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December 26th

Officials to swear in

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Swearing-in ceremonies for newly elected city and district officials begin Wednesday and continue through early January.
The events are largely traditional because the legal oath taking happens when the new officials sign paperwork from the Louisiana secretary of state’s office that includes their respective oath of office, Ruston City Attorney Bill Carter said.
“That’s the real oath of office that they take,” Carter said.

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Bulldogs celebrate holidays on the road

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DALLAS — Family was the theme for the Louisiana Tech football team on Christmas Eve. There were presents, a holiday meal and time spent with the closest thing resembling brothers you can imagine.
While both Louisiana Tech and Illinois have been hard at work prepping to face off in the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl, which will be played at noon today at the Cotton Bowl, the Bulldogs had the opportunity to wrap up a week full of bowl activities by sitting down for dinner as a family on Christmas Eve. 

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LPL promotes 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

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The first day of kindergarten isn’t the time for children to be introduced to books according to local literacy experts.
By reading along with parents long before the first day of school children become successful readers. A new program at the Lincoln Parish Library called 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is designed to help parents meet this goal.
“The program was inspired by a round-table discussion among librarians working with the Every Child Ready to READ initiative,” Shelly Dowdy, with the children’s department, said.

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Nora’s Flowers closes shop

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Twelve years ago, she dreamed of creating new roots in a quaint building just outside of downtown Ruston.
At 301 West Texas Avenue, Carren Craft opened up Nora’s Flowers on Dec. 1, 2002 to serve the residents beautiful flowers for all sorts of events.
However, on Jan. 3, she will close her store and move from her store on West Texas Ave. to a different part of Texas.
“We are closing — after long thinking — my husband’s business has moved to Houston,” she said. “With a change of family life, I would like to move with my husband.”

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Annual meeting, holiday party set for Jan. 13

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The North Central Louisiana Arts Council invites you to our Annual Meeting and Holiday Party on 6 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Dixie Center for the Arts. This annual gathering will include a report on 2014 activities as well as plans and projections for 2015. In addition, President’s Awards will be presented to community members in categories that include Patron of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Board Member of the Year and Artist of the Year.

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Lions Club celebrates Christmas

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The Ruston Lions Club held its annual Christmas in Dixie banquet at the Ropp Center on the Louisiana Tech University campus. Entertainment for the event was provided by Kay Bradford who presented an array of Christmas music.

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Tech lends a hand to the OWL Center

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Louisiana Tech University’s chapter of Freedom by Design, a group of architecture student members, recently designed, provided $3,800 funding for and built a wheelchair ramp at the Outdoor Wilderness Learning Center’s covered WildHorse Arena in Dubach.
The OWL Center, a program of Louisiana United Methodist Children and Family Services, provides Equine Therapy services not only to children of the Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home, but also to individuals in surrounding communities as well.

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Recycling during this holiday season

While Christmas is spent opening gifts and spending time with loved ones, the day after can seem a bit chaotic.
Drive past any dumpster or neighborhood and what can be seen? Nothing other than piles and piles of trash consisting of wrapping paper and gift boxes stacked all over the place.
But this holiday season let’s try to focus on being a little greener in the waste department, and those goes for more than just your basic recycling items.

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Keeping safe for New Year's Night

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While Christmas has come and gone, the holiday season is still upon us and with New Year’s Day just around the corner safety is important as ever.
During New Year’s Eve 2013, there were a total of 39 fatal and injury crashes in the state and five of those involved alcohol.
Of those five crashes that involved alcohol, there were two deaths.
A total of 70 injuries were reported for New Year’s Eve.
As for Jan. 1, there were reportedly 98 fatal and injury crashes, with 20 involving alcohol impaired drivers.

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Bowl gameday arrives for Bulldogs

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Kickoff vs. Illinois set for noon; game to be televised on ESPN
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DALLAS— All the pregame festivities and talking is over — now it’s time to get down to business.
And that’s what the Louisiana Tech University will do this afternoon as the Bulldogs are playing in the Heart of Dallas Bowl at the Cotton Bowl.
Tech enters the game at 8-5 while Illinois stands at 6-6. Kickoff was at noon and the game is being televised on ESPN.

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