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December 2nd

'It's a Wonderful Life' a must see

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It can be tricky business to pull off a much-loved Christmas classic like “It’s a Wonderful Life,” but fear not Rustonians, the cast and crew of the Ruston Community Theatre managed to do that and more.
Opening to a packed theatre, the actors more than fulfilled their roles.
The laughs rolled as jokes were made and a low rumble of excitement was heard with each hug and kiss made by the leading couple, Mary Hatch and George Bailey, played so wonderfully by Natalie Richardson and Dusty Hampton.

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YEA! chapter deserves their recognition

The Lincoln Parish chapter of the Young Entrepreneur’s Academy was recently recognized on the national level for their growth in the number of accepted students for the academic year.
YEA! is an innovative program that guides students through the process of starting their own real business. Judy Copeland, president of the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Chamber, of which YEA! is a program, said she was proud of the growth the chapter as achieved.

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Tigers sweep top honors on All-Conference team

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Grambling State dominated the Southwestern Athletic Conference this season, going 9-0 in SWAC play for a second straight season.
So it’s only fitting that the Tigers also dominated the All-SWAC Awards list released Wednesday by the league office.
Grambling State quarterback Devante Kincade was named Offensive Player of the Year, and fellow Tiger Donovan McCray secured Defensive Player of the Year accolades while GSU head coach Broderick Fobbs was honored with his third straight SWAC Coach of the Year award.

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G-Men to face Alcorn State for SWAC crown

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GRAMBLING — It’s been an undeniably impressive first three seasons for Grambling State University football coach Broderick Fobbs.
Fobbs has been named Southwestern Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in all three of those seasons, yet there’s still one elusive prize the G-Men have been unable to obtain under his leadership.
The Tigers hope to give their leader his first SWAC championship at 3 p.m. Saturday when they kick off the conference title game at NRG Stadium in Houston.
That game will be televised live on ESPNU.

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Bulldogs to battle WKU for C-USA title

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The first time they met earlier this season — on Oct. 6 — Louisiana Tech ended up on the winning end of a 55-52 showdown.
This time a title is at stake at Louisiana Tech plays at Western Kentucky at 11 a.m. Saturday in the 2016 Dynacraft Conference USA Football Championship Game at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
The game will be televised live on ESPN and available to stream live on the WatchESPN app. Dave Pasch (Play-by-Play) Tom Luginbill (Analyst) and Quint Kessenich (Sideline) will provide the call from Bowling Green.

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December 1st

Gate opened to steady lake

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FARMERVILLE — A tainter gate on the T.T. Fields Memorial Spillway were opened Tuesday morning to allow the draw down of Lake D’Arbonne to remain around five feet below pool stage.
A storm system that moved into Union Parish early Monday had dumped three inches of rainfall across the parish by early Tuesday afternoon.
Bruce Hampton, president of the Bayou D’Arbonne Lake Watershed Commission, said the decision to allow water to move from the lake into Bayou D’Arbonne was made to allow the lake to stay at the level set before the draw down began in early September.

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Science standards draft ready for public

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Community stakeholders have the opportunity to review and provide feedback on a initial draft of the revised state’s science standards for grades kindergarten through 12th grade.
Citizens are invited to participate in the process by visiting the feedback portal at http://www.louisianabelieves.com/academics/louisiana-student-standards-r..., said Cathi Cox-Boniol, Lincoln Parish ACHIEVE Coordinator and Chair of the Standards Committee. The portal is open now until Jan. 6.

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12 Days of Christmas Shopping set

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As holiday shopping begins, families start to think about sitting down and creating their shopping lists. Each list is filled with items that mean something to the person they are meant to be received by. They are special. They are unique.
So, too, should be the store that those items are purchased from during the busy holiday season.
The many businesses and stores located around Lincoln Parish can fulfill that need to be different in a way that is beneficial to everyone.

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GSU hires new athletics director

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GRAMBLING — Grambling State University will start the new year with a new era for its athletics department as GSU President Rick Gallot announced Thursday that he has tabbed Paul Bryant as the school’s next athletics director effective Jan. 1.
It ends a long wait in GSU naming a permanent AD as Bryant, who has served as the AD at South Carolina State since Aug. 25, 2014, will succeed Obadiah Simmons, who has served as the school’s interim athletics director for the last 16 months.

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Pets of the Week

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These pups are looking for a home for the holidays. They have been at 4 Paws Rescue for quite sometime awaiting a family. These pups are up-to-date on shots and have been spayed or neutered. Come see them at 4 Paws Rescue, located at 290 Rodeo Road.
Their hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. They are closed Sunday and open by appointment only on Monday. Call 251-3647 for more information.

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