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December 12th

Church News: December 13, 2015

ASSEMBLY OF GOD
First Assembly of God
“Living in the Spirit” class is at 9:45 a.m. Sundays. Children’s church is at 10:45 a.m. Nursery through age 3 is provided at 10:45 a.m. Sundays, by request on Sunday night and at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
BAPTIST
Calvary
Bible study classes begin at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Worship is also held at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Men’s prayer breakfast begins at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. Wednesday prayer services are at 6:30 p.m.
China Grove Missionary

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December 11th

Grambling approves sales tax

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Shoppers will pay an additional half-cent sales tax when businesses arrive in Grambling Economic Development District No. 1.
The city council approved the addition during a special call meeting Thursday.
The council was able to vote on an additional sales tax because no one lives in the nine-acre piece of development, which is just south of Interstate 20 on Louisiana Highway 149/RWE Jones Drive.
The sales tax will be levied beginning in January.

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Christmas Parade rolls through Ruston

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2015 Miss Dixie Gem Peach Anna Blake waves to residents gathered for Ruston’s Christmas parade on Thursday. The parade, which began at 6 p.m., featured floats manned by residents from all over the parish.

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Grambling Farmers Market sees more than 100 visitors

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Only a few months in, one Grambling city councilman thinks the Grambling Farmers Market can grow bigger than it already has.
Councilman G. Denise Dupree said the market has seen on average eight vendors and more than 100 community members shop at the Grambling Farmers Market.
“It’s been a real accomplishment for the city,” she said. “We have had great turnouts, but I know it will continue to grow once the weather gets nicer and the word continues to spread.”
Dupree said the market is still looking for more vendors to participate.

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LPDC budget approved

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The public hearing of the Lincoln Parish Detention Center Commission on Thursday resulted in questions regarding the institutions financial standing being raised.
Walter Abbot, of Ruston, also raised a question regarding the LPDC’s financial standing.
Abbot said the Lincoln Parish Detention Center was given $1-$3 million by the Lincoln Parish Police Jury prior to the parish takeover of the jail in 2013.

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Arizona tops Lady Techsters

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TUSCON, Arizona — Louisiana Tech senior Brandi Wingate scored a career-high 26 points, but Arizona capitalized on hot shooting and second chance points as the Wildcats downed the Lady Techsters 77-67 before 827 fans at the McKale Center Thursday night.
Wingate put on an offensive show, hitting 8-of-12 field goals and 10-of-13 free throws in 36 minutes of action despite being constantly double teamed.

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Bulldogs, Cajuns clash Saturday

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A longtime state college basketball rivalry will be renewed Saturday as freshman Derric Jean (above) and the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs play host to the Ragin’ Cajuns of Louisiana-Lafayette in a noon showdown at the Thomas Assembly Center. Tech enters the game at 7-1 and will be fighting for its 36th consecutive win in the TAC while Louisiana-Lafayette stands at 3-3. The Cajuns are ranked No. 2 nationally in scoring at 91.8 points per game. Saturday’s contest will be televised by the American Sports Network.

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Grambling men, women on road

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Grambling State University’s men’s and women’s basketball teams both play on the road this weekend with 1 p.m. games on Saturday. Junior guard Chase Cormier (10, top photo) and the G-Men (2-6) will play at Tennessee State while Bre’Nae Andrews (bottom photo) and the Lady Tigers (2-5) will play at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches.

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Saving energy during winter months

Each year 5 to 30 percent of homes energy is lost to drafts, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Another anecdote for cooler weather is that replacing a new furnace can cost upwards of $1,500.

Most households spend 50 to 70 percent of their energy budgets on heating and cooling.

So in preparation for the cooler months ahead here are a few tips to help stay warm.

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Visiting the Renaissance Fair

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Every year princes, princesses, knights, wizards, witches and storm troopers, yes, storm troopers make their way to Hammond to be part of the annual Louisiana Renaissance Festival.
It may seem like a strange crowd, but between the interesting characters of literally all kinds of make believe characters, heroes and villains, it makes for a very interesting weekend.
Or, in this case, several weekends.
Growing up, my parents loved to take my brother and me to interesting, educational places all over the country for vacation.

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