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December 26th

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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Fobbs named LSWA state Coach of Year

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Louisiana Tech’s Sokol takes Newcomer of the Year accolades
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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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A Christmas story worth telling

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We lost Joseph several years ago. When it came time for the youth at church to add Jesus’ earthy father to the nativity scene, the carpenter from Nazareth was nowhere to be found.
He wasn’t in his usual cardboard box cubby, nor was he under the organ, or cowering behind a stack of hymnals in the back sanctuary window. He was just gone.
Traditionally, Joseph and Jesus’ mother, Mary, arrive at the no-vacancy inn together. The Biblical account of Jesus’ birth verifies that, at least in so far as the couple’s journey to Bethlehem is concerned.

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Writer supports fairness at GSU

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Change requires adjustments in protocol and can be very disturbing and sometimes painful, but the status quo is destructive of innovation, creativity and recognition of possibilities that exist in the immediate neighborhood. Change will also create animosity, resentment and a fight to maintain the comforts of the existing status. The fight to maintain stasis is tantamount to a fight for slow demise and eventual death.

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Soccer registration open

Tie on the cleats and strap on the shin guards, it’s time again for spring soccer for ages 4-12.
Ruston Parks and Recreation is kicking off another season of youth league soccer for both boys and girls.
This year’s divisions will include 5 and Under, 6 and Under, 8 and Under, 10 and Under and 12 and Under.
Registration for the spring 2015 youth soccer league is now open. Residents can register one of two ways:
• In person at the RPAR office located at 605 James St. between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
• Online at www.ruston.org/registration.

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Precious Pearls show off scrapbooking skills

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The Precious Pearls: Sophisticated and Strong, group showed off their scrapbooking skills at the end of their third Debutante Clinic on scrapbooking.
These young ladies are required to make individual scrapbooks as one of the activities to be a debutante.
The Epsilon Psi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. of Grambling, sponsors the debutantes locally.

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