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December 12th

Russ-Town Band to perform

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The annual Russ-Town Band Christmas Concert is set to take the stage of the Dixie Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The concert is the band’s gift to the community plus a benefit for Toys for Tots and Christian Community Action of Lincoln Parish. The event is free with donations of canned food items, new toys and/or cash accepted at the door.
In their 20th concert season, conductor Lawrence Gibbs said though they have played in other venues the Dixie will forever be home for the band.
“We formed the group in 1994 and have been playing at the Dixie ever since,” he said.

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UPPJ denies request from DA

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District Attorney Bob Levy’s request for a substantial increase in funding for his office from the Union Parish Police Jury was rejected during the police jury’s regular meeting Dec. 3.
Levy requested $155,000 in additional annual payments beginning in 2014 on top of the $120,000 the UPPJ currently pays to help fund the 3rd Judicial District office, which represents Lincoln and Union parishes.

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Opera music to be performed

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The Louisiana Tech University Department of Music will host an Opera Workshop Performance from 7:30 – 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Director of the Opera Workshop Lisa Maxedon said the workshop has been giving performances for more than 20 years.
“Past directors have been David Wylie and Shuman Yang,” she said. “There will be two performances: Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. and (another) Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m.”
Both performances will be held in the small Recital Hall in Howard Center. Admission to the performance is free to the public.

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GSU: School won’t lose access to financial aid

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GRAMBLING (AP) — Grambling State University will continue to have access to federal financial aid programs and is working to fix oversight issues cited this week by the state Legislative Auditor, a school official said Tuesday.
According to an audit released Monday, Grambling failed to return nearly $15,000 in aid within an allotted time period that went to eight students who dropped out in the last year.
Consequences for violating the rule include sanctions or termination of access to federal aid programs.

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RHS Cheerleaders are state champs again

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Ruston High cheerleaders brought home two state championships this weekend from the LHSAA State Cheerleading Championship. They won the state title in Large Varsity Non-Tumbling Performance and in Varsity Game Time Fight Song. They were named state runner up in Timeout Cheer and received fourth place in the Timeout Dance. They are now preparing to compete at NCA Nationals. 

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Buddy Ball gives all a chance to grow and learn

Just over a year ago, a small group of Ruston residents got together to start a softball league for special-needs youngsters. Organizers didn’t know how many kids would sign up.
But they did know that all children deserve the opportunity to learn and grow by participating in team sports.

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Safe driving around town

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Nights are getting colder and longer as we are settling in for winter. With these long, cold nights come trips to local grocery stores and businesses later in the evening. With those late evenings comes a danger for travelers locally.
Every day, we hear about wrecks that take place in Lincoln Parish, and there are always some. But wrecks are happening closer together because of the extra holiday traffic and adverse weather conditions December usually brings.

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Tech professor, students to present at international nanotechnology conference

Louisiana Tech University doctoral students Chris Boyer and Sonali Karnik will accompany David K. Mills, professor of biological sciences and biomedical engineering at Tech, to the third International Conference on NanoTek recently in Las Vegas, Nev.

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Bulldogs beat Demons, 93-71

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RUSTON — For a game that was destined to be a track meet, it sure helped that Louisiana Tech had a guy nicknamed Speedy on its team.
Despite going out of the game for a period of time due to cramps, point guard Kenneth Smith delivered a double-double performance with 12 points and a season-high 12 assists, along with four steals, to outrace the Demons, 93-71, on Wednesday night in front of 3,547 fans inside the Thomas Assembly Center.

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Lady Techsters shuts down Northwestern State

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Former Lady Techster star and Louisiana Tech fan favorite Brooke (Lassiter) Stoehr made a homecoming to her alma mater Wednesday night as she led her Northwestern State Demons into the Thomas Assembly Center.
After a warm welcome by the Tech faithful in pregame introductions, Stoehr and Co. ran into a buzz saw.
Tech (3-6) recorded its most complete game of the season as the Lady Techsters played 40 minutes of basketball on both ends of the floor in a 74-40 victory over Northwestern State.

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