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October 19th, 2013

Political division a slippery slope

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Without driving an issue into the ground, we now have seemingly survived the shutdown at the federal level. The purpose of today’s comments is not to attack the Affordable Care Act. I am simply commenting on the state of affairs in Washington and to a lesser extent in Baton Rouge. There is too much bitter partisanship. Elected officials should be “partisan” to the taxpayers.

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Trying to stay connected after illnesses

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This is probably the second weirdest column I’ve ever written. Why?:
First, let me tell you about the first.
I believe it was shortly after the Christmas holidays, many years ago when I was living in Ruston. The family was still with us from Texas and Alabama. I had excused myself from the festivities to write my column at the last minute in the early evening.

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Club news: Littera Club meets

Fall flowers and leaves decorated the Community Room of Community Trust Bank for Littera’s second meeting of the year. The fall table was set with pumpkin pie, nuts, candy corn, a vegetable tray and cookies by hostess Ruth Wall and cohostesses Carolyn Russell and Gloria Gullatt. Members had a time of fellowship and an opportunity to visit with the guest speaker, Lisa Lacayo.

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Club news: Master Gardeners Club meets

The North Central Louisiana Master Gardeners met for their regular meeting on Oct. 1 at the Lincoln Parish Park. Preceding the meeting was a workday in the Butterfly and Xeriscape Gardens. Another workday is planned for later in the month.
The meeting was called to order by president Dalerie Moller. Tracey Hanks made a motion, seconded by Nancy Clendenen, to purchase a sign for the Xeriscape Garden, a banner and signs for tree identification along the walking trail in the park. Motion carried.

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Lions Club hosts Edmiston

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Regan Edmiston with Volunteers Christian Builders spoke at a recent meeting of the Ruston Lions Club. Edmiston told the group of some of the workings of the organization, which takes on construction projects for churches throughout the United States.

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NCLAC hosts ‘Lakota’

The North Central Louisiana Arts Council is pleased to bring Bobby Bridger and John Inmon to the Dixie Center for the Arts on Thursday for an educational presentation of “Lakota,” the third part of a trilogy of poetic ballads chronicling the American West in the 19th century. Lincoln Parish sixth graders have been invited to this private performance, which includes a question and answer session with the musicians, as well as an art exhibit by Bridger in the Dixie Center lobby.

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Club news: Pierian Club meets

Vickie Benefield welcomed 18 Pierian members into her home along with cohostesses Carol Johnson and Kathey Roane. Refreshments were served and enjoyed as the ladies visited.
Virginia Selle then led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and Dee Colvin led the Club Collect.

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Calvary gives coats away

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Oct. 5 Calvary Baptist Church held their “Reach Ruston” campaign, during which church members gave coats to those in need.
Bobby Dowling, Louisiana Tech University director of recreation and member of Calvary Baptist Church said this was Calvary’s first year to have this event and the coat giveaway is not all that they are doing.
Dowling said that the sole reason for the church to put this event on is to “do something nice for the people of Ruston.”
“We want to show people how much God loves them,” Dowling said.
Matthew Tolar, 16, came to give coats to any who needs them.

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Fundraiser for BGCNLA set

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Former Ruston native James “Jimmy” McConnell, of Chatsworth, Calif., will join his former high school music student Larry Pannell, music department chairman, and marching band director at Grambling State University, in performing for a major fundraiser at the Dixie Center for the Arts on Nov. 1.
The Title Sponsor of this event is Squire Creek Country Club in support of the Boys and Girls Club of North Central Louisiana. This event is being promoted by the Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors.

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Tech physicists help with international research project

Physics faculty from Louisiana Tech University are part of an international team of researchers which has reported first results for the proton’s weak charge based on precise new data from Jefferson Laboratory, the nation’s premier electron beam facility for nuclear and particle physics research in Newport News, Va.
The results will be published in an upcoming issue of Physical Review Letters, a prestigious and widely-referenced international journal that focuses on major advances in physics and cross disciplinary developments.

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