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November 29th

Holiday Express rides into Ruston

That particular car also carries a collection of images of old “Saint Nick” from places like Germany, Norway and Bavaria, to name a few.
Patti Tamisiea is managing the tour of the KCS Holiday Express this year, and it is her first time to lead the tour. She worked as assistant manager on the free holiday tour for the past six years.
“This is the fun part of my job — getting out and seeing the kids and traveling,” Tamisiea said.
The train has been expanded to cover more stops in more states this year.

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TOPS figures prove program is working

From the beginning, this program has motivated many high school students to keep their grades up and stay in state for college. That motivation has extended through their college years, keeping them in school and graduating.
The creation of TOPS by the legislature was a landmark for education in Louisiana. It is important that lawmakers continue to keep its funding a priority as time goes by. The numbers prove it is a worthwhile program that is challenging Louisiana students and helping them succeed in life beyond high school.

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Teaching kids to love to read

Across town, about 20 families finished participating in the Prime Time family reading program earlier this month. Dawn Pinkston served as storyteller, and Louisiana Tech University professor Jason Pigg led family discussions about everything from fairness and greed to courage and dreams at the library each week.
In elementary schools throughout the city, volunteers stop by to read to one or two children at a time. By being asked questions by adults, the children are encouraged to think.

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Tech task: stopping ‘The Pistol’

Honed by head coach Chris Ault — he’s considered the “guru” of the system — the formation mixes up draw plays, misdirection and options. When the team elects to pass, it is invariably distinguished by well-disguised play-action and quick-timing routes.
“They do a great job with that offense and it’s something that we definitely are going to have to stop,” said head coach Derek Dooley of the Bulldogs. “They’ve definitely got the guys to run that offense.”
Two of those guys are freshman quarterback Colin Kaepernick and junior running back Luke Lippincott.

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Winter grind begins at Tech

“We know that it might be a tough period of time for them,” Vento said, “but we have outstanding students and we know they will do well.”
Pamela Ford, dean of enrollment management, said winter quarter is typically the period of least enrollment.
“With our having the quarter systems, it doesn’t coincide with students who are transferring in from semester system schools,” Ford said.
She said during the winter quarter students can take advantage of the holiday breaks to tackle large assignments.

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November 28th

Rupp’s squad faces Redhawks

Tech will be trying to halt a two-game losing streak against the Redhawks (3-3), a member of the Ohio Valley.
Both of those defeats came against Arkansas-based clubs and on the road. The ‘Dogs were stopped 67-54 by the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff before losing the University of Arkansas-Little Rock 63-49.
An early 7-0 run by the Trojans made it a catch-up situation for Tech, who trailed 28-14 at halftime and could not come any closer than nine points during the final half.

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Lift a spirit this season

It’s enough to make some people downright sad. While many of Lincoln Parish’s residents turn their thoughts to family, friends and holiday cheer, people without those blessings, who may face particular financial or personal hardship for any number of reasons, are likely feeling the holiday blues.
At one point or another, it is likely each of us will feel the holidays crush our spirits.
Children grow up, families become separated and money — as all of us know — comes and goes.
But dwelling on it is exactly what will make depression all the more severe.

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Jail's best options are murky

The stories I’ve written on the situation haven’t shed as much light as I’d like, partly because the parish faces some confusing options and no clear “best” option.
LaSalle Management is still running the show, and Stone, head of the LPDC Commission, is crunching numbers and compiling the parish’s options for a presentation he hopes to make later this week.
None of the options really appeal to him, and I sympathize.
Do we expand the facility ourselves? Do we privatize the facility, through the current management team or otherwise?

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Crews to drain derailed tanks

Dennis said three tank cars have been moved from the derailment site and are being thoroughly inspected before they are sent back on track to their destination.
None of the hazardous material spilled or leaked from the derailed cars, but officials have closed the area to residents and traffic as a precaution.
If all goes well today, Dennis said crews will transfer the butadiene from the two derailed tankers into other train tank cars this afternoon.
“That’s the quickest way to get the product out of the area and on the way it its destination,” he said.

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November 27th

’Dogs hope to finish on good note

Later in the day, league champion Hawaii (11-0) will shut down its regular season with a home game against Washington.
Should the Warriors win, they’ll likely earn an invitation to a BCS bowl.
A victory by Hawaii combined with a Tech triumph would then put the Ruston ‘Dogs in a postseason scenario, the likely destination being the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl or the New Mexico Bowl during the latter part of December.

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