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December 22nd

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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’Dogs due to be tough next year, too

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Christmas time, holiday cheer, scrumptious food and gathering with friends and loved ones.
Nothing like the month of December and this time of the year, is it?
Bowl games galore and crunch time nearing for NFL fans (yes that does include the Saints, regardless of how unpredictable they’ve been since the season kicked off.
Plus, this added caveate — it’s never too early to look ahead to the 2015 season.

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Lady Techsters fall at Utah

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — During Saturday’s 67-52 loss at Utah, Louisiana Tech head coach Tyler Summitt saw an all-too-familiar performance by his team as the Lady Techsters struggled to shoot the basketball for 40 minutes.
Tech hit only 24 percent (15-62) of its field goals while allowing Utah (5-5) to connect on 50 percent (28-56) of its attempts, and the Lady Techsters were outscored by 20 points in the paint in the loss to the Utes.

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Lady Tigers topped at K State

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Grambling State started strong but finished cold as the Lady Tigers fell 61-38 to Kansas State in Manhattan, Kansas. Grambling trailed 32-24 at the half but managed only 14 points in the second half. Yosha Watson and Shanice Poole (3) led the Lady Tigers (3-7) with nine points each.

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Tech, Illinois to team up

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For the second consecutive year, Heart of Dallas Bowl rivals will spend time volunteering at CitySquare.
This year, players from Louisiana Tech and Illinois will be teaming up Tuesday to distribute 25 pound boxes of food (enough to feed a family of four for a week) and necessities to low-income families in south Dallas at CitySquare’s newly opened Opportunity Center.
“This is especially meaningful when you consider that these teams are away from home at Christmas,” says Larry James, CitySquare President and CEO.

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