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January 4th, 2014

Using lawn chair as deer stand a success

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Billy Barton, age 70, had grown tired of day after day sitting in his box stand near Atlanta in Winn Parish without seeing any deer. As he got out of his stand on Nov. 9, he spotted something, however, that caused a change in plans, a change that three days later, would result in an encounter with a huge 12-point buck scoring almost 180 inches.
“I hunt on family property near Atlanta in Winn Parish,” Barton said. “My box stand has lanes extending out so I can see several directions. However, I hadn’t seen any deer from my stand.”

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January 3rd

Scott, Craft marry in Arkansas

Melanie Claire Scott and Clark Michael Craft, both of Ruston, were married on Nov. 23 at Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs, Ark. The Rev. Dale Oden officiated the ceremony.

Melanie is the daughter of Christopher and Laurie Anne Scott, of Livingston, Texas. She is the granddaughter of Phillip and Barbara Washington and Clint and Vernaughn Scott, all of Ruston and Rick and Judy Rushton, of Slidell.

Clark is the son of Doug and Carren Craft, of Ruston. He is the grandson of Mike and Yvonne Craft, of Ruston and Jimmie England and the late Paul England, of Searcy, Ark.

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Tales that bind people of Ruston together

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OK folks. We’re beginning a brand new chapter in our lives — a chance to do many things different; yet, still not forget all the years we’ve already spent.
Monday is very special to me. Oddly enough on Jan. 6, all those years ago, my dad was laid to rest in the old Greenwood cemetery on West Alabama Avenue, next door to where the former Temple Baptist Church building was.

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Bearing fruit together on the journey

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I grew up in the Texas Panhandle where there are not many trees, much less fruit trees. I am often intrigued at watching a tree bear its fruit and having the opportunity to witness its growth from the beginning tiny flowering buds all the way to the beautiful fruit that can be harvested and eaten. In the backyard of LifeHouse Ministries, we have the blessing of a pomegranate tree. We realized this when we first moved to our current ministry location back in 2011.

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Church News

Assembly of God
First Assembly of God
“Living in the Spirit” class is at 9:45 a.m. Sundays. Children’s church is at 10:45 a.m. Nursery through age 3 is provided at 10:45 a.m. Sundays, by request on Sunday night and at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Baptist
Calvary
Bible study classes begin at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Worship is also held at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Choir rehearsal begins at 4 p.m. today.
Men’s prayer breakfast begins at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. Wednesday evening’s prayer services at 6:30 p.m.
Cook
Cook currently offers a Sunday morning pick-up. Call the church office at 255-1318.

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Students learn benefits, how to grow garden at school

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There was so much excitement recently at the Cypress Springs school garden.
When work’s to be done, one doesn’t usually think of children getting so excited.
Cathy Judd, with the LSU AgCenter, said she had the privilege of watching students at Cypress Springs working together in their school garden, pulling weeds and planting.
“When Mrs. (Debbie) Barton’s class pulled weeds (on a recent) morning, I heard no one complaining,” Judd said.

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Bracing for a chilly weekend?

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Residents should prepare now for a weekend blast of dry, arctic air that could drive temperatures into the teens by Sunday night, Lincoln Parish Director of Homeland Security Director Kip Franklin said Thursday.
National Weather Service models show that after a fairly mild day Saturday with highs in the 50s, the temperature will begin to fall. Sunday’s highs are expected to be in the 40s and the lows ranging from 15 to into the 20’s. The icy grip is likely to hold into early next week.

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Suspect found hiding in closet

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At 10:51 p.m. on Thursday, officers from the Ruston Police Department arrested one man who was hiding in a closet after allegedly assaulting his brother with a knife.
According to the affidavit, earlier on Thursday night, officers responded to 1301 Gilman St. in regards to a fight between brothers.
It was determined that during the disturbance, Glen Robertsons Richard, 58, of 1301 Gilman St., reportedly pulled out a butcher knife and threatened his brother.
Upon arrival, officers reportedly discovered that Richard had left the scene.

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Band set to perform at the Dixie Jan. 11

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Well hang on to your hat, here comes Travis Woods and The Classics Recovered Band from the great state of Texas to the Dixie Theater on Jan. 11.
You may have heard them entertain the crowd at the 2013 year’s Peach Festival in June. According to the Fox network program “King of the Road Show,” this band is one of the hottest bands in Southeast Texas today having played venues from Austin, Texas, to the Mississippi River.
This six-piece band is still on fire after opening to a sold out crowd for Grand Ole Opry star Steve Wariner at the Cattle Barons Ball in Beaumont, Texas.

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Dunkin’ ’Dogs to host Longwood

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Cordarius Johnson (with ball) and the Louisiana Tech men’s basketball team’s game against Longwood on Saturday at the Thomas Assembly Center will now tip off at 4 p.m. The game time change was made to accommodate fans wanting to attend Tech’s last non-conference game of the season and make it home in time to watch New Orleans Saints opening round playoff game. The contest was originally scheduled for 6 p.m., which would have carried over into the start of the nationally-televised Saints-Eagles wild card playoff game.

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