William and Nancy Hanks celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Oct. 17. Their family hosted an evening of food and fellowship at the Hanks’ home. The Hanks were married Oct. 15, 1960. They have two children, Mike Hanks and wife Cammie, and Jackie Billberry and husband Philip. They have four grandchildren, Lance Billberry, Brittney Billberry, Hunter Hanks and Abigail Hanks.
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The man shot to death Thursday during a crime spree in West Monroe was a Ruston native.
Garland E. “Gene” Henley Jr., 58, of West Monroe, was shot outside of Brookshire’s Supermarket on Cypress Street. He was reported transported to Glenwood Medical Center, where he later died.
Henley, a retired oil field worker, was born on Aug. 22, 1952, in Ruston. He was a 1971 graduate of Ruston High School, where he ran track and played football. His alleged killer, Steven Lane Salsbury Jr., 26, shot and killed himself Friday during a standoff at a Bass Pro Shop parking lot in downtown Oklahoma City.
Ruston Police Chief Steve Rogers was a childhood friend of Henley’s and said he was saddened by the news.
A group of bystanders came to the rescue when a man reportedly stole a woman’s purse and attempted to take her vehicle in Walmart parking lot
Ruston Police Department Capt. Tim Parker said his office received a call at 11:20 a.m. Wednesday in regards to the purse snatching.
While many people don’t plan on entering nursing homes or assisted living facilities when they are younger, the reality is, quite a few will still end up at one of those facilities, and finding the money to pay for it can be quite a challenge.
“The average cost throughout the nation of staying in a nursing home type facility is around $4,000 a month,” Ed Pennington with Pennington Financial in Monroe said at a recent health care seminar at the Arbor and Terrace in Ruston. “That doesn’t even include the costs of your medication. If you have to stay at a facility for a number of years, that cost is going to be expensive.”