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November 30th, 2016

RCT rings in season with ‘Wonderful Life”

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With the decorating of trees and anticipation of a visit from Santa Claus, the holiday season has officially begun in Lincoln Parish and the Ruston Community Theatre is ready to present its contribution to the holiday spirit — “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
The production is a classic holiday play, said Jane Wallace who is making her debut as director of a RCT production. Wallace is a junior high science teacher and drama club sponsor at Choudrant High School.

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Holiday Arts Tour kicks off Friday in Ruston

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Recently named No. 9 in the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Festival and Event list for December, the North Central Louisiana Arts Council’s Holiday Arts Tour will kick off at 5 p.m. Friday in downtown Ruston.
Jessica Slaughter said while there would be shopping and artist’s demonstrations as there have been in the past, there is something new this year as well.

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Ground broken for first phase of greenway

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Elected officials joined local cycling enthusiasts and Chamber of Commerce representatives Tuesday to turn the first shovelfuls of dirt on Phase 1 of the Rock Island Greenway biking and walking path.

“It’s going to connect neighbor to neighbor,” Ammen Jordan, Ruston’s development director, said about the trail that will eventually span from the northern to southern city limits along the old Rock Island Railroad bed.

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NAMI to host Christmas dinner

The Ruston chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will hold its 30th annual Christmas dinner meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20, at the Ruston Civic Center. The guest speaker will be Sheryl Muwwakkil, manager and social worker at the Ruston Behavioral Health Clinic in Ruston, Louisiana. Her topic will be “We Are Family”— How family members can support their loved ones during diagnosis, treatment, crisis intervention and recovery.

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10th annual Grambling parade

The Annual Grambling Christmas Parade is Dec. 10.
Area churches, schools, bands, businesses, clubs, scouts, ROTC groups and organizations are invited to participate by picking up a parade application and consent forms at the Grambling City Hall, 127 King Street.
The parade is scheduled to line up at 10 a.m. at New Rocky Valley Baptist Church, 2155 Martin Luther King Ave. and will begin promptly at 11 a.m.

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Early voting underway

There will be a state-wide run-off election for U.S. Senate between Foster Campbell and John Kennedy on Dec. 10. 
Also on the ballot will be two millage renewal propositions that are parish-wide.  For the city of Grambling residents, there will be one millage renewal proposition.
 Early voting for the Dec. 10 election will be in the registrar of voters’ office in the Lincoln Parish Courthouse Saturday. Early Voting hours will be 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m.
If you have any questions, please call the registrar’s office at (318)251-5110.

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Veteran’s Day program was a joy

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Recently I participated in the Ruston Veteran’s Day program.
I am very thankful to the mayor and the committee that put the program together.
It was certainly a worthy event and the setting as beautiful.
Railroad Park and the covered facility were very nice and proper for the occasion.
My mind wandered a bit as Mayor Ronny Walker, Bill Elmore and others took their time at the microphone while we all waited the fly over the F-15s.
I looked into the crowd and observed the faces.

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City wins, the ‘boneheads’ lost

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Twenty-years ago come Thursday, Ruston’s Board of Aldermen refused to adopt an $8 million transportation proposal proponents said would end anticipated traffic snarls along the Interstate 20 service road, once the Walmart SuperCenter was built.
Then-Mayor Hilda Taylor Perritt called the board’s rebuff “the bonehead move of the year.”
At issue was a sales tax plan that would have allowed the roadwork to be paid for with increased tax revenue coming from the businesses in what was then the newly created north side economic development district.

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Downtown Ruston is moving forward

It’s been a long time coming, but finally there’s a permanent cover over the Railroad Park stage.
The white fabric shell is another in a list of improvements made in downtown Ruston during the two years of Mayor Ronny Walker’s administration.

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Dunkin’ Dogs head west to face Cal tonight

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BERKELY, Caif. — After recently spending 12 seasons as a member of the Western Athletic Conference, Louisiana Tech is no stranger to playing on the West Coast.
The Bulldogs will make the long flight once again to take on the California Bears at 8 p.m. today inside Haas Pavilion.
The matchup will be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Network and online via Pac-12.com/live and the Pac-12 Now app with Roxy Bernstein and Mike Montgomery calling the action.

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