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December 8th

Lady Techsters stop red-hot Loyola

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After a month on the road, head coach Tyler Summitt and the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters finally got a chance to play a meaningful home game Sunday afternoon at the Thomas Assembly Center.
With Hall of Famers Leon Barmore, Pat Summitt and Karl Malone in the announced crowd of 2,107, senior Whitney Frazier and freshman Tiara Davenport led Louisiana Tech to a 75-61 win over undefeated and nationally ranked NAIA foe Loyola.
“It was great to be back in TAC,” Summitt said. “We had a great crowd that came out. It was fun to be back here.”

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Store offers natural, organic foods

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Brian Warren is an entrepreneur and his latest endeavor is one that he hopes will leave Ruston a healthier place.
The name of his newest endeavor — Gibson’s Natural Grocer — came from Brian Warran’s grandmother.
“She lived to be 104,” Warren said. “If you asked her what her secret was, she would tell you it was eating from her garden and staying active.”
Warren’s grandmother passed away in 2011 and he said the Gibson name will die with his uncle because there were no sons.
“We though this would be a great way to keep her name going,” Warren said.

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Man charged with arson

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Ruston Fire Department along with the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office have arrested a man suspected of arson.
Public Education Officer Eric Brazzel said the suspect was apprehended in New Orleans.
“On Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, Derrick Johnson was arrested by officers from the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s office in New Orleans,” he said. “Derrick Johnson will be extradited back to Lincoln Parish to face this charge.”
Johnson, 25, is the owner of the vehicle from a call RFD responded to at 4:10 a.m. Dec. 3.

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Outlying areas celebrate the holiday season

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Pictured at left is Reese Hunt with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the 10th annual Christmas in the Village held in Choudrant on Saturday.
The annual Christmas Craft Show in Dubach was held on Saturday. Pictured above, right, are Susan Harper and Justina Hensley. Harper had various jewelry and knick-knacks for sale.

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LPPJ to approve budgets, make appointments

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A multitude of approvals are set to take place during the Tuesday night meeting of the Lincoln parish Police Jury.
Beginning at 6:30 p.m. the Public Works Committee, chaired by Randy Roberson, will meet.
On the agenda for the PWC is the adoption of Capital Improvement Program for 2015-17.
The committee will also consider a request for assistance from the City of Grambling.
A letter sent to the committee from Grambling Public Works Director Vivian Moffett, it stated there is a 24-inch culvert that needs to be replaced.

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Vote mattered, continued support needed

During Saturday’s runoff election citizens were able to exercise their right to vote and by doing so decide the fate a several new elected officials.
The Ruston Daily Leader commends those men and women for running races that were worthy of resident’s votes and the people for showing their support.
These newly elected officials will take office in January and will become the voice of the people.
We encourage residents to maintain their sense of duty by voicing their concerns to their representatives at all levels.

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Signs of the season popping up

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It really is the most wonderful time of the year, but that could quickly turn in the other direction if you aren’t careful when choosing and putting up your Christmas decorations.
Each year hospital emergency rooms treat about 8,700 people for injuries, such as falls, cuts and shocks related to holiday lights, decorations and Christmas trees.
But with a little caution, there’s no reason those kinds of injuries have to occur. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission offer some holiday tips to keep your season bright:

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Pet of the Week

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Buddy is a big guy who loves food. Buddy needs a home where he could get some exercise. He is a sweet fellow, low of energy, who never meets a stranger. In addition to all that, Buddy is very smart. He is neutered,up-to-date on shots, and ready to make some family very happy. He is all black with some wavy hair.  Adoption fees are $65. Call 251-DOGS for more information. To see all of the 4 Paws dogs, visit 290 Rodeo Road. The office is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or by appointment.

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Men, women, children standing strong for DART

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The first week of December has ended, and all over our community, people are reaching out to DART. We have gratefully received gestures of compassion and kindness from so many different groups of people.

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Tech auditions set for tonight

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Auditions for Louisiana Tech University Theatre Department’s production of “The Last Night of Ballyhoo,” directed by Louisiana Tech Theatre Professor Paul B. Crook, will be held at 7:30 p.m. today in Stone Theatre, located in Louisiana Tech’s Howard Center for the Performing Arts.

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