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December 26th

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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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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Fobbs named LSWA state Coach of Year

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First-year Gambling State University head football coach Broderick Fobbs took top coaching honors while Louisiana Tech quarterback Cody Sokol was named Louisiana’s Newcomer of the Year as the Louisiana Sports Writers Association announced its annual All-Louisiana football teams Thursday.
Five Bulldogs were named to the All-State squad.
Fobbs took over a troubled GSU team that had on only won one game in each of the previous two seasons and guided the Tigers to a 7-5 finish and 10th place finish in the final 2014 BOXTOROW HBCU Football Media Top 10 Poll.

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2014 LOUISIANA SPORTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION ALL-STATE FOOTBALL TEAM

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FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
Pos/Name, School/Class/Hometown/Notes
OL/Vadal Alexander, LSU/Jr./Buford, Georgia/Second Team All-SEC, 73 knockdowns, 2nd on team
OL/Mitchell Bell, Louisiana Tech/Sr./Houston/First Team All-C-USA, 12 games started
OL/Jonathan Braddock, Southeastern/Sr./Ripley, Mississippi./First Team All-SLC, Starter at RT
OL/La’el Collins, LSU/Sr./Baton Rouge/First Team All-SEC, Jacobs Award (top OL in SEC)
OL/Daniel Quave, UL-Lafayette/Sr./Gautier, Mississippi/First Team All-SBC, 51 consecutive starts

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December 24th

Remember true meaning of Christmas

Everyone’s mouths will be watering after the aroma of the delicious meal they will feast on Christmas Day.
The turkey, the ham, the casseroles — it makes you hungry just thinking about it.
Christmas dinner is not only special because of the food, but also because it allows for spending time with loved ones, many of which are not seen as often as one would like.
That’s what Christmas is all about — slowing down and spending quality time with family and friends. This is a time everyone should take to remember what he or she is grateful for and the real reason for the season.

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