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Cold weather, bad stories halt winter outings

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I give you Texas weather! I mean it. One day it is almost like springtime and the next is freezing. I hate that.You know it must be cold when I tell you that I had two interesting things scheduled for today and cancelled them both, got in bed and took a long winter’s nap.
It’s evening, daughter-in-law Mary Hilan and her daughter Hilan are leaving to go to the Christian Family Book Store for the January meeting of our book club, which I told you earlier is a great place to meet, which happens because the manager belongs to our church.

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Colvins celebrate 60 years

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Jim and Nan Colvin, of Ruston, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Dec. 29.
The couple married Dec. 28, 1951.
They have three daughters — Kaye Rabb, Julie Bailey and Robbie Barrett. The couple’s grandchildren include Eric Williamson, Darick Williamson, Chanel Bailey, Chris Wood, Dylan Barrett and Natalie Rabb.
Their great-grandchildren include Asher Bailey and Brody Barrett.
A celebration dinner was held at the Colvin’s home and was hosted by their daughters and grandchildren.

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Allen speaks at meeting

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Louisiana Tech University color analyst, Teddy Allen, was a recent guest of the Ruston Lions Club. Allen encouraged the group to stay in school and if higher education lies in the future, to consider Louisiana Tech University.

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Faculty’s art work on display

Students and area residents will have an opportunity to see what the art professors from Louisiana Tech have recently created as various faculty members display their art now through Jan. 31 in the F. Jay Taylor Visual Arts Center.
Faculty members Jerry Berg, Marie Bukowski, Nicholas Bustamante, Mary Louise Carter, Jonathan Donehoo, Nicole Duet, Jay Gould, Frank Hamrick, Gary Hauser, Kevin Kennedy, Todd Maggio, Patrick Miller, Jes Schrom, Joey Slaughter, Kathy Vellard and Saul Zalesch will have work displayed in Tech’s Main Gallery and Belloq Gallery.

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Museum offers printmaking

The Masur Museum of Art will offer a printmaking class with Marie Bukowski.
Bukowski will explore printmaking through monotype and collagraph.
The program is set to take place from 6-8 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday in the Masur Museum Carriage House.
The cost of the program is $170 for nonmembers and $130 for museum members.

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Fred Beavers: La. Folklife treasure

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At the young age of 80 years old there is one thing that still holds true for Ruston resident Fred Beavers — fiddling.
Learning to play at the age of 13 from his father, grandfathers and great uncles, Fred picked up a hobby that would fall to the wayside at times and yet still come back into his life.
Originally from Homer, Fred said by the time he was 17 he thought he was “really good stuff.”

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JA of Ruston receives grant from Walmart Foundation

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Junior Auxiliary of Ruston is proud to announce the receipt of a $1,500 grant from the Walmart Foundation’s Local Community Contribution (LCC) program, allowing the nonprofit organization to continue its 30-year tradition of assisting children and families in Lincoln Parish.
“We are excited to receive this grant from Walmart. It’s been a six month process, but it’s great to see our hard work come to fruition. We are all volunteers with jobs and families, not experienced grant writers, so it’s a big accomplishment. Manager Lee Dowdy and Leah Frazier of the Ruston Walmart were very supportive throughout the entire process.” said Jeannie Tinker, public relations chair.

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Jazz Up the Blues to be offered by NCLAC

North Central Louisiana Arts Council Arts Academy for Adults offers Jazz Up the Blues, taught by Cain Budds.
Budds will teach the two-hour class, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. The only requirements are a guitar and the desire to liven up your blues jams.
The cost for the one-day class is $25 for NCLAC members and $30 for non-members. Space is limited in order to provide personal instruction, and pre-registration is required. Call the NCLAC office at 255-1450 or email them at nclac5@gmail.com. The class is offered to those 16 through adult and will be held at Howard Recital Hall on the campus of Louisiana Tech University.

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Professor publishes book chapter

The Robert. C. Snyder Professor of English at Louisiana Tech has contributed a book chapter to “Lewis Nordan: Humor, Heartbreak, and Hope,” published by the University of Alabama Press.
Robert Rudnicki’s essay, “Eulogizing Space: Eudora Welty’s ‘Still Moments’ and Gaston Bachelard’s ‘Dream Geometry’ in Lewis Nordan’s Fiction,” discusses the usefulness of a phenomenological approach to Nordan’s novels and short stories.

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Overby art exhibit to be presented at library

The Lincoln Parish Library is proud to exhibit the artwork of James Mitch Overby. The opening reception will be from 2-4 p.m. Jan. 22 in the Library Events Center.
Overby, a contemporary realist, began developing his artistic talent at an early age, sketching birds and natural interests. Growing up in North Louisiana, Overby developed a deep respect and appreciation for nature. He was influenced greatly by John James Audubon and the western artist, Charles Marion Russell. At the age of 11, he began lessons in oil painting, which remains his primary medium of choice. He went on to earn a BFA in Graphic Design at Louisiana Tech University.

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