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December 2nd

Stay safe, be smart during the holidays

While most of us were enjoying Thanksgiving dinner and planning a shopping spree for Black Friday morning, there were police officers, firefighters and other first-responders who were on duty and working to keep us safe. They sacrificed their holiday for the good of the community, and they deserve our thanks.
We are grateful to their families, as well, for supporting them in their work to protect Ruston and Lincoln Parish.
While there weren’t any major accidents during the holiday, law enforcement did make several arrests and respond to resident calls.

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Gift of life sought for season

“I try to donate every 56 days,” Phillips said. “It’s really a pretty simple procedure that takes about 20-25 minutes. They prick your finger to make sure your iron is high enough, you answer some medical questions and then they stick your arm.”

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December 1st

Foundation meets need in community

The initiative targeting dental health in local students, funded by the Lincoln Health Foundation, is a program that has identified a local need and is working to meet it.
The foundation is tasked with investing the proceeds from the sale of Lincoln General Hospital back in our community. The dental program is one of several that will be implemented to help make Lincoln Parish residents healthier.

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Make your holiday handmade

While the holidays approach, I’m cautious of being one among the many who will likely engage in a last-minute shopping sprint. Procrastination runs in my blood; it’s a burden.
The images evoked while I ponder upon the buying frenzy that ensues at a jam-packed shopping mall make me more than cringe. I bite my fingernails to the quick, and that hurts almost as much as the blisters I’ve gotten from my fancy-pants shoes worn on many a shopping excursion. You’d think I’d have learned by now. My solution? Buy handmade — locally of course.

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Techsters nipped, 60-59

It was Dowdell’s three-point field goal at 2:13 that lifted Tech to within 55-50 and then her 10-foot jumper with 45 seconds remaining that narrowed WKU’s advantage to two points (55-58).
“It was a heckuva effort on Shanavia’s part,” Long said. “When she hit the floor, our heart just sank because we’ve been snakebit with injuries. But she came back in and just played unbelievable and really just willed herself to carry our team and have a tremendous performance.”

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TAILGATERS BRAVE DREARY DAY

Tech in all likelihood locked up a bowl berth with a win at New Mexico State last week, and now the Bulldogs will sit and see how the BCS shakes out before learning their postseason destination.
“It’s an exciting day for Tech football,” said Dwayne Woodward of the Bulldogs Barks & Bytes tailgating crew. “This is the kind of day and game we’ve been waiting for.”

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Library project worth a few delays

Originally, estimates called for the Events Center to be open before the end of 2009 and for groundbreaking before the end of 2008. With approval held up over a letter to the state on behalf of the library board by a community member, as well as a series of small tweaks to the center’s design that needed board-level approvals from both bodies overseeing the work, those dates have been pushed back. Groundbreaking is more likely in the spring of 2009, with a finish date somewhere near the beginning of 2010.

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They're nuts, but I love them

Family is a wonderful thing, especially around the holidays, right?
True, but let’s be honest — everyone’s family has its own set of idiosyncrasies and challenges. These are the things that are glossed over in the holiday made-for-TV movies and Christmas carols. They are what makes us wonder why we willingly drove two hours or more to spend time with these people who know how to push all of our buttons and inevitably do so, year after year.

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Tech home streak ends

The biggest play near the end not made by Tech came on a fourth-and-one at the Wolf Pack one-yard line. Thanks to a huge first down run on a third-and-16 situation at the Nevada 39 by quarterback Ross Jenkins, the ’Dogs were in a position to go up by at least nine points.
But Nevada stopped Jackson at the one, thus creating major “mo” in the Reno-based club’s favor.
And while the Wolf Pack were stymied on the following possession (back Deon Young made an interception for Tech), Kaepernick would bring his team back on an 80-yard drive that culminated with the game-winning run by Taua.

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Black Friday starts slow

Jeff and Kristie Bass of Homer braved the weather to try and search out some of Ruston’s best buys but differed on their opinions as to why parking spots seemed to be easier to find than in previous years.
“I think a lot of people woke up this morning, saw all that rain and went back to bed,” Jeff Bass said. “I think the rain has really cut down the crowd this year.”

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