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Tech, TCU in bowl duel tonight

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SAN DIEGO, Calilf. — Game on.
Forget about the world famous San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld or a lunch on the USS Midway.
Those are sightseeing attractions that are now in the offseason memory book for Louisiana Tech University and Texas Christian University.
It’s “game face” time for the Bulldogs and Horned Frogs, who bump helmets tonight (7 p.m., ESPN) in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.

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Season's Greetings

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Included in Thursday’s edition will be the annual Season’s Greetings special section. Within these pages, readers can find staff Christmas columns, pictures of downtown window-decorating contest winners, pictures from the Ruston parade and a variety of holiday related stories.

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Over 70 local children shop for Christmas presents

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Christmas time came early to a group of 72 Lincoln Parish children this year as the second annual Shop with a Cop program put on by Walmart and the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office provided gifts Monday night to children who otherwise may not have been so lucky.
Walmart Community Involvement Coordinator Leah Frazier said the group of 72 children were given $100 a piece, then they were partnered with an LPSO or Ruston Police Department representative who took them around the store, monitoring their purchases to make sure they didn’t exceed the $100 limit.

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Dubach changes fireworks policy, gets new alderman

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DUBACH — Business was handled at the regular monthly meeting of the Dubach Town Council on Monday night.
A variety of items were on the agenda for the meeting including a resolution authorizing Mayor Ray Polk to submit an application to the Community Water Enrichment Fund Fiscal Year 2011-12, approve the Louisiana Compliance Questionnaire, appoint a representative to the Lincoln Parish Fire Protection District 1 Board of Commissioners, fireworks, Bob Jensen qualifying for District C council seat, the hiring of a person to work as a laborer for the town and Dubach Chief of Police Russell Croxton.

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Beat exercise challenges this winter

Cold weather does not mean that you must put your exercise regimen on ice. Winter can frustrate even the most motivated of exercisers. And if you’re not so motivated, it’s all too easy to pack your workout gear away with your summer clothes and at the same time, pack on the pounds.
But keeping up your exercise routine in cold weather can be rewarding.

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Faircloth, Stinson named NCLAC Artists of the Year

The North Central Louisiana Arts Council named Debra Faircloth and Lacey Stinson Artists of the Year “for their brilliant collaboration as artist and writer of the illustrated book ‘If I Were a Cat for Only an Hour.’”
Faircloth, community advocate for Domestic Abuse Resistance Team, writes a column on domestic violence for the Ruston Daily Leader, and Stinson maintains an art studio in Hilly.

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Prevent holiday brain drain

Local students have been hard at work for months, and their holiday break officially began on Tuesday.
While many students will relish in the time to stop thinking about writing, reading and arithmetic, parents shouldn’t allow this two-week break to reverse all the knowledge teachers have imparted on young minds. With high-stakes testing looming in the spring, parents should encourage their children to participate in fun and educational activities.

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Enjoy a blissful Christmas

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The holidays are the perfect time to gather family members together, especially for those who are traditionally not around because they live out-of-town. Many residents will be traveling to stay with relatives this week, and still others will be hosting relatives in their own homes.
Even though my family lives only two hours away, I rarely get to go home (a fact that is worsened by gas prices holding steady at more than $3 a gallon). I’m always excited to travel home and see family members I haven’t seen in months, and sometimes an entire year.

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The new poverty and wealth gap in America

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This week, the U.S. Census Bureau released a fresh report indicating that approximately 97.1 million Americans live either within the low-income bracket (roughly $45,000 for a family of four), while another 49.1 million live under the poverty threshold of $24,343. (The threshold is as much as $32,869 in states with relatively high costs of living, such as California and New York.)

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Brother Pic saves a marriage

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Editors note: This is the second part of a two-part series. The first part ran on Dec. 14.
The feat for which our dear pastor will be long remembered is the time he was able to get the Wardlaws reconciled. Things had gotten so bad between Dan and Shirley that they didn’t even sit together in church. Dan sat on one pew with their son, Jeremy, and Shirley made it a point to occupy a pew some distance away with Becky, their little girl. Now, I don’t have a clue as to who their mediator was, but somehow this miserable couple wound up one day in Brother Pic’s office for counseling.

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