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December 24th

Ruston lights up for the holidays

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Top: The front of Ruston City Hall decorated for the holiday season filled with wreaths and lights at the center of the city.
Bottom: One of Louisiana Tech University fraternities, Kappa Alpha, decorated their house for the holiday season.

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Skains scuttles DCS stipend

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Downsville Charter School Board president Reggie Skains cast the deciding ballot, killing a measure that would have seen faculty members at the school receive a performance evaluation payment.
A motion to give teachers a $2,329 payment in lieu of evaluations based on student performance scores was defeated by a 3-2 vote, with Skains casting the tiebreaker to defeat the recommendation from DCS executive director Jim Kircus.
“I’d like to see this approved and see it in their (bank) accounts some time next week,” Kircus said at the board’s Dec. 11 meeting.

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Shadoin bows out of possible legal action

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If the board that oversees the Downsville Charter School chooses to take the Union Parish School System to court over funds allocated for improvements at the school, they’ll do so without Rob Shadoin as their attorney.
Shadoin has represented Downsville Charter since its creation four years ago. Last week, he told the board his role as state representative for District 12 would preclude him from representing them if they take legal action to secure additional funds from the Union Parish School Board for improvements at the school.

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NLW helps African student graduate

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George Luma Haddison arrived at Grambling State University in January 2007, a long way from his village in Cameroon.
GSU is more than 6,500 miles away from his village in the seaside town of Limbe, Luma Haddison was excited, and sad.
“I was really excited. I was happy,” he said.
“I was a little bit sad because I was leaving my family and friends behind, but excited for the new opportunity and the chance to make my parents proud.”

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Holtz, players talk up big game

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Tech’s preparations continue for Friday’s Heart of Dallas Bowl
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DALLAS — Coaches and players from Louisiana Tech University and the University of Illinois met the press Tuesday as preparations for Friday’s Heart of Dallas Bowl continued.
The Heart of Dallas Bowl kicks off at noon Friday. The Bulldogs bring an 8-5 record into the contest while the Fightin’ Illini stand at 6-6.

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Early advantage evaporates as Bulldogs fall at N.C. State

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Louisiana Tech showed how good it can be in the first half Wednesday against North Carolina State, holding a 15-point lead at the break and winning in every statistical category, even rebounding.
The Bulldogs led the entire first half and had as much as an 18-point edge with 14 minutes left in the game, but the tide completely turned and the Wolfpack came back to take a 73-65 win inside the PNC Arena.

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No. 25 TCU tops Grambling 80-39

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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — TCU’s return to the rankings for the first time in almost 16 years doesn’t mean coach Trent Johnson is finished building the program.
It means he’s just getting started.
“When this thing is built, is when we’re having a conversation that we’re in multiple NCAA tournaments — four out of five years, five out of six years,” Johnson said after the No. 25 Frogs beat Grambling State 80-39 Monday night in their first game as ranked team since January 1999. “That’s when it’s a finished product.”

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December 23rd

Rogers moves to the other side of the bench

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Ruston attorney Tommy Rogers has run four marathons and eight half-marathons, but his most important race may be the ballot box contest he won Dec. 6 when he was elected the 3rd Judicial District’s new Division B judge.
Rogers, 62, edged out fellow local lawyer Lewis Jones by winning almost 52 percent of the vote in the Lincoln-Union Parish District. Rogers succeeds retiring Judge Wayne Smith. He’ll be sworn in Dec. 31 and take office Jan. 1. A more formal courtroom ceremony is expected to be held later in January.

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Holiday shopping in Ruston a success

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Judy Copeland, president of the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, wanted to find a way to keep residents of Ruston in town for the holidays.
“We wanted to do something to get people to go out to (local) business for the holidays,” she said.
The Ruston Chamber of Commerce then partnered with Community Trust Bank, and other businesses to create the program called 12 Days of Christmas Shopping in Lincoln Parish, where residents of Ruston could pick up a passport and visit local stores to stamp their card whenever they entered one of the 40 local stores.

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RFD transports in vehicular crash; intersection closes

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A vehicle overturned on East California Avenue at 10:27 a.m. Monday, after what the driver reported to police as a power steering malfunction.
Ruston Police Department Deputy Chief Clint Williams said the 1997 Mercury Mountainer, above left, was being driven by David Lynn Harrell, 21, of Jonesboro.
“He claimed the vehicle’s power steering went out causing him to lose control of the vehicle, leave the road and roll at least once,” Williams said.
Williams said one person, the passenger Katina Harrell, of Jonesboro, was ejected from
the vehicle.

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