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Saying ‘thanks’

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Locals host various programs
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Lincoln Parish residents are preparing to honor veterans at various locations throughout the parish as Friday’s Veterans Day commemoration quickly approaches.
J.D. Harper, commander of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, said the VFW will be hosting a veterans memorial event at 11 a.m. Friday at the National Guard Armory, located at 3102 McDonald Ave.
“This is the second time we’ve done this,” Harper said. “I’m in my third year as commander and I’m trying to make some changes.”

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Safer paths to classes

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Grambling sidewalks, signage to be improved
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GRAMBLING — Students at Grambling State University may soon find their walk to class a little less hectic as the Grambling City Council is working to provide safer sidewalks and more signage to West College Avenue.
Grambling Town Engineer Dean Dick said his office found a project called Safe Routes to Schools, funded by the state Department of Transportation and Development.
“We presented it to the council and the mayor, and they authorized us to proceed with the application,” he said. “After the application, we were selected as one of the only nine in the state to receive the approval.”

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Jury to review proposal

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The Lincoln Parish Police Jury and four of its committees are scheduled to meet on Tuesday evening.
One item of business on the agenda is the review of a woodwaste consultant proposal by Waggoner Engineering during the Solid Waste and Recycling Committee meeting, set for 5 p.m.
During last month’s meeting, committee members gave Parish Administrator Courtney Hall the OK to utilize a consultant to address the parish’s growing woodwaste problem. It was estimated that more than 10,000 tons of woodwaste — including branches, leaves and boards — had accumulated at the Lincoln Parish Landfill since jurors opted to stop having it incinerated and instead sought out more environmentally friendly options.

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Christmas rolls into Ruston

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Annual parade applications now available
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Every year thousands of people line the streets of downtown Ruston for the annual Christmas parade.
Along with marching bands and spirit groups, there are typically decorated floats representing businesses and various organizations from throughout Lincoln Parish.
The Ruston Jaycees are currently accepting applications from those who would like to participate in the parade. The theme for this year’s parade is “It’s a Cajun Christmas,” and participants are asked to decorate their floats in this style.

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Stoff to speak on Russia and WWII

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Laurie S. Stoff, an assistant professor of history at Louisiana Tech University, will serve as the inaugural speaker for the department of history’s Faculty Lecture Series for this year as she presents “The Eternal Flame of Memory: The Politics of World War II in Today’s Russia.”
Stoff will speak at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday in Wyly Tower Auditorium.  
Focusing on world affairs, the History Faculty Lecture Series was created to inform the community about the historical background of current events.  Additional lectures will take place during winter and spring quarters.

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Pet of the Week

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Patchy is a young female beagle Australian cattle dog mix that is current on shots. She has other littermates that are also looking for a forever home. Patchy’s adoption fee is $50, which includes a spay certificate and rabies shot. Call 251-DOGS for more information about these dogs.

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Good habits can prevent foodborne illness

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Remember that this information is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor, but rather to increase awareness and help equip patients with information and facilitate conversations with your physician that will benefit your health.
During the holidays, many celebratory gatherings involve food. For good cheer and good health, it’s important to observe safe food handling and sanitation practices. Foodborne illnesses are a common, but preventable, health problem. Practicing good hygiene and knowing how certain illnesses are spread will help keep the holidays happy — and promote health year-round.

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RHS, Creek: Playoffs next

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Home is where Cedar Creek and Ruston will start the 2011 Louisiana High School Athletic Association football playoffs on Friday.
The Cougars (8-2) and Bearcats (6-4) earned host roles in the opening round of postseason competition when the LHSAA announced its playoff pairings from its headquarters in Baton Rouge on Sunday afternoon.
Cedar Creek, seeded No. 13 in Class 1A, will tangle with No. 20-seeded Baton Rouge Southern Lab starting at 7 p.m.

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Tech upends Fresno State

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FRESNO, Calif. – A bank of lights at Bulldog Stadium went out late in the fourth quarter of Saturday night’s Western Athletic Conference match-up between Louisiana Tech and Fresno State.
It was fitting.
After all, Louisiana Tech had turned out the lights on Fresno State well before that point.
Colby Cameron passed for a career-high 358 yards and four touchdowns and the LA Tech defense held Robbie Rouse and Co. in check as the Louisiana-based Bulldogs won for the fourth straight time with a 41-21 victory in what is the final game scheduled against Fresno State, which departs for the Mountain West next year.

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Gibson leads Bulldogs to exhibition win

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Junior Brandon Gibson’s tip-in with 2.4 seconds to play lifted Louisiana Tech University to a 72-71 exhibition win over Texas A&M-Kingsville Sunday afternoon at the Thomas Assembly Center.
“I will take the W but our performance was far from good,” said head coach Michael White.
“Our kids continued to fight and found a way to win.”
Gibson’s late-game heroics came off a miss on a short jumper by freshman Isaiah Massey from an inbound pass and capped a come-from-behind victory as the Bulldogs — who led for the majority of the second half — overcame a late 69-65 deficit for the win.

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