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Express train stops by
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Many waited out in the cold on Tuesday night just to take a look at Santa’s own personal exhibit, the 12th Annual Kansas City Southern Holiday Express train. Pulling into Railroad Park, the six-car exhibit featured busy worker elves, a flatcar carrying Santa’s sleigh, a miniature village with toy trains whistling by, a gingerbread boxcar, the elves’ workshop, the reindeer stable and a little red caboose.

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Follette Pottery open for business

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Owners decide to refocus and stay in Lincoln Parish
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Kent and Libby Follette had put their house and business on the market, scaled back production in the studio and declared there would be no Christmas season at Follette Pottery. It was time to retire and move closer to family in South Louisiana.
But as the couple sat stuck in traffic around Baton Rouge, they changed their mind.

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Dryer cause of residential fire

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Ruston Fire Department received a 911 call to respond to a dryer fire on Lakeshore Drive around 4 p.m. Tuesday.
“On arrival there was moderate smoke coming from the carport area,” RFD Public Education Officer Eric Brazzel said. “Firefighters attacked the fire with a 1 3/4 inch hose line putting the fire out.”

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Anniversary honored with a community dance

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A special dance for the community will twirl in on Saturday at Trinity United Methodist Church.
The event will feature both square and round dancing and is expected to bring in callers and cuers from all over North Louisiana. It is being held in honor of the 60th wedding anniversary of Jerry and Frances Stinson, who are actively involved in the local Trinity Twirlers, the event sponsor which was formed in 2011 and has worked to promote square and round dancing in the area.

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Coaches receive a well deserved ‘thank you’

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Want to know some information about youth sports, courtesy of the Statistic Brain website?
• Thirty-five million children between the ages of 5 and 18 play organized sports each year.
• Seventy-one percent said they would not care if scores were kept in their games.

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’Dogs go for sixth straight win

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White’s squad plays host to Southeastern Louisiana tonight
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It’s five and counting for the men’s basketball team at Louisiana Tech University.
The Bulldogs (5-1) go after their sixth consecutive victory tonight with a 7 p.m. meeting against Southeastern Louisiana University on the Karl Malone Court of the Thomas Assembly Center.
And speaking of another streak, the ‘Dogs go after non-conference home court victory No. 22 in a row.

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Franklin in running for national awards

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Louisiana Tech University offensive coordinator Tony Franklin has been nominated for two national awards as the play caller behind the Bulldogs offense is up for the 2012 Broyles Award and is a finalist for the footballscoop.com Offensive Coordinator of the Year award.
Franklin is one of 29 nominees for the Broyles Awards as the five finalists will be announced on Nov. 26 with the winner being announced on Dec. 4. The Broyles Award honors the top assistant college football coach in America and was established in 1996 to honor legendary Arkansas Head Coach Frank Broyles.

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Roper keys NLW win

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Ruston’s New Living Word (7-5) gained a 57-48 boys’ basketball victory over Arcadia earlier this week.
Pacing the way for the NLW squad were three double figure scorers, led by the 15 points of Lee Mason.
Javier Roper had 12 points, while Xavious Williams contributed 10 points to pace the scoring in the win.

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Dykes on list of candidates for North Carolina State

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Add North Carolina State to the growing list of schools interested in pursuing Louisiana Tech University’s Sonny Dykes as their next head coach.
Multiple sources at the Raleigh, N.C.-based program have indicated that Dykes is a primary target in the coaching search.
The Wolf Pack are seeking a successor to recently fired Tom O’Brien, who compiled a record of 40-35 after six seasons.

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Prepare for safe holiday travel

The roads are a dangerous place to be, particularly during the holidays.
On Monday, Louisiana State Police announced that during the Thanksgiving holiday week, they investigated 13 fatal crashes that resulted in 14 deaths.
Because so many people are on the road for Thanksgiving travel, it can make the roads a little more crowded, and therefore less safe, than usual.

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