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November 15th

Celebrate the holidays with the Holiday Art Tour’s Variety Show

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City of Ruston, come help celebrate the arts with the North Central Louisiana Arts Council (NCLAC) Holiday Arts Tour first Community Variety Show. Held each November, Holiday Arts Tour is a celebration of the arts in north Louisiana. Artists of many genres are hosted by local merchants for a weekend of arts, music and shopping. The tour also includes free art-related activities for children, free musical performances by regional talent, a poetry reading and a variety show. The tour promotes artistic discussion, exposure and sales through live demonstrations, performances and exhibitions.

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Gracious Girlz launch a fundraising shoe drive

The public is invited to participate in a shoe collection drive to benefit Gracious Girlz now through Dec. 15.
Gracious Girlz is conducting a shoe collection during November and December to raise funds for books, technology, supplies, equipment, instructional classes and staff training while also benefiting microenterprise ventures in developing nations and keeping old shoes out of local landfills. Individuals can help by donating at the Gracious Girlz office located at 165 Rodgers Road or at collection boxes located throughout Lincoln Parish.

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NCLAC hosts Round Robin poetry reading

As part of the North Central Louisiana Arts Council’s (NCLAC) Holiday Arts Tour, there will be a poetry Round Robin Reading. This event is free to the public at 6 p.m. on Nov. 22 located at Pastry Moon, 203 W. Alabama Ave. Suite 2. The poets featured are Veronica Schuder, Genaro Smith, April Honaker, and Errol Miller.
Schuder is an instructor of English at Louisiana Tech University, she will read a sequence of her poems about the human condition, grounded in the personal perspective: wife, mother, woman and person.

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Jambalaya plates, bake sale Saturday

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From 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, the Junior Auxiliary of Ruston will be having their annual jambalaya and bake sale at Super 1 Foods.
Jodi Wood, the Junior Auxiliary public relations chair, said the jambalaya plates can be picked up starting at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
“We will start selling the baked goods at 9 a.m.,” Wood said.
“Residents can pick up their bowl of jambalaya, roll and cookie starting at 10:30 a.m.
“The plates are $6. Residents can walk up and pay, or visit JAofRuston.org and pay online via PayPal.”

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Lung cancer leading cause in cancer deaths

There are a multitude of cancers out there, and to help raise awareness of the disease that kills more than 150,000 people each year — November has been designated as Lung Cancer Awareness Month.
According to the National Lung Cancer Partnership’s website each year more than 228,000 people are diagnosed with lung cancer.
The site also states that lung cancer takes more lives than breast, prostate and colon cancers combined and it accounts for 27 percent of all cancer deaths.

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Be thankful for your loved ones

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This week has been fairly chaotic for us here in the newsroom of the Daily Leader. The holidays are officially upon us, and with that comes various special editions that we must write stories for and put together.
But while our current special edition, Home for the Holidays, is being wrapped up it can’t help but spur a little Christmas cheer in me.
Having a birthday that is Christmas Eve, one would think that the holidays overshadowed by birthday or vice versa. But neither of those are really true.

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Local ministry hosts powerful event

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On Sunday night Elisha Ministries Inc. hosted their 10th anniversary with the theme “Greater is Coming.” Guest speaker, recording artist and evangelist was Jekalyn Carr.
Carr is a 16 year-old from West Memphis, Ark. Her passion for singing began at the age of 5, and at the age of 13 she started speaking the word of God to others.
“It felt good when Jekalyn wanted to start ministering to others, I felt that she was ready through the preparation she had growing up,” Pastor Allen Carr, Jekalyn’s father, said.

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RHS set to begin postseason play

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Bearcats to host District 2-5A rival Natchitoches Central
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The second season starts for the Ruston Bearcats tonight as they play host to District 2-5A foe Natchitoches Central in first-round Class 5A playoff action at L.J. “Hoss” Garrett Stadium.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Natchitoches Central (5-5, 2-3 in District 2-5A) is no stranger to the Bearcats, who defeated the Chiefs 31-0 earlier this season. The Bearcats (7-3, 3-2) have recorded four shutouts and have held opposing offenses without a score five times this season.

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Bulldogs hoping to feast on Rice

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Tech hitting road for key Conference USA West Division contest
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The Bulldogs may not know who’s starting behind center yet, but at least for the first time this season Louisiana Tech will face a team it played last year.
Louisiana Tech travels to Houston to face Rice at 6 p.m. Saturday in Rice Stadium.
Saturday’s game will be televised on the CBS Sports Network with Dave Ryan (play-by-play), Adam Archuleta (analysis) and Evan Washburn (sidelines) calling the action.
Tech (4-5, 3-2 Conference USA) began the year at 1-4 but still has dreams of postseason bowling and needs to win at least two of its last three games to have that chance.

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Dunkin’ ’Dogs basketball inks star-studded class

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Louisiana Tech head coach Michael White announced Thursday the signing of five high school basketball standouts in the early signing period.
The star-studded class resembles a starting lineup in itself with three guards, a forward and a center making up the five future Bulldogs.

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