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December 23rd

Sororities donate to CCA

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Members of the Epsilon Psi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. in Grambling came together to donate canned goods and other nonperishable foods to Christian Community Action in Ruston. Pictured above are, top row left to right, Stephanie Griffin of CCA, president of the chapter Annie Hamlin, Marvis Anderson and Rhonda Pruitt. On the bottom row are, left to right, Karen Lewis and Annie Brown.

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Jaycees give out presents

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The Ruston Jaycees gave out toys to numerous children at their annual Toys for Tots drive on Sunday. Many parents and children, who likely wouldn’t have had presents otherwise, came to select Christmas presents from the toys donated by local residents. Pictured above is Jaycees Chaplain Laura Jones working with a family.

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University cuts damage to be minimal?

With the state of Louisiana implementing a host of mid-year budget cuts aimed at balancing the top-heavy budget, public colleges were the area hit the most in the sea of cuts from Gov. Bobby Jindal and the state legislature.
Of the nearly $250 million in budget cuts in the state, Jindal and the governing bodies voted to cut $50 million alone from public colleges, or roughly 20 percent of the total amount of money cut from the state.

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Don't be a holiday 'Scrooge'

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The most magical time of the year — or so I am told by many in my life — is here, and with less than two days set until Christmas is here, it’s time we all put aside our petty differences and slights and focus on the holidays.
Whether you are religious or not, Christmas is a time meant for the sharing and spreading of love to everyone you come in contact with.

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Reflections on Hitchens' death

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Everyone who holds a pen has a Christopher Hitchens story, apparently.
Here’s mine:
Back in the late 1980s, when I was a 20-something unwed mother and an assistant editor at National Review, I debated Christopher Hitchens at the Yale Political Union.
The topic, as I recall, was South Africa.

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Pondering our energy potential

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Imagine a place where jobs are plentiful, and the housing market is thriving. A place where even low-paying service jobs come with signing bonuses and other benefits.
Sound too good to be true? No. It’s real, and it’s right here in the U.S.
The scenario described above can be found in Williston, N.D. The secret to their newfound prosperity: oil. The state is drilling at record pace, with oil production doubling from 2008 to 2010. And that’s creating an economic boom in towns such as Williston. People are working, and businesses are hiring.

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Dykes, Williams up for awards

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Tech, Grambling coaches among All-Louisiana nominations
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Can Lincoln Parish’s two collegiate head football coaches make it two-for-two in “Coach of the Year” awards?
Figure on Sonny Dykes of Louisiana Tech University and Doug Williams of Grambling State University giving Les Miles of No. 1 nationally-ranked LSU a run for the honor when the Louisiana Sports Writers Association announces the 2011 All-Louisiana team on Sunday.
Dykes and Williams helped guide their teams to remarkable turnarounds this season.

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Tech happy to keep Dykes on board

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Houston was close to pushing big for Bulldogs’ leader

Whoa, that was close.
Sonny Dykes was awarded earlier this week with a contact extension that will keep him as the head football coach at Louisiana Tech University until 2017.
But it was practically a “two-minute drill” by university officials that kept the son of former legendary Texas Tech Head Coach Spike Dykes in Bulldogs’ country for the next five seasons.
On the heels of making a strong push for Dykes was the University of Houston, who is seeking a successor to Kevin Sumlin, who guided the Cougars’ Conference USA team to a Top 25 national ranking this season.

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Tech fans encouraged by bowl effort

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Louisiana Tech University fans filing out of Qualcomm Stadium on Wednesday night would have preferred a victory.
But even in the aftermath of a 31-24 loss to TCU in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, faithful followers of the Bulldogs still had reason to exit with a positive demeanor.

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Bulldogs fall to Arkansas, 77-63

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Appleby leads Tech offensive effort with 23 points

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Louisiana Tech fell to Arkansas 77-63 Thursday night at Bud Walton Arena, as freshman guard Raheem Appleby scored 23 points, his third straight 20-point game, on 10-of-22 shooting to pace the Bulldogs.
The defeat ends Tech’s three-game winning streak as the Bulldogs fall to 7-6 on the year. while the Razorbacks improve to 8-3.

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