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December 24th

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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ABATE donates funds, toys

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Following the recent Toy Run sponsored in partnership by the North Central Association of Bikers Active Toward Education and Lincoln ACHIEVE, Robert Breedlove (right), chapter president, presented ACHIEVE Coordinator Cathi Cox-Boniol with a check that represented proceeds from the day’s activities.

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40-hour weeks restored in Grambling

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GRAMBLING — Grambling city employees will return to 40-hour workweeks as the new year begins following a controversial decision by the City Council.
Mayor Edward Jones broke a deadlocked vote during Tuesday’s special-called council meeting by voting to restore the 40-hour weeks. Employees were reduced to 35-hour weeks in July in a cost-cutting measure, which also saw Jones and city aldermen take pay cuts.

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Ruston lights up for the holidays

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Top: The front of Ruston City Hall decorated for the holiday season filled with wreaths and lights at the center of the city.
Bottom: One of Louisiana Tech University fraternities, Kappa Alpha, decorated their house for the holiday season.

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Skains scuttles DCS stipend

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Downsville Charter School Board president Reggie Skains cast the deciding ballot, killing a measure that would have seen faculty members at the school receive a performance evaluation payment.
A motion to give teachers a $2,329 payment in lieu of evaluations based on student performance scores was defeated by a 3-2 vote, with Skains casting the tiebreaker to defeat the recommendation from DCS executive director Jim Kircus.
“I’d like to see this approved and see it in their (bank) accounts some time next week,” Kircus said at the board’s Dec. 11 meeting.

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Shadoin bows out of possible legal action

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If the board that oversees the Downsville Charter School chooses to take the Union Parish School System to court over funds allocated for improvements at the school, they’ll do so without Rob Shadoin as their attorney.
Shadoin has represented Downsville Charter since its creation four years ago. Last week, he told the board his role as state representative for District 12 would preclude him from representing them if they take legal action to secure additional funds from the Union Parish School Board for improvements at the school.

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NLW helps African student graduate

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George Luma Haddison arrived at Grambling State University in January 2007, a long way from his village in Cameroon.
GSU is more than 6,500 miles away from his village in the seaside town of Limbe, Luma Haddison was excited, and sad.
“I was really excited. I was happy,” he said.
“I was a little bit sad because I was leaving my family and friends behind, but excited for the new opportunity and the chance to make my parents proud.”

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