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W. Monroe victim was Ruston native

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Garland ‘Gene’ Henley, shot and killed on Thursday, was a 1971 graduate of RHS

The man shot to death Thursday during a crime spree in West Monroe was a Ruston native.
Garland E. “Gene” Henley Jr., 58, of West Monroe, was shot outside of Brookshire’s Supermarket on Cypress Street. He was reported transported to Glenwood Medical Center, where he later died.
Henley, a retired oil field worker, was born on Aug. 22, 1952, in Ruston. He was a 1971 graduate of Ruston High School, where he ran track and played football. His alleged killer, Steven Lane Salsbury Jr., 26, shot and killed himself Friday during a standoff at a Bass Pro Shop parking lot in downtown Oklahoma City.
Ruston Police Chief Steve Rogers was a childhood friend of Henley’s and said he was saddened by the news.

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Painting the town

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Out of towners join locals for 13th annual event
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As the sun peaked out from the clouds Saturday, people strolled in downtown Ruston, ducking into boutiques and searching for unique treasures from local artists. North Central Louisiana Arts Council’s 13th annual Holiday Arts Tour began Friday night, stretched into Saturday and will commence today. From 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today at the Lincoln Parish Library Events Center, musicians will perform and tour artists will show their works.
One of the artists showing during the tour was Joli Livaudais, a photographer with a studio and gallery in Monroe who opens her gallery doors during Monroe’s monthly Art Crawl.

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Armless guitarist to perform Monday

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He was born without arms, and was told he couldn’t do it. But Tony Melendez proved them wrong. Melendez, who has performed for Pope John Paul II and at the 1989 World Series among other venues across the globe, plays guitar with his feet.
At 6:30 p.m. Monday, Melendez will perform a free concert at Temple Baptist Church. The event, “Give Thanks With a Grateful Heart,” is sponsored by the Ruston Area Alliance for Ministry. Melendez and his band perform a range of acoustic songs from pop hits by the Beatles, Eric Clapton and John Mayor to “The Lord’s Prayer” and original tunes.

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Giving my thanks to God

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Well, the holiday season is just about here! It’s hard for me to believe that many are already putting up Christmas decorations and we haven’t even celebrated Thanksgiving yet. I, for one, refuse to rush the calendar and I plan on relishing the Thanksgiving holidays. I choose to do this because I’ve been thinking about all of those people in my life, and all those situations, for which I am so very thankful.

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I.A. Lewis earns accolades

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The “American Heritage Dictionary” defines success as “the achievement of something desired, planned or attempted.”
I.A. Lewis School recently received news that publicly verified the success of our school.
The Louisiana Department of Education reported that we had experienced a growth of 15.9 points, 8.4 points greater than our growth target, and a School Performance Score of 96.0.

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Ruston the vacation spot of choice?

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My wife and I lived in a small town in Florida for 33 years before moving to Ruston seven years ago. We enjoyed those years but we established no close friends. In fact, we attended three or four different churches for as long as 10 years each and felt like outsiders throughout the tenure.

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Locals piled up on Pancake Day

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The Ruston Kiwanis Club wishes to thank the Ruston-Lincoln Parish community for the support you gave our club by participating in our 59th Annual Pancake Day fundraiser held on Nov. 12. There were approximately 3,500 tickets sold. Once our expenses are paid, all of the remaining funds will be used on projects to help children in particular and the community in general. Our members pay monthly dues to help us operate the club.

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Tech, GSU deals good for future

In recent weeks we’ve seen both Louisiana Tech and Grambling State universities signing agreements with two-year colleges to work together.
And during these troubled economic times, especially for our state’s higher education system, that’s a good thing.
Louisiana public colleges and universities have lost $315 million in state funding since 2008. Last month, Gov. Bobby Jindal announced an additional $35 million cut for this fiscal year. Those cuts aren’t shocking. The system is broken.

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Louisiana Tech fall quarter graduates named

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Louisiana Tech University’s fall quarter commencement exercises were held Nov. 20 with diplomas awarded to 328 graduates. Commencement marked the close of fall quarter activities at the university, with winter quarter classes to begin Dec. 1.

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Honor students recognized for achievements

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Ruston Elementary honor roll students for the second six weeks are as follows:
Principal’s list — All ‘A’s
• First grade — Charles Davis, Teron Griffin, Brineessia Hargrove, Jystice Jackson, Sanaa Jackson, Monserrat Medrano, Rakeeria Modest
• Second grade — Christian Bruner, Raliyah Gatson, Anaiah Jones, Taniya Moore, Paris Murphy, Connor Pearcy, Auniyah Rhone, Damarion Roane, Willacia Thomas
• Third grade — Ciara Smith
• Fourth grade — Makayla Lewis, Jesus Solorzano
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