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December 27th

Train strikes vehicle on Highway 145

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At approximately 3 p.m. Thursday, the Ruston Fire Department, Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office and Choudrant Fire Department responded to a call reporting a vehicle being struck by a train at Louisiana Highway 145 and the crossing of Kansas City Southern railroad tracks. Eric Brazzel, public education officer with RFD, said RFD responded with an ambulance, rescue and a command vehicle.

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Lighting the sky in 2014

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Residents hoping to welcome 2014 in with a bang are in luck since various fireworks stands have set up in Lincoln Parish.
However, residents should make sure they are aware of the rules pertaining to fireworks use where they live.
Residents inside the municipal limits of both Ruston and Simsboro are out of luck when it comes to fireworks, since they are not allowed in either place.
Sgt. Clint Williams, public information officer for the Ruston Police Department, said typically the department simply gives a warning if residents break the rules.

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Bikers ride to help abused children

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In Lincoln Parish, there are many organizations that stand up against child abuse. One group stands out from the rest — Bikers Against Child Abuse or BACA.
The bikers stand in court with children who have been abused, and to protect their identity, they were only able to give their road names.
J-Bird, secretary for BACA, said he is from the Delta Region Chapter.
“We are part of the Delta Region Chapter,” J-Bird said. “We have been a chapter for two years.”

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Christmas carols performed

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Attached is a picture of the Louisiana Tech Chamber Singers who presented a program of Christmas carols to the Ruston Kiwanis Club on Dec. 12.

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DCS receives fine art donation

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Downsville Charter School Fine Arts’ students participated in the second Annual Art Show. Chad Viator, Angel Antley and Rosie Blake’s artwork qualified for a special monetary art award. These funds will be used to further develop our arts program at DCS.
Julia Clark, fine arts teacher, and her students would like to thank the Union Parish Arts Council and its many sponsors for supporting our school.
“We have many talented students and are thankful for the opportunity to share their artwork,” Clark said.

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Grambling set to face Purple Aces

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G-Men striving for second win of season on road at Evansville
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Grambling State’s Tigers look to rebound from a frustrating final seconds loss last Saturday as they play a 1:05 p.m. contest Saturday at the University of Evansville in Indiana.
The G-Men enter the game at 1-6 while the Aces stand at 6-6.
Grambling led for the majority of the second half — until the final 3.3 seconds.
That was when elation made a sudden transition to heartbreak as Lyon College’s Riley Jenkins took advantage of a defensive breakdown and nailed a long-range 3-pointer to put the Scots up by a point over the G-Men.

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Lady Techsters hit road to take on Texas A&M

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Having won four of its last five games, Louisiana Tech will play its fourth Southeastern Conference opponent of the season when the Lady Techsters face Texas A&M Saturday at 7 p.m. at Reed Coliseum.
Tech (5-7) has won five straight games in Ruston, including an 81-51 victory over Alabama A&M in its last game prior to Christmas. However, the Lady Techsters haven’t had as much success on the road falling in all five of its games played away from the Thomas Assembly Center.

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Be safe when lighting the sky

With New Year celebrations just around the corner, local officials have taken the time to help each and every one of us have a safer holiday.
Ruston Police Department Sgt. Clint Williams said RPD urges residents to be safe around fireworks.
“They can injure you, they can seriously hurt you — even though you may think the ground is wet, never think that a fire can’t start,” Williams said. “We urge everyone to be safe and use good common sense when using fireworks on New Year’s Eve.”

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Resolve to exercise more in 2014

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Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas have all come and gone, and in a few days everyone will be ringing in the New Year.
This has been a very exciting year for our little family from buying a house to coming back to work here at the Daily Leader, many things have happened for us to be thankful for this year.
But like most people do, I too feel the need to divulge my New Year’s resolution, which for some may not seem like that much of a resolution — even for me.
In 2014, I want to continue a healthier lifestyle. Not only eating better but also in terms of physical fitness.

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Be choosey about your charity

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During the holiday season, it is really easy to give your spare change to whatever charity representative may be sitting outside of your local grocery or department store.
Charitable giving is something I promote for everyone, especially during the holidays. It is important that we help out those in need when they are unable to help themselves.
However, blindly donating to a charity just because they ask you for money and you want to make yourself feel better is not benefiting anyone. In our Internet-centric time, giving money to a charity that you know nothing about is inexcusable.

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