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December 11th

Smith says goodbye

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Community pays tribute to judge’s 18 years on bench
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Colleagues of retiring 3rd Judicial District Division B Judge Wayne Smith paid tribute to his 18 years on the bench Wednesday, describing him as fair, wise, understanding and sensitive to people’s rights.
“I believe your wisdom comes from truly doing what’s in your heart, based on your beliefs and your moral compass that guides you,” Laurie James, president of the Lincoln Parish Bar Association, told Smith during a reception hosted by employees of the district judges’ office.

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HazMat team called for crash

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A one-vehicle box truck crash at approximately 7 p.m. Wednesday on Louisiana Highway 563 just north of Simsboro resulted in the need for a Hazardous Materials crew from the Louisiana State Police to be called in. Trooper Michael Reichardt said the truck, registered to Marrlin Leasing in Arkansas, rolled over and the saddle tank ruptured causing it to leak fuel. Officials finished cleaning up at approximately 8 a.m. today. Reichardt said no injuries were reported and the name of the driver will not be released at this time. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

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Grambling parade to roll out at 11 a.m. Saturday

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More than 40 years have passed since the first Christmas parade rolled through the streets of Grambling.
Nelda Baisy, Grambling Joy Fund Committee chairperson, said the parade has been ongoing for many years.
“The theme was developed by the Joy Fund Committee,” she said. “A person on the committee nominated the grand marshal, and then we voted on who it would be.”
The Joy Fund Committee decided the grand marshal for the 2014 “Love, Peace and Goodwill” Christmas parade would be Grambling State Univeristy head football coach Broderick Fobbs.

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Day 3 Surprise Santa Winners named

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Top left: Michael Champion, center, won a $20 gift card courtesy of First National Bank at Teriyaki Grill. Pictured are Judy Copeland, Chamber president; Champion and Taylor Burt of FNB.
Bottom left: Baileigh Wilson, left, won $20 gift card courtesy of Community Trust Bank at Barnes and Noble. Pictured with her is Sarah McKinnie of CTB.

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Ragin’ Cajuns race past Bulldogs

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Strong efforts from McCree, Hamilton can’t keep ULL from beating Tech
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LAFAYETTE — Erik McCree and Alex Hamilton combined for 52 points, but second half woes were too much to overcome for Louisiana Tech on the road as the Bulldogs fell to Louisiana-Lafayette, 94-86, on Wednesday night in the Cajundome.
Tech (7-2) held a two-point advantage at the break, holding ULL (4-4) to just 39 points and 20 rebounds, but the Ragin’ Cajuns won the battle of the boards in the second half which helped lead to 55 points in snapping the Bulldogs’ six-game winning streak.

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Sokol named C-USA Newcomer of Year

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IRVING, Texas — After leading Louisiana Tech to a West Division title and an appearance in the league’s championship game, quarterback Cody Sokol has been named the Conference USA Newcomer of the Year.
Sokol guided the Bulldogs to an 8-5 mark (7-1 in Conference USA play) and will continue to lead Tech over the next few weeks as the team prepares for the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl opposite Illinois on Dec. 26.
He joined Louisiana Tech and Conference USA after graduating and transferring from the University of Iowa.

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Techsters to tangle with Mississippi St.

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STARKVILLE, Miss. — Louisiana Tech enjoyed the comforts of home for the first time this season and the Lady Techsters responded with a 14-point win over Loyola-New Orleans Sunday at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Head coach Tyler Summitt and Co. can’t get too cozy though as for the sixth time in seven games the Lady Techsters head back out on the road — this time for a match-up against 22nd ranked Mississippi State at 7 p.m. today at Humphrey Coliseum.

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Kiwanis hosts Chrisman

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Deputy Sam Chrisman recently spoke to the Ruston Kiwanis Club about the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office support of the school system through the provision of School Resource Officers (SROs).

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Boyles wins inspirational award

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Danny Boyles, center, a former Ruston resident, radio personality for KXKZ and member of the Wildwood Express, was part of the team that won the Station of the Year award from the Inspirational Country Music Association.

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Program designed to help teen drivers

Louisiana State Police, along with the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles recently initiated a new program designed to prevent motor vehicle crashes among teen drivers through education and awareness of teen driving restrictions. 
The Parent’s Supervised Driving Program will provide parents and guardians with a simple and easy to follow plan that will assist teens in becoming safe and responsible drivers.

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