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November 26th, 2012

Holiday Express

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Santa, goody bags part of train visit
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Children who have already started keeping an eye out for reindeer might look a little closer to home on Tuesday as Santa chugs into town on the 12th Annual Kansas City Southern Holiday Express train.
This six-car train features a walk-thru exhibit, where residents can examine the smiling tank car “Rudy,” a flatcar carrying Santa’s sleigh, reindeer and a miniature village; a gingerbread boxcar; the elves’ workshop; the reindeer stable and a little red caboose. The train, which is free and open to the public, will be open from 4-8 p.m.

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Jaycees launch Toys for Tots drive

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More than 600 children in Lincoln Parish may not see a single present under their Christmas tree this year without the help of generous people in the area.
But, the Ruston Jaycees are working to make sure that as many children in Lincoln Parish as possible have a smile on their faces this year on Christmas morning.
The Jaycees annual Toys for Tots drive is already in full swing, with gift-wrapped donation boxes having been placed at various locations on Nov. 14.

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Knowing the symptoms and treating SAD

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Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part column about seasonal affective disorder. The first part ran Nov. 19.
What are the symptoms of SAD?
Everyone feels sad sometimes. If you experience the loss of a friend or family member, it is normal to feel upset or depressed. If you break up with a boy or girl friend or struggle with other problems, it is common to feel sad. But if the sadness persists for weeks, especially if there is no apparent cause, this could be a sign of the depression that goes along with seasonal affective disorder.

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Pet of the Week

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Louie is a sweet Dachshund, with a happy, friendly personality. He is around 5 months old and approximately 5 pounds. Black with a brown snout, he is up-to-date on shots and ready for his forever home. His adoption fee is $65. Call 251-DOGS for more information or visit www.4pawsrescue.com. 4 Paws Rescue invites residents to see all the dogs at their new office, located at 290 Rodeo Road in Ruston just south of Tech Farm Road. The office is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or interested parties may call for an appointment.

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RPAR presents ESPY Award

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Will Woods, coach of the 5-6 year old Cowboys, gives trophies to his players at the ESPYS for RPAR night on Nov. 8. The event was held at the McLane Multipurpose Center.

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Club News

DAR, Long Leaf Pine Chapter

Long Leaf Pine Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution met at 1 p.m. Nov. 6 at Trinity United Methodist Church with 12 members and one guest present.
Regent Rebecca Stenzel opened the meeting with the DAR ritual and conducted chapter business.
Flag chairman Marcia Richardson gave a flag minute on keeping the flag elevated and off the ground and that flags may be dry cleaned or washed if still in good condition.
National Defense chairman Lou Taylor read the President General's message and reminded members to vote.

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’Dogs end regular play with loss

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Tech can’t control San Jose State in WAC finale
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Now it’s on to postseason play for Louisiana Tech University’s football program.
After a night of struggles on the West Coast Saturday night, that’s where the Bulldogs will now focus their efforts.
The regular season certainly didn’t finish in the manner that Tech had hoped for when the game against San Jose State (10-2, 5-1) at Spartans Stadium kicked off at 9:30 p.m., CDT.
Three turnovers in the second half and a night of inconsistency on defense helped send the Bulldogs (9-3, 4-2) to a 52-43 defeat.

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‘Inside Tech Basketball’ to make debut tonight

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Centric Federal Credit Union’s “Inside Tech Basketball,” presented by Miller Light begins its fourth year as part of the Louisiana Tech Sports Network as the 2012-13 edition of the one-hour radio show debuts tonight at 6 p.m. at Scott’s Catfish.
Each of the 12 shows during the season will feature Lady Techster head coach Teresa Weatherspoon and Bulldog head coach Michael White as each coach will discuss all the latest developments regarding their respective programs.

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Horsing around for ‘Pack the House’

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Ivy Merritt of Ruston can’t help but try and make friends with one of the miniature horses owned by Ruston’s Skip Russell that will be featured at Saturday’s “Pack the House” event at the Thomas Assembly Center. The 18-to-22-inch tall horses will be one of numerous attractions for the annual promotion that will be highlighted by a 7 p.m. women’s basketball contest between Louisiana Tech University’s Lady Techsters and Ole Miss.

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Pay it forward during the season of cheer

Thanksgiving is over but the parties have just begun. From now through the end of football season, many will be invited to a slew of get-togethers, ranging from the formal to casual, family-related to the work-related.

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