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December 16th

Planet Fitness opens its doors

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The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Planet Fitness on Dec. 11. Planet Fitness offers packages beginning at $10 per month. PF is also a community partner of Boys and Girls Clubs of NCLA and presented the organization with $5,000.

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Students take trip to see ‘Polar Express’

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Hillcrest Holiday Happenings:
Hillcrest has been busy celebrating the holiday season. The school has served the community by collecting money for the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team and canned goods for Christian Community Action. The students have enjoyed special events too. The kindergarten classes went to see the play “The Polar Express.”
The first and second graders will be going to “A Very Merry Oz Christmas” ballet. Thursday, first grade parents came to enjoy Christmas lunch with the school.

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School celebrates Christmas

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Left: Patrick Singh loved decorating and eating cookies with his friends in class.
Top Right: All of the students enjoyed wrapping their own gifts and tying their own bows in the gift wrap discovery centers this month. Jade Hale is seen here wrapping her gift.
Bottom Right: Students participated in Christmas traditions. Sawyer Milstead and Elliot Martin were Mary and Joseph in Emmanuel’s Christmas and Children 2017 program.

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Students experience the holiday season

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Experiencing the holiday season through the eyes of young children, within the walls of a school building, may very well be one of the greatest gifts bestowed on educators. The students at Glen View Elementary are gearing up for the holiday season in style. Not only are their classrooms decorated and full of enriching activities related to the special season, but their spirits are delighted, excited and prepared for an extravagant time.

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School delivers gifts

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Members of the I.A. Lewis Student Council delivered a Christmas gift to their Adopt-A-School sponsor, the Law Offices of Woodard and Clement. Children pictured (left to right) are Rylie Ramsey, Abagael Barmore, Austin Guillory, Anna Colvin, Steven Holstead, Landon Jones, Jada Bass, Chloe Morales, Deanjnae Nelson, Josue Hernandez, LaPrecious Banks, Jabari Wardlaw and Olivia Starks. Also pictured is Stanley Lewis, I.A. Lewis administrative assistant, and attorneys Russell A. Woodard, Jr., Monique Babin Clement and Russell A. Woodard.

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December 15th

Sparta committee to review legislation

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Leaders of the Sparta Groundwater Commission will meet Monday to discuss whether the legislation that created the commission needs to be revised to meet the panel’s long-term goals.
The meeting is set for 10 a.m. in the conference room of Reese Hall, on Louisiana Tech University’s agriculture campus.
And while the executive committee gathering wasn’t called specifically to talk about the commission’s lack of policymaking, enforcement or revenue-raising authority, the topic may come up, Lindsay Gouedy, the commission’s executive director, said Thursday.

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Search continues for ATM thieves

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Ruston police continue their search today for suspects who stole a forklift and dump truck from two construction sites then proceeded to remove an entire automatic teller machine from local credit union, destroyed the ATM and make off with the money inside.
Officers responded to an automatic ATM alarm at Centric Federal Credit Union, located at 1514 Eagle Drive, at 4:15 a.m. Tuesday and found the ATM missing, Ruston Deputy Police Chief Clint Williams said today.
“It had been completely stolen and removed,” he said.

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Farmers Market hits record sales

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The Ruston Farmers’ Market will end its 10th season with record vendor sales.
Vendor sales were well over $212,000, a 19 percent increase over 2016.
Dasia Canales, market manager, said she was proud of the sale increase.
“We are really excited about the increase. Last year we doubled in the new building, and I am glad that we are continuing to increase our sales,” she said. “We are still growing and we can see that in our sales.

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Youngsters learn hockey skills from players

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Members of the Shreveport Mudbugs hockey team took over the ice at Ruston’s artificial ice rink Thursday to perform drills, sign autographs and teach the basics of the game to more than area youngsters. City officials said the event, sponsored by the city of Ruston, was to show youngsters the fundamentals of a sport not well known in this part of the country while also introducing the team to local citizens.
Photo left: Mudbugs player Jacob Skolnik passes the puck around with Gabe Hume, 4.

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NCLAC looks forward to new year

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I was a charter member of the North Central Louisiana Arts Council, and signed the original articles of incorporation on the third of June 1987, along with Susan Roach and Charlotte Bailey.
Since then I have served on the board, served as vice president, and currently serve as board president.
It has been a great pleasure to watch this organization develop and flourish, both in Ruston and in the adjoining parishes it has served.
From the very beginning, NCLAC worked closely with Ruston Community Theatre.

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