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Conditions expected to improve

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Roadways appear safe

Students across the parish are enjoying a day off from classes due to a winter weather advisory that was in effect through noon today.
According to the National Weather Service, light wintry precipitation was expected to continue this morning gradually ending from west to east by noon. The main band of freezing rain and sleet was expected to slowly move off to the east, though precipitation is expected to remain in the area for much of the day. The precipitation was expected to change from a mix of rain and freezing rain to just rain by noon. Only very light accumulations were expected this morning, however, elevated surfaces such as trees, power lines, bridges and overpasses remained prone to icing.

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Music, theater collaborate

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Louisiana Tech production to run Friday, Saturday
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Music and theater will combine as the departments within the Louisiana Tech University School of Performing Arts present “Opera Workshop: Love and Luck,” directed by Professor Lisa Maxedon.
“Both the theatre and music faculties have been working together on all aspects of the show,” Maxedon said. “The voice faculty has put together the musical aspects and the theater faculty has coordinated the stage design and management of the show.”

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Cars washed at rocket speed

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New business opens on Farmerville Highway
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The area may be experiencing some unusually cold temperatures this week, but as most who have lived in Louisiana know, the sun will come out and shine hot and bright again. Of course, when this happens, the ice will melt and roadways will become full of debris, leaving vehicles caked with mud and grime. Luckily, there are many car washes to choose from in the Ruston area and one on the Farmerville Highway just opened its sliding doors.
“We opened last Thursday,” Don Robertson, owner of RocketFast Car Wash, said. “We were giving away free car washes on Thursday and Friday to let everyone experience it for themselves.”

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Help protect resources for abuse victims

On average, the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team serves more than 700 new men, women and children each year, on top of the carry-over clients.
This area program, which offers shelter, advocacy and support for victims of domestic violence, might soon be serving fewer people if something doesn’t change.
DART was recently hit with a $63,000 midyear budget cut from the state. Although that figure would not be significant for some entities, it makes up almost 16 percent of the organization’s total funds from the state.

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Losing the people in the debate

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Whoopee! No more state income tax. Now I can pay for Christmas without having to dig into two bank accounts to do it. All that extra money in the pot, one less deduction from my paycheck, what will Gov. Bobby Jindal think of next?
Heck, he’s a shoo-in for re-election now. But wait, he’s a lame duck. He can’t be re-elected, unless he jettisons the term-limit law, too. Never mind. He’s running for president anyway, right? When the rest of the country sees how progressive Louisiana will be with no personal income tax and fewer business income taxes, Jindal is sure to win the White House.

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The evolution of the game of softball

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You might think softball was derived from baseball, but you would be incorrect.
The game of softball originated in Chicago on Thanksgiving Day in 1887. A group of about 20 college men gathered in the gymnasium of the Farragut Boat Club in order to hear the outcome of the Harvard-Yale football game. After Yale’s victory was announced and bets were paid off, one of the men picked up a stray boxing glove and threw it at someone who hit it with a pole.

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Residents of the Arbor learn about fire safety

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Eric Brazzel, public education officer for the Ruston Fire Department, talks with residents at The Ruston Arbor about fire safety.

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Bulldogs’ foes: Pick the poison

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No telling who might step up for Tech and be big contributor
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“Beware of the bench.”
That may start to become a regular mantra for Louisiana Tech University’s Bulldogs.
And well it should, given the contributions that the Western Athletic Conference-leading squad has received from its ready corps of reserves and across-the-board depth.
There are no super stars on this team that will enter Thursday night’s 6 p.m. home league game against Idaho with a 14-3 overall record, 5-0 WAC mark, in-season victory streak of six and overall Thomas Assembly Center win string of 10 (best in the WAC, by the way).

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WAC football receiving national attention

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The Western Athletic Conference’s football life is on its last breath.
There won’t be that wide-ranging league as we know it, thanks to a mass exodus of members and rearranging of the NCAA’s landscape in the past year.
But this conference isn’t exiting just yet without enjoying some major attention from the national media.

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Whitworth added to AFC Pro Bowl roster

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The “old guy” of the Cincinnati Bengals is finally going to the Pro Bowl.
Andrew Whitworth, a former standout offensive lineman at West Monroe and LSU, was added to the American Football Conference’s roster for the NFL’s postseason All-Star game to be played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii on Jan. 27.
It will mark the first time for Whitworth, who is married to the former Melissa Clark of Ruston, to be on the Pro Bowl roster after having been a candidate in previous years.

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