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December 7th

Vendors enjoy fellowship, festival good for town

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For 15 years local residents have come out to show their support for Dubach and the Christmas season.
Gina Stokes, Dubach Restoration and Beautification Organization event coordinator, said Saturday’s Christmas Festival had a great turnout.
“I’m very pleased with the amount of vendors and people we’ve had out today, despite the cold weather,” she said. “We’ve been very excited for today to get here with all of the wonderful vendors.”
Stokes said many of the vendors have been coming since the beginning of the Christmas Festival.

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CTB receives $225K from U.S. Treasury

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Funds designated for community development

Community Trust Bank will receive more than $225,000 from the U.S. Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund to funnel back into the communities they serve as part of the Bank Enterprise Award Program.
Sen. Mary Landrieu announced in a press release this week that CTB was one of only three Louisiana banks to receive this grant, which can only be applied for every two years.
Drake Mills, president and CEO of CTB, was pleased to hear of the award.

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Annual JA Christmas Clearinghouse continues

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It’s that time of year again — the Junior Auxiliary of Ruston is hosting their annual Christmas Clearinghouse Project, which pairs up children in need with sponsors so that they can have a merry Christmas.
Kristi Lumpkin, JA chair for the Christmas Clearinghouse Project, said the project began in 1987 as a service project.
“The Christmas Clearinghouse is an annual service project for the JAs,” Lumpkin said. “The project pairs needy children with sponsors to make a child’s Christmas extra special.

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Cougars fall in Div. IV semifinals

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Injury to starting quarterback Mark Van too much for Creek to overcome
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ABBEVILLE — The Cedar Creek Cougars have all kinds of offensive weapons that helped them march one game away from a trip to the Mercedes Benz Superdome to play for a state championship.
But it’s hard to use a weapon without its trigger.
That’s the problem the Cougars ran into Friday night as they fell 33-8 to Vermilion Catholic in Division IV semifinal football action.

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Farmers roll to Class 4A state title contest

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Amite, icy weather no match for Union High in 40-0 victory

FARMERVILLE — Despite playing in an icy mist and strong winds, Union High School was red hot Friday night.
The Farmers ignited from the start and never looked back as they raced to a 40-0 Louisiana High School Athletic Association Class 3A semifinals win over Amite High School at Doc Elliott Stadium.
Holding Amite to under 100 yards of offense on the frigid night, the Farmers recorded a second straight shutout en route to their first state championship game appearance in the Mercedes Benz Superdome since 2001.

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Tech announces 2014 track and field schedule

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Louisiana Tech head track and field coach Gary Stanley announced the programs 2014 indoor and outdoor schedules Wednesday. In all, Tech will compete in 11 regular season indoor and outdoor meets in four states while the postseason will send Tech from coast to coast.
The 2014 indoor schedule will consist of five regular season meets while seven regular season meets make up the outdoor schedule.

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Get your flu vaccination

In Louisiana it can be cold weather one week and hot the next, and these past few weeks have paid homage to that. But in spite of weather fluctuations area residents should still take precautions when it comes to their health.
Recommended by most health care professionals is getting a flu shot yearly. The Center for Disease Control stated why people should get vaccinated against the flu.

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CVB, Chamber thank Garden Club

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The Ruston Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce would like to take this opportunity to extend our heartfelt thanks to the ladies of the Ruston Garden Club for their wonderful work in decorating the Ruston Lincoln Visitors Center for the holidays, not only for us to enjoy, but also for our tourists, friends and families who visit us.

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A little bit of Christmas humor

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I will return to a serious mode next week, but in that Christmas shopping is on the minds of many, I thought I’d share one of the greatest gifts of all that most of us have — a sense of humor. In that vein, I thought that I would share some stories of unusual Christmas gifts that I’m either aware of or have read about.

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Crispy snacks almost lost big buck

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When you get on your stand before daylight without breakfast, you get hungry in an hour or so, especially if you’re a 7-year-old boy. Ryon Walker, 38, who lives in Homer, found himself in exactly that situation on Nov. 30 while hunting with his son, Caleb, on a 100-acre pine forest plot in Claiborne Parish.

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