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December 18th

Dugas named frosh All-American

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Over the course of 112 years of Louisiana Tech Football, the Bulldogs netted one Freshman All-America honor as Kenneth Dixon was recognized in 2012.
In year 113, Louisiana Tech received two more. The program’s Freshman All-America honors tripled in 2015 as O’Shea Dugas was named to 247sports.com’s Freshman All-America Team.
Dugas started at left guard in 11 games as a true freshman and helped an offense that currently ranks fourth in school history in total yards (5,589) and points (441) and fifth in rushing touchdowns (25).

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NCLAC prepares for the Mardi Gras Ball

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This week we are excited to announce the details about the upcoming Krewe of Allegro Mardi Gras Ball.
This year’s Ball will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight on Jan. 30 at the Ruston Civic Center.
There’s an early Easter in 2016, so the ball is early, too — don’t let it slip up on you.
The nonprofits arts housed in the Dixie Center for the Arts are working together to throw the best dress-up party in town, and to raise funds for the Sustaining Building Fund for the Dixie Center for the Arts, which helps maintain this historic theatre and its supporting buildings.

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FBC to host candlelight service on Christmas Eve

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. on Christmas Eve at First Baptist Church.
When entering the Worship Center, individuals will receive a single white candle for the lighting ceremony, symbolic of Christ’s coming at Christmas, fulfilling the circle of hope, peace, joy and love.
Then at the end of the 45-minute service, as the congregation sings “Silent Night,” Pastor Chris Craig will light the candle held by someone in the first pew.

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Louisiana Insurance gives donation

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Louisiana Insurance made a Christmas donation of $1,000 to Christian Community Action in honor of all their customers who make gifts like these possible. Pictured are Adam Ewing and John McIntyre, both of Louisiana Insurance, and CCA Director Stephanie Matthews, center.

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Children enjoy shopping with local cops

Lincoln Parish continues to keep on giving this holiday season.

More than 50 local law enforcement recently took 70 Lincoln Parish children Christmas shopping during it’s sixth annual Shop with a Cop event.

The program is a partnership between the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s office and the local Wal-Mart.

Law enforcement pairs with a local child from Junior Auxiliary of Ruston’s Christmas Clearinghouse with $100.

The officer joins the child through Wal-Mart in an adventure to find Christmas gifts.

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Moment of silence this Christmas

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With Christmas next week — that’s right, it’s here already — I’ve started trying to divide up my time so that I have the opportunity to see all of the people who matter most to me.
My best friend from California, Allison, will be making her way to my part of the country for a short visit and I am very excited to see her — it’s been more than a year since our last visit.
She and her husband, Kevin, will spend Christmas with his family in Shreveport, and the sheer fact that the atmosphere in the Sims house is love, love and more love, makes me wish it was already Christmas eve.

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December 17th

Tech’s COB receives $500,000

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The College of Business at Louisiana Tech University has received a gift of $500,000 for scholarships from an anonymous donor.
The “College of Business REAL Scholarships” are for incoming freshmen — high school seniors — living in Caddo and Bossier Parishes, and are received in addition to funds from Louisiana’s Taylor Opportunity Program for Students.
Although TOPS covers more than 25 percent of total annual expenses for a full-time undergraduate, many students need more assistance to be able to attend college.

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Origin Bank signs go up

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Origin Bank, formerly Community Trust Bank, has begun replacing signage on their locations around Ruston. The name change came in October when bank President Drake Mills said the company wanted to come up with a name that was as unique as their company and also to pay homage to their beginnings as well as their future.
“While we celebrate our past, we step confidently into our future,” Mills said. “Origin is the place where dreams can be created — for our customers, employees, shareholders and communities.”

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Apple VP to speak at GSU’s Fall commencement

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Denise Young-Smith, vice president of worldwide human resources at Apple, will deliver Grambling State University’s 2015 Fall Commencement speech.
The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.
“Ms. Denise Young-Smith is a superb example of excellence,” Grambling President Willie Larkin said. “Since graduating from Grambling State University, she has made her mark as a stellar corporate executive.
“Her work at Apple has set the standard for graduates from Grambling and our sister HBCUs.

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Russ-Town Band to perform Friday

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The annual Russ-Town Band concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Dixie Center for the Arts. Admission for the annual concert is free with a donation of a toy to Toys for Tots or a nonperishable food item to Christian Community Action.

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