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January 17th, 2014

Dixie Dancers perform

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At the end of 2013, the Dixie Dancers of Ruston completed their 338th performance.

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Credit card scam targets utility customers

It’s the post-holiday season and it’s cold — the perfect combination for scam artists aiming to steal money from area gas and electric utility customers.
Scammers are back on the attack and they are targeting not only residential customers but also business customers, according to the Better Business Bureau of Northeast Louisiana. Here’s how the scam works:

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Community recognizes MLK

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In remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr. we set aside time each year to remember what he did for our country in terms of civil rights.
Each of our local universities does a wonderful job of remembering MLK.
Louisiana Tech University will hold a noon service Monday in the Ruston Civic Center. This event will be preceded by a service-learning project titled “A Walk for Education,” and will be led by our local National Society of Black Engineers.

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Here's a tip: remember servers

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Though I am an obnoxiously loud and opinionated person, there are few things that really bother me in life. However, along with people who say homosexuality is a choice and girls who think tights are pants (they are not; Blair Waldorf said so in season two of “Gossip Girl”), as a server, bad tippers rank in the Top 5.

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Not the same old Grand Ole Party

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Whatever happened to the Party of freedom?

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January 16th

Lend a hand to victims of apartment fire

When tragedy strikes, people in Ruston and Lincoln Parish know how to respond. Whether it’s opening our community to evacuees from a hurricane or other natural disaster, to collecting funds to help with emergency relief, people here always step up.
In the wake of the Jan. 9 fire that destroyed eight units of the Drew Apartment Complex, there’s a new opportunity to show that compassionate spirit.
Louisiana Tech University is asking the community to help the 12 Tech students who lost all or almost all of their belongings in the fire.

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Be a mentor, spark opportunity

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No matter the prominence we have in the community, we all have an opportunity to be a role model or a mentor to someone.
Something I have learned throughout the course of my life — first when working in a day care as a senior in high school and now that I work with older children and teenagers — is that there is always someone watching us to see how we react to what the world hands us.
From the arrest page in the Ruston Daily Leader to the front page “hoorah’s” for local dignitaries, all of those people know someone who looks up to them.

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Three-car accident congests traffic

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At approximately 12:59 p.m. Wednesday, Ruston Police Department officers responded to a call for a three motor vehicle accident at North Trenton Street and West Mississippi Avenue.
Sgt. Clint Williams, public information officer for RPD, said law enforcement officers on the scene reported a van driven by Terri Johnson, of Ruston, was backing up from a parking space on the west side of North Trenton Street.
Johnson told officers that after backing up from the parking space, her foot slipped off of the brake causing her vehicle to again move backwards.

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Lessons from the ‘Great War’

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Speaker to observe 100th anniversary of WWI tonight

At 6 p.m. today in the Lincoln Community Room, the Lincoln Parish Library will observe the 100th anniversary of the “War to end all Wars.”
Ralph Brown, professor of history at University of Louisiana at Monroe, will be the speaker for this month’s Historical Happenings, which is focused on World War I.
“I will be discussing the consequences and the causes of World War I, focusing on long term and immediate European causes of the conflict,” Brown said. “There will be a
question/answer period after the talk, and audience questions are encouraged.”

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Emmanuel named as GSU Business Dean

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GRAMBLING — One Grambling State University professor received a promotion with the start of the new year. Tsegai Emmanuel has been selected as the new dean of the College of Business. He is a former professor of management in the Department of Management and Marketing.
“This was a national search, well organized and we had a strong field of candidates,” GSU President Frank G. Pogue said. “The finalist pool was impressive. I heard nothing but good things from faculty, staff and students except for one thing — asking how we’re going to choose from such a strong batch.

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