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Locals prepare for Black Friday

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After digesting their Thanksgiving feasts and getting a few winks of sleep, shoppers across the parish are slated to join thousands across the country in what has become just as big a tradition as turkey and football games.
Residents are slated to visit local stores, some as early as 10 p.m. Thursday, to catch all the Black Friday deals they can to get their Christmas shopping jumpstarted.
Local merchants will be offering extra incentives to encourage residents to shop locally, rather than visiting stores in nearby parishes.

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Students partake in Thanksgiving meal

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Students in Ashley Floyd’s pre-k class at the Lincoln Parish Early Childhood Center share a Thanksgiving meal with one another. Lincoln Parish School System students got out of school Friday for the Thanksgiving break, and they will return on Monday.

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Some fire insurance rates to decrease

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Commissioner of Insurance Jim Donelon says Lincoln Parish homeowners in Choudrant can expect significant rate reductions in their fire insurance premiums, effective Dec. 12.
Donelon commended firefighters and local officials in Choudrant for the improvement of their fire protection grading from Class 5 to Class 4. This improvement will bring about insurance rate reductions for many policyholders.
“Your efforts to make your property safer have brought about the lowering of your fire protection grading, which results in lower insurance rates on your homes and other property,” Donelon said.

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Cyclists demonstrate concern

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Forty bikers stood in the parking lot of the Lincoln Parish Library to show their discontent over the lack of support and recognition for the biking community.
Citizens of Ruston gathered Nov. 3 for Critical Mass, an event where cyclists expressed their concerns to their city’s general population and public officials.
“It was a feeler event,” said Justin Stoppleworth, owner of Turbo Goat. “It wasn’t meant to change the world.”

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Leaves changing and Thanksgiving turkeys

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This year, the leaf color changes have come a little slower than usual. Often, the leaf change starts nearly a month sooner, but this year it has been worth waiting for. 
My brother came here in October, and the leaves were just changing. I have always heard of the leaf color in the Rocky Mountains, and it is nice, but he said that our leaves were more spectacular, since we have multiples of color — reds, orange, purples, yellow and some of everything at the same time.

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Tech service-learning project benefits students, community

If it takes a village to raise a child, then perhaps Louisiana Tech, along with the North Central Louisiana Arts Council and Arcadia High School, have succeeded.
Four graduate students and one undergraduate student from Tech, led by Jes Schrom, an assistant professor of photography, worked with NCLAC to teach a photojournalism course for students at Arcadia High School this quarter. The program, called My Vision, My Voice, helped the students use photojournalism to strengthen their writing, research and literacy skills.

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Blue Star Mothers speak to Lions Club

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Blue Star Mothers represented by Joann Barr were the recent guests of the Ruston Lions Club. Blue Star Mothers was formed during WWII as a support group for those having children in the military.

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Ruston High still alive in grid playoffs

There’s no need to put the football gear away at Ruston High School just yet.
For the Bearcats, the 2011 season is still very much alive.
After a slow start in the regular season, RHS has rallied back to reach the quarterfinal round of the annual Louisiana High School Athletic Association playoffs for Class 5A.

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Plenty to be thankful for

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Have any of you ever cringed at the time when a particular person was called upon to pray? No, I don’t mean that the speaker would say anything inappropriate or you wondered about the choice of the person about to invoke blessings. I am talking about that person, who would be, shall we say, verbose. Wordy. Leeeennnnnggggttthhhyyyy. You know the type. He or she would make a sermon out of a prayer. The person would, as a comparison, when asked what time it was tell you how to make a watch.

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Giving for a green Christmas

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Dear EarthTalk: I would like to make my holiday gifts matter this year. Where can I find ideas for green gifts?
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— Mary Baumgartner, via e-mail
The holidays are a great time of year to share your enthusiasm for protecting the environment with family and friends. One meaningful gift — a fashion-forward T-shirt from Rain Tees — can help fight environmental destruction far away while raising awareness here at home.

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