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December 21st

Winds cause downed trees, electricity outages

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Area residents should be up and running after Saturday afternoon’s severe weather.
Widespread damage was caused throughout Lincoln Parish by high-speed winds.
Josh Turner, who was driving north on Louisiana Highway 818 toward U.S. Highway 80 when he saw a tree falling in front him, ended up with his GMC pick-up truck smashed.
“I didn’t have time to stop and not get hit, it was going to hit me, so I gunned it,” said Turner, who escaped uninjured. “It hit the back top of the truck and then tore up the cargo area as a I slid through.”

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Sheriff’s Office searches for information

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The Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested one man on charges of theft, and they are looking for any information on this man in regards to stolen property.
According to the affidavit, on Dec. 11, LPSO was contacted by staff members of MTA Distributing in reference to a complaint of internal theft by an employee of MTA. MTA staff advised that they suspected that an employee, Dekourtney Dunn, was stealing merchandise from MTA and later selling the stolen merchandise to other individuals.

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Special, candlelight services planned for Christmas Eve

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Those looking for a spiritual experience to celebrate the Christmas holiday will have plenty of options across various denominations on Tuesday.
Several churches are planning special, candlelight evening services to celebrate Christmas Eve.
Temple Baptist Church will host its candlelight service at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the church’s sanctuary.
Cindy Burns, music and media secretary, said the traditional service typically draws approximately 1,200 attendees.
“We go through the Advent, have a children’s sermon and sing carols,” Burns said.
“We kind of try to get everybody involved.”

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Residents camp out for pair of Jordans

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At 2 p.m. Wednesday many people gathered in front of Hibbett Sports, located in the Interstate 20 Shopping Center, to wait for the arrival of the Christmas Air Jordans.
Taurus Davis, from Ruston, said he had to have a pair of the Air Jordans.
“These are going to be the Christmas Jordans,” Davis said. “I will be out here until 8 a.m. when they go on sale.”
Brodtavious Harris, student at Ruston High School, said he came out to Hibbett Sports at 2:45 p.m.

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Wishing the Saints a Super Bowl berth

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Go ahead and give us grief for last Sunday’s ebullient column of the New Orleans Saints reaching the Super Bowl.
The timing was lousy.
Later on the same day, the Saints had their debacle against the Rams in St. Louis.
Now, it is crunch time for the Da Boys from Da Big Easy.
It’s must win time against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte today.
Plus, we can make a Christmas wish of the Saints showing up on Super Sunday.
Along with these wishes for some of other friends in the sporting world:

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Beaten at the buzzer

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GRAMBLING — It seemed like the Grambling State Tigers had victory in their hands Saturday.
That was before the thrill of victory instantly morphed into the tragedy of defeat.
Looking for a second straight win as well as their second win in as many seasons, the Tigers led for the majority of the second half — until the final 3.3 seconds.
That was when elation made a sudden transition to heartbreak as Lyon College’s Riley Jenkins took advantage of a defensive breakdown and nailed a long-range 3-pointer to put the Scots up by a point over the G-Men.

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Lady Tigers hold off Philander Smith

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GRAMBLING — If the mark of a good team is being able to win when not playing its best, the future may not be too bad for the Grambling State Lady Tigers.
Playing without head coach Patricia Bibbs, who is recovering from neck surgery, the Lady Tigers shook off a sluggish performance and maintained their composure en route to a 70-64 win over Philander Smith College Saturday at the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.
Grambling moved to 3-7 with the win while Philander Smith is now 7-8.

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Frazier, Walter lift Techsters to win

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Whitney Frazier scored 15 points and grabbed a career-high tying 15 rebounds and Chrisstasia Walter added 20 points to lift Louisiana Tech to a 50-39 win over Arkansas-Little Rock Friday night before 912 fans at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Tech (4-7) won for the fourth straight time at home this season and did so behind a stellar defensive effort that saw the Lady Techsters hold UALR (4-5) to only 12 first half points and a 25 percent shooting performance.

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Tech women to host Alabama A&M

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Louisiana Tech will play a rare Sunday matinee when the Lady Techsters host Alabama A&M at 2 p.m. today at the Thomas Assembly Center as part of “Christmas at the TAC.”
As part of the holiday promotions surrounding the afternoon tipoff, Santa Claus will be in attendance as Tech fans of all ages can take their picture with jolly ole Saint Nick prior to the game as well as during the first half.
Tech will also be hosting a toy drive for Toys for Tots as fans are encouraged to bring a new toy and drop it off at the entrance of the Thomas Assembly Center.

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Bulldogs head east today to take on ULM

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Typically when Louisiana Tech travels down Interstate 20 to nearby Monroe, its destination is the airport.
At 5 p.m. tonight, the 30-minute trip east for the Bulldogs will stop at Fant-Ewing Coliseum to take on the University of Louisiana-Monroe.
The matchup will mark the sixth straight year that the Bulldogs and Warhawks meet on the hardwood with Tech (9-3) coming out victorious in the five previous.
However, the two road wins have been tough to get with scoring margins of just three points in 2009 (76-73) and two points in 2011 (73-71).

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