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Locals prepare for radiothon

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North Louisiana’s 33rd annual St. Jude Radiothon is set for Feb. 10-11, and volunteers met recently in a planning session at Ruston’s Super 1 Foods, where the event will be held. The radiothon is sponsored by radio station Z107.5 and the Zeta Rho chapter of the philanthropic group Epsilon Sigma Alpha. Assembled are Mary Poe (left), Z107.5 public service director; Chris Turner, store director; and Alice Byrnes, radiothon co-chair. Six large donor incentives will be offered during the two days, including a duck call autographed by Phil Robertson of TV’s “Duck Dynasty.”

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AAUW hold meeting

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The American Association of University Women (AAUW), North Louisiana Branch, had its monthly meeting on January 22, 2014, at the First National Bank.
Terrie Q. Autrey, one of the founders of the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team (DART), was the speaker for the evening.
She told everyone about the different kinds of domestic violence and what others can do to help.
President Mildred Gallot said AAUW meets monthly and other women are welcome to become a part of this organization. There are meetings on the local, state and national levels; this is the only branch in north Louisiana.

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Sharing together out of love

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I have been thinking about the ways in which we share as members of this planet and the ways we are called to share as children of God.
Most of us are taught to share as small children. It seems that our first inclination when told to share our toys from the time we are about 2 years old is to say, “No!” or “Mine!”
In fact, I have rarely seen a 2-year old eagerly share his or her toys without some prompting from the parents, grandparents or caregivers — especially if it is a special toy, stuffed animal or doll.

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Master Gardeners tour locations set

The Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners will hold their annual spring garden tour, Le Tour des Jardins on May 3-4 in Shreveport.
This year’s garden tour will take participants through six private gardens throughout Shreveport and Bossier.
Tour hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 3 and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on May 4. Advance tickets are $10 and can be purchased at any Citizens National Bank, or by calling the Master Gardeners office at 698-0010.
Tickets may also be purchased at any garden on the days of the tour for $12.
Here is a glimpse of the gardens featured on the tour:

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Hooshang’s abstracts in two Montana museums

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Two Montana museums are showing the abstract art of Ruston resident Hooshang Khorasani — the Yellowstone Arts Museum in Billings and Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art in Great Falls.
The 46th Art Exhibit and Auction at the Yellowstone museum from Jan. 23 through March 1 features a set of three 20-by-20-inch paintings, “Lakeside Sunset.” A live and silent auction will be held the final day of the show.

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Peach poster, T-shirt contest open to public

Planning is underway for the 64th Annual Louisiana Peach Festival, sponsored by Squire Creek Country Club and organizers need the community’s help to move forward with marketing.
For several years, the design contests for the festival have been done solely through local universities.
This year the contests are being opened up to any individual (18 and older), so let the competition begin.
Details and Rules of the Poster Design Contest are as follows:
Eligibility: Open to all artists (professional, amateur and student), 18 years of age and older
Entry Fee: $20

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Loving literature

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LPL events to help adults find their next great literary love
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Like even the most passionate romance, sometimes a book lover’s literary affair becomes stale.
That’s exactly what the Lincoln Parish Library is hoping to help residents prevent during the month of February with their program “Blind Date with a Book.”
The event will kick off at 6 p.m. Tuesday with “Novel Night Out” in the Library Events Center.
This is an adults-only event, focused on helping residents who are trying to find their next great literary love.

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Cheaper tickets?

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After much debate among council members, the Grambling Police Department will begin implementing a new speed enforcement program today.
GPD Chief Tommy Clark Jr. said the program will be implemented throughout the city in an effort to reduce the number of speeding vehicles, especially in the school zones.
“The city will implement this new program (today) and will have a one-week warning period,” Clark said.

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Bell: School success is due to community efforts

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Lincoln Parish School Superintendent Danny Bell gave his annual State of the District report to interested citizens, school personnel and public officials in the community room at the Lincoln Parish Library Wednesday morning.
Bell said the parish has lived up to its motto of “Together We Achieve” by being a like-minded community, which has come together to improve Lincoln Parish schools more than ever before.
“I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a stronger connection of community with school,” Bell said. “It’s not just about Ruston, it’s about all of us and I want to say ‘thank you.’”

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Techsters to host Texas-San Antonio

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Louisiana Tech hosts UTSA Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Thomas Assembly Center in Conference USA action on National Girls’ and Women’s Sports Day.
As part of the promotions surrounding the game, any young girls wearing their youth team jersey will be admitted into the game for free. The contest can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network on ESPN 97.7 FM and KTKC 92.9 FM with the pregame show starting 30 minutes prior to tipoff.

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