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Holiday Express rides into Ruston

That particular car also carries a collection of images of old “Saint Nick” from places like Germany, Norway and Bavaria, to name a few.
Patti Tamisiea is managing the tour of the KCS Holiday Express this year, and it is her first time to lead the tour. She worked as assistant manager on the free holiday tour for the past six years.
“This is the fun part of my job — getting out and seeing the kids and traveling,” Tamisiea said.
The train has been expanded to cover more stops in more states this year.

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TOPS figures prove program is working

From the beginning, this program has motivated many high school students to keep their grades up and stay in state for college. That motivation has extended through their college years, keeping them in school and graduating.
The creation of TOPS by the legislature was a landmark for education in Louisiana. It is important that lawmakers continue to keep its funding a priority as time goes by. The numbers prove it is a worthwhile program that is challenging Louisiana students and helping them succeed in life beyond high school.

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Teaching kids to love to read

Across town, about 20 families finished participating in the Prime Time family reading program earlier this month. Dawn Pinkston served as storyteller, and Louisiana Tech University professor Jason Pigg led family discussions about everything from fairness and greed to courage and dreams at the library each week.
In elementary schools throughout the city, volunteers stop by to read to one or two children at a time. By being asked questions by adults, the children are encouraged to think.

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Tech task: stopping ‘The Pistol’

Honed by head coach Chris Ault — he’s considered the “guru” of the system — the formation mixes up draw plays, misdirection and options. When the team elects to pass, it is invariably distinguished by well-disguised play-action and quick-timing routes.
“They do a great job with that offense and it’s something that we definitely are going to have to stop,” said head coach Derek Dooley of the Bulldogs. “They’ve definitely got the guys to run that offense.”
Two of those guys are freshman quarterback Colin Kaepernick and junior running back Luke Lippincott.

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Winter grind begins at Tech

“We know that it might be a tough period of time for them,” Vento said, “but we have outstanding students and we know they will do well.”
Pamela Ford, dean of enrollment management, said winter quarter is typically the period of least enrollment.
“With our having the quarter systems, it doesn’t coincide with students who are transferring in from semester system schools,” Ford said.
She said during the winter quarter students can take advantage of the holiday breaks to tackle large assignments.

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