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July 6th, 2013

Traveling the road of life

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My family and I had the privilege of coming to Breckenridge, Colo., for our vacation, and it is from the beautiful mountains that I write. Warm sunny days hold the cool crisp air that refresh the mind, and the chilly evenings bring a sense of ease to the body and soul. There are many activities to do in Breckenridge, and today, Michael, our two kids and I took a bike ride down the Summit County Bike Trail to Frisco, Colo. It was an amazing 18 mile roundtrip, and truly there was a point that I had to allow my mind to be in charge, so my legs would continue pedaling. In fact, my ride became a prayer for God to sustain me with God’s energy and strength, so I wouldn’t have to depend on my own.

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Time passes by quickly

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Does time fly for you as it does me? Or is it an aging thing? Anyway, I seemed to be a day late and a dollar short these days just trying to get everything done on time.
On July 1, my one and only daughter, Becky, and my one and only daughter-in-law, Mary Hilan, both had a birthday. I think it’s odd that they have the same birthday, but it does make it easier to keep track.

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Church News - Sunday, July 7, 2013

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 up through age 3 is provided at 10:45 a.m. Sundays and by request on Sunday night and at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
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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. Choir rehearsal begins at 4 p.m. today.
Men’s Prayer Breakfast begins at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. Wednesday evening’s prayer service is at 6:30 p.m.
Christ Temple

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July 5th

Celebrate our city’s parks

July is National Parks and Recreation Month, and with the long Independence Day weekend still in progress, now is the perfect opportunity to see one kind of fun Ruston has to offer.
Ruston Parks and Recreations Department features 11 parks spread across the city that can provide all kind of family fun:
• R. L. Cook park at 2800 Kavanaugh Road (north Cooktown Road) consists of 28 acres of wooded and open terrain and features paved parking, two playgrounds and an all-weather walking trail.

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Blueberries offer big benefits

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With healthy lifestyles taking everyone by storm these days, oddly enough July is National Blueberry Month.
I’m all about blueberries — blueberry cobbler, blueberry ice cream, blueberry waffles and even blueberry muffins, though I am pretty sure when this tasty berry is prepared in those capacities it loses a lot of its health benefits.
Health.com gave four benefits of eating blueberries — all of which seem like a pretty big bonus to me.

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How I spent the summer of '69

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When I finally get myself together/I’m going to get down in that sunny southern weather/ And going to find a space inside to laugh/separate the wheat from the chaff/’Cause I feel like I owe it to someone.
That lyric is from a song called “Almost Cut My Hair” written by David Crosby — one of the members of Crosby Stills and Nash and Young.
It was 1969 when I first heard CSN. At age 13, my parents put me on a Continental Trailways bus out of Shreveport bound for Dallas to see my middle brother Benji.

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Freedom with a bang

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Many local residents flocked to the area surrounding Temple Baptist Church for the annual Fourth of July fireworks display on Wednesday night.
Pictured right are George Budds, Frank Reger, Margot Budds and Carleigh Reger mesmerized by the fireworks display.

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A Family Day Out

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Visitors to the Lincoln Parish Library Events Center at 10 a.m. July 13 will be greeted with a giant red crawfish during the first ever Family Day Out event.
During the event, Dee Scallan — and lead character Moby Pincher — will be on hand to read from the author’s books from her Crawfish Tale series.
This presentation, which is geared toward preschool through fifth graders, is a joint effort by Northern Louisiana Medical Center, the Lincoln Parish Library and Junior Auxiliary. The event is free and open to the public. Milk and cookies will be served, free of charge.

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Mallory Cox: Running for royalty

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Ruston native Mallory Cox competed in the Miss Louisiana pageant over the past weekend, but this local girl is no stranger to the stage.
Cox, 22, said this was her third time on the Miss Louisiana stage, each time placing as third runner-up.
“I have plans to go back again in 2014,” she said.
“I’ll be competing in the Miss Shreveport pageant later on this month and hopefully that will give me the opportunity to go back to Miss Louisiana.”
Cox has competed in six pageants since she first began competing.

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Farmerville High now Union

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As of July 1, the name of Farmerville High School officially changed to Union Parish High School.
“The process was a lot easier than I expected,” said principal David Gray. “I asked one person and filled out one sheet to turn into the state.”
Gray said the students are open to the change and the school has ordered new jerseys to accommodate athletes.
“The jerseys will still say ‘Farmers’ because the students voted to keep the mascot the same,” Gray said. “We’re looking at some logos with a ‘U’ for Union now.”

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