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Reviewing indecent exposure

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GRAMBLING —The residents of Grambling will have an opportunity to voice their opinions on an indecent exposure ordinance the council plans to vote on next year.

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Teachers explain need for paper

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Sometimes, regular copy paper isn’t quite the right medium for the lesson that Holly Payton, I. A. Lewis science teacher, is trying to teach her students.
“I have bought my own paper,” Payton said. “The main reason I have is due to color and size. I sometimes make a classroom set of tests and will use color copy paper so I can be sure they are kept in my room on testing day. At times I may purchase legal size or larger size paper and have students create posters on different topics such as the history of the atom, atom booklets or for presentations on energy sources.”

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Tech, GSU face midyear cuts

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Earlier this month, Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration announced that public universities will be hit with a $22 million midyear budget cut.
These cuts came as part of a group of other cuts designed to close a $166 million state budget gap.
This is the fifth year in a row that the state has had to close midyear gaps, and public universities have been on the list every time.
The leaders of the two local universities say that the budget slashes continue to deeply affect the schools.

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Christmas Eve services expected to draw crowds

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Several area churches are organizing special services to observe Christmas.
As many individuals who grew up in Lincoln Parish and then moved away come back to visit for the holidays, these annual services tend to draw larger crowds.
Temple Baptist Church Associate Pastor Dale Oden said the annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, set for 5 p.m. Monday, typically draws around 1,200 people.
“We’ve been doing this for more than 30 years,” Oden said. “The sanctuary will be full. We will be singing carols, having Scripture readings and a children’s message.”

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Protect kids from predators

Earlier this month, a Ruston man was sentenced to prison for violating an 11-year-old child.
Unfortunately, sex offenses are not uncommon in Lincoln Parish, as there are 78 registered sex offenders.

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New Bulldogs coach gives thanks

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I’m writing to thank friends and fans of Louisiana Tech University football for the warm welcome and wonderful reception you gave me and my family when we arrived in Ruston last Friday. 
The enthusiasm and excitement we felt reaffirmed the decision we made to become part of this outstanding university and community.

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Barber: Media a cause for shootings

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There is constant speculation on television as to why individuals shoot innocent and unsuspecting people. The latest one in a Connecticut school is perhaps the worst because 20 little children were killed. It is truly tragic. I believe that the value of life has been diminished through TV violence, video games and modern songs. Often, the main theme of all three is to shoot or blow up everyone and everything in sight. For years our youth have been exposed to this concept, which is depicted as normal.

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Gun laws: We can do better

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On Dec. 14, 20 chil­dren and six adults went to school at Sandy Hook El­ementary in Newtown, Conn., and they never got to leave.
A gunman, carrying three weapons and dressed in black clothing and a bulletproof vest, took the lives of those people.
The gun he used to kill his vic­tims was a .233 caliber rifle, a fire­arm made for combat.
This semi-automatic Bushmas­ter assault rifle allows its shooter to fire more than 60 rounds per minute and can reload in seconds.
These are not used to hunt. They are not used for sport. They are used to kill people in combat.

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A closer look at Newtown

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I sincerely wish each and every one of you a most blessed and Merry Christmas and a safe and happy holiday season.
As I wish this to you, I do write with a heavy heart. I know many of you feel the same thing. We all try to meaningfully and effectively say “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays.” Yet how can these words have any current meaning in Newtown, Conn.?

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CVB launches incentive program to facilitate tourism

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Local residents can help support tourism in Lincoln Parish through a new incentive program created by the Ruston Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau called “TAP” into Lincoln Parish.
The Travel Ambassador Program (TAP) seeks to get local residents in Lincoln Parish involved in helping to attract more meetings and conferences to the area by providing the CVB with personal contacts that could lead to meetings or conferences being booked in Lincoln Parish.

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