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Hudson to lead holiday parade

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Annual Jaycees Christmas event to roll out at 6 p.m. Thursday
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A grand marshal has been selected and a title sponsor named for the annual Christmas parade that will roll through downtown Ruston at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Erma Hudson, who has lived in Ruston since 1949, will lead the 2011 Volvo Rents Christmas Parade, presented by the Ruston Jaycees.
This year, the Jaycees sought nominees for the grand marshal position. Parade Chair Timothy Bush said there were about 10-12 nominations, and it was a tough choice because all were exceptional leaders who were heavily involved in the community. However, Hudson stood out from the pack.

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Heralding in the season

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Randall Boyd directs his A.E. Philips school choir during Winterfest 2011 activities held at Railroad Park Friday night. In addition to A.E. Phillips, choirs from Lincoln Parish Early Childhood Center, Ruston Junior High School, Cedar Creek School and Ruston High School performed in the event presented by the City of Ruston and Ruston Main Street, which is part of the annual month-long focus on downtown during December. Other Winterfest 2011 activities include the Volvo Rents Christmas parade at 6 p.m. Thursday and Santa Claus in the Railroad Park from 4-7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 17.

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RFD offers holiday tips

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The holiday season is a very busy time for the Ruston Fire Department.
As local residents celebrate with families and friends this Christmas, the Ruston Fire Department would like to remind all to stay as safe as possible.
RFD Chief James Austin said holiday decorations, heating and increased indoor cooking remain the primary causes of residential fires during this time of year.

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Addressing the issue

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Residents weigh in on alcohol ordinance
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As the Ruston City Council prepares for a vote regarding Sunday alcohol sales in restaurants in the city limits, Ruston residents have also been weighing in on the idea.
The amendments to Ruston’s alcohol ordinance were introduced at the November council meeting, and if the aldermen pass the ordinance Monday, the Sunday sale of alcohol with meals would be legal from the hours of noon to midnight.
The amendments would also allow for the restaurants to remain open until 2 a.m. on New Year’s, but not the rest of the year.

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Tech, GSU coaches due top awards

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Gathering up notes along the sports trail while wondering how long it’s going to take to beciome accustomed to the Houston Astros being in the American League:
• I will be surprised if Louisiana Tech and Grambling State don’t sweep Coach of the Year awards for their respective conferences.
Sonny Dykes of the Bulldogs and Doug Williams of the Tigers are the odds-on favorites to earn the top honors for the Western Athletic Conference and Southwestern Athletic Conference, respectively.

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Bulldogs stop ULM

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An early season losing streak for Louisiana Tech University’s basketball Bulldogs is over.
Led by the season-best 19 points of freshman guard Raheem Appleby, the ’Dogs (3-4) halted their three-game losing streak with a 73-71 victory over I-20 rival Louisiana-Monroe at Fant-Ewing Coliseum Saturday night.
Tech had a six-point (72-66) advantage with just under 30 seconds left in the game, but the Warhawks (1-7) got to within one point (72-71) on a 3-point field goal by guard Fred Brown and back-to-back free throws from guard Charles Wineborne with 4.4 seconds remaining.
But the Bulldogs clinched the win when forward-center Romario Souza made a free throw with 3.6 seconds to go; the Warhawks got the basketball down court on the follow-up possession, but missed a short jump shot in the final second of play.

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’Dogs get in high step for bowl

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Amazing what a postseason appearance can do for a team’s psych.
And especially at practice time.
On Saturday, in their first Poinsettia Bowl open workout session, Louisiana Tech University’s football squad went through an hour and a half’s worth of drills with an upbeat and enthusiastic demeanor.

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Sonnichsen resigns from Tech staff

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Louisiana Tech University Athletics Director Bruce Van De Velde has announced that Matt Sonnichsen has stepped down as the head coach of the Lady Techster volleyball program.
Sonnichsen was hired at Tech in 2008 after stints as head coach at Newberry College and Tulsa and as an assistant coach at Grinnell College and Cal-Santa Barbara.
At Tulsa, Sonnichsen led the program to three 20-win seasons and left as the program’s all-time winningest coach.

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Kindergartners celebrate 50s day in school

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Kindergarten
Kindergarten enjoyed “’50s Day” as we celebrated the 50th day of school. We counted, rocked to music, made root beer floats and of course dressed in ’50s attire! A big thanks goes to Blue Bell for providing ice cream scoops for the floats. Fall has been busy at Glen View as we have learned all about life on the farm at Papa Simpson’s Farm. It was so much fun feeding the animals and of course picking our own pumpkin.

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Building new bridges

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New Tech @ Ruston Director Cathi Cox-Boniol recently participated in the 2011 CAREER Award Regional Forum in Baton Rouge. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the LSU Office of Research and Economic Development and the LSU Gordon A. Cain Center for STEM Literacy, the event was a networking forum for NSF CAREER Awardees, Aspiring CAREER Awardees and Representatives from government, K-12 Education, Universities, Foundations and Industries. The forum provided Cox-Boniol an opportunity to showcase the New Tech program. As a result, the program has been contacted by LSU and Grambling State University, who are interested in pursuing enhanced partnerships through their grant proposals. Cox-Boniol recently met with Dr. Graham Bodie in LSU’s Department of Communication Studies to plan a proposal including all New Tech @ Ruston students.

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