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Tech awarded for ‘KAB Man’

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The Louisiana Tech University Department of Theatre received top honors for their efforts to remind people to Keep Lincoln Parish Beautiful.
At a ceremony earlier this month, Cathi Cox-Boniol, Lincoln ACHIEVE coordinator, presented two awards to Tech in honor of the creative collaboration between the theatre department and the KLPB commission. The awards were presented originally at a ceremony in New Orleans during a Keep America Beautiful convention, which Cox-Boniol said was kicked off with a video of the Tech performance.

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Holiday grief support available

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While the holiday season brings tidings of joy and happiness to many across the nation, it can also bring a severe case of the “holiday blues” to many thanks to the extra amount of stress and tension associated with Christmas time.
Shopping for gifts, dealing with difficult schedules and trying to balance the budget are all added stress factors that the holidays can bring, and those things are not always easy to forget about.

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International students make plans for holidays

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While most students at Louisiana Tech University are able to travel home for the holidays, many international students do not have the option.
With international students coming from countries all over the world like Pakistan, India and El Salvador, Christmas is not celebrated in many of those countries the way it is here.
The two-week Christmas holiday break is instead a way for many international students to travel around the U.S. or see family in surrounding cities.

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Upcoming year features new exhibits

The North Central Louisiana Arts Council in Ruston is proud to announce its 2011 Arts Award Recipients.
• Patron of the Year: Catherine McVea
• Volunteer of the Year: Elizabeth English

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Sororities donate to CCA

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Members of the Epsilon Psi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. in Grambling came together to donate canned goods and other nonperishable foods to Christian Community Action in Ruston. Pictured above are, top row left to right, Stephanie Griffin of CCA, president of the chapter Annie Hamlin, Marvis Anderson and Rhonda Pruitt. On the bottom row are, left to right, Karen Lewis and Annie Brown.

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Jaycees give out presents

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The Ruston Jaycees gave out toys to numerous children at their annual Toys for Tots drive on Sunday. Many parents and children, who likely wouldn’t have had presents otherwise, came to select Christmas presents from the toys donated by local residents. Pictured above is Jaycees Chaplain Laura Jones working with a family.

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University cuts damage to be minimal?

With the state of Louisiana implementing a host of mid-year budget cuts aimed at balancing the top-heavy budget, public colleges were the area hit the most in the sea of cuts from Gov. Bobby Jindal and the state legislature.
Of the nearly $250 million in budget cuts in the state, Jindal and the governing bodies voted to cut $50 million alone from public colleges, or roughly 20 percent of the total amount of money cut from the state.

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Don't be a holiday 'Scrooge'

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The most magical time of the year — or so I am told by many in my life — is here, and with less than two days set until Christmas is here, it’s time we all put aside our petty differences and slights and focus on the holidays.
Whether you are religious or not, Christmas is a time meant for the sharing and spreading of love to everyone you come in contact with.

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Reflections on Hitchens' death

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Everyone who holds a pen has a Christopher Hitchens story, apparently.
Here’s mine:
Back in the late 1980s, when I was a 20-something unwed mother and an assistant editor at National Review, I debated Christopher Hitchens at the Yale Political Union.
The topic, as I recall, was South Africa.

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Pondering our energy potential

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Imagine a place where jobs are plentiful, and the housing market is thriving. A place where even low-paying service jobs come with signing bonuses and other benefits.
Sound too good to be true? No. It’s real, and it’s right here in the U.S.
The scenario described above can be found in Williston, N.D. The secret to their newfound prosperity: oil. The state is drilling at record pace, with oil production doubling from 2008 to 2010. And that’s creating an economic boom in towns such as Williston. People are working, and businesses are hiring.

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