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Alfred, Stephens exchange vows

Anita Alfred, of Ruston, and John Philip Stephens, of Shreveport, were married at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at Temple Baptist Church. The double-ring ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Howard Davis and the Rev. Keith Stephens.
Anita is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Alfred, of Chennai, India. She is the granddaughter of the late Rev. and Mrs. Doss and the late Mr. and Mrs. Moses.

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Holiday party for parish

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Due to ethics considerations, the Lincoln Parish Police Jury has abandoned its long-standing practice of collecting business donations to help fund the annual Christmas party for parish employees and their spouses, as well as jurors.
Each December, a large gathering is held, including entertainment and food. Parish Administrator Courtney Hall notes that the parish is not permitted to use public funds to help pay for the party. Hence, it is funded by two means. First, police jurors, who are paid $875 per month, volunteer to have some monies deducted from their monthly checks to go toward the cause. The second means has traditionally been by individual police jurors soliciting financial contributions from businesses.

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GSU presents show

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Grambling State University Theatre will present “Snoopy!!! The Musical,” by Larry Grossman and Hal Hackady, tonight and Thursday at the Floyd L. Sandle Theatre, located in the Conrad Hutchinson Performing Arts Center.
“This laughter-filled musical is based on Charles M. Shultz’s famous comic strip characters from ‘Peanuts,’” Director Mary F. Crook said. “This production is guaranteed enjoyment for the entire family and will encourage viewers to believe in oneself despite the various odds that arise on the journey of life.”
The cast consists of seven GSU students under the vocal direction of Jarell Miller. The production staff includes Hardy Bates as set and light designer, Teshia Lincoln as costume designer, Anjelica Hardy as prop master and D’Andrea Wilson as stage manager.

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Lung function testing to be offered at NLMC

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In celebration of World COPD Day 2011, Northern Louisiana Medical Center and Ruston Pulmonology will offer free lung function testing from 8-11 a.m. Wednesday at Northern Louisiana Medical Center in the Atrium.
Howard Murray, M.D., Pulmonary Critical Care physician at Ruston Pulmonology and a member of the medical staff at NLMC, is working to create awareness in the community of lung disease such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, also known as C.O.P.D.

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Tech burglaries present security questions

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Louisiana Tech Police are looking at new security measures for Harper Hall after a male intruder was spotted in a dorm room this month.
At approximately 2 a.m. Nov. 2, two residents of Harper Hall on the seventh floor awoke to an unidentified black man going through their belongings in their room, according to the police report.
The two students yelled at him and he reportedly ran out, closing the door behind him.
The students had propped their door open before going to bed to let air circulate through the room, which allowed the man to gain entry into the room.

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Alexander speaks on Veterans Day

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Rep. Rodney Alexander, Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District U.S. House Representative, addresses the community at Cedar Creek School for the 2011 Veterans Day Tribute. Rep. Alexander recognized the sacrifices made by the nation’s veterans to provide citizens with wide ranging rights to include the freedom to assemble and prayer (free speech). The Louisiana Tech A.F.R.O.T.C. Honor Guard led the presentation of colors.

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Historical Happenings: Naval battle to be topic

Ahmad Nazir Atassi, assistant history professor at Louisiana Tech University, will be the featured speaker at this month’s Historical Happenings lecture at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Lincoln Community Room of the Library Parish Library.
Atassi will discuss, “To the Shores of Tripoli: The first battle of the United States Marines in the Middle East.”
The First Battle of Tripoli Harbor was a naval battle fought on May 16, 1802 in Tripoli harbor between a combined force consisting of the American frigate USS Boston and two Swedish frigates against several Tripolitian corsairs.

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Pet of the Week

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Smokey is a female domestic gray and white short-hair cat who is current on shots and housetrained. She will make the “purr-fect” addition for a family looking for a cat. Call 251-DOGS for more information about Smokey.

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Many at risk for diabetes

According to the American Diabetes Association, November is National Diabetes Month.
Nearly 26 million children and adults in the U.S. are already living with diabetes, and 79 million additional people are at high risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.
Many people don’t consider diabetes a serious issue. But, the truth is that diabetes kills more people each year than breast cancer and AIDS combined.

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Sugar industry changing

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It’s doubtful many of us could run our households or our businesses on the same money today as we did 25 years ago.
Think about how much your family income was in 1986. Now think about having to make ends meet today with that same amount of money. Essentially that’s the situation the Louisiana sugar research industry has found itself in over the last decade or so.
In 1986 Louisiana sugar growers and sugar mill owners voluntarily agreed to have 10 cents per ton of cane sold and processed, respectively, dedicated to research into new sugarcane varieties. That 20-cent assessment, or dues, developed by the American Sugar Cane League, has remained the same to this day.

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