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December 24th

Remembering the reason for the season

Each year we set time aside to spend with loved ones during the holiday season.
With Christmas upon us, each resident should take this time to be thankful for what they have and to remember the reason for the season.
Most families will be opening Christmas presents either tonight or in the morning, or just enjoying quality time with family.
However, there are some who go above and beyond to help those less fortunate and visit nursing homes, such as the Louisiana Tech University women’s soccer team, or go caroling throughout the city.

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Keeping holiday pounds at bay

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During Thanksgiving and Christmas are you cooking up special recipes — ones you only prepare only during the holidays? Eggnog, divinity, pecan pies, fudge, Martha Washington’s, etc. It’s been reported that we gain 1 to 2 pounds and some of us even more during the holidays — pounds which we never lose! That might account for the 20 to 30 extra pounds creeping up over a span of 10 to 15 years! So how do we avoid overindulging during this time of parties, socializing, extra calories and food everywhere?

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December 23rd

'The Little Match Girl'

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The Louisiana Delta Ballet, presented “The Little Match Girl” Friday at the Monroe Civic Center’s Jack Howard Theatre. Alex McConnell, of Ruston, is pictured above in her portrayal of Lucy, the main character in the ballet.

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Storm slams through Lincoln

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All residents who lost electricity during Saturday’s severe weather should have their power back on by day’s end, officials with local electric utilities said this morning.
The National Weather Service in Shreveport confirmed an EF 1 tornado hit approximately 2.5 miles northeast of Downsville at 3:43 p.m. Saturday. The 1-mile long tornado packed winds of 88 miles per hour, Bill Parker, National Weather Service warning coordination meteorologist, said in a prepared statement.
The storm was 75 yards wide and stayed on the ground approximately two minutes, Parker said.

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Children ‘Shop with a Cop’

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Last week, the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Department teamed up with Walmart to give children a positive view of law enforcement during the holiday season.
Shop with a Cop is a program during which local children receive a chance to shop one-on-one with a uniform cop to buy whatever they chose. The names of local children in need are provided by the Junior Auxiliary of Ruston for the Shop With a Cop program.
“The kids are allowed to shop with money Walmart raises throughout the year and grant money from the sheriff’s department,” Leah Frazier, customer service manager at Walmart, said.

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Students win VFW essay contest

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Two local students received the chance to earn scholarships to go toward their future college expenses recently as they captured first place in an essay contest sponsored by the Parnell-Burt 3615 Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Ruston.
Six area students attended the local December VFW meeting as finalists in the local contest to present their winning essays.
First-place winners of that contest move on to regionals, with state and national competitions next in line.

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Tech faculty member, graduate student included in photo festival

A Louisiana Tech faculty member and a graduate student had their work featured in a New Orleans photography event.
Frank Hamrick, an associate professor of photography, had his work “Keep Moving” selected for inclusion in the closing slideshow presentation at the 2013 PhotoNOLA Photography Festival. Jamie Johnson, who will graduate in the spring, also had her work included in the closing event.

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Asher speaks at Kiwanis meeting

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Pictured above is Jeremy Asher the Minister of Music at Temple Baptist Church who presented a talk, “Christmas Miracles,” to the Ruston Kiwanis Club on Dec. 19.

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Pet of the week

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Submitted photo- This is Heinz. He has this name because it’s really hard to tell what kind of dog he is. 4 Paws think he is about 1 1/2 years old.
Heinz’s adoption fee is $65. Call 251-DOGS for more information. Come see all the dogs at 290 Rodeo Road. The office is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or by appointment.

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Delta names fall graduates list

Louisiana Delta Community College officials have announced the complete 2013 Fall Graduation. There were 350 students that received degrees.
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