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December 2nd

Safety for the holidays

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With the holiday season under way, the Ruston Police Department wants the local community to remain as safe as possible as people shop and go out of town.
With the crime rate taking a slight increase during the holiday season, small preventive steps can be taken in order to ensure a safer environment this season.
“One of the main things we stress is not to leave packages out in cars while shopping,” said RPD Lt. Tim Parker.

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Toys for Tots begins

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Annual drive to help 200 families
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The Christmas tradition of running downstairs to see what nifty presents and goodies have been left under the tree is set to elude nearly 700 children in Lincoln Parish this holiday.
But, the Ruston Jaycees are working to make sure that as many children as possible will have a smile on their faces on Christmas morning.
The Jaycees annual Toys for Tots drive is in full swing, and residents can find gift-wrapped boxes waiting for donations at various locations around the city.

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Grambling to sell medical center

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GRAMBLING — With an interested party already asking the town to sell the Grambling Medical Center building to them, the city council voted to sell the building Thursday night at their December city council meeting.
The council voted to sell the building and the land for the property, but will keep the items, such as medical equipment, etc., located in the building.
Grambling dentist and Tru Care Dental owner Rhonda Pruitt expressed interest to the council for the purchase of the building, because she said she would like to own her facility to have the capability to expand.

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Boy Scouts honor Native American culture

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Ruston Cubs participate in interactive, traditional Pow Wow
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The Boy Scouts of America’s Order of the Arrow performed a traditional Pow Wow recently for Ruston’s Cub Scout Pack 59.
Decked out in traditional Native American apparel, the scouts put on the Pow Wow event for friends and family.
“The event was very interactive, informative and entertaining,” said Olitsa Robbins, Pack 59 Webelos I den leader. “I am always impressed with the dedication and performance of these young men.”

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Exhibit honors servicemen and women

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An exhibit of works by Mandi Nikole Zimmer will open from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at 102 a Bistro. This exhibit, “Enlisted: Home and Away,” features portrait photography honoring American servicemen and women.
Zimmer will be at the opening to discuss the work.
She is a Tech graduate and works as a professional photographer in Baton Rouge. The display will be intermixed with war memorabilia on loan from the Louisiana Military Museum. This exhibit is presented by the North Central Louisiana Arts Council in association with 102 a Bistro.

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Cane’s plush puppy sales to benefit 4 Paws

’Tis the season for the Raising Cane’s Chicken Finger holiday plush puppy.  For the third year in a row, the company will offer its signature plush, “Cane,” in its restaurants and donate net proceeds from sales of the plush toy to local pet welfare agencies. 
The net proceeds from the plush puppy sales at the Monroe area restaurants will benefit PAWS of the NELA Spay and Neuter Clinic. Net proceeds from the Ruston area restaurant will benefit 4 Paws Rescue.  
“With more than 115 restaurants in 16 states, Raising Cane’s is a strong supporter of pet welfare groups in the communities we serve,” said Todd Graves, founder and CEO of the restaurant company. “We are thrilled that our customers can share in our passion for pet welfare and support these important, local organizations during a time of giving.”

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Tech hoopsters in action

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In-state opponents supply the challenge for Louisiana Tech University basketball teams this weekend.
The Lady Techsters (2-4) will be the first to see action with a 7 p.m. duel tonight against Tulane University at the Thomas Assembly Center.
On Saturday, at 7:30 p.m., at Fant-Ewing Coliseum in Monroe, the Bulldogs (2-4) will battle against I-20 rival University of Louisiana-Monroe.

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Sports

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SHOWS IN SEMIS: There is still a Ruston High School and District 2-5A connection remaining in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association Class 5A playoffs.
RHS graduate Don Shows will have West Monroe hosting Mandeville (11-2) in a semifinal contest Friday night.
The Rebels (11-2) were a 21-12 quarterfinal round winner over Lake Charles Barbe High and Mandeville blanked RHS 26-0.

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Bulldogs matured with Hawaii game

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Home loss to Warriors started Tech turnaround

Louisiana Tech University’s worse loss of this season might have been the best thing to happen to the Bulldogs.
If an unofficial poll was taken of Head Coach Sonny Dykes, his staff and players, they would all likely point to a 44-26 drubbing by Hawaii at Joe Aillet Stadium on Oct. 1 as the turning point in the campaign.
“It’s a little weird, but the way Hawaii handled us, it really became the turning point of our season,” Dykes said. “Everybody on the team realized that (the game) was so out of character for us. We realized we had to start changing some things and improve as a team.”

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Christmas tree safety is crucial for the holidays

It’s time to deck the halls again. But before area residents chop down live Christmas trees or pull their artificial trees from storage, there are a few things to keep in mind.
Jim Hilton, Lincoln Parish Fire District spokesman, said the biggest fire hazard during the holiday season is live Christmas trees.
If area residents want a live tree, he gave these tips on how to be more cautious this holiday season:

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