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December 14th

Memories of Mandela

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Area residents recall South African leader who will be buried today
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Ian Macaskill remembers getting up in the middle of the night to watch live television coverage of Nelson Mandela walking out of South Africa’s Robben Island prison.
He also remembers living in his native South Africa in the era of apartheid, when the South African government intentionally segregated blacks and whites because of race, and tried to convince white South Africans, like himself, that racial separation was acceptable.

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Buddy Ball raffle wins for everyone

One doesn’t have to look far to find evidence of just how community-minded folks are in Ruston and Lincoln Parish.
In fact, sometimes all it takes is a set of car keys. Back in August, Buddy Ball of Ruston began selling raffle tickets for a 2014 Jeep Wrangler Sport provided by Brennan Dodge Chrysler Jeep. People in Lincoln Parish and beyond bought more than 750 tickets for $100 chances on the vehicle.

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TEA Party is all about informing citizens

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Louisiana State Treasurer John Kennedy was the invited speaker for the December meeting of the North Central Louisiana TEA Party. Even with rainy and cold weather, Mr. Kennedy drove from Baton Rouge to Ruston to speak to the group, and then drove home. The faithful group in attendance appreciated his dedication in honoring his commitment to speak, even in such inclement weather and time considerations. 

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Learning to live with balance

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So what do you want for Christmas this year? Santa has already come at our house and he brought me a brand new knee, something I’m struggling with but wanted more than anything. It’s funny how struggle can go hand-in-hand with your heart’s desires. But you learn how to balance it.

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Durrett, Hammons unite in matrimony

Rebecca Durrett, of Simsboro, and Cody Hammons, of Quitman, united in holy matrimony in a 6 p.m. ceremony December 14 at the First Baptist Church of Simsboro.

The ceremony was officiated by Dr. Wilton Wall.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Doug Durrett, of Simsboro, and Nancy Joyner Durrett, of Ruston. She is the granddaughter of the Rev. Larry and Frances Joyner, of Arcadia, and the late Orvil and Myrtle Durrett.

The groom is the son of Mark and Donna Hammons, of Quitman. He is the grandson of Henry and Janette Hammons, of Quitman, and the late J.B. and Geneva Wise.

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Personal involvement with those less fortunate good idea

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Where does time go? Seriously, I woke up this morning, looked at the calendar and realized that this year is speeding toward its demise far too fast.

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Cheers: Poole graduates boot camp

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Asen “Ace” Poole recently completed Marine Corps boot camp at Parris Island, S.C. Poole graduated as a Private First Class (E-2) with an Expert rifle qualification. Poole is a recent Eagle Scout recipient from Ruston’s Troop 45 and a 2013 Choudrant High graduate. He is currently attending infantry training at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

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FBC Celebration Choir presents Christmas musical

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First Baptist Church’s Celebration Choir will present its Christmas Cantata at 6 p.m. Sunday at 200 S. Trenton St. to area residents.
Under the direction of Wayne Bridges, more than 70 participants, including and featuring a depicted “live baby Jesus,” will perform “The Nativity Symphony,” by Prism Music, Inc., 2013.
“Christmas in August — 2013” was the initial start of the choir’s rehearsals, when, according to Bridges, they sang through the entire musical, inviting all FBC members to come and sing with them.

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Dixie Dancers perform at Trinity

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Freezing weather and heavy rains did not stop the Dixie Dancers of Ruston from performing at the annual Trinity United Methodist Church Christmas program on Friday, December 3. This was their 330th performance. These ladies perform for free at various venues throughout the year. For booking information or information about classes that they teach at RPAR, contact Jane Boone at 255-7864.

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Cub Scouts donate popcorn to LMCH

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Cub Scouts from Pack 59 in Ruston recently donated popcorn to the Louisiana Methodist’s Children Home. In the fall, Pack 59 sold popcorn to Ruston residents and gave them the opportunity to purchase popcorn to be donated specifically to the LMCH.
Accepting the donation for the Children’s Home was Gary Strebeck, executive director of public relations, development and marketing.

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