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December 13th

Society doesn't always have the last word

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Darrius Stewart is a statistic.
He’s an abused child — his mother, a crack cocaine addict for 20 years, “beat us with an extension cord to the point we couldn’t go to school the next day.”
He’s also a high school dropout, a former resident of four foster homes in three years, and an Iraq war veteran came home suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome.
And none of that counts the absence of a positive male role model during his childhood and teen-age years.
Stewart was in his early 20s when he met this father for the first time.

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New Tech Academies director thanks community

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It has been said, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” While this statement may have many applications and many contexts, it is applicable in the current context of the community of Ruston and Ruston High School. In a season of counting blessings and being thankful, RHS and the New Tech Academies are grateful for the outpouring of support from our community.

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Warhawks edge past G-Men, 59-57

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MONROE — Devante Jackson tied the game at 57 with four seconds remaining, but Jordan Harris’ layup with one second left lifted the Louisiana-Monroe men’s basketball team to a thrilling 59-57 victory over Grambling State on Tuesday at Fant-Ewing Coliseum.
The Tigers (3-7), who fell behind 10-0 to begin the game, trailed for 39 minutes and 56 seconds before tying the game at 57 on a Devante Jackson layup. However, the Warhawks (4-5) still had enough time to beat the buzzer as Harris put up a layup with one seconds remaining to give Louisiana-Monroe the victory.

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Dunkin’ Dogs rally try comes up short

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Down by as much as 18 points in the game, the Louisiana Tech men’s basketball team mounted a furious comeback late in the second half but the Bulldogs ran out of time as they fell to Louisiana-Lafayette, 75-71, on Tuesday night inside the Thomas Assembly Center.
It was a similar story to that of the last home loss. Despite being held to a season-low 25 points in the first half, LA Tech (7-3) still shot the ball well enough to win – 50 percent from the field, 54 percent from three and 78 percent from the foul line.

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GSU’s Hill named SWAC Women’s Player of Week

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala.— Grambling State University junior guard Shakyla Hill was named the Southwestern Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the conference announced on Tuesday.

Hill, who earned the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Women’s Basketball Co-Player of the Week on Monday, surpassed the 1,000-point plateau in Grambling State’s loss to Alabama. She scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed 13 boards against the Crimson Tide.

She finished with eight steals (third in the country in that category) and four assists.

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December 12th

Family tradition

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‘Posadas’ Christmas coming to Ruston

A mini version of the Hispanic “posadas” Christmas tradition is coming to Ruston.
The celebration, which centers around food, fun and family, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in Railroad Park. The free event is open to the public and sponsored by Ruston’s Tabernaculo Cristiana Restauracion church.
“We would just like to bring back the family together,” Armando Ayala, the church’s pastor, said.
The festival will include traditional music, children’s activities and piñatas, Ayala said.

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RCD to host ‘A Tuna Christmas’

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The Ruston Cultural District will present “A Tuna Christmas” with B&B Theatre at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Norton Building.
“A Tuna Christmas,” produced in association with Samuel French, is a sequel to “Greater Tuna,” by Ed Howard, Jaston Williams and Joe Sears.
“(The production tells) tales from the ‘third smallest town in Texas’ — the fictional Tuna — through the airwaves of radio station OKKK,” said Jessica Slaughter, a member of the RCD, said.

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Regents OK cybersecurity letter of intent

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The Louisiana Board of Regents on Monday gave Grambling State University the green light to proceed with plans to establish the first cybersecurity degree program in the state.
The Regents unanimously approved GSU’s letter of intent to develop the new academic program.
“Now we have to develop curriculum and the program in concert with faculty, corporate partners and industry leaders in cybersecurity,” GSU President Rick Gallot said.
Once those components are in place, the university will return to the Regents for final approval of the new degree program.

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Union Parish Jail deficit shrinking until state pulls inmates

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FARMERVILLE — There’s an old riddle that asks: If it takes two hours to dig a hole two feet deep, how long does it take to dig half a hole?
The correct answer is there’s no such thing as half a hole.
For the Union Parish Police Jury, the pit they pour money into each year at the Union Parish Detention Center isn’t nearly as deep as it once was. At least one member of the jury, who serves as chairman of the Union Parish Detention Center Commission says even with improvements, there is still much to be done.

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Remember the true meaning of Christmas

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Christmas is one of the most important celebrations for Christians around the world, but it can also be one of the most stressful.
Take a break to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.
Ask your children why we are celebrating.
• Christmas Cards — Most people enjoy receiving cards. I send them only to my out-of-town friends who I don’t see often to catch up on family news. If you’re sending a newsletter, make it brief and not too boastful.

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