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Milton Willett

Funeral services will be held for Milton Willett, at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 21, 2011, at First Baptist Church in Arcadia. Interment will follow at Hurricane Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday, October 20, 2011 from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m.

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The road to progress

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Ruston mayor, community comment on school scores
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Scores released earlier this month revealed that Lincoln Parish’s District Performance Score went up by 1.5 points from the 2009-10 school year to the 2010-11 school year. This was part of a historic score release that included the first year for schools to receive letter grades.
Simultaneously, according to information released by the Louisiana Department of Education, the school district dropped from a rank of No. 21 in the state during the 2009-10 school year to rank No. 23 — a rank the district shares with the Winn Parish School District — in the 2010-11 school year.

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A tent full of fun

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Circus rolls into town Sunday
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A big tent filled with acrobatics, animals and comedy will set up for one day only in Ruston on Sunday.
The Carson and Barnes Circus, brought to Ruston by the Ruston Jaycees, will stop by for two shows at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the North Louisiana Exhibition Center off of Louisiana Highway 33.
The event will feature traditional circus acts such as acrobats, animals and clowns, including the world-renowned clown Alex, the “King of Comedy.”

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Police net synthetic marijuana arrest

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A West Monroe woman has been arrested and charged with drug distribution in connection with recent store raids for illegal activity in Lincoln Parish.
Kirsten Alexis Barnes, 20, of 306 Hillside Circle, was arrested by the Lincoln Parish Narcotics Enforcement Team/Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office on Oct. 14 and charged with three counts of distribution of Schedule I Drugs. She was released from the Lincoln Parish Detention Center on Oct. 18 on a $45,000 bond.

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Hodge seeks insurance commissioner spot

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Louisiana commissioner of insurance candidate Donald Hodge recently stopped by the Ruston Daily Leader office as he was campaigning through North Louisiana.
The 31-year-old Democrat from Baton Rouge is running against incumbent Jim Donelon, a Republican, in Saturday’s primary election.
Hodge, a private attorney in Baton Rouge, said his experiences working as an attorney for Catholic Charities social service organization led to his decision to run for insurance commissioner.

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NFB to put on fashion show

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The North Central Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of Louisiana presents the first ever City of Lights Fashion Show at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Trinity Center, located at 1000 Woodward Ave. in Ruston. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults; $1 for children age 12 and under.
Proceeds benefit the Junior Auxiliary of Ruston, a nonprofit organization of women that strives to make a difference in the lives of the citizens of Lincoln Parish, especially the children. This event is part of the National Federation of the Blind’s, Meet the Blind Month.

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Senior Circle Quilters to honor 11 local veterans

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The Senior Circle Quilters for America’s Heroes will honor 11 local veterans with heirloom quilts at 2 p.m. Nov. 7.
The ceremony will take place in the front courtyard of Northern Louisiana Medical Center.
This quilting group started in February of this year and has been able to finish 11 quilts. It is the mission of this group to present these heirloom quality quilts once a year to local veterans who have served the country.

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Kiwanis aid drug court

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Ruston Kiwanis Club continued its support of the Third District Drug Court with a donation of $500 for the fourth straight year. The club uses the proceeds from its annual Pancake Day to support multiple causes in the area. The 60th Annual Kiwanis Pancake Day will be held on Nov. 11. Pictured are Fletcher Hyacinth, Judge Wayne Smith, Kiwanis President Dwight Anderson, Jed Dance, Ronnie Wiggins and Larry Taylor.

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District duels await parish teams

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RHS, Creek, Grambling continue league action Friday
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Regardless of how different their victories were last weekend, Ruston and West Monroe are headed for one of their perennial I-20 showdowns on Friday night.
And now that they’re back together in the same league, that’s the way it should be.
On Friday night, the Bearcats (4-3, 0-1) ripped North DeSoto 47-3 at the same time the Rebels (5-2, 2-0) were sneaking past Ouachita 17-14 in an overtime thriller.

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Jessie’s Jottings

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NBA lockout dragging on far too long
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So once again another week goes by and no catchy headlines that say the National Basketball Association has reached a consensus about the collective bargaining agreement.
The only headline has been about labor talks lasting obscene amount of time and then stalling. This lockout has gone on long enough and fans are sick of hearing about it. Sportswriters (especially yours truly) are tired of writing on what looks like a dead situation.

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