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November 29th, 2013

Bulldogs take tourney title

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ESTERO, Fla. — It was a back and forth battle as both Louisiana Tech and St. Bonaventure wanted the title of being the inaugural Gulf Coast Showcase champions, but the Bulldogs used stifling defense and clutch free throw shooting down the stretch to take it, 76-72, on Wednesday night inside the Germain Arena.
Tech (5-1) has now won five in a row, including four away home, and proudly brought a trophy back home to Ruston.
St. Bonaventure (5-2) built a 14-7 out of the gates, but Raheem Appleby came off the bench to spark the Bulldog offense.

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Techsters to host New Orleans

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Both Louisiana Tech and New Orleans will be looking for their first win of the young season when the Lady Techsters host the Privateers at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Tech (0-4, 0-0 C-USA) is coming off a loss to Arkansas State on Monday night while UNO (0-4, 0-0 Southland) fell 54-51 to Jacksonville State Saturday in its last outing. Tech’s four losses have come against No. 21 South Carolina, Virginia, No. 15 LSU and Arkansas State, who have combined to post an 18-4 record this year.

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Local priest to display artwork

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The North Central Louisiana Arts Council is pleased to announce the exhibition of “Origins and Approaches,” new works by Father Frank Folino.
In partnership with Crescent City Coffee, NCLAC presents quarterly art exhibitions that feature work by regional artists. Folino’s opening reception will be held from 4:30 - 6 p.m. Tuesday. Folino’s bold color palette and mastery of deep relief are used in an intricate manner, creating works that are expressionistic and engaging.

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November yard of the month

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The Ruston Garden Club has chosen Rosemary’s Kitchen, 400 S. Bonner St., for the November Yard of the Month.

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Support small businesses on Saturday

The hurried excitement of Black Friday shopping may be fun for a little while, but there’s also something to be said for the more relaxed hometown atmosphere of shopping where everybody knows your name.
Area residents have the opportunity to do just that tomorrow on Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday — always the Saturday after Black Friday — is a day to celebrate, support and thank small businesses for all that they do in our community.

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Shop Small this Saturday

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While many people have been up-and-at-it since 6 p.m. last night, I have not. I am not one of those who thrives at the thought of shopping all night for a savings of 25 percent.
I am, however, one of those people who is a firm believer in starting my Christmas shopping early and finishing it even earlier.
With the designated shopping season currently under way, I want to encourage everyone to shop local.
Many of the shops right here in Ruston have everything a person would possibly need and even better — they have gifts that a person probably can’t purchase in the big box stores.

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November 27th

Students celebrate Thanksgiving

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Trinity Preschool recently celebrated the Thanksgiving season by hosting its annual feast. The preschoolers, dressed as Pilgrims and Native Americans, sang songs for all of the guests before sitting down to eat a meal together. Hundreds of guests gathered to join in the festivities.

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A season of color

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The colors of the season will be brighter than ever as the department of agricultural sciences at Louisiana Tech University holds its annual Poinsettia Show and Auction at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Squire Creek Country Club.
A varied collection of poinsettias of all shapes and colors will be available at the auction, with proceeds going to the department of agricultural science’s scholarship fund.

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John Mitchell: A Renaissance man

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Cook. Certified Masseuse. Painter. Kickboxing instructor. Radio DJ. Promoter. Salesman. Musician. Dog Trainer/Performer. World Traveler.
Ruston’s John Mitchell is a true Renaissance Man, a jack of all trades noticeable all around Ruston because of his Mohawk hairstyle and the two unique dogs who are his constant companions as well as the fact he’s often displaying some new talent many friends didn’t realize he had.

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Extra patrols to help holiday shoppers

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The Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Department, Community Services Division/TRIAD, SALT Advisory Council, Sheriff’s Citizen Observer Patrol (SCOP) and the Reserve Division of the sheriff department will be on patrol in the parking lots of Graham Shopping Center and Walmart Supercenter, stepping up patrols in an effort to deter crime during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
The sheriff’s department’s SCOP unit and Reserve Unit will be on patrol for the Thanksgiving holidays from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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