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December 18th

Arsonist sought

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Someone reportedly tried to set a residence on fire this morning, while occupants were inside asleep.
The Ruston Fire Department is seeking any information pertaining to the case via Crime Stoppers.
RFD Public Education Officer Eric Brazzel said the fire department received a report of an attempted arson fire at 603 Spice Avenue, right of off Farmerville Street, at 3:58 a.m. today.

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After 25 years, Peden retires

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After 25 years of service to the City of Ruston, Deputy Chief Robert Kevin Peden retired Dec. 1.
Peden started as a patrol officer in 1987 with the Ruston Police Department. He became a field training officer and was responsible for training other officers. Peden also was one of the founding members of the Ruston Police Department’s first ever SWAT team, and was a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy.

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B & B presents ‘A Christmas Cabaret’

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With only a few more days until Christmas, there is still time to take in a holiday show. B & B Theatre, a local professional acting troupe, in conjunction with the North Central Louisiana Arts Council, will present “A Christmas Cabaret” on Thursday in the Norton Building, located in Downtown Ruston at 207 W. Mississippi Ave. There is also an entrance on the 200 block of Park Avenue.

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Questions about mysterious citrus trees

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Along with the increased plantings of citrus trees in the area over the past several years, inquiries about certain thorny, citrus trees with large lemon-like fruit have been coming to my office. In the last two weeks I have had two samples of the unknown lemon tree brought in for identification. This is easy.  The tree in question is the trifoliate orange (Poncirus trifoliate)

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Shreveport Chamber honors local native Warren

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The Shreveport Chamber of Commerce recently honored Ruston/Grambling native Shannon Warren as one of the recipients of the Top 40 Under 40 Business Leaders award for exceptional leadership.

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Cub scouts spread Christmas cheer

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Members of Ruston’s Cub Scout Pack 59 visited the Russ House on Dec. 16 to spread a little Christmas cheer. The boys sang carols for residents and handed out wrapped care packages, personally packed for the residents.

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Joiner named for football Hall

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Ex-Grambling, NFL star set for Black College shrine honor
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GRAMBLING — From Many, La., to stardom at the college and professional level.
That’s the road that has been traveled by Charlie Joiner in creating one of the most impressive resumes ever compiled by a wide receiver.
Now, that road from his birthplace will wind through Atlanta, Ga., on Feb. 16, 2013, when Joiner will be one of 11 inductees into the Black College Football Hall of Fame.
Joining Joiner at the podium during ceremonies to be held at the Loews Hotel will be:

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Appleby leads ’Dogs past UALR

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — It was a homecoming for guard Raheem Appleby, a native of nearby Jacksonville, Ark., as he had a game-high 17 points to lead Louisiana Tech (9-3) to a nail-biting 75-73 win over the University of Arkansas-Little Rock (8-5) on Monday night at the Jack Stephens Center.
The rematch from a Tech victory earlier in the season in Ruston went to the Bulldogs, this time in Little Rock, snapping UALR’s seven-game home winning streak.

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In the history books

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The trio of junior and team captain Faithe Ann Hampton, junior Dustie Flowers and senior Natalia Rodriguez became the first representatives of Downsville High School in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association state cross country meet when they competed at the 2012 event held in Natchitoches. All three finished for the Demons.

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Parish duels headline prep action

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Grambling at RHS, Dubach hosts Simsboro in boys’ games
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Lincoln Parish’s two representatives in the boys’ division of the 2011-12 Louisiana High School Athletic Association basketball tournament will meet in a regular season contest tonight.
Simsboro High, among the participants in the Class B state competition last season, will play at Dubach High, which reached the Class C portion of the state tournament.
The 7:30 p.m. meeting will be one of two boys’ games tonight featuring parish programs squaring off against each other.

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