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October 14th, 2013

Reap the benefits of pet adoption

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It took everything I had to walk away empty handed.
On Saturday I attended 4 PAWS Palooza at the organization’s Rodeo Road animal shelter. I knew I’d have a wonderful time meeting and greeting fellow dog lovers at the event.
I didn’t know I’d fall in love.
But there they were, a group of bright-eyed young Chihuahua mix puppies with spotted noses and personalities that captured your heart before ever touching them.
And after a little petting and snuggling, I was done for.

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October 12th

Candidates for 5th District to speak

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Area voters have the opportunity to hear from candidates seeking the open 5th District Congressional seat during a forum Monday sponsored by the local Tea Party.
The event is open to the public and begins at 6 p.m. at the Ruston Country Club. At least 12 of the 14 contenders for former Rep. Rodney Alexander’s job are expected to participate in the forum, Bob Flournoy, Tea Party program and publicity chairman, said.
The primary election is Saturday.
“We thought it would be an appropriate time to have the forum, five days before the election,” Flournoy said.

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Wiggin’ Out raises $26k

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At 6 p.m. Thursday hundreds of people wearing every color wigs flocked to Squire Creek Country Club for the third annual Wiggin’ Out breast cancer fundraising event, which raised more than $26,000.
There was food, fun, fellowship and Wiggin’ Out’s signature drink “The Pink Wig” at the event. The communitywide charity event allowed for people to come together and give back.
Heather Peterson, IT director at Northern Louisiana Medical Center, said this was her third year to participate in Wiggin’ Out.

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RHS honors alumni at luncheon

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Ruston High School alumni, faculty and former faculty sang the school’s praises Friday during the annual RHS Alumni Association’s Awards Luncheon.
“How can you fail, going to Ruston High School? You can’t,” alumnus Dr. William Higgs told the approximately 150 people gathered for the event at Squire Creek Country Club.
Higgs was one of seven people – three teachers and four alumni – honored by the association as this year’s distinguished educators and graduates.

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Simsboro Baptist Church celebrates 125 years

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Join Simsboro First Baptist Church as it celebrates its 125th Anniversary today.
The celebration will begin at 9:30 a.m. and there will be no Sunday School. The church will be “Remembering Yesterday.”
The church will host special guests Chuck Guilbert and Bob Burt, who will be providing music and reminiscing about the past.
After a short break, service will resume at 10:45 a.m. where the sermon will be ‘Looking at Today and Tomorrow.’ There will be music and testimonies provided by members of Simsboro First Baptist about God’s work today and the church’s plans for tomorrow.

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Attend supper to support CCA

Each year, hundreds of residents gather in the Ruston Civic Center to experience for just a night what it feels like to not have enough.
The Poor Man’s Supper, which is set from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, has been a Ruston tradition for approximately 25 years, and is the main fundraiser each year for Christian Community Action.

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Remember the fallen soldiers

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Being a retired career soldier, I am disappointed with the recent slights directed at our military personnel. Those that have served in actual combat can’t believe the reports depicted on television news. Each of those individuals killed in combat since the so-called government shutdown was honorably serving their country. Their families under the best treatment when losing a loved one are devastated. I cannot imagine the impact of total disregard by the country they love.

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When voting make informed decisions

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The primary election to fill the vacated spot of retired U.S. Representative Rodney Alexander in the 5th Congressional District is Saturday There are 14 candidates in the race. Political signs are popping up everywhere, messages are being received on my answering machine and campaign letters are in my mailbox. Early voting is now in progress. 

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Nation in a nasty custody dispute

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The situation with our government shutdown — and in particular the bipartisan standoff between our elected officials — has left me with the feeling that the nation has become the child of a nasty custody dispute. 

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Locals support the arts

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The fourth annual ARToberfest put on by the North Central Louisiana Arts Council was successful yet again.
The event celebrated a variety of styles of beer from regional home brewers to Marsala Beverage’s finest.
The home brew tastings were the highlight of the night, along with live music and appetizers.
The fundraiser supports NCLAC’s annual Holiday Arts Tour, which is set for NOv. 21-24.
This year’s event was sponsored by Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living and Marsala Beverage, with “Devine Home Brewer” awards sponsored by Devine Wines and Spirits.

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