presented by the Louisiana Delta Ballet Company, and it blends music, dance and the gospel of the birth of Christ in a presentation that includes many community members from Ruston in both the cast and as Scripture readers.
Anyone who has ever seen a production which has Missy Crain at the helm knows to expect something truly outstanding. That is not just outstanding for a smaller community, but outstanding period — in any size market.

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Angels help area children

Many of the children of D.A.R.T. have witnessed abuse or been themselves victimized and the groups sponsoring the Angel Trees want to show these children that there are loving and compassionate people in the community who do care about their well-being.
Not much is required to become an angel to one or more of the children because the concept of the Angel Tree is simple: A child makes a wish for a toy or clothing and that wish is written on a cut-out angel and hung from a tree. Adults wanting to help a less fortunate child can then pick an angel and fulfill a child’s wish.

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Techsters host GSU Saturday

From conference title games to NCAA playoff showdowns, from contests in which jersies were retired or special honors were unveiled.
On Saturday, add on another milestone game in the TAC’s portfolio.
While the two schools are located only five miles from each other down Interstate Highway 20, Tech and Grambling State University will meet for the first time ever in women’s basketball.
Tipoff time for the history-making meeting will be 7.

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SWAC title on line for Grambling State

In 11 games, the Tigers have averaged an astronomical 44 points, including six appearances where they recorded no fewer than 50.
And in one of those, an 82-pointer was slammed into a hapless NAIA school called Concordia College.
Four out of the past six games for the G-Men have resulted in point totals of at least 50.
Average yards per game on offense? 493.2, over 30 per game better than their nearest pursuer in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

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Bicknell contract set for extension

The seventh-year leader of the NCAA Division 1-A Western Athletic Conference affiliated program met with Athletic Director Jim Oakes and President Dan Reneau on Thursday to discuss his future.
“We want him here and Jack wants to be here and we will be working out the details,” Oakes told The Daily Leader this morning. “There is no set timetable on working out everything, but right now the main thing is that we want him to be the head coach and he wants to be at Louisiana Tech.
“What we’ve had so far is preliminary discussions. Things will be finalized later.”

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December 8th

Jaycees host Christmas parade

The parade will start at 6 p.m. today. Participants with floats, vehicles or walkers need to be at the Lincoln Parish Police Jury Complex on Alabama Avenue at 5 p.m. From there, the parade will travel up Alabama Avenue, turn on South Trenton Street, then make its way along California Avenue before taking a left on North Trenton Street and circling back to the Police Jury Complex.
Anthony Jackson, the chairperson for the parade, said the parade should last about an hour and a half.

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End in sight for Sims trial

Prosecutor Hugo A. Holland Jr., assistant district attorney for the 1st Judicial District sex crimes unit in Caddo Parish, called Barbara Pepper, mother of Stephanie Pepper Sims, the victim of the January 2003 murder to the stand as his final witness.
Pepper told the court she and her daughter talked as many as four times a day on the telephone.
“I’m her mother — I was her mother,” Pepper said just before bursting into tears. “I was told I could not have children. We were married 10 years before we had Stephanie.”

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Lincoln General reduces work force

Tom Stone, administrator of Lincoln General, said the decision was made to reduce the hospital’s work force after an audit conducted by a national consulting firm.
“For the past five years, Lincoln General Hospital has experienced an erosion of our financial base and profitability,” Stone said Wednesday afternoon. “It is now necessary to implement some difficult cost-saving measures to ensure the long-term viability of the hospital.”

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’Tis the season for regifting

I’m among these people who frets over the toll high spending will take on my capability to pay bills, purchase gas, etc. With all the reminders from television commercials and early Christmas merchandise arrival in stores, it’s hard to forget the social pressures in U.S. culture to exchange presents. Growing up, however, I recall hearing that gifts from the heart mean the most. Keeping this in mind, I have put together a list of inexpensive-to-create gifts for anyone who has a little bit of time, a big heart and a small pocketbook.

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Pumpkin sale success

At the beginning of October, Townsend House began its sale of thousands of pumpkins for D.A.R.T. and had enough pumpkins left after Halloween that they continued the sale into November. Recently, Birch presented the organization with a check that was just pennies under $3,400. This is a great accomplishment for D.A.R.T. and the Townsend House, especially from only selling pumpkins.
The success of the pumpkin patch shows what can happen when area residents team up for the betterment of the community.

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