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Mary Frances Norris Lott

Graveside services for Mary Frances Norris Lott, age 95, of Ruston, LA will be held on Saturday, December 31, 2011 at 11 AM in Greenwood Cemetery with Dr. Rick Byargeon officiating. Mrs. Lott, 95 died Thursday, December 29, 2011 at Ruston Nursing and Rehab in Ruston after a short illness.

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Cartres “Mr. Hop” Johnson

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Cartres “Mr. Hop” Johnson, 80, of Ruston died Dec. 26. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Zion Traveler Baptist Church. Visitation ceremony is from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Zion Traveler Baptist Church in Ruston. Viewing is from 1-5 p.m. Friday at King’s Funeral Home. Burial will be at George Washington Carver Memorial Park.

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Top local stories of 2011

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Derailment, elections, education changes make list
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At the end of each year the Ruston Daily Leader highlights some of its biggest stories over the past 12 months. In the interest of ensuring each area receives its due recognition, the stories have been selected from a few designated categories, including public safety, government, K-12 education, higher education and positive community news.

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Town adopts budget

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GRAMBLING — The Town of Grambling this week got one step closer to having their finances in line.
In a special-called meeting Wednesday night at City Hall, the town passed the 2011 amended budget and approved the 2012 budget to get things in line for the new fiscal year.
The amended budget for 2011 showed Grambling had a revenue total from 2011 from the months of January to November of $1,724,349. The town has estimated receiving another $156,759 for the month of December. The new amended budget has the town’s revenue for the total year set at $1,838,580, with a 2 percent variance between the estimated revenue and the actual money budgeted for revenue for the year.

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Practice safety with fireworks this New Year

With the New Year finally approaching, families and friends all over the nation will be getting their bottle rockets, sparklers and Roman candles ready to shoot off to bring in 2012 in style.
While fireworks are a holiday tradition to many in our country, they can also be a hazard to anyone not practicing the proper safety techniques required when shooting off a firework.

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Tech 'true winner' of Poinsettia Bowl

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The Louisiana Tech players, coaches, fans, band, cheerleaders and Regal Blues were the true winners of the Poinsettia Bowl events.
We might not have won the football game in points, but more importantly, our Dawgs are winners of the game of life.
A tremendous amount of class, talent, spirit, generosity and sportsmanship was shown all over San Diego.
The Louisiana Tech University  Alumni Association did a wonderful job of planning entertaining events. Thank you for the effort and success. We are proud to be Dawg fans. Dawgs rule.
Gary and Susan Green
Ruston

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What's in store for the New Year

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With the start of the year 2012 less than two days away, let’s take the time to look back on a few events from 2011.
This is going to be crucial for everyone since 2011 may be the last full year on Earth we ever have, if things go according to what the Mayans predicted hundreds of years ago. I think John Cusack also predicted this ending in the appropriately titled “2012” film that came out quite ironically in 2010 — I guess they wanted to cash in on the possibility of a horrific disaster a little before the year it was predicted to take place.

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‘Do something’ in the New Year

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As the New Year approaches many individuals are taking a moment to pause and think about their past year. Some may even dare to come up with the dreaded “New Year’s Resolution.” This year the North Central Louisiana Arts Council would like to encourage you to “do something” rather than “give up something.” As a small minimally staffed office we rely heavily on volunteers.

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Local clubs donate to CCA

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Recently the Russ Town Mud Slingers ATV Club and The Rolling Lincolnite Tailgaters held food drives for Christian Community Action.
Pictured above is Stephanie Griffin, director of CCA, and Bernard Crowe, president of both clubs.

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Tech: Different outcomes

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For both Louisiana Tech University teams at the Thomas Assembly Center Thursday night, it was a classic case of two different halves.
Good one half, bad another.
The Bulldogs (8-6) experienced the good part by overcoming a sluggish first half to take a 69-41 victory over NAIA affililate Spring Hill College (8-3).

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