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December 26th

Nominations for Russ Award due Jan. 13

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Area residents have until Jan. 13 to submit nominations for the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce’s Robert E. Russ Award.
The annual award recognizes those who have contributed to the civic, business or cultural advancement or development of the area in an outstanding manner during the preceding year.
“We are blessed to live in such a giving community. We have wonderful citizens who give freely of their time and their dollars,” Chamber President Judy Copeland said. 
“Many of them do this without any expectations of recognition. 

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The gifts from our old steamer trunk

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Its contents were unknown, until one Christmas Eve in December 1957.
Christmas had never meant much to me growing up in South West City, Mo. We had almost no extended family. My grandparents had died years earlier and my father was an only child. Though I had one sister, Alice, I felt rootless.
I also had no self-esteem. During class assignments, I felt inferior to classmates who had so much to proclaim about their family histories. One boy proudly spoke of his father having fought in World War II, others told of ancestors arriving in covered wagons.

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Motorcycle group rides to save area abused children

During the last few months, many organizations have shown their love for people by giving to them so that they had a great Christmas.
We’ve seen all kinds of groups come out to support the parish such as the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team and Christian Community Action, just to name a couple.
But there is a group that is newer to the area, Bikers Against Child Abuse.

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Bikers passionate about helping kids

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I first met the Bikers Against Child Abuse on a cold, wet Saturday on Dec. 14 during the Toy Run hosted by the American Bikers Active Toward Education motorcycle group. There were countless motorcycle enthusiasts and “die hard” bikers all out for one reason — to help children have a merry Christmas. And I believe they’ve done just that.
The president of ABATE, Rob Breedlove, told me to contact the members of BACA for more information in regards to other organizations who help children all year long.

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Tech’s Enemkpali named All-State

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Louisiana Tech defensive end IK Enemkpali was named to the all-Louisiana first team football list by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Wednesday (LSWA).
With Enemkpali’s selection to the first team, Tech is one of seven schools represented on the first team list. The LSWA selected a first and second all-Louisiana team based on players’ accomplishments throughout the 2013 season.

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2013 LSWA All-Louisiana Football First-Team

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FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
POS/NAME, SCHOOL/CL./HOMETOWN/NOTES
OL/Arinze Agada, McNeese State/Sr./Houston, Texas/SLC Offensive Lineman of Year; 3rd Team A-A
OL/Josh Allen, ULM/Sr./Cedar Hill, Texas/First team All-SBC, Started all 12 games at center
OL/La’el Collins, LSU/Jr./Baton Rouge/Second Team All-SEC, 56 knockdowns
OL/Andre Huval, Louisiana-Lafayette/Sr./Scott/First Team All-SBC, started 38 straight games at center
OL/Antoine Everett, McNeese State/Jr./Richmond, Texas/First Team All-SLC, left tackle

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December 24th

Camper named Tech tennis coach

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Former Wright State men’s and women’s associate head tennis coach Chad Camper has been hired to be the new head coach of the Lady Techster tennis program, announced today by Louisiana Tech Athletics Director Tommy McClelland.
“We are very excited to have someone of Chad’s expertise and background lead our women’s tennis program,” said McClelland. “I believe that Chad has the skills, knowledge and drive to take our program to the next level. “

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I.A. Lewis Girls Take State In Cross Country

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The I.A. Lewis Girls Cross Country team, state runner-up last year, took home top honors this year at the at the Louisiana Elementary/Junior High Cross Country championships in the fifth/sixth grade division. Pictured kneeling above (left to right) are Amara McCullough, Eryn Bagwell, Arden Bagwell, and Madison Soto. Pictured standing above are Miraja Tatum, Coach Jay Seal, Frankie Roy, Rebecca Mall, Breanna Payton, Aniyah Fobbs, Diamond Harris, Morgan Keen, Joy Eddy, Coach Beth Toney, and Diamond Johnson. Seated above on the brick column at left is Larkin Flurry.

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Kyser named LWSA Player of the Week

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The rim protector of the Louisiana Tech defense, Michale Kyser, was announced Monday as the Louisiana College Basketball Player of the Week by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
The junior forward was instrumental this past week in leading Tech to two wins versus in-state foes, McNeese State (64-50) and ULM (83-61).

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Airman seeks old friends

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Arkansas resident Verle Shelby is hoping to connect with some old Ruston acquaintances this Christmas.
“In 1955, I was in the Air Force and was driving home to Arkansas from San Francisco where I had recently purchased a new red 1956 Plymouth car,” Shelby wrote in a statement.
Along the way, Shelby found company for his long drive.
“I happened to notice two young sailors walking down the highway,” Shelby wrote. “I stopped and offered them a ride. Not only did they accept the ride, but they also shared the driving until I dropped them off at their destination in the Ruston area.”

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