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December 5th

Reynolds Drive to receive upgrade

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Work could begin within the next several weeks on a project that will ultimately lead to upgrading the intersection of Reynolds Drive and Goodwin Road in north Ruston.
The city’s board of aldermen on Monday approved a resolution authorizing the $38,750 contract for the first phase of the work that includes removing parking places in front of Argent Financial Group.
The initial work will also include adding a driveway apron and sidewalk. The first phase is expected to take 30 days to complete, Richard Aillet, Ruston’s director of engineering services, said.

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Ragin’ Cajuns hold off Bulldogs

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A slow start and sluggish defense was too much for the Bulldogs to overcome as Louisiana-Lafayette and Louisiana Tech squared off Wednesday night before a crowd of 4,085 in the Thomas Assembly Center.
While Tech struggled out of the gates, the Ragin’ Cajuns started strong as ULL marched on to an 89-80 win, leaving both teams at 6-2 on the season.
The loss was Tech’s first loss in the TAC since Jan. 28, 2012, a streak that went 19 games.

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Creek defense powering Cougars’s postseason surge

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The Cedar Creek Cougars have relied on a heavy dose of offense to roll to a 9-3 record and semifinals berth in the Louisiana High School Athletics Association Division IV playoffs.
But that doesn’t mean the Cougars can’t play defense.
In fact, since Nov. 1 Cedar Creek’s defense has dominated opponents with their Cougars outscoring their foes by a combined score of 157-23. That averages out to an average of 39.25 – 5.75 during the Cougars’ four-game run to their semifinal showdown at No. 1 Vermilion Catholic, set for a 7 p.m. kickoff Friday in Abbeville.

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Techsters’ comeback try falls short in loss at Ole Miss

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OXFORD, Miss. —Whitney Frazier scored 24 points and JaQuan Jackson added 18 points, but Louisiana Tech fell 79-68 at Ole Miss Wednesday afternoon before 4,491 fans at Tad Smith Coliseum.
After Tech (1-6) dug itself a 22-point deficit at 47-25 early in the second half, the Lady Techsters caught fire offensively led by Frazier and Jackson. After shooting only 22 percent (6-27) from the field in the first half, Tech connected on 49 percent (17-35) of its field goals in the final stanza.

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Preschoolers give thanks, learn about healthy habits

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Thanskgiving feast
Children at Temple Baptist WEEkday enjoyed Thanksgiving feasts with their parents on Nov. 21.
Field trips, fire safety
Temple WEEkday, Pre-K 3 and 4, and K-Connection classes had a busy October.
They have enjoyed a visit from the Ruston Fire Department and learned about preventing fires.
Also, Pre-K 4 and K-Connection classes traveled to Monroe for Imagination Movers and also to Papa Simpson’s Farm.
Healthy puppet show
The Junior Auxilary of Ruston visited and performed a puppet show about eating healthy foods.

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Students recognized for academic, sports achievement

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Duke Talent Program
Cedar Creek School recently recognized the 38 of its fourth- and fifth-graders who qualified for the Duke Talent Identification Program.
The students scored in the 95th percentile or higher on a grade-level standardized achievement tests to qualify.
The students who qualified are:

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Humane society launches community pet food drive

The Humane Society of Louisiana and First Bank and Trust recently launched a new campaign supporting efforts to feed and care for orphaned and homeless animals over the holidays.
All 13 Louisiana First Bank and Trust branches will have large, colorful boxes placed in their lobbies to collect pet food and other supplies. Several boxes were decorated by 12 year old Northshore resident, Jence Simms, and her friends.

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Tech’s Stone Theatre sets auditions for ‘Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp’

Auditions for “Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp” will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday in Howard Theatre, located in Louisiana Tech University’s Howard Center for the Performing Arts.
A meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. each night in Howard Auditorium for adults and children of all ethnicities, second grade and up, who would like to audition for the production. Parents who are interested are also encouraged to audition with their children.

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Join Choudrant, Dubach for Christmas events

It’s beginning to look like Christmas everywhere we go.
We may not be having a white December, but we sure do have a good deal of festive cheer, which is just as Christmas-like as any amount of snow.
The town of Dubach is staying busy this season with a Christmas toy drive hosted by the Dubach Restoration and Beautification Organization, a Santa Run on Dec. 24, which will have Santa delivering bags of food and a Christmas Festival located in the Scott Hamilton Warehouse on Saturday.

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Change the world of a child

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Adopting one child won’t change the world — but for that child — the world will change.
— Unknown
December is a time of holiday cheer and the spirit of giving is all around. Many people are helping Santa by making a list of what their children want for Christmas and checking it twice.
While parents are tucking in their children as they wait for Santa’s sure arrival, countless children (and prospective parents) only want a family.

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