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December 13th

Scouts visit Alpine

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On Sunday, Cub Scouts from local Pack 45 and Pack 59 visited and sang Christmas carols for the residents at Alpine Retirement Center. The Scouts also collected and donated toys to CASA of Northeast Louisiana as their December Service project.

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Tech softball volunteers with CCA

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Submitted photo- Recently the Louisiana Tech University softball team came and sorted food and stocked shelves at Christian Community Action.

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Tech to take on No. 7 Oklahoma St.

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78th All-College Classic game to air on ESPNU television network
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Back-to-back games versus NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago has resulted in solid back-to-back wins for Louisiana Tech.
Now the Bulldogs face its third straight Big Dancer in No. 7 ranked Oklahoma State at 1 p.m. Saturday in the 78th All-College Classic in Oklahoma City, Okla., at the Chesapeake Arena, home to the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder.
The matchup will be broadcast on ESPNU and will be streamed on Watch ESPN with Dave Armstrong (play-by-play) and Bryndon Manzer (analyst) calling the action.

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Season tickets on sale for 2014 Bulldog baseball

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Louisiana Tech Bulldog Baseball fans can now purchase tickets for the upcoming 2014 baseball season, which features 29 home games in the team’s inaugural season in Conference USA play.
Tech coach Wade Simoneaux and Co. will play a total of 50 games this season, as 29 of those are scheduled to be played inside the confines of J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park, now in its 44th year of service.
Season ticket costs are:
• Dugout Seat (Adult or Child) — $180
• Chairback Seat (Adult or Child) — $130
• Family 5-Pack Bench Seat — $150
• Stocking Stuffer Special — $175

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G-Men to play at Arizona State

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Junior guard A’Torri Shine (1) and the Grambling State Tigers will play a noon game Saturday at Arizona State. Shine leads the Tigers 19.3 points per game and is second in team rebounding with 6.0 boards per contest. GSU stands at 0-3 with road losses at DePaul, Marquette and Missouri State while Arizona State is 8-2.

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Weekend full of holiday fun

There are only 12 days remaining until Christmas Day, and this week has been the week of holiday cheer in Ruston. There are many different things going on in the community, and while we are marking gifts off our Christmas lists, we should go out and support Lincoln Parish.
At 7:30 p.m. today the Russ-Town Band will be having their annual Christmas performance at the Dixie Center for the Arts. The concert is free and open to the public, but there will be a chance to donate either canned goods to Christian Community Action or toys to the Toys for Tots campaign.

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A passion for helping little ones

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As I have written many times before, one of the perks of this line of work is getting to meet people who are passionate about something.
According to Merrriam-Webster, passion is defined as having, showing or expressing strong emotions or beliefs. For the particular people I am referring to, they are passionate about helping people, primarily children.
I had the chance to visit with Todd Craighead, a registered nurse responsible for opening up Little Helpers Pediatric Day Health Center, LLC, recently.

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GSU changes students for better

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The first time I exited Interstate 20 exit 81 and came across the bridge, I had no idea what I was getting myself into riding front seat with the windows down into what appeared to be a town full of black and gold tiger fans and old school box chevy’s with cartoon characters painted on the doors.

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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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