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January 17th, 2014

Mayor is Russ Award winner

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Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth has been named this year’s winner of the Robert E. Russ award, the highest honor given by the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.
This award recognized the contributions the recipient has made to advancing the community.
The 2014 Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet, presented by First National Bank, will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Ruston Civic Center.
During the event, community awards will be presented on behalf of various groups. Today, the official results for the majority of the awards are being announced.

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Tri-state membership rodeo on tap Saturday

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Rodeo lovers in Lincoln Parish and surrounding areas will have a chance to see cowboys and cowgirls showcase their skills.
J.E. Jordan, a stock contractor, will be providing the livestock for the rodeo.
“We will have all of the big events — barrel racing, bull riding, roping — you name it,” he said. “A couple of the bulls have actually been to the PBR World Finals — Toy Soldier in 2011 and Range War in 2011. That is a big draw for a lot of guys.”
Also on hand for the events will be legendary rodeo clown Rudy Burns, Jordan said.

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Variety of Arts Academy classes available

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I have all sorts of news for you in today’s Art Talk. First up is an Arts Academy class to be offered from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday.
This will be taught by Rachel Johnston, and will be for students ages 7-12. Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and Lincoln Parish students will be out of school. Students will be working on a color-study collage, as well as other projects.
The fee for the day is $25 for NCLAC members, $30 for non-members. All supplies are included, but students should bring a sack lunch.

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Dixie Dancers perform

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At the end of 2013, the Dixie Dancers of Ruston completed their 338th performance.

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Credit card scam targets utility customers

It’s the post-holiday season and it’s cold — the perfect combination for scam artists aiming to steal money from area gas and electric utility customers.
Scammers are back on the attack and they are targeting not only residential customers but also business customers, according to the Better Business Bureau of Northeast Louisiana. Here’s how the scam works:

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Community recognizes MLK

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In remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr. we set aside time each year to remember what he did for our country in terms of civil rights.
Each of our local universities does a wonderful job of remembering MLK.
Louisiana Tech University will hold a noon service Monday in the Ruston Civic Center. This event will be preceded by a service-learning project titled “A Walk for Education,” and will be led by our local National Society of Black Engineers.

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Here's a tip: remember servers

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Though I am an obnoxiously loud and opinionated person, there are few things that really bother me in life. However, along with people who say homosexuality is a choice and girls who think tights are pants (they are not; Blair Waldorf said so in season two of “Gossip Girl”), as a server, bad tippers rank in the Top 5.

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Not the same old Grand Ole Party

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Whatever happened to the Party of freedom?

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Wiley Wilson Hilburn Jr.

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Wiley Wilson Hilburn Jr. of Choudrant, a journalist and professor, died Jan. 16 in Ruston after a brief illness. Hilburn was born Feb. 20, 1938 in Ruston. He was 75.

Visitation is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Saturday at Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Ruston. The funeral is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at the Presbyterian Church of Ruston with the Rev. Edith Hill officiating.

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January 16th

Lend a hand to victims of apartment fire

When tragedy strikes, people in Ruston and Lincoln Parish know how to respond. Whether it’s opening our community to evacuees from a hurricane or other natural disaster, to collecting funds to help with emergency relief, people here always step up.
In the wake of the Jan. 9 fire that destroyed eight units of the Drew Apartment Complex, there’s a new opportunity to show that compassionate spirit.
Louisiana Tech University is asking the community to help the 12 Tech students who lost all or almost all of their belongings in the fire.

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