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December 12th

Family tradition

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‘Posadas’ Christmas coming to Ruston

A mini version of the Hispanic “posadas” Christmas tradition is coming to Ruston.
The celebration, which centers around food, fun and family, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in Railroad Park. The free event is open to the public and sponsored by Ruston’s Tabernaculo Cristiana Restauracion church.
“We would just like to bring back the family together,” Armando Ayala, the church’s pastor, said.
The festival will include traditional music, children’s activities and piñatas, Ayala said.

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RCD to host ‘A Tuna Christmas’

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The Ruston Cultural District will present “A Tuna Christmas” with B&B Theatre at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Norton Building.
“A Tuna Christmas,” produced in association with Samuel French, is a sequel to “Greater Tuna,” by Ed Howard, Jaston Williams and Joe Sears.
“(The production tells) tales from the ‘third smallest town in Texas’ — the fictional Tuna — through the airwaves of radio station OKKK,” said Jessica Slaughter, a member of the RCD, said.

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Regents OK cybersecurity letter of intent

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The Louisiana Board of Regents on Monday gave Grambling State University the green light to proceed with plans to establish the first cybersecurity degree program in the state.
The Regents unanimously approved GSU’s letter of intent to develop the new academic program.
“Now we have to develop curriculum and the program in concert with faculty, corporate partners and industry leaders in cybersecurity,” GSU President Rick Gallot said.
Once those components are in place, the university will return to the Regents for final approval of the new degree program.

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Union Parish Jail deficit shrinking until state pulls inmates

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FARMERVILLE — There’s an old riddle that asks: If it takes two hours to dig a hole two feet deep, how long does it take to dig half a hole?
The correct answer is there’s no such thing as half a hole.
For the Union Parish Police Jury, the pit they pour money into each year at the Union Parish Detention Center isn’t nearly as deep as it once was. At least one member of the jury, who serves as chairman of the Union Parish Detention Center Commission says even with improvements, there is still much to be done.

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Remember the true meaning of Christmas

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Christmas is one of the most important celebrations for Christians around the world, but it can also be one of the most stressful.
Take a break to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.
Ask your children why we are celebrating.
• Christmas Cards — Most people enjoy receiving cards. I send them only to my out-of-town friends who I don’t see often to catch up on family news. If you’re sending a newsletter, make it brief and not too boastful.

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Local wins big with Reindeer Bucks

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Lauren Phillips won over $100 in Newk’s Eatery party food at Route 2 Fitness Ruston. Pictured left to right are Jennifer Smith, of First National Bank; Jayne Jenkins, of Route 2 Fitness; Phillips, Judy Copeland, of the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce; and Christy Sorensen, of Newk’s. Reindeer Bucks is a program of the Chamber of Commerce.

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RCT to host ‘Monday’ auditions

The Ruston Community Theatre will hold auditions Saturday and Monday for the Spring murder-mystery play “Murder Is Bad, But Monday Can Kill You!” by Pat Cook.
Auditions will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, and 6 p.m. Monday at the Dixie Center for the Arts.
No preparation is needed or prior experience required to audition. Roles open to all ethnicities.
The auditions will consist of a cold read from the script. It is helpful to attend both auditions, but not required.
The play will be directed by Mary Watkins and sponsored by Graham Real Estate and Property Management.

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GSU’s Hill state Co-Player of Week

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Grambling State University junior guard Shakyla Hill was selected the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Women’s Basketball Co-Player of the Week on Monday.
Hill surpassed the 1,000-point plateau in Grambling State’s loss to Alabama. She scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed 13 boards against the Crimson Tide. She finished with eight steals (third in the country in that category) and four assists. Hill shot 50 percent (10-of-20) from the field and 83.3 percent (5-of-6) from the foul line.

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Techsters end strong to down Warhawks

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Louisiana Tech overcame a 14-point first half deficit and used a 21-0 run in the second half to pull away from Louisiana-Monroe in a 71-49 Lady Techster victory Monday night at the Thomas Assembly Center.
ULM shot 81 percent (9-11) in the first quarter and 69 percent (15-22) in the first half to take a 35-24 lead into the halftime locker room. Tech’s only lead of the opening two quarters came at 2-0 in the first 60 seconds of the game.

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Dunkin’ Dogs to host Ragin’ Cajuns tonight

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Mid-December has arrived, meaning it’s time for the annual in-state showdown between Louisiana Tech and Louisiana-Lafayette.
The Bulldogs and Ragin’ Cajuns will square off for the 163rd time on Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. inside the Thomas Assembly Center on Karl Malone Court.
It will be the final non-conference home game for Tech (7-2), wrapping up a four-game home stand in which they have registered wins over Miles College and Jackson State and suffered a two-point loss to Stephen F. Austin.

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