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November 8th

Silent night sparks shopping spree

Pecanland Mall’s Old Navy, already decked in red and green, was nearly impassable Saturday morning, and a look at the packed parking lot bespoke of a similar fate for the rest of the building.
Separate trips to a large store in Ruston and a mid-afternoon jaunt to several other local businesses produced much of the same results.
This worries me. A history of last-minute shopping trips has given me a healthy fear of crowded stores.

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Choudrant council honors firefighter

He then asked chief training officer Logan Hunt to stand and accept the Lifesaving Award for his actions that day and his devotion to his job.
As another token of appreciation, Sanderson announced that Nov. 7 would be Logan Hunt Day in Choudrant.
In response to his recognition, Logan was thankful.
“It’s an honor,” Hunt said. “I didn’t do anything anyone else wouldn’t have done.”
The next item on the agenda was a request for funds to resurface three tennis courts at Choudrant High School by tennis coach Eddie Thomas.

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November 7th

Woman dies in morning structure fire

“A Sheriff’s deputy arrived on scene before us and told us that the house was fully involved, and we did have a person in the structure.”
Ford said the fire was controlled in about five minutes, but by that time, it had caused massive damage to the house.
“It was a wood frame house, and they will burn pretty heavy, pretty quickly,” he said.
“We’ve got some ideas as to the cause, but the investigation is still underway.”

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Tech hoopsters sweep to victories

“It was frustrating,” said Long, the Techsters’ head coach. “When this type of thing happens, you begin playing at their level. That’s the last time we’ll be scheduling them. We weren’t expecting this, but if nothing else, we did get a chance to have our new players get rid of some of the jitters of having never worn a Techsters’ uniform before.”

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Tech worthy of award

Tech’s football team also welcomed Tulane University’s football program by altering its practice schedule to accommodate the visiting team and housed Tulane’s women’s track team and staff by providing office and workout space.
Tech admitted 289 displaced students and gave $310,796 in financial aid to many of them. The university also waived tuition payments for students who paid tuition to another institution until arrangements could be made and delayed tuition payments for students who were unable to pay due to the storm.
Also, the university:

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Parents should be consistent

And, of course, there was tag. I absolutely loved tag. Not only did you get to run off some of the pent-up energy every child has, but it was so much fun to have a reason to run around like a maniac.
Did anyone else ever read Grimm’s Fairy Tales? I did. Some of them would scare the daylights out of me, but did that make me stop reading? No, it just made me read in the daylight.

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Kiwanis Pancake Day approaching

Last year, as the Kiwanis Club served about 3,000 meals, volunteers from the Kiwanis club collectively put in more than 1,000 hours of service. The only thing that Richard Raue, club president and advocate for this fundraiser, would like to see change is an increase in sales from the years past.

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November 6th

RHS, Creek: playoffs are next

Ruston High has Mandeville coming into James Stadium for a Class 5-A first round meeting, while Cedar Creek will play host to North Iberville in Class 1-A.
Both games will start at 7 p.m.
Ruston closed out its season this past weekend with a 21-10 loss to No 1 state ranked West Monroe, which will take its 10-0 record into a Friday home confrontation against West Jefferson beginning at 7 p.m.
The Bearcats are seeded No. 15 after having played on even terms with the Rebels during their tussle for a District 1-5A championship.

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Service Road speed limit

We read those words in every press released issued by the Louisiana State Police when they announce the number of fatality traffic accidents they’ve worked.
Speed kills.
Once again, it appears speed was a factor in the death of another Ruston resident on the South Interstate 20 Service Road that runs between Tarbutton Road and Cooktown Road.
The speed limit on that stretch of road — a stretch that includes businesses, restaurants, homes and a church — as well as blind hills and curves, is 55 miles per hour.

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Tour artists are courageous

They are where they should be. In a box crammed somewhere between my sister’s “Unsatisfactory” kindergarten report cards and other embarrassing childhood trinkets that once belonged to my siblings and me. My favorite is a painting I did when I was four. It is clear that I leaned more toward the abstract as my paint-by-number My Little Ponies looked a little like something out of “Alice in Wonderland.”

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