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October 19th, 2013

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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Princeton Place helps Alzheimer’s Association

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To raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association T-shirts featuring the slogan “What Day is it? .... Huuump Daaay!” have been sold. Upcoming events to raise additional funds include a bake sale from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Oct. 29. Past events were a carwash and bake sale that took place in September.
Come walk with the Princeton Place team at 9 a.m. Nov. 9 in Forysthe Park in Monroe. For more information call Susan Bateman at 254-3822.

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Dixie Dancers teach tap

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The lovely Dixie Dancers of Ruston teach tap dancing classes at 10 a.m. on Friday mornings in the McLane Multipurpose Center. They also perform their tap dance routines, for free, at various venues in and around Ruston. This photo was taken before their performance at The Council of the Aging last month. For more information or a schedule of their performances, contact Jane Boone at 255-7864.

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First Baptist sets Fall Festival for tonight

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Local and area residents, along with their children, are invited from 5-7 p.m. today in the parking lot of Ruston’s First Baptist Church to participate in family-friendly activities, including games, festive treats, music, sponsored booths, animated balloons, face painting, door prizes, fire truck viewing, bouncers, surprises galore, and the “parade of miniature horses” — all great ingredients for an autumn Octoberfest for area families.

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October 18th

GSU coaching carousel continues

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Ragsdale out, Winston in as interim head football coach for Tigers

The soap opera known as the winless Grambling State University football team took another dramatic turn Thursday as interim head coach George Ragsdale was relieved of his coaching duties.
Defensive coordinator Dennis “Dirt” Winston, a former NFL linebacker with Pittsburgh and New Orleans, was named the new interim coach for the Tigers (0-7). Ragsdale was promoted from running backs coach in September when Doug Williams was fired. Ragsdale has been reassigned in the athletic department.

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Buddy recognized as Alumnus of the Year

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Louisiana Tech University President Les Guice, left, and College of Liberal Arts Dean Donald Kaczvinsky, right, recognized Ruston Daily Leader Executive Sports Editor Buddy Davis as the university’s College of Liberal Arts’ Alumnus of the Year. Davis, a 1969 journalism graduate, has spent nearly 50 years working as a sports writer for the Ruston Daily Leader, making him a living history book of the past half-century of Louisiana Tech, Lincoln Parish and north Louisiana athletics.

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Library millage rolled back 1 mill

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The Lincoln Parish Library Board of Control voted to approve the 2013 amended budget, 2014 budget and the proposed paid holidays for 2015 during their monthly meeting held Wednesday.
Vivian McCain, library director, said the 2013 budget was amended because of the millage being rolled down from 5.99 mills to 4.99 mills by the Lincoln Parish Policy Jury.
“We were asked if rolling the mill back would affect our operations,” McCain said. “I informed jury members that we would still be able to uphold our daily functions if the millage was rolled back.”

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Free job search workshop on tap

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At 3 p.m. Saturday the Living Gospel Church of Ruston will be having a job search workshop at Comfort Inn that will include resume writing, tips for job searches and the do’s and don’ts of the interview process.
Otis Holland, pastor at the Living Gospel Church, said the event is free and open to the public, and everyone is invited.
“We would love for everyone to come,” Holland said. “We have professional people from CenturyLink who are volunteering to help make this event a success.”

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