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December 13th

Santa hotline opens

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Young callers should get ready because Santa has a special message just for them, connecting them from Ruston all the way to the North Pole.
Local children can reach Santa and his little workers, as they get ready for the upcoming holiday.
Ruston Parks and Recreation will host the Santa hotline once again this year.
For more than five years, RPAR has put one of their dormant phone lines to use, giving young callers a chance to speak to Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and their little working elves.

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GSU Fighting Tiger roars with pride

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Sophomore sculptor helps create GSU’s newest tiger
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Joiya Smith is the one person on Grambling State University’s campus with a personal connection to the school’s newest, most dominant tiger sculpture.
As an art major, she heard about an opportunity to work with the Houston artist creating the piece and jumped at the opportunity.

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Tech to present new art experience

Maggio and Miller present the MMM … Show, an art experience at the Louisiana Tech Rawle Enterprise Center, located at 509 W. Alabama Ave.
The opening reception is tonight from 6-8 p.m.. The exhibition will run through Jan. 18. This show is made possible by the Thingery, a multidisciplinary lab at Louisiana Tech University where art and science get down to business.

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Scouts visit Alpine

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On Sunday, Cub Scouts from local Pack 45 and Pack 59 visited and sang Christmas carols for the residents at Alpine Retirement Center. The Scouts also collected and donated toys to CASA of Northeast Louisiana as their December Service project.

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Tech softball volunteers with CCA

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Submitted photo- Recently the Louisiana Tech University softball team came and sorted food and stocked shelves at Christian Community Action.

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Tech to take on No. 7 Oklahoma St.

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78th All-College Classic game to air on ESPNU television network
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Back-to-back games versus NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago has resulted in solid back-to-back wins for Louisiana Tech.
Now the Bulldogs face its third straight Big Dancer in No. 7 ranked Oklahoma State at 1 p.m. Saturday in the 78th All-College Classic in Oklahoma City, Okla., at the Chesapeake Arena, home to the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder.
The matchup will be broadcast on ESPNU and will be streamed on Watch ESPN with Dave Armstrong (play-by-play) and Bryndon Manzer (analyst) calling the action.

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Season tickets on sale for 2014 Bulldog baseball

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Louisiana Tech Bulldog Baseball fans can now purchase tickets for the upcoming 2014 baseball season, which features 29 home games in the team’s inaugural season in Conference USA play.
Tech coach Wade Simoneaux and Co. will play a total of 50 games this season, as 29 of those are scheduled to be played inside the confines of J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park, now in its 44th year of service.
Season ticket costs are:
• Dugout Seat (Adult or Child) — $180
• Chairback Seat (Adult or Child) — $130
• Family 5-Pack Bench Seat — $150
• Stocking Stuffer Special — $175

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G-Men to play at Arizona State

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Junior guard A’Torri Shine (1) and the Grambling State Tigers will play a noon game Saturday at Arizona State. Shine leads the Tigers 19.3 points per game and is second in team rebounding with 6.0 boards per contest. GSU stands at 0-3 with road losses at DePaul, Marquette and Missouri State while Arizona State is 8-2.

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Weekend full of holiday fun

There are only 12 days remaining until Christmas Day, and this week has been the week of holiday cheer in Ruston. There are many different things going on in the community, and while we are marking gifts off our Christmas lists, we should go out and support Lincoln Parish.
At 7:30 p.m. today the Russ-Town Band will be having their annual Christmas performance at the Dixie Center for the Arts. The concert is free and open to the public, but there will be a chance to donate either canned goods to Christian Community Action or toys to the Toys for Tots campaign.

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A passion for helping little ones

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As I have written many times before, one of the perks of this line of work is getting to meet people who are passionate about something.
According to Merrriam-Webster, passion is defined as having, showing or expressing strong emotions or beliefs. For the particular people I am referring to, they are passionate about helping people, primarily children.
I had the chance to visit with Todd Craighead, a registered nurse responsible for opening up Little Helpers Pediatric Day Health Center, LLC, recently.

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