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Giving back to Ruston

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FBC provides free holiday meal to community
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In keeping with the tradition of the first Thanksgiving, First Baptist Church of Ruston held its annual communitywide Thanksgiving feast, “To Ruston With Love,” Nov. 14 at the Ruston Civic Center.
Going into its 20th year, To Ruston With Love began out of concern for those who did not have family in the area, and for those who could not afford the traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

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Board hears salary plans

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The Lincoln Parish School Board learned more about the decision they’ll have to make regarding performance-based teacher salary increases during the Nov. 13 regular board meeting.

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City of Ruston unlocks the past

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Time capsule from 1976 opened
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Residents of Lincoln Parish witnessed the opening of a time capsule as one of the events, in a yearlong celebration, to commemorate the bicentennial of Louisiana being admitted into the union. Originally placed in front of City Hall in 1976 to commemorate the 200th birthday of the United States of America, locals gathered back on the lawn to unearth the capsule on Nov. 15.
Opening the ceremony, Mayor Dan Hollingsworth introduced historian and former Louisiana Tech University professor Philip Cook, who was a member of the Lincoln Parish Bicentennial Committee in 1976.

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Black Friday 2012

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Shoppers will fill stores tonight and early Friday as part of the annual Black Friday shopping day, held the day after Thanksgiving. The event is traditionally one of the biggest shopping days across the nation as stores roll out deals to lure shoppers in the door to kick off the holiday shopping season. Pictured is a woman shopping during Black Friday 2011.

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Quota Club screens students’ hearing

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The Quota Club of Ruston recently completed their annual hearing checks for Lincoln Parish Public School students in grades K-11. Members tested 1,773 students. Results revealed 22 students needed more intense examinations due to some hearing loss or hearing issue. This is one of the Quota Club’s major community service projects. Each year the club’s members are able to discover hearing deficiencies in children at a young age. Fifteen members assisted with the hearing checks. Pictured is Quota member Laurie Colvin.

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La. Tech announces area fall graduates

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Louisiana Tech’s fall quarter commencement exercises were held Nov. 17, with diplomas awarded to 326 graduates.
Commencement marked the close of fall quarter activities at the university, with winter quarter classes to begin Nov. 28. Area graduates — listed by city and degree — are as follows:
Arcadia
Jordan M. Newlen, bachelor of science
Athens
Kelsey Michelle Powell, bachelor of arts
Bernice
Theresa Diane Pelfrey, doctor of education in education leadership
Bienville
Melissa Jo Cherry, bachelor of science
Calhoun

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Locals have much to be thankful for

Today we mark Thanksgiving, a day typically associated with gratitude.
Many are thankful for their family, friends and careers. For those who are fortunate enough to live in Lincoln Parish, there are a few more things for which to be grateful.
Despite a struggling national economy, new businesses continue to pop up in Ruston, as entrepreneurs remain confident that local residents will invest money in good food and quality items offered in retail shops.

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Black Friday bumps out Thanksgiving

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Today, there are countless families enjoying tasty turkey and stimulating conversation around a dinner table.
They use this time to bond with loved ones, perhaps sharing memories, opinions and beliefs. This is the tradition of Thanksgiving. However, for some individuals, this holiday is not enjoyable, because they may be grieving the loss of a relationship, either through divorce or death, and the celebrations and seeing other people in high spirits just emphasizes the emptiness left as memories flood back of happier times.

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Rotary names November students of the month

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The Ruston Rotary Club proudly announces the recipients of the November Student of the Month Award. Recognized by Rotary President Stephen Williams, each student was honored at the Nov. 14 luncheon and presented an award of achievement by Student of the Month Coordinator Jim Tuten. Each awardee has maintained a minimum GPA of 3.5 and been active in extra curricular activities and leadership roles on their respective school campus.

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Simsboro 2012-13 Homecoming court presented

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Simsboro High School’s 2012-13 Homecoming Court is as follows: front row, left to right — Freshman Maid Aubrey Spencer, Senior Maids Alexandra Haulcy, Danita Rhodes and Tia Mitchell and Junior Maid Kimberly Walker. Back row, left to right — Freshman Maid Landon Bourgeois, Sophomore Maids Sabrina Pruitt and LaShonda Walker and Junior Maid Alison Alexander.

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