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December 26th

Donald Ray Hoenke

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Donald Ray Hoenke, age 68 died unexpectedly Thursday, December 20, 2012 the result of a heart attack incurred while helping a stranger fix a flat tire. To those who knew him know that Donnie was a faithful friend, compassionate even to strangers, and there for anyone in need. He grew up in Fryberg, Louisiana to parents Nellie Fay Hoenke and Arthur Edward Hoenke. His parents and sister Kay Culpepper preceded him in death.

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Mark O. Holtzclaw

Funeral Services for Mr. Mark O. Holtzclaw, age 77 of Ruston, will be held on Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. at Mineral Springs Baptist Church. Rev. Greg Tipton and Rev. M.F. Copeland will officiate with burial to follow in the Douglas Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Ruston, LA.

Mr. Holtzclaw was born in Farmerville, LA on August 20, 1935 and passed away in Ruston, LA on December 22, 2012 following a brief illness.

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December 24th

RHS, Creek: 10 all-staters

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Ruston High and Cedar Creek won a combined 15 games during the 2012 football season.
Now, they’ve got a composite double-digit total in another area.
The Bearcats (6-6) and Cougars (9-3) had an overall total of 10 representatives — five from each school — for their classifications on the annual Louisiana Sports Writers Association All-State squads.

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Juluke, Spady due for Tech staff

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Any day now, Louisiana Tech University is scheduled to announce more additions to the football staff being formed by new Head Coach Skip Holtz Jr., according to sources close to the; program.
The likely hires: former Grambling State University assistant coach James Spady and current Edna Karr High School Head Coach Jabbar Juluke.

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Want to become a Master Gardener?

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The Louisiana Master Gardener Program, sponsored by the LSU AgCenter, is taking applications for the yearly series of Master Gardener classes, which will begin Feb. 7.
The program consists of 14 classes, with professional instructors presenting up-to-date information on specific gardening/horticultural subject matters. The classes will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Thursday (Feb. 7-May 9) at the Ouachita Parish AgCenter’s Extension Service auditorium located at 704 Cypress St., West Monroe.

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Choudrant Elementary - Letters to Santa

Dear Santa,
I want an I pod for Christmas if you can get me one! Want a pair of boots. I also want a toy barbie house. Don’t you know that Christmas is not just about putting up a tree. Or giving peppole presents. Its about Jeasus was born on Christmas day! I also want baby wanta walks. I also want some clothes and shoes. I also want nail polish! Tell Rudolph I said hay!
Love ,
Kaitlyn
Second grade

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Pet of the Week

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Spot is a big boy with a happy personality. At almost the size of a Great Dane he thinks he is a lap dog. He gets along with all other dogs and is around 1-year-old. Spot is white with black markings, he is neutered and up to date on shots. His adoption fee is $65. Call 251-DOGS for more information or visit www.4pawsrescue.com. Those interested in pet adoption may also come see all the dogs at the new office located at 290 Rodeo Road, Ruston just south of Tech Farm Road. The office is open from 10 a.m.- 5p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or call for an appointment.

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Enjoy spirit of giving all year long

For the past several weeks, the pages of this newspaper have been filled with stories of residents reaching out to help others in need.
People generally take the idea of the season of giving to heart during the months of November and December, rushing to provide everything from food to toys for their neighbors who might not have them otherwise.

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History leaves few answers

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I said I wouldn’t do it. I said I wouldn’t give my two cents on the current polarizing issues of gun rights and violence in schools. But it seems as if I just can’t seem to quit absorbing the never-ending opinions after the massacre in Connecticut.

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Earthtalk

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Dear EarthTalk: It might seem obvious, but what would be the primary benefits of public transit as an alternative to the private automobile if our country were to make a major commitment to it?
— James Millerton,
Armstrong, Pa.
The benefits of making a major commitment to building up and efficiently managing a larger and more comprehensive public transit network are many.

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