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December 23rd

Get in the game this holiday week

It’s the dream of every college gridiron fan — bowling for the holidays.
And Louisiana Tech University football followers are living the dream this Christmas as the Bulldogs prepare to participate in Friday’s Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl against the University of Illinois.
Many Tech fans still feel the sting from the 2012 season when the Bulldogs went 9-3 but didn’t get a bowl invitation.
But this year Tech Nation gets to celebrate the holidays by cheering on the Bulldogs, who arrived in Dallas on Monday in preparations for the big game.

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Take time to learn healthy behaviors

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The LSU AgCenter is offering an eight week Smart Portions program.
The Smart Portions program teaches people how to eat healthy and lose weight. Losing weight can be a challenging task unless you have great support.
The Smart Portions program is designed so that participants encourage and motivate each other to stay on task. They team up and support each other for eight weeks.

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December 22nd

Shows benefit arts, community

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Much is said about how art shows, such as the one currently running at the Bank of Ruston, benefit the community, but Patricia Tait Jones, who has been included in the art show numerous times over the years, said they also strongly benefit local artists.
Jones’ relationship with the show began because she was already friends with Benny Denny, former president of what was then called the Ruston Building and Loan.

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Seeking out the best

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Rotary seeks nominations for Bill Best Humanitarian award
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The Ruston Rotary Club is seeking nominations for the 2014 Bill Best Humanitarian Award.
Nomination forms can be picked up at the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce office, located at 2111 N. Trenton St. or online at www.rustonlincoln.org. The deadline for returning completed nominations is noon Dec. 31.

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Area faces low blood supply for types O-, B-

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The O negative and B negative blood supply levels are at an extremely low level.
Tina Hooper, spokesperson for LifeShare Blood Centers, said the minimal blood available in these two blood types is an immediate concern in order to provide for current and new patients with needs that will arise through Christmas in the area.

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Union museum opens to public

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As residents start to tour the Union Museum of History and Art, chances are many will react as Starla Brazzel did during her visit.
“Look. There’s ... don’t tell me. Their name will come to me,” Brazzel said, her voice trailing as she looked at one of the photographs included in the museum’s premier exhibit. “And look, there’s one of my daughter’s paintings. Isn’t that neat?”
“Celebrating the Waters of Union Parish” opened to the public earlier this month. Before that, patrons and supporters of the museum were given a first glimpse at the artifacts contributed to the show.

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Surprise Santa winners announced

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Bulldogs head out to ‘Big D’

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The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs arrive in “Big D” today as they prepare for the Heart of Dallas of Bowl to be played at noon Friday at the Cotton Bowl.
Tech enters the game at 8-5 while Illinois is 6-6.
Tech coach Skip Holtz said his team is ready to get past early preparations and get into game-week routine.

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GSU to take on TCU

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A’Tori Shine (1) and the Grambling State University Tigers hit the road today to close out pre-Southwestern Athletic Confernce play in a 7:30 p.m. contest at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. GSU enters the game at 2-7 while TCU is 11-0. Shine leads the Tigers with 12.3 points per game.

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Practice fireworks safety this season

Enjoying a beautiful display of fireworks for the New Year is something that many residents look forward to all year long.
Ruston Fire Department’s Public Education Officer Eric Brazzel said area residents planning to pop fireworks should practice caution.
Fireworks are not allowed in the city limits of Ruston or in the village of Simsboro.
However, many outlying areas will allow their residents to shoot fireworks.
In the village of Choudrant fireworks are allowed at all times, but residents are asked to be respectful of their neighbors.

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