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Rogers, Blackburn to unite in matrimony

Steve and Julie Rogers, of Ruston, are pleased to announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Erin Elizabeth Rogers, to Michael Jared Blackburn.

Erin is the granddaughter of Sandra Belaire, of Ruston, Ron and Beverly Cook, of Lafayette and the late Aubrey and Margie Rogers. She is a 2003 graduate of Ruston High School, a 2007 graduate of Louisiana Tech University and is currently employed with Tomball Regional Medical Center.

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Shipman, Sheppard to wed in October ceremony

Samantha Rae Shipman, of Winnsboro, and Chad Mitchell Sheppard, of Enterprise, are pleased to announce their engagement and forthcoming marriage.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Deryle and Kim Shipman, of Winnsboro. She is the granddaughter of Charles and Lena Dear, of Baskin, Bill and Annette Rawls, of Baskin, and James and Marilyn Shipman, of Colfax. She is a 2006 graduate of Franklin Academy and a 2010 graduate of Louisiana Tech University were she was a member of the Kappa Delta sorority. She is currently employed with Doctor’s Hospice as a community educator.

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A symbol of honor

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Those wishing to honor veterans — or anyone else they feel needs honoring — will have a chance to do so in Choudrant this month.
Last year, the Choudrant Restoration and Beautification Society spearheaded a campaign to build a flagpole surrounded by commemorative bricks at the corner of U.S. Highway 80 and Louisiana Highway 145 next to Choudrant’s Town Hall.

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Football, soccer sign-up ongoing

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Parents hoping to get their children out from in front of the television and outside getting exercise have an opportunity with one of two fall sports programs.
Registration has begun for Ruston Parks and Recreation Department’s youth soccer league, which is open to ages 3-8, as well as the flag football league for ages 5-12.
Boys and girls are divided by age into various co-ed divisions, and the leagues last approximately six to eight weeks.

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Ninth Annual Family Day draws 250 children

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With a large gathering of approximately 250 children, the Tellis Cooper Foundation sponsored the Ninth Annual Family Day in the Park Back-to-School Jamboree at the Greenwood Recreation Center, located at 1306 Cornell Ave.
“The theme this year was ‘Continue to Reach for the Next,’” said Joy Tellis Cooper, a native of Ruston and founder of the event. “It’s based on the idea to continue to reach for the next goal. It’s very important to me that a person, adult or child, has a mentor. Along with my parents, Greg Williams was one of mine and I want kids to understand that there are people that care about them and want to see them do well. We want the kids to know that their circumstance should not dictate their destiny.”

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ARToberfest on tap with brews, aid to Arts Tour

North Central Louisiana Arts Council volunteers, Allie Bennett, Amanda McCoy, Meg Waters and Sara Sullivan, are busy making plans for the Third Annual ARToberfest, which will take place at the Ruston Historic Firehouse from 5-9 p.m. Oct. 5. Beer, food and live music make the evening a night to remember.
This event celebrates a variety of flavors and styles of beer, both from micro-breweries and home brewers. They are currently looking for home brewers who are interested in adding their brews to the mix. Those interested should email the committee at nclacartoberfest@gmail.com. The home brew tastings are a highlight of the night, with a competition and a reward for the winner.

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Pet of the Week

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Benji is a male Tibetan Terrier that is looking for a forever home after being left on a strange doorstep to fend for himself. Call 251-DOGS today for more information on Benji.

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Tech students, alumni seek new horizons teaching overseas

Louisiana Tech University serves as a stepping-stone for many students who desire to expand their world view and receive experience living overseas.
Tech alumni and students said their educational and social experiences at Tech prepared them for teaching in another country.
Heather Castille, a 2011 graduate who has taught in Korea for nine months, said tutoring helped her with her future endeavors.

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Protect pets from the summer heat

Although not unusual during a Louisiana summer, the entire country is experiencing a heat wave. It’s hot and practically impossible to escape the scorching temperatures.
While most understand the dangers of the ever-climbing heat index, many choose to ignore the warnings. Even so, there are those — such as children and pets — that rely on caretakers to protect them from these dangerous temperatures.

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Community pays tribute to hero

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From breastfeeding initiatives to Chick-Fil- A, the culture wars, or more specifically, the freedom of expression and choice, have been major staples of the national headlines this past week. More locally, Lincoln Parish experienced its own brush with the grey area of the civil liberties conundrum.
Most journalists strive for neutrality, at least in public view. That part of the job is often at odds with one’s own personal beliefs. As I was assigned to cover the rumored funeral protest of U.S. Navy Aircrewman J.P. Fitzmorris by the Westboro Baptist Church, sickened was an understatement.

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