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February 15th, 2014

Event raises money for St. Jude

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The sixth annual “Kupcakes for Kids” was once again successful in raising money for St. Judes’s Children Research Center as hundreds of cupcakes were served to Lincoln Parish residents inside Community Trust Bank on Friday.
“We always look forward to this fundraiser and I think the community enjoys it, too,” said CTB vice president of public relations Glen Neaville.
Neaville, along with vice president of marketing relations Sharron Schimmel, was instrumental in helping their friend Susan Polk create the fundraiser six years ago.

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Waiting continues

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ULRWSI looking to bid on property

The president of the Union-Lincoln Regional Water Supply Initiative is still awaiting word from the state on when property in the Old Lake D’Arbonne State Park in Farmerville may be available for bid or purchase as the site of the water treatment plant that’s part of a plan to help the ailing Sparta Aquifer.
“No one has written me or called me about the lake that has any authority,” ULRWSI head Stein Baughman said Friday.

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Johnny Jam to rock Ruston

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Music lovers are in for a rocking weekend when the 15th annual John Simoneaux Memorial Jam hits downtown Ruston on Saturday night.
The event is set from 8:30 p.m. until midnight Saturday, with the pre-jam warming up the crowd beginning at 5 p.m. Friday.
Ken Carter, event organizer and longtime friend of the event’s namesake John Simoneaux, revealed the opening acts for this year’s event.

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Three loves revealed

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Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of features running in February in recognition of Black History Month.
Upon meeting Lincoln Parish School Board president Otha Anders, one notices three aspects of his personality almost immediately — He loves God, he loves words, and he absolutely loves education.
Anders has dedicated most of his life — 48 years — to furthering education in Jackson and Lincoln Parishes. He has served as a teacher, principal, administrator and, since 1997, a school board member. For the past 10 terms, Anders has been elected school board president.

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As hunting season ends, fishing begins

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When I think back on places and Open your hunting season pamphlet and lay it beside your calendar. Deer season? It’s over. Duck hunting? No more this year. Dove season?
Fagetabowdit. About the only seasons still going on are squirrel, rabbit and quail and we have several more weeks to wait before spring turkey hunting kicks off.

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Palomino Association thanks Boyd

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Tommie Jackson, left, president of the Louisiana Palomino Exhibitors Association, recently thanked Louisiana Tech University Farm Equine Lab Supervisor Dan Boyd for Boyd’s assistance during the Sugar Bowl Classic Quarter Horse Show held at the North Louisiana Exhibition Center. Boyd helped organize judging for the event among other duties. Pictured is Jackson presenting Boyd with a Palomino head bust as a token of appreciation.

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RGSA registration ongoing

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Registration for the 2014 Ruston Girls Softball Association is ongoing through Feb. 22.
A late registration fee will be charged from Feb. 23-Feb. 27.
The cost for T-ball play is $40 ($50 late registration) and $70 for 8u-12u ($80 late registration).
Practices will be held from March 10 - April 3 with jamboree games and pictures on April 5.
The season will run from April 7 - May 23.
Girls from 13-18 years old can register through April 4 for $70.
That 13-18 year old season wis set to run from May 5-May 30.
Registration can be done online at www.rustonsoftball.com.

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Wars continue on today

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Senator John McCain was on TV news today complaining because the United States has not gotten involved in the Syrian civil war. When will he and his like-minded political friends realize that killing tens of thousands of young Americans all around the world should stop? Wars that have been none of our business started with the Korean War in 1950. They are continuing today. It is not difficult to see that our efforts both in lives lost and billions expended have failed.
If John McCain, John Bolton and others in high office were first on the flight manifest, their enthusiasm would diminish.

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Aiming high to help the Choudrant fire department

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Locals have joined forces to help the Choudrant Volunteer Fire Department by buying a raffle ticket that earns them a chance at 52 guns with a weekly raffle. For more information about the raffle, contact Celeste Butler, village clerk, at 768-4111. The CVFD worked with McKinney Honda to get the guns that are being raffled for the fundraiser. Pictured above, center, is Ron Riley with his new Benelli M2 American 20, along with Firefighters Tyler Hogan, Chief Bill Sanderson, Jimmy Knox and Assistant Police Chief Don McDonald.

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Community events to be held Saturday

If a night filled with music is your idea of a good time, Ruston is the place to be this Saturday.
Both the 15th annual Krewe of Allegro Mardi Gras Ball and the 15th Annual John Simoneaux Jam are set to rock Ruston on Saturday night.
Both events offer area residents a chance to hear a variety of good music.

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