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Inauguration day one for history books

Whether you traveled to Washington, D.C., were at home watching TV or caught live streaming online video, the inauguration of Barack Obama today was a historic moment.
The excitement about the election and inauguration of the first African-American president has been building for months. Expectations of what Obama will do for our nation and our world are sky-high.
The truth is that there is a lot of hard work ahead for us. Obama has acknowledged this, and it is the reality of the current situation.

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City wins at Chamber gala

“It’s been a great night with a good turnout and a great group of award winners,” Terry said. “Every year it seems we get a better and better group of winners who do an excellent job of serving our community.”
The Chamber held its annual gala last week at the Ruston Civic Center, handing out awards to an impressive group for their service to the community.
Winner of the Robert E. Russ Award for community was Tommy Folk.
Folk, a Ruston native and retired president of construction operations for T. L. James &

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I-Bowl champs appreciate support

“That was pretty neat and very much appreciated,” said junior defensive back Antonio Baker. “It was a great honor for all of us to be able to walk out and hear that kind of response from our fans. They were a big reason why we had a good year. Without them, it would not have been possible.”
The 10-minute ceremony featured a proclamation announcing a “Tech Football Day” throughout the city by Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth and the presentation of the sparkling Independence Bowl trophy to coach Derek Dooley and Tech President Dan Reneau by bowl Chairman Keith Bergeron.

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Excitement builds for historic event

In fact, Higgins felt so good about the city council passing the motion that she already had a draft version of the proclamation she read aloud during the Jan. 8 meeting.
“We knew we didn’t have a lot of time, so I got together with some others and we came up with the letter,” Higgins said.
“I had talked to a couple of the councilmen about how we needed to present a statement from the city for the president-elect, and they were positive about it so we went ahead and prepared a draft.”

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