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Terry takes helm at Chamber

"Someone called and asked for a telephone number and I didn't have a phone book," Terry said. "But I've got one now."
Other than that one stumble, Terry said it was a "great, exciting start, meeting old friends, making new friends and finding my way around town."
The city of Ruston has changed a bit since his days at Louisiana Tech University, Terry, 47, said.
"It takes a little adjustment, re-learning where everything is at," he said.

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Tech teacher adds style to studio tour

The master of fine arts student will submit two different groups of paintings for public view — one consisting of traditional landscapes and still lifes and the other presenting portrayals of people in everyday settings.
Several paintings Kennedy has named the "Laundromat series" highlight this second category. These paintings were derived from drawings Kennedy has sketched over the last ten years.

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Tech graduate students display art on studio tour

NCLAC executive director Shelby McDuff said the tour is marketed in Texas, Mississippi and Arkansas, as well as Louisiana.
"We expect a good crowd," McDuff said. "We've been doing this (tour) for ten years to promote Ruston as a cultural tourism destination and promote artists within this region."
The tour will include more than 60 artists and crafts people, with their creations on display at 18 area locations.

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Seven arrested for DWI at checkpoint

In an effort to cut down on drunken driving on New Year's Eve, state troopers and Ruston police officers staged the checkpoint on the South Service Road between Tarbutton Road and Louisiana Highway 544.
During the checkpoint, which ran from 11 p.m. Friday night until 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning, the troopers and officers stopped nearly 400 drivers, made 37 field sobriety tests and arrested seven drivers, according to a press release from Troop F public information officer Julie Lewis.

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Mays reelected to lead Police Jury

Mays, the juror for District 12, was one of eight new jurors who took office after elections last March and April. In accepting a second term as president, he challenged his fellow jurors to continue the work begun in April.

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Local soldier spends Thanksgiving in Iraq

"This is the first year Rob, Mandy and I have been separated from Jamie," she said, choking back the tears. "I asked him about Christmas; he said just wait until he gets home."
Cpl. Jamie Richardson, 20, is with the Arkansas National Guard's Alpha Company, 3-153rd Infantry serving in Iraq. The Choudrant native joined the military in February.

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EITC could benefit parish taxpayers

The Louisiana Departments of Social Service, Revenue and Labor have begun a statewide publicity campaign to raise awareness for the EITC that could enable some low-income families to own homes, improve education and increase quality of life.
"It seems thousands in the state who are eligible are not filing returns," state Sen. Hollis Downs, R-Ruston, said. "This publication says statewide $82 million was left on the table. I'm pretty sure a lot of that was in Lincoln Parish."

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Dubach council discusses redistricting

Dubach attorney Bill Jones presented the council with the proposed redistricting plan.
He suggested it would be beneficial if council members and local residents wrote letters of support to include in the proposal submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice.
If the plan is approved, the Louisiana Secretary of State will schedule elections for Dubach's Town Council.

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Dubach home 'totaled' by fire

Mayfield's house, located at 7691 Fellowship Road in Dubach, was "totaled," William Archie, Mayfield's nephew, said.
Mayfield sorted through debris Thursday afternoon, searching for anything worth keeping in the soot and water that covered the inside of the house.
"It's totaled," Archie said. "I caught myself pulling out clothes, but you can't do anything about them because they stink so bad."

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Debate Team places third

Trey Gibson, director of debate, said he was proud of how the 11 team members performed at OBU's tournament.
"I think it was a great start to the season," Gibson said. "From the beginning we were in a bind because every other school is on the semester system so they have had a little more time to prepare, so we've been cramming for this first tournament."

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