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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At approximately 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, officers of the Ruston Police Department responded to an armed robbery call at the Maple Mart on West Alabama Avenue.
The clerk at the Maple Mart reported that he had just been robbed by two males. The suspects were said to be wearing some type of ski masks, and after brandishing a handgun, stole an undetermined amount of cash from the register.
Area residents are invited to partner with the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team and local businesses to help families who live in poverty and fear have a Merry Christmas.
The Vision Center, Curves and LifeCare Specialty Hospital of North Louisiana, formerly known as HealthSouth, have put up Christmas angel wish trees. Each paper angel ornament carries one wish for a Christmas gift or a much-needed item.
“Our Christmas angels don’t carry frivolous requests,” said Cathy Ayo, DART’s executive director. “Our kids have asked for things they need like new underwear and tennis shoes. No item on the list exceeds $30; most cost considerably less.”