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December 28th

Penny Perfect holds ribbon cutting

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The Ruston Lincoln Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting at Penny Perfect on Oct. 17 at 110 West Park Avenue in Ruston.
Penny Perfect is owned and operated by Melissa Bullock. For as long as Melissa can remember, her mother, Penny has insisted on having everything perfectly in place and her dad coined the phrase “Penny Perfect,” which became the name of Melissa’s dream shop.
Penny Perfect is an affordably priced gift shop with decorations, toys, greeting cards, Louisiana Tech gifts and much more.

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Celebrate responsibly

Many residents across the parish will hold celebrations over the next few days to herald in a new year. At some of these celebrations, residents will choose to drink alcohol.
While drinking is not illegal, it is illegal for someone who is intoxicated to get behind the wheel of a car, which is why local law enforcement agents will be out in full force to make sure the roads are safe.

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Enemies not intimidated by carrier

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During my career as an army pilot in the 1960s, I flew the OV-1 Mohawk. It was a twin-engine turbo-prop costing $3 million. The lataest US military jet, F-35C, has an average cost of $120 million each and will be utilized by all three branches of service. The cost of each is ongoing by the requirement for crew, fuel and maintenance. Seventy-five F-35s will be stationed aboard the new USS Gerald R. Ford CVN-78.

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Resolve to live more in 2014

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Some of us — myself included — get up each morning, go to work, eat dinner, go to sleep and start again.
Many of us get so caught up in the business of living that we forget about the art.
Instead of working so we can live (a necessary thing in this society we’ve created), many of us end up living so we can work. The days feel long, the nights too short and the weeks, months and years fly by.

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Expansions can be good things

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We call it the “season to be jolly” in one of our holiday songs, but maybe it was also a season of expansion.
“Expansions” can be positive or negative. Perhaps you can relate to some of these post-holiday thoughts and garner a smile.
On the “good” side of expansion, I was quite fortunate to have seen a number of friends and relatives. Some I saw at church, but most of my reunion time was at the grocery store. I think that I made so many trips that the managers were thinking “here he comes again.” It is amazing how many people one gets to see there.

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Member of the year named

Piney Hills Harmony’s Havard chosen
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A woman who joined Piney Hills Harmony Chorus when she was 70 and has now been a member for 10 years was named the group’s Sweet Adeline of the Year.
Nadine Havard, of Monroe, was chosen recently by the Ruston-based group for two such honors.
Earlier this year before the chorus was placed in a new region during a worldwide Sweet Adeline reorganization, Havard was named Piney Hills Harmony’s Sweet Adeline of the Year for Region 25.
After the regional shift, Havard was named the chorus’ Sweet Adeline Extraordinaire for Region 10.
Havard’s nomination material spotlighted her for:

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Christmas holiday enjoyed with family, friends

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I didn’t actually write about Christmas last week, because my plans were so up in the air. My earlier plans got changed because baby Sydney and her mom Susan got really sick. Since I was recently out of the hospital with bronchitis I wasn’t too sure I should get too cozy with them, but on Christmas Day everyone seemed better, so they called me and wanted to drive to Ruston, which we did. Susan thought they were probably no longer contagious — so pray for us that we all stay well in the coming weeks.

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Cheers: Boersma, McGehee, Moore

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CLINTON, Miss. — Seventy-nine Mississippi College seniors were inducted in early December on the Clinton campus as new members of the 2013-14 Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. One of the nation’s premier honor societies, the organization selects undergraduates based on their academic performance, leadership skills and community service.
The luncheon held in honor of the students took place on Dec. 9.

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Cheers: Hudnall

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — Ruston High School graduate, Thomas Hudnall was selected for promotion to the rank of Colonel, United States Air Force Reserve.
Col. Hudnall is currently the Deputy Commander, 507th Operations Group, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. He is a command pilot with more than 4,500 flight hours and has served in multiple theaters of operation.

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LSMSA alumna works with world-record holding artist

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Natchitoches — After graduating from the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts in 2006, Alexandria Bozeman needed some time off.
“I took some time off to figure out what I was going to do,” said Bozeman, of Ruston. “I knew it was going to be art-related but I didn’t know where I was going to go or what I was going to major in.
“I actually felt kind of pressured with everyone asking where I was going to college. My mother told me I didn’t have to stress, and that I didn’t have to go right then; I could wait.”

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