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December 17th

Displays of holiday spirit

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Ruston’s Cardwell delights in decorating home
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It all started with a pair of rabbits. Now, depending on the holiday, the front yard of Jo Ann Cardwell’s white frame house at 907 N. Trenton St. near downtown Ruston is full of pumpkins, turkeys or Santa Claus arriving in a helicopter.
“I’ve always decorated, even if it wasn’t but a few sticks I stuck in the ground,” Cardwell said.
But over the years, as she’s added more inflatables and other decorations that light up, Cardwell’s yard has become a popular drive-by holiday attraction. Some people stop to take pictures.

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Cycling for kids

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Even with a chill in the air, motorcycle enthusiasts joined together in front of the Lowe’s of Ruston Garden Center for one purpose — making sure local children have something under the tree on Christmas Day.
At 11:30 a.m. Saturday, the American Bikers Active Toward Education, a local motorcycling organization, hosted their second annual Toy Run.
Cecil Crawford, also known as Cuthru, which is his road name, said he has been a part of the Toy Run since the beginning.
“We used to come when the (Christian Motorcyclists Association) hosted the event,”

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Two local students to be international entertainers

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Cedar Creek students Nicole Brashear and Rachel Pardue are two of 500 high school cheerleaders and dancers from across the United States who will be performing in London’s New Year’s Day Parade.
They were invited to perform in the parade after being selected as an All-American Dancer at summer camp hosted by the National Dance Alliance. All Americans are selected based on superior dancing skills at camps across the country.

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LPFD offers safety tips for Christmas

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While people are donning their houses with Christmas cheer this season, the Lincoln Parish Fire District No. 1 is informing residents that safety is important for a happy holiday.
LPFD Chief Donnie Watson and District Chief Danny Cross provided several tips for staying safe this winter.
Watson said it is important to pick a healthy Christmas tree for your home.
“Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do no fall off when touched,” Watson said.
“Make sure that if you use a metallic or artificial tree, it is flame retardant.”

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All-District 1-1A football team released

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2013 All-District 1-A Team
First Team Offense
Position Player School Class Height Weight
Tight end James Matlock Haynesville SR 6’6 250
Receiver Trey Harris La. New Tech SR 6’3 190
Receiver Cutter Nelson Haynesville SR 6’1 170
Tackle Dantae Sturges Haynesville SR 5’10 305
Tackle Decorrian Livingston Grambling SR 6’3 300
Guard Garland Pipes Cedar Creek SR 6’1 220
Guard Miguel Deleon Haynesville SR 5’8 180

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Haynesville dominates top awards; Creek, Grambling Lab well represented

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Cedar Creek School placed 13 players on the All-District 1-1A football team while Grambling Lab placed six Kittens on the 2013 squad as selected by district coaches.
Class 1A state champion Haynesville dominated the team with senior running back CaVontae Critton winning offensive MVP accolades, senior defensive tackle Dalton Thompson being named Defensive MVP and David Franklin earning Coach of the Year honors.
In all, 22 Haynesville players took 25 spots on the first and second All-District teams.

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G-Men grab first victory of season

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The sense of relief Monday night in the Frederick Hobdy Assembly Center was almost palpable.
It was a long time coming.
And it wasn’t easy.
But after nearly two of futility, the Grambling State 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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Bulldogs to take on McNeese in the TAC

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Louisiana Tech took on the Cowboys of Oklahoma State and could not come away with a win.
The Bulldogs will have another shot to defeat the Cowboys of a different variety in in-state foe McNeese State at 6:30 p.m. tonight inside the Thomas Assembly Center.
Despite the two teams splitting the last six games, Tech (8-3) has not lost at home to McNeese (2-7) since Feb. 1, 1986. Since then, the Bulldogs have won 11 straight in the TAC versus the Cowboys.

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Lady Techsters on the road to face Cowgirls tonight

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Coming off its most impressive performance of the season, Louisiana Tech travels south to face McNeese State at 7 p.m. tonight at Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles.
Head coach Teresa Weatherspoon and Co. hope to build upon the momentum and confidence from their 34-point win over Northwestern State last Wednesday night in Ruston. However, it won’t be easy.
McNeese State (5-3) is undefeated at home this season with wins over Rice (65-54), UL-Monroe (78-63) and Wiley (88-69).

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Prepare now for spring gardens

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Spring gardening may seem a ways off, but maybe it’s time to start preparing now so that you are not too late when the time comes. Many people call me right before they plant their gardens or even after asking me what they need to fertilize with and how. I can give you a much better answer with much better results if you plan for this garden now.
Knowing what is in your soil and what it needs is a basic and first step to a good crop and plant health. Our plants depend on the soils to provide adequate nutrients with which to grow. We must manage that soil balance for best growth.

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