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December 22nd

GSU to take on TCU

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A’Tori Shine (1) and the Grambling State University Tigers hit the road today to close out pre-Southwestern Athletic Confernce play in a 7:30 p.m. contest at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. GSU enters the game at 2-7 while TCU is 11-0. Shine leads the Tigers with 12.3 points per game.

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Practice fireworks safety this season

Enjoying a beautiful display of fireworks for the New Year is something that many residents look forward to all year long.
Ruston Fire Department’s Public Education Officer Eric Brazzel said area residents planning to pop fireworks should practice caution.
Fireworks are not allowed in the city limits of Ruston or in the village of Simsboro.
However, many outlying areas will allow their residents to shoot fireworks.
In the village of Choudrant fireworks are allowed at all times, but residents are asked to be respectful of their neighbors.

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GSU longs for better 2015

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As we head toward 2015, Grambling State University is hoping for a better year as the school finds itself in tumultuous waters to close out 2014.
Early this month it was announced that a new state audit of Grambling State University shows equipment thefts totaling more than $130,000 and an unbalanced budget with more total expenses than revenues in each of the five years analyzed.

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Christmas memories, growth and gratitude

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For my last three columns, I have written about DART Christmas Angels, about the generous hearts in our community and about acts of kindness, both big and small, made by so many people on behalf of the families we serve.
My heart is overflowing with the Christmas spirit I am encountering everywhere right now. For example, Kim and Dolph Williams called us last week and said they would like to purchase 10 bicycles for us. Ten bicycles! This couple, known for spreading holiday cheer by visiting hospitals, churches and other places, certainly carried the spirit of St. Nick into DART.

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Pet of the Week

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Rock is a German Shepherd mix. He is shy and acts as the protector of his two sisters Rosie and Paige. He has been at 4 Paws since he was a puppy, for more than a year. He is spayed and up-to-date on shots. Tan in color, he has golden eyes. Adoption fees are $65. Call 251-DOGS for more information or stop by the 4 Paws shelter at 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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AT&T donates funds to GSU’s HBCU Hacks

GRAMBLING — AT&T has provided a $15,000 ASPIRE contribution to support HBCU Hacks at Grambling State University. HBCU Hacks is a weekend hack-a-thon that gives students at HBCUs (historically black colleges and universities) the opportunity to flex their coding skills while working together to build mobile apps and web software, and attend a technology fair.

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December 20th

Crash Yields Attempted Murder Charge

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A gunshot victim was reportedly driving himself to the hospital when he crashed into a mobile home on West California Avenue on Saturday afternoon.
Investigations into the incident led to the arrest of Jerry Glynn Evans Jr. on attempted second-degree murder charges.
Ruston Police Department Deputy Chief Clint Williams said that just after 1 p.m. Saturday, a single car crashed into a mobile home located in the University Hills Mobile Home Park near the 1700 block of West California Avenue. Williams confirmed that the single occupant of the vehicle was airlifted.

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Going out with a bang

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Fireworks are a big part of celebrating the New Year, but residents are urged to use caution.
Ruston Fire Department Public Education Officer Eric Brazzel said while fireworks are not allowed in the city limits of Ruston, those outside the city limits should be careful.
“Make sure to point fireworks in a safe direction,” Brazzel said. “Don’t pop fireworks near residential structures and don’t hold them in your hands.”
Brazzel said residents should keep a bucket of water close by when using fireworks.

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Parts could stall LPDC fencing through mid-January

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While passersby can visually see the first phase of new fencing going up at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center, it may be a while before everything is up and running, according to Warden Jim Tuten.
Tuten said Affordable Fencing, the contractors for the project, are waiting on more of the materials to come in.
“The gates and the locks have been ordered — there will be two big gates and a few pedestrian gates,” Tuten said. “But it could be mid-January before some of the materials come in.”

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FBC to host Christmas Eve candlelight service

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Those looking for a spiritual experience to celebrate the Christmas season will have the opportunity at the special Candlelight Evening Service at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church of Ruston, located at 200 S. Trenton St.
As they enter the sanctuary, organizers said those in attendance will receive a single white candle for the lighting ceremony, designed to be symbolic of Christ’s coming at Christmas, fulfilling the circle of hope, peace, joy and love.

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