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Fred L. Christian

Fred L. Christian passed away on September 2, 2011. A Memorial Service for Fred L. Christian will be held Friday, November 4th at 1:30 p.m. at NW Louisiana Veterans Cemetery, 7970 Mike Clark Rd, Keithville, LA 71047, 318-925-0612. For directions visit http://vetaffairs.la.gov.

Fred served in the USAF for 31 years. He graduated from LA Tech University in 1986 majoring in Horticulture.

Visitation and refreshments November 4 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the American Legion Post #14 located at 5315 S. Lakeshore Dr., Shreveport, LA. For more information call Marilyn at 318-226-0649.

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City meter project advances

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In recent weeks, thousands of Ruston residents have received new electric meters as part of the city’s Smart Metering System.
City Public Utility Manager Darrell Caraway said crews are first changing out the meters of the approximately 10,000 residential power customers and will then move on to the approximately 1,000 meters for commercial customers.
The meter change-out takes approximately 30 minutes for each customer. Electric usage will cease during the 30-minute installation period.

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Blazing battles

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Area fire departments had a busy afternoon Tuesday after sparks from a crew working set a group of old mobile homes on fire on Louisiana Highway 33, starting a more than three-hour battle with the flames.
Lincoln Parish Fire District spokesman Jim Hilton said the group of approximately seven old, abandoned mobile homes, located on a lot directly across from Scott’s Catfish on La. Highway 33, burned down.
“I think there used to be a mobile home dealer there, or something like that,” he said. “They were old, junk mobile homes.”

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Residents dining for a good cause

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Annual Poor Man’s Supper fundraiser benefits CCA
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The Ruston Civic Center was packed on Tuesday evening with residents seeking a simple meal, opportunities to socialize and a way to help their fellow man.
Each person who walked in to be greeted by the meal of vegetable soup and crackers at the Poor Man’s Supper purchased a $5 ticket and donated a can of meat, with proceeds and food going to Christian Community Action.
On one side of the room, there was a large table set up that held more than 50 items — donated by local businesses and individuals — for the fundraiser silent auction. Attendees wrote down their bids for framed posters, a teeth whitening package, jewelry, artwork, tools and even a large, decorative mirror.

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Volunteer coaches make a difference

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Millions of children in this country play youth sports. Right here at Ruston Parks and Recreation, hundreds of children play youth sports throughout the year.
While playing sports, children are staying active and learning about teamwork and sportsmanship. With hundreds of youngsters coming through the RPAR leagues also comes the increasing demand for more volunteer coaches.

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JA receives donation

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Holidays in CedarTown recently gave a donation to the Ruston Junior Auxiliary representatives. Pictured, from left to right: Blair Walpole, Junior Auxiliary president; Tara Smith, Junior Auxiliary Christmas Clearing House chair; Sunny Moon, Holidays in CedarTown chairman; Lynda Steed, Cedar Creek School director of development; and Jill Myers, Holidays in CedarTown advertising chair.

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Creek, OCS in ‘Game of Year’ setting

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A “Game of the Year” setting awaits Cedar Creek and Monroe Ouachita Christian on Friday night.
Outright first place in District 2-1A is the reward for whoever leaves as the winner in the 7 p.m. kickoff at the Cougars’ stadium.
OCS is No. 1 in the state, perfect after eight games and 2-0 against league opponents. Cedar Creek is in the state’s Top 10, winner of seven-of-eight overall contests and also 2-0 in the district.

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Jessie’s Jottings

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With eyes as big as saucers, I looked at the National Football League scores and was blown away.
This season is definitely an off one for the league. Case in point, the New Orleans Saints played the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday and absolutely demolished Colts.
The Saints man-handled the down trodden Colts to the tune of 62-7.
Even college football is largely unpredictable.

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Come together for progress

Louisiana’s Oct. 22 primary elections have come and gone.
Following Saturday’s races, a few things will change, but many things will remain the same.
After obtaining 65.8 percent of the vote against nine competitors, Gov. Bobby Jindal will hold onto his seat for another four years.
In the Louisiana Senate races, Bob Kostelka will continue to represent portions of Lincoln Parish in Senate District 35. State House District 11 representative Rick Gallot was elected as senator to represent Senate District 29, a new minority district created when the legislature redrew the Senate map lines following the 2010 U.S. Census. Elected to take over Gallot’s House District 11 seat was Patrick Jefferson. The Homer attorney will represent parts of Bienville, Claiborne and Lincoln parishes in the state House.

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A break from the day-to-day

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I’d have to say the Halloween memory that sticks with me the most is the year when my mom took my younger cousin and I trick-or-treating in our neighborhood. Since I grew up in the woods — where people don’t live on top of each other in neat little neighborhoods — I use the term loosely.
This particular year was so memorable, because we knocked on the door of a man who we knew had a lion in his backyard. Being older and generally wiser now, I’m pretty sure he probably wasn’t supposed to have the lion. But, when I was younger, it was simply the neatest thing ever.

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