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November 19th, 2013

Tech preparing for hoops, gridiron doubleheader

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Louisiana Tech fans will have an opportunity to experience a basketball-football doubleheader Saturday when the Lady Techsters host in-state rival LSU and the Bulldogs welcome Conference USA foe Tulsa.
Teresa Weatherspoon and the Lady Techsters will tipoff against LSU at 1 p.m. at the Thomas Assembly Center as fans can watch the two most storied women’s programs in the state of Louisiana. The two programs have combined for 49 NCAA Tournament appearances (27 by LA Tech, 22 by LSU) and 15 NCAA Final Fours (10 by Tech, 5 by LSU).

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November 18th

A place for cowgirls

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Local barns open to wedding parties
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Residents of Lincoln Parish now have unique venues for their weddings almost all year round — barns.
Charlotte Naff, manager of Shenandoah Stables Productions in Vienna, said this business began by accident.
“We have had so many people ask to have their weddings here, so we decided to let them come on,” Naff said. “We provide the atmosphere and they go with it.”
Naff said barn weddings are for cowgirls who want the country atmosphere.
“It is so much fun to watch,” Naff said. “The people who have their weddings here decorate with love.”

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Scouting for food

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Local boys help collect items for CCA
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Local Boy and Cub Scouts collected an estimated 8,000 pounds of food for Christian Community Action and residents are still able to donate if they missed the scouts.
Charlotte Hood, pack advancement chairman for Pack 59 Cub Scouts, said Scouting for Food is a great cause for which the scouts to be a part.
“Scouting for Food is an excellent cause,” Hood said. “Not only do the boys get the opportunity to assist in giving back to their community, but they also get to witness how generous our community is.”

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Get a free jump start to better health

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Residents can work off those holiday pounds with one of Bulldawg Nutrition’s many fitness options that are open to the public. Those interested can get a jump-start on their fitness with their six-week weight loss challenge or fit camp for four weeks.
The weight loss challenge begins today with a $25 entry fee. All of the money collected from the entry fee will go to pay out the Top 3 winners. The fitness challenge group will meet at 5:30 p.m. every Monday.

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Professionals jump rope into local schools

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On Saturday, local elementary school students attended a jump rope workshop at A.E. Phillips, which was taught by The Heart Throbbers Team and The High Velocity Team, jump rope teams from Texas.
Katie Hall said she was so glad to see the sport of jump roping come to Ruston.
“We are hoping to generate enough interest in jump roping to start a club at Ruston Elementary,” Hall said.
“The two teams represented, The Heart Throbbers and The High Velocity, taught the children single rope, partner rope and double dutch skills.”

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DART offers thanks to all who help

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As the season of Thanksgiving approaches, I am aware of so many things this community has done for DART. I often write about our larger projects, gifts and events, but there are countless acts of kindness extended to us and to the families we serve throughout the year.

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Brazzel speaks to club

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Ruston Fire District Public Education Officer Eric Brazzel recently spoke at the noon meeting of the Ruston Lions Club. Officer Brazzel told the group of the cross training of the fireman within the Ruston Fire Department.

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Club news: Littera Club meets

The members of Littera were greeted by hostesses Mildred Tuten, Maggie Carter and Marion Gist when they arrived at the Community Room of the Community Trust Bank. The tables were decorated with fall leaves and black birds. The Thanksgiving treat bags that were on the tables for each member had been made by the president, Emily Baugh. Pumpkin pie and coffee was served.
Littera members were welcomed by Baugh as she called the meeting to order and thanked the hostesses. Linda Jean Rolf led the Pledge of Allegiance and the club collect was led by Jean Lay.

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Hooshang’s art in home decor

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Ruston artist Hooshang Khorasani’s art is mushrooming in the home décor field. Work offered by his latest publisher has grown from three landscapes on illuminated canvases to around 200 items ranging from shower curtains to placemats.
The Colorado-based Dianoche Designs began working with Hooshang in late 2012 with three of his landscape paintings on pieces of art that double as lights. Now, Dianoche has added Hooshang’s abstract, equine, floral and digital work to the mix.

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Season sweep

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RJHS girls, boys cross country teams take first place in all meets
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Ruston Junior High School sent Coach Kathy Steed out in winning fashion as both the boys and girls teams completed their seasons by taking first place wins in every meet the competed in.
Steed is set to retire at the end of the school year.
“We have had a great season with all first place wins,” Steed said. “The boys and girls have worked hard every day and it paid off in the end.”
The last meet of the season as this held in late October at Good Hope Junior High School in West Monroe.

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