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December 7th

Locker Room burglarized

The burglary was reported to police at 5:09 a.m., Friday by a jogger who noticed the broken front door of The Locker Room, located on West Mississippi Street, Ruston Police Inspector Jay Kavanaugh said.
Kavanaugh said Ruston Police are asking for help from the public in solving the crime.
“The suspects gained entry by breaking in the front door,” he said. “Once inside they removed an under-counter model safe that probably weighted 150 to 200 pounds and at least two pairs of shoes and possibly some clothing items.”

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Health official advises flu shots for everyone

Lincoln Parish coroner Dr. Allen Herbert said that while he had not seen a case of classical flu, he stressed that getting the flu shot was important for everyone.
“The flu shot is recommended to everyone unless they are allergic to the shot,” he said. “Getting the flu shot is very important for people who have chronic heart or lung diseases and for the elderly and debilitated.”
He said that he had a very limited amount of flu shots still available, and the next time he receives a shipment will be in January — if at all.

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December 2nd

Ruston’s Jones signs to compete for Tech

Heading into his senior season at Ruston High School, the All-American signed a national letter-of-intent to compete at Louisiana Tech University, where he will receive a full scholarship.
“The big deciding factor was the deal I received was too lucrative to turn down,” Jones said. “(Tech throws coach Larry) Carmichael is the most knowledgable coach I know. His throwers have competed very well against LSU’s throwers.”

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G-Men finally play Alcorn State Saturday

The two long-time Southwestern Athletic Conference rivals were originally scheduled to play on Sept. 3.
But that was before Hurricane Katrina showed up.
Thus, a move from being the first game on both teams’ schedule for this season was made into the final regular season slot for this weekend at the Braves’ field in Lorman, Miss.
Kickoff time will be 2 p.m.

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’Dogs face difficult task at Fresno

First, their 8 p.m. (CDT) duel with Fresno State is on national television (ESPN2).
Secondly, there’s the matter of trying to put away a second consecutive win against their namesakes from California, the wild showdown in ’04 ending up in a 28-21 conquest in Ruston.
Thirdly, it’s almost a “bowl game” atmosphere, if you will, Tech probably locking away a postseason trip with an upset win at FSU’s stadium.
And plus this:
Tech (6-4, 5-2) would love to pull itself off of the mat and recover from a 30-13 knockout punch administered by Boise State at Joe Aillet Stadium last week.

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Kittenettes off to hot start in ’05-06

The Kittenettes (2-1) won a barnburner Thursday night, outlasting Sterlington 52-51 in overtime.
“We were fortunate to win this game,” head coach Cecil Gray said.
Gray, a longtime Grambling coach who took a sabbatical last year during Kittenettes’ rough year, has been helped by the arrival of some new faces — five of which landed in Grambling in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Three of those evacuees — Tyonne Wilson, Jasmine Butler and ZainDymeka Eugene — started for the Kittenettes and helped power them to the victory.

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D.A.R.T. Angels to brighten Christmas

The concept of the Angel Tree is simple: A child makes a wish for a toy or clothing and that wish is written on a cut-out angel and hung from a tree. Adults wanting to help a less fortunate person can then pick an angel and fulfill a child’s wish.
“Our angels have a child’s age and gender and a small wish from them of what they want for Christmas,” Domestic Abuse Resistance Team (D.A.R.T.) Child Advocate Keena Ogle said. “We have Angel Trees with about 50 angels on each tree at Curves and the Vision Center, and people are already putting packages under the trees.”

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Three area schools awarded gift cards

“Any extra funding the schools can get will benefit the school directly, impacting not only the hurricane students but students in the school,” Director of Instruction, Personnel and Special Programs Mary Null said.
Through an online application, Best Buy’s Emergency Response Awards offered up to $3 million in gift cards to schools throughout the United States that enrolled children displaced by the disasters.
Ruston Elementary School was one of the local recipients.

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Sims' father takes stand Wednesday

Wayne Guidry Jr., 29, of Luling, is on trial for the murder of former Louisiana Tech English teacher Stephanie Pepper Sims.
Sims vanished without a trace on Jan. 5 and her fully clothed body was discovered Feb. 13, face-down, in an eight and a half foot deep hole off Sisemore Road in the 32,000 acre Jackson/Bienville Wildlife Management Area in northern Jackson Parish. She had a single gunshot wound to the center of her chest.

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LPNET lands major bust

Lincoln Parish Narcotics Enforcement Team (LPNET) officers spotted a large, black customized bus ,worth an estimated $1.3 million, driving eastbound on Interstate 20 about 3:30 a.m. What caught their eye was a big-screen plasma television mounted in full view of the driver, so the van was stopped.
“We were impressed with the inside of the bus and started looking around,” LPNET Deputy Jim Stephens said. “But as we went toward the back of the bus the two men inside started acting nervous, so we asked for permission to search the van.”

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