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December 2nd

Combined choirs celebrate Christmas at the library

The combined choir and orchestra of Calvary Baptist and Cook Baptist in Ruston invites the community to experience The Light of Christmas.
A choral presentation of “The Light of Christmas” will be held at the Lincoln Parish Library Events Center at 6 p.m. Dec. 13. Organizers said this musical appeals to people of all ages.
There will also be a reception afterwards with complimentary, family-friendly Christmas treats to eat and drink.
This event is free of charge and open to the public.

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Winter Bazaar Fundraiser set for Saturday

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Memorial United Methodist Church of Simsboro, located on U.S. Highway 80, will hold their annual Winter Bazaar Fundraiser from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.
The event features baked goods, homemade pies, cakes, cookies, preserves, a Christmas gift shop, collectibles and a bargain table.
There will also be a silent auction and door prizes. The silent auction will close at 2 p.m.

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Bulldog, Tiger honored by LSWA

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Grambling’s Domino, Tech’s Sokol earn state Player of Week accolades
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Louisiana Tech senior quarterback Cody Sokol (above right) and Grambling State junior return specialist Ka’Jandre Domino have both been honored as Players of the Week by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. Sokol orchestrated a dominant offense that scored the third-most points of any FBS team this year and the most of any FBS team this past weekend in a 76-31 rout of Rice.

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Dunkin’ Dogs to battle Demons

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Louisiana Tech will attempt to buck the trend of the home team always winning when they take the short bus trip to Natchitoches to face in-state foe Northwestern State at 6:30 p.m. today inside Prather Coliseum in Natchitoches.
Since the rivalry was renewed in 2009, the home team has won all five times with Tech (5-1) being victorious three times in Ruston and NSU (3-3) coming out on top twice in its arena.

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Showtime’s ‘60 Minute Sports’ to feature Summitt, Techsters

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Louisiana Tech Women’s Head Basketball Coach Tyler Summitt is only 24, but can claim to have more college basketball experience than many other coaches much older.
When you’re born into college basketball, growing up courtside as the son of its winningest coach, Pat Summitt, you have coaching in your blood.
As he begins his first season as a head coach, Tyler Summitt is profiled by Lesley Stahl for the next edition of “60 Minstues Sports” premiering at 9 p.m. tonight on SHOWTIME.

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Parish should be proud of athletes’ accomplishments

The adage says that it takes a village to raise a child.
And the same holds true for a parish.
So the Ruston Daily Leader is proud of two of Lincoln Parish’s finest students who will be taking their talents to college next fall.
New Living Word School’s Javier Roper and Ruston High School’s Morgan Meyer are two such talents.
During last month’s early signing period, Roper signed the dotted line to play basketball at Grambling State University while Myer accepted a scholarship to swim at Missouri University of Science and Technology.

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Tree farms a fun experience

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Have you put up your tree, yet? This year I’ve noticed trees going up in homes after Halloween. Before Thanksgiving some towns had decorated for the Christmas holidays and had hosted open houses in their local businesses. Christmas season is more than just the days leading up to Dec.25; it’s now the months before and after.
Extended families and families who must travel during the holidays have prompted a longer celebration season. For family members who celebrate early, why not take the whole family to a Christmas tree farm to select the perfect tree.

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December 1st

BRG offers more than just guns

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What began as an at-home business has quickly developed into something larger than Josh Franklin has originally planned.
Franklin, owner of BRG Gun Parts and Ammo, said once he’d gotten his federal firearms license he began purchasing guns out of his house.
“I had a lot of buddies that were interested in buying, and suggested I open up an actual store,” Franklin said. “We have a neat little niche for law enforcement in North Louisiana.”
Franklin said the store primarily serves police, fire and first responders, but there are items for everyone.

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Couple arrested for battery

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A Chatham man remains in jail and his girlfriend out on bond following a weekend incident during which the pair allegedly beat the woman’s 14-year-old daughter.
Police reports say Wynona Lavelle Hassen Jr., of 1179 Louis Street in Chatham, hit the juvenile repeated with a red broom. Hassen, 50, is charged with aggravated battery.
Monica Mays, of 232 Duque Drive in Ruston, is charged with simple battery, for reportedly grabbing her daughter by the throat, pinning her against a door and punching her on the top of her head.

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Blue Christmas rolls through

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It’s going to “A Blue Christmas” in Ruston.
The seasonal song made famous by Elvis Presley is the theme of this year’s Christmas parade. The parade, sponsored by JPS Equipment Rental and coordinated by the Ruston Rotary Club, will roll through downtown Dec. 11 starting at 6 p.m.
“It’s just one of the things that kicks the season off,” Dean Dick, parade chairman, said.

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