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December 3rd

LSU to face Buckeyes for title

“It is something a lot of guys never thought we would have the opportunity to have after we lost to Arkansas, but the guys just kept on fighting and controlled the things they could control and now we are going on to play in the championship,” LSU safety Craig Steltz said.
No. 1 Ohio State goes into the game, Jan. 7 at the Superdome in New Orleans, at 11-1.
“We always talk to our guys about the fact you better win all your games,” Ohio State coach Jim Tressel said. “We didn’t do that but we still have an opportunity in a crazy football season.”

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Holiday Express picks up steam

“By my count, at least 144 were still in line when we had to leave,” she said.
KCS tallied 2,369 people boarding the train by night’s end.
Lt. Tim Parker with the Ruston Police Department was working at the event on crowd detail, and brought his wife and son early. They lined up between 3 and 4 p.m. to see the train pull into town.
“When Brett found out the train was coming, he just went nuts,” Parker said of his son. “He loves trains. We told him that if he was good in school all week, he’d get to see something special.”

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Millsap: Second round sensation

Considering that, the 6-8 258 lb. Millsap, who comes off the bench to supply a blend of energy, muscle and athleticism, wouldn’t have it any other way.
“Hopefully I can overcome the stereotype of second-round picks,’’ he said during a recent stopover here, where Millsap scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds in a 106-95 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. “People don’t look at second round picks to be anything.
“I had to let everybody see I can play in this league. People had doubts about my size. Some people said I was lazy coming in. It made me mad.’’

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Getting real with holiday expectations

As time goes by, though, that light is getting dimmer.
In recent years, I’ve battled with feeling blue during the holidays. The strange thing is, I can never seem to pinpoint what exactly is making me feel down.
I think that for me and others who experience similar feelings, it has to do with expectations.

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Response to derailed train was superb

Local churches sprang into action and offered food and shelter for displaced residents. All it took was an early morning call from Choudrant Mayor Bill Sanderson to get the doors to First Baptist Church of Choudrant open and the coffee brewing. Even pets were allowed to seek refuge at the church.
The collaboration of local and state law enforcement agencies, the Kansas City Southern railroad company and environmental organizations was impressive. Everyone involved worked together to resolve the situation as safely and quickly as possible.

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November 30th

One dead in Union plane crash

“It appears he went down in the trees next to the highway,” Union Parish Sheriff Bob Buckley said. “He barely missed a high line.”
Dilts was traveling alone in the plane, and the cause of the crash remains unknown.
Federal Aviation Administration officials from Baton Rouge arrived Thursday to investigate the crash.
Aaron Sauer, a senior investigator with the National Transportation and Safety Board’s. Central Mountain Regional office in Denver, Colo., was set to arrive on the scene today.
Representatives from Cessna and Continental Motor Company will join the investigation.

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’Dogs, Nevada battle Saturday

That’s the reward that goes to the survivor in the 3 p.m. (CDT) Western Athletic Conference meet at Mackey Stadium.
And not only does the winner close out with a .500 won-loss percentage, they also put themselves in a position to maybe earn a postseason appearance. That will all depend on how league champion and top 25 nationally ranked Hawaii fares in its final regular season game late Saturday night in Honolulu against the University of Washington.

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We reiterate: Local projects need funds

It was recommended that the state quit financing the array of local projects that lawmakers shoehorn into budget bills each year.
Instead, the panel pushed the development of a state-financed revolving loan fund to help local governments pay for construction projects — leaving the state’s annual construction budget bill to finance the long-term borrowing for state needs only.

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Give to others this Christmas

While I have most of my Christmas shopping complete, there’s still a lot to be accomplished before Dec. 25 rolls around.

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Bearcat World Tour offers taste of diverse dishes

“This is basically a cultural project for the kids and a chance for the community to see what the kids are doing and sample some of the food,” said Margarita Cazenave, a Spanish teacher at RHS.
“We’re trying to represent all French, Spanish and German-speaking countries, and all of our kids who take the languages are somehow involved.”
There will be flan, black beans and rice to represent the Spanish-speaking countries. The French Club will offer crepes and beignets and is also covering French-speaking South Louisiana, so gumbo should be on the menu.

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