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December 19th

Tech’s Updyke honored with C-USA award

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IRVING, Texas — Louisiana Tech goalkeeper Caitlin Updyke was one of 16 student-athletes announced today by Conference USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky as receiving the C-USA Fall Spirit of Service Award.
The C-USA Spirit of Service Award is designed to recognize the community service efforts of the league’s student-athletes, based upon significant community service, good academic standing and participation in their elected sport.

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Tech’s Updyke honored with C-USA award

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IRVING, Texas — Louisiana Tech goalkeeper Caitlin Updyke was one of 16 student-athletes announced today by Conference USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky as receiving the C-USA Fall Spirit of Service Award.
The C-USA Spirit of Service Award is designed to recognize the community service efforts of the league’s student-athletes, based upon significant community service, good academic standing and participation in their elected sport.

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Tech holiday baseball camps quickly approaching

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The Louisiana Tech Diamond ’Dogs along with head coach Wade Simoneaux will be busy hosting the team’s annual Top Dawg Christmas Camps for both youth and high school students beginning Friday.
Simoneaux will host a youth camp (first - seventh grades) from 2-5 p.m. Friday - Sunday daily, while the high school camp will be held Dec. 27-29 at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park in Ruston. Costs of the camps are $150 for youth campers and $325 (full day) and $400 (overnight) for the high school camp.

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Cast for ‘Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp’ announced

Louisiana Tech University’s School of the Performing Arts is pleased to announce the cast of Michele L. Vacca’s beloved children’s show, “Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp,” directed by Mr. Paul B. Crook.
When Aladdin finds a magic lamp, he summons a genie who grants him great wealth and the love of Sultan’s daughter. What happens when Magrabi, a magician, threatens Aladdin’s new life of luxury? Will Aladdin be able to save himself and Sultan’s daughter?

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December 18th

Marines collect toys

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Local children to benefit from donations
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On Saturday, the United States Marine Corps finished up their Toys for Tots drive, which began Nov. 20.
Anthony Shoemake, Toys for Tots coordinator for the Marines, said Ruston did a great job in collecting toys for youngsters for the holidays.
“We have currently raised $5,862, which we will, in turn, use to purchase more toys for the community,” Shoemake said. “In total, we collected over 600 toys for the City of Ruston.”
Shoemake said that, given the size of the need and the population, Ruston exceeded the goal for this year.

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Copeland named as president

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New members elected to Chamber board
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Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Interim President Judy Copeland has been named president.
In May 2013 past president Scott Terry resigned and Copeland, who had been the office manager since 2005, was asked to serve as interim as the board took some time to review the organization’s structure and do some long-range planning.
“Judy has great leadership skills and eight year’s experience with our chamber,” Aaron Paul said. “She’ll do a great job as interim president,” and at Tuesday’s board meeting the board of directors accepted Paul’s recommendation to bring her on permanently.

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Special meeting set for Grambling

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As discussed at the Dec. 5 Grambling City Council Meeting, a special called meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
This meeting has been called for the purpose of hearing public comments on ordinances that were introduced Dec. 5.
Ordinances that will be discussed include:
• Ordinance No. 0125013-1 — Ordinance adopting the proposed budget of revenue and expenditures for the fiscal year beginning Jan. 1, 2014, and ending Dec. 31, 2014, for the City of Grambling.

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Man arrested on bank fraud charges

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At 11:02 a.m. Tuesday, the Ruston Police Department arrested a man on charges of bank fraud.
Clint Williams, public information officer for RPD, said a local bank contacted RPD’s Criminal Investigations Division in regards to fraud in October 2013.

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Dubach appoints new commissioner

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At 6:30 p.m. Monday, the town of Dubach met for their regular monthly meeting during which they appointed Dennis Byrnes as the 2014 commissioner for the Lincoln Parish Fire District No. 1 Board of Commissioners.
“Sonny Barnett asked to be taken off (the list for appointment),” Bob Jensen, mayor for the town of Dubach, said. “But Dennis Byrnes did agree to accept (the appointment).”
Alderman Robert “Skeeter” Colvin motioned to appoint Byrnes as commissioner for LPFD’s Board of Commissioners, and Alderman Davey Powell seconded the motion. The motion carried.

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Education through the arts

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Tech’s play to engage youth

Louisiana Tech University’s Department of Theatre will dedicate the second show of its upcoming production, “Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp” by Michele L. Vacca, to the youth of the community by engaging them both educationally and actively.

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