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December 19th

Fifth graders learn about Native American culture

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Ruston Elementary is proud to say that Mrs. Tammy Schales is our 2013-14 teacher of the year. We are so proud of her and all that she does for our school.
Third-grade news
November and December Students of the Month are Le’Kedrick Bowden, Kendrick Jones, Julie Roberson, Aaron Jackson, Brody Soto, Takiya Bowden, Matthew Embrey, Chilaydrien Newton, Ta’Kevia Jenkins and Lilli Adcox.

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Junior, senior Beta Club induction ceremony held

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Bethel Christian School held the senior and junior Beta Club candle light induction ceremony on Dec. 11 under the direction of our Beta Club Sponsor Judith Beavers. Twenty-five senior members and 18 junior members were inducted.

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Local awarded scholarship

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Morning Star Chapter No. 43 Scholarship Recipient Michael J. Reed was recently awarded a scholarship from Morning Star Chapter No. 43 of Ruston. Pictured from left to right are Sharon Reed, mother; Michael J. Reed, recipient; and Rosa Roane, worthy matron.

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DART receives donation

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Lacy Washington of the Epsilon Psi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority presents their Christmas donation to Terrie Queen Autrey, Domestic Abuse Resistance Team community advocate.

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Practice fire safety during Christmas

Because of the season, there are many extra things for which we use electricity, and due to the colder weather, fires are becoming more prevalent.
We have a great group of first responders who come and put out fires, but it is equally important to understand the importance of doing our best at preventing fires in and around our houses this holiday season.
Christmas is only six days away, and most people who decorate have already done so, but whether you have or not, safety should be considered first and foremost when decorating for the holidays.

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Community reaches out to the needy

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I’m so glad I live in a community that cares about those who are less fortunate than others. During this time of year, our calendar is full of family outings, Christmas shopping and an abundance of food just waiting to add inches to our waists.
But there are also several community-driven organizations, which have been working all month long to provide for those who may not know where their next meal is going to come from — more or less how they are going to provide gifts for their children during this time of year.

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GSU women downed by Southern Miss

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Lady Eagles pull away with late 21-4 run as GSU falls to 2-7

HATTIESBURG, Miss. — The Southern Miss women’s basketball team used a 21-4 run over an eight minute span late in the game in posting a 76-51 win over Grambling State Wednesday night.
Southern Miss, playing its third game in five days, improved to 8-2 while Grambling dropped to 2-7.
Joanna Miller led Grambling with 16 points as the junior guard connected on four-of-eight shots from 3-point range while Victoya Ricks added 12 points and a team-best seven rebounds.
Southern Miss dominated inside, outrebounding the Lady Tigers 46-34 and scoring 44 of its points in the paint.

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G-Men hitting the road to face Texas Christian

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Grambling State will try to capitalize off of its first win since 2012 as the Tigers travel to Fort Worth, Texas, for a 7 p.m. contest tonight against Texas Christian University in Daniel
–Meyer Coliseum.
After nearly two of futility, the Tigers did something Monday night they hadn’t done since facing Alabama A&M in the final game of the 2011-12 season.

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Lady Techsters set for ‘Christmas at the TAC’

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Louisiana Tech will play its final non-conference home game Sunday at 2 p.m. when the Lady Techsters host Alabama A&M at the Thomas Assembly Center in “Christmas at the TAC.”
As part of the holiday promotions surrounding the afternoon tipoff, Santa Claus will be in attendance as Tech fans of all ages can take their picture with jolly ole Saint Nick prior to the game as well as during the first half.
Tech will also be hosting a toy drive for Toys for Tots as fans are encouraged to bring a new toy and drop it off at the entrance of the Thomas Assembly Center.

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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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