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December 10th

Locals to perform in Christmas concert

Admission free for those interested
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Ruston’s Piney Hills Harmony Chorus of Sweet Adelines will present “O Holy Night: A Celebration in Song” at 5 p.m. Sunday at White’s Ferry Road Church of Christ in West Monroe.
Several other ensembles and vocalists will also sing.
Chorus selections will include “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” “Mary Had a Baby,” “A Gift of Love,” “Huron Carol (‘Twas in the Moon of Wintertime)” and “Carol of the Bells.” The finale will be a solo of “O Holy Night” by chorus member Donna Fike, of Monroe, with chorus members accompanying her.

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December 9th

Choudrant residents gather to celebrate

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For 7-year-old Keagyn Barrett, the best thing about Choudrant’s Christmas in the Village celebration was the music, and getting a tiny snowman painted on her right cheek.
For Jacob Northcutt, the best thing was having something fun to do inside on a cold Saturday night. For Richard Scott, it was taking home first prize in the village chili cook-off.
And for Tina Wise, chairman of the village’s ninth annual Christmas celebration, the best thing was people having a good time.
“I think it’s great to get together as a community and fellowship” Wise said.

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Woman charged with battery

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At approximately 4:18 p.m. Friday, the Ruston Police Department responded to a call on McDonald Avenue.
According to the arrest affidavit, upon arrival police could hear very loud crying and yelling coming from the inside of an apartment.
Upon entering the residence on McDonald Avenue, the arresting officer stated he found a crying female sitting on another female’s back. According to the affidavit, the victim — who was sitting on the suspect’s back — had stopped by the residence to check on a disabled family member.

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Volunteers to see more pay?

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Grambling to meet Dec. 19 to discuss several issues

The board of aldermen for the city of Grambling met in regular session Thursday night to approve a wide variety of items that will be discussed at a special meeting to be held Dec. 19.
Mayor Pro Tempore Roy Jackson presided over the meeting.
“We will hold a special meeting Dec. 19 after a public hearing that is set for 5:30 p.m.,” he said.
Items that will be on the agenda for that public hearing are setting the dates for the 2014 monthly board of aldermen meetings and setting the dates for tax incremental financial district meetings.

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Loren set to take the stage

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Internationally-known jazz singer and songwriter Halie Loren will perform at the Lincoln Parish Library events center at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Loren will perform songs from her previous albums, as well as holiday songs.
Loren’s debut jazz CD in 2008, “They Oughta Write a Song” won a national independent music award for best vocal album. Loren’s song “Thirsty” won Independent Music Awards’ Vox Pop poll for best jazz song of the year.

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Lincoln Rotary aims to feed 500 families

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With a little help from the community, 500 families will be able to sit down to a nice holiday ham dinner this Christmas.
For approximately six years, Super 1 Foods, in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Lincoln, Christ Community Action and the Ruston-Lincoln Community Foundation has worked to collect $12,000 to provide the 500 dinners, which could feed as many as 2,000 individuals.
Chris Turner, Rotary of Lincoln member and Super 1 Foods store director, said the dinners typically consist of ham, green beans and/or corn, yams and rolls, depending on how the donations work.

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Tech to hold Christmas Fest

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Louisiana Tech’s Office of Multicultural Affairs is gearing up for its 21st annual Christmas Fest on Tuesday.
Preschool, elementary, middle, high school and college students will perform music of the season beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the Tonk, located in the Student Center.
Adam Collins, coordinator of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, said local school choirs, bands, ensembles and other groups are invited to participate in the Christmas Fest.

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Pet of the week

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Submitted photo- 4 Paws has a litter of six happy, playful Beagle pups ready to go to their new homes. Pictured is just a couple of the puppies. Mom was small, she is at the shelter too. Adoption fee is $65 and comes with a spay/neuter certificate. All dogs have had shots up-to-date. Call 251-DOGS for more information or come see the dogs at 290 Rodeo Road. The office is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or by appointment.

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NLMC to help with health care sign-up

Website woes won’t keep Northern Louisiana Medical Center from
helping with sign-up for health coverage.
You’ve most likely heard the confusion surrounding the website for the Health Insurance Marketplace, the government’s new platform for offering affordable health insurance. While the site may not be fully functional yet, Northern Louisiana Medical Center’s application counselors can help make things more clear and assist with the sign-up process. And, if you enroll by Dec.23, you will have health insurance Jan. 1.

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Club news: Happy Gardeners meet

The November meeting of the Happy Gardeners Society was held at the beautiful Ruston Florist and Boutique. Owner Debbie Allen gave a demonstration of making a bridal bouquet and matching bridesmaids’ bouquets. She gave hints for working with Hydrangeas, pinecones and pumpkins. Debbie also shared ideas for Christmas centerpieces.

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