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November 15th, 2013

Shopping event ongoing until 5 p.m. Saturday

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Proceeds benefit Cedar Creek School
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The holiday shopping season is here and what better way to shop local than to visit Holidays in Cedartown, which is currently happening at the Ruston Civic Center.
Admission to the annual event is $5 per person at the door. Hours are until 5 p.m. today and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday.
All proceeds from Holidays in Cedartown will go toward providing education for teachers and facility enhancements and upgrades on the Cedar Creek campus.
Anna Alexander, a Ruston native, was on hand at the event with her newest venture — Anna Alexander Designs.

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Murder suspect arrested

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A month after an alleged murder in Jefferson Parish, authorities found the last of three fugitives in Grambling.
At 11:37 a.m. Wednesday the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office along with U.S. Marshal Gulf Coast Regional Task Force served a warrant to a man wanted for murder and attempted murder from New Orleans.
Kevias D. Hicks, 23, of 2013 Wells in New Orleans, was reportedly arrested at 300 BT Woodard Circle No. 102 in Grambling for first degree murder and first degree attempted murder. There is no bond for either charge.

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Election set for Saturday

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Ruston millage extension, congressional seat on ballot
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Lincoln Parish voters go to the polls Saturday to decide the fate of a $21 million public school improvement package and to help elect a new 5th District congressman.
Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Voters should bring photo identification.
While all local voters can cast ballots in the congressional runoff between Republicans Vance McAllister, of Swartz, and state Sen. Neil Riser, of Columbia, only voters who live in Ruston School District No. 1 are eligible to vote on the tax extension that will fund the school improvement program.

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LPSO: Man sold pills at Fred’s

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At 3:27 p.m. Thursday, the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office, along with the Lincoln Parish Narcotics Enforcement Team, arrested one man on charges of distribution at Fred’s in Ruston.
Joseph Rolend Merritt, 44, of 103 Morris Road No. 32, was arrested for possession of schedule II drugs and distribution of schedule III drugs. No bond has been set at this time.

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Farmers market now taking SNAP/EBT cards

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Thanksgiving Fest set for Nov. 23
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The Ruston Farmers Market has many new activities this fall season, including a plant sale sponsored by the North Central Louisiana Master Gardeners, acceptance of SNAP/EBT cards, and a Giving Thanks festival on Nov. 23.
Held rain or shine each Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon, the market is located in the public parking lot on the corner of Louisiana Avenue and South Monroe Street in downtown Ruston, provided courtesy of the city of Ruston.

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‘Obamacare’ expert to speak at Trinity UMC

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At 2 p.m. Tuesday the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and McCarter Financial Group will be presenting a free meeting with guest speaker, Michael Bertaut, about the Affordable Care Act at Trinity United Methodist Church.
Greg McCarter, with McCarter Financial Group, said if anyone is not sure about how the Affordable Care Act will affect them, they should come to the meeting.
“The informational meeting will serve as an update on where the country is at with the Affordable Care Act,” McCarter said.
McCarter said Bertaut has spoken more than 500 times on the Affordable Care Act.

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Celebrate the holidays with the Holiday Art Tour’s Variety Show

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City of Ruston, come help celebrate the arts with the North Central Louisiana Arts Council (NCLAC) Holiday Arts Tour first Community Variety Show. Held each November, Holiday Arts Tour is a celebration of the arts in north Louisiana. Artists of many genres are hosted by local merchants for a weekend of arts, music and shopping. The tour also includes free art-related activities for children, free musical performances by regional talent, a poetry reading and a variety show. The tour promotes artistic discussion, exposure and sales through live demonstrations, performances and exhibitions.

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Gracious Girlz launch a fundraising shoe drive

The public is invited to participate in a shoe collection drive to benefit Gracious Girlz now through Dec. 15.
Gracious Girlz is conducting a shoe collection during November and December to raise funds for books, technology, supplies, equipment, instructional classes and staff training while also benefiting microenterprise ventures in developing nations and keeping old shoes out of local landfills. Individuals can help by donating at the Gracious Girlz office located at 165 Rodgers Road or at collection boxes located throughout Lincoln Parish.

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NCLAC hosts Round Robin poetry reading

As part of the North Central Louisiana Arts Council’s (NCLAC) Holiday Arts Tour, there will be a poetry Round Robin Reading. This event is free to the public at 6 p.m. on Nov. 22 located at Pastry Moon, 203 W. Alabama Ave. Suite 2. The poets featured are Veronica Schuder, Genaro Smith, April Honaker, and Errol Miller.
Schuder is an instructor of English at Louisiana Tech University, she will read a sequence of her poems about the human condition, grounded in the personal perspective: wife, mother, woman and person.

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Jambalaya plates, bake sale Saturday

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From 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, the Junior Auxiliary of Ruston will be having their annual jambalaya and bake sale at Super 1 Foods.
Jodi Wood, the Junior Auxiliary public relations chair, said the jambalaya plates can be picked up starting at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
“We will start selling the baked goods at 9 a.m.,” Wood said.
“Residents can pick up their bowl of jambalaya, roll and cookie starting at 10:30 a.m.
“The plates are $6. Residents can walk up and pay, or visit JAofRuston.org and pay online via PayPal.”

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