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June 20th, 2013

Misty Hottle Hansford

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Misty Hottle Hansford, age 36, passed away Tuesday, June 18, 2013 in Pittsburgh, PA following a short illness. She was born September 4, 1976 in El Dorado, Arkansas, and raised in Ruston, Louisiana by her loving mother, Kay Streeter, and step-father, Joseph Richard Hottle. She attended Ruston High School until she moved in 1992. Misty was full of life and always spoke her mind. She never sat still, as evidenced by living in Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, Florida, Tennessee, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. An artistic soul, she loved music and photography, and enjoyed playing video games.

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Mrs. Darlene Parkman

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Funeral services for Mrs. Darlene Willoughby Parkman, age 54, of Ruston will be 10:00 AM Saturday, June 22, 2013 at Cook Baptist Church in Ruston. Officiating the service will be Rev. Mike Holloway and Rev. Don McCormack. Interment will follow at The Garden of Memories cemetery in Minden, LA under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Ruston. Mrs. Parkman was born April 28, 1959 and passed away June 18, 2013 following a brief illness.

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Inman, Strickland to wed

Randy and Jane Inman, of Dubach, are pleased to announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Jennifer Elizebeth Inman, of Dubach, to Cameron Bruce Strickland, of Benton.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Malvin and Ophelia Brazzel and the late Floyd and Nova Inman. She is a 2012 graduate of Dubach High School.

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Cheshier, Golden announce engagement

Roger and Sarah Cheshier, of El Dorado, Ark., are pleased to announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Katie Beth Cheshier, to Charles Patrick Golden Jr., of Vidalia.

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Edwards stops in Lincoln

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A sold-out crowd gathered in the main dinning room of Squire Creek Country Club, as hundreds flocked to see one of Louisiana’s most controversial and charismatic figures. Former Governor Edwin Edwards, a long-time pillar of the state’s political scene, opened the Louisiana Peach Festival as the headlining speaker at the luncheon on Wednesday.
The 85-year-old began with a series of jokes, some at his own expense, and a few aimed at Squire Creek Country Club owner James Davison. Davison, who introduced Edwards, commented on their longtime friendship and stated Edwards “is a good man.”

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Man in jail in armed robbery case

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A Jonesboro man is behind bars on one charge of armed robbery following an incident that occurred on May 26.
According to reports, a male with his face partially covered robbed the staff of the Sonic Drive In on West California at gunpoint. Through a series of tips received by the Ruston Police Department and the Lincoln Parish Narcotics Enforcement Team, Phillip Leon Newton, 34, of 287 Industrial Drive, Jonesboro, was subsequently apprehended on June 19.

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Movie set to inspire local ‘champions’

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The Arbor & The Terrace of Ruston is hosting a community screening of the award-winning documentary “Age of Champions,” followed by a Healthy Aging Resource Fair and Community Discussion about aging, health and fitness.
“Age of Champions” is the uplifting story of five competitors who sprint, leap and swim for gold at the National Senior Olympics. In the film, viewers will meet a 100 year-old tennis champion, 86-year-old pole vaulter and rough-and-tumble basketball grandmothers who battle to overcome the limitations of age and discover the resilience of the human spirit.

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Teachers train for Advanced Learning Academy

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Anyone who thinks that Lincoln Parish educators hang up their book bags when the last bell sounds in May is definitely mistaken. All across the district, teachers and administrators are actively participating in collaborative meetings, engaging in specialized training opportunities, attending workshops and seminars both locally and across the state, completing advanced degrees and working diligently to craft progressive, innovative learning experiences for the 2013-14 year.

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During festival watch for pedestrians

As most know, the annual Louisiana Peach Festival has officially kicked off. The winners of the Art Exhibit have been announced, baby photos have been turned in, former State of Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards was at Squire Creek Country Club Wednesday bragging on the goodness of Ruston’s very own peaches and one of the more popular events — the treasure hunt — began with clues being published in the Ruston Daily Leader and announced on the radio earlier this week. Needless to say, the 2013 Louisiana Peach Festival is in full swing.

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Downtown full of summer fun

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It’s a big couple of weeks for downtown Ruston, starting Friday with the start of the 2013 Louisiana Peach Festival.
The Peach Fest will officially begin at 8 a.m. Friday with citywide sidewalk sales, a North Central Louisiana Arts Council Fine Arts Show and Kids Fishing Tournament all set for 8 a.m. starts.
A Peach Cookery contest will be held at 10 a.m. while the KidsZone area of the Fest will open at 5:30 p.m.
The Peach Fest Tennis Tournament is set for a 6 p.m. start that evening while the Peach Festival Rodeo will begin at 8 p.m.

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