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November 1st, 2013

Club news: Ruston Junior Guild meeting

The Ruston Junior Guild held their fall meeting on Oct. 17 at Ruston Florist and Boutique. The members present enjoyed a delightful program by the Ruston Florist owner, Debbie Allen.
Debbie shared with the ladies present the history of her decorating expertise and thrilled the members with demonstrations of how they too could make beautiful decorations for their homes. Debbie also shared demonstrations for table settings and introduced the group to the fact that the boutique offers linens, as well as many other gift items.

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With holidays comes memories

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Halloween is upon us and today is memorable for me. My only sibling, Esthman Newman, former editor of The Ruston Leader, was born on this day in 1917. His job with the paper was his first after graduating from Louisiana Tech.
Later, Wiley Hilburn, worked with him when he was Wire Editor of the Shreveport Times.
Esthman died of a massive heart attack at 49 on the morning he was to have opened the Louisiana Press Association annual meeting in New Orleans. Mr. Clarence Faulk was publisher and owner of The Leader and like a second father to my brother.

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Russ House hosted style show

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On Oct. 15 the Russ House hosted a “Pretty in Pink” style show for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The Russ House was decorated in pink as well as the staff and guests for this event. Pink balloons, flowers, feather boas and pink hats made this event fun and exciting. Guest speakers were Beth Davis, with Just Like You, a post-mastectomy apparel shop in West Monroe, and Gaye Brunson, a clinical laboratory scientist from Homer Hospital.

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Dickson celebrates 100 years

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Mildred Mall Dickson will celebrate her 100th birthday today with family and friends at the Wesley Chapel Methodist Church fellowship hall. She was born in Lincoln Parish and has been a long-time resident. Mildred graduated from Louisiana Tech University in 1934 with her bachelor’s degree in math and science.

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Group gallops through parish to raise funds

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The fifth annual Relay for Life Wagon Train ride left Saltillo, Texas, at 8 a.m. Oct. 21 for a five-week ride.
Their final destination will be a visit with the Robertson brothers at the Duck Dynasty headquarters in West Monroe. The group stopped in Lincoln Parish on Thursday night before heading for their final destination this morning.
The wagon train ride started when founder Bob Kearney’s 26-year-old niece was diagnosed with cancer while she was expecting her first child and she could not start treatment until after she gave birth.

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Educating little ones

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Comments from the crowd during a Thursday morning visit made one thing clear — educators and childcare providers alike are focused on giving children birth-4 years old every opportunity to succeed.
At 10 a.m. Thursday John White, state superintendent, came to discuss the Early Childhood Community Network Pilot for Lincoln, Union and Jackson parishes at the Lincoln Parish Early Childhood Center.
White said LPECC shows what the parish has invested in their early learners.

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Tech choirs to perform

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Louisiana Tech University choirs will perform their Fall Quarter Concert titled, “Love, Laughter and Lament” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Howard Auditorium on Tech’s campus.
Tech’s Concert Choir will sing a variety of music including gospel and music from Brazil and Zambia.
The Chamber Singers will perform music by George Gershwin, John Rutter and will feature vocal soloists Lisa Maxedon, associate professor of voice, and John M. Petzet, director of choral activities.

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GSU radiothon on air today

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GRAMBLING — Grambling State University is holding its second annual radiothon at KRGM-FM today, offering alumni, fans and supporters opportunities to receive special premium gifts as they contribute to the academic success of students with donations dedicated for scholarships. The radiothon also helps recruitment and retention efforts.
Last year was a success for the first ever radiothon.

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Boy Scouts to collect for CCA

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Saturday, Boy Scouts will be “Scouting for Food” around the local neighborhoods for the Christian Community Action pantry.
The Scouts will be leaving the bags on doorsteps Saturday and will pick up filled bags on Nov. 9.
Cynthia Brantly, Thunderbird district chairman for the Scouting for Food campaign, said the Thunderbird District covers Lincoln, Union and Jackson parishes.
“Scouting for Food is a national food drive for all Scouts (Cubs, Boys, Girls and Venture crews),” Brantly said.

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Holiday Arts Tour set for Nov. 21-24

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The 16th annual Holiday Arts Tour will be held from 5-8 p.m. Nov. 21-24.
Tour-goers should make their first stop at the Dixie Center for the Arts to view a group exhibition, sponsored by Landry’s Vineyards, featuring each of the Holiday Arts Tour artists.
You’ll be able to see the well-crafted variety of works available, from calligraphy to photography, handmade books to oil paintings soaps to wood-turned jewelry.

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