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Coach Dykes goes West, takes Cal job

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Louisiana Tech University’s football team lost out on a bowl berth Sunday and now they’ve lost their head coach.
Sonny Dykes, who had a highly successful three-year stay with the Bulldogs’ program, has been chosen as the new head coach at the University of California.
The 43-year-old native of Lubbock, Texas, and son of former legendary Texas Tech University Head Coach Spike Dykes accepted the position on Wednesday and was unveiled as the Bears’ new leader by Cal Athletics Director Sandy Barbour.

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Murder conviction

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Farmerville native Vergie Page’s family can finally rest easy knowing that their mother’s killer will be behind bars for the rest of his life.
“It was a feeling of relief to know that justice was served,” said Page’s son Curtis Page. “Hopefully, we can move on with our lives now.”

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Lincoln schools receive $277K

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In celebration of the 12th annual Inclusive Schools Week, on Wednesday, the Louisiana Department of Education announced monetary awards for schools serving students with disabilities and those earning the Top Gains label for the 2011-12 school year. 
Sixteen districts or charter organizations, representing 85 schools, will benefit from grants as part of the Department’s Believe and Include initiative. In Lincoln Parish, Glen View Elementary, Hillcrest Elementary, Cypress Springs Elementary, Ruston Elementary and I.A. Lewis schools are all set to receive these grants.

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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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