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Family reunion planning seminar slated for Nov. 16

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The Lincoln Parish Library Events Center and the Ruston Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau are teaming up to help families bring their family reunions to Lincoln Parish by hosting a family reunion planning workshop.
The “101-style” seminar about how to plan a family reunion from start to finish will take place from 6 - 8 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Lincoln Parish Events Center. The workshop is free for anyone interested in hosting a family reunion in Lincoln Parish.

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Suddenlink kicks off drive to help food bank

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With the support of U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, U.S. Representative Rodney Alexander, and Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth, Suddenlink Communications recently kicked off its new Connecting to Those in Need fall food drive to help stock shelves of the Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana.

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Williams and Smith wed

Kerri Elizabeth Williams of Ruston and Arlin Timothy “Beaux” Smith of Pineville were married at 2 p.m. Aug. 7 at Christ Fellowship Church in Haughton. The Rev. Uriah Oxford officiated the ceremony.

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La. Tech alum’s patriotic film to debut in Ruston

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“Flag of My Father,” starring John Schneider (“Dukes of Hazzard,” “Smallville,” “90210”) and William Devane (“Knot’s Landing,” “The West Wing,” “Stargate SG-1”) is slated to premiere at First Baptist Church in Ruston in honor of Veterans Day.

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Halloween for young and old

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I was grown, I believe, before it really got through to me that Halloween had a bad connotation in regards to its origin and celebration of evil. However, one of the fun things I remember as a child in New Orleans was dressing up in a spooky outfit and going up and down the street yelling, “Trick or treat!”
I just think of it as an evening of “mischief.“ Our churches have turned it into a time to enjoy the children, costumes and such.

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Octubafest on tap tonight

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Louisiana Tech’s department of music will present the sixth annual Octubafest concert at 7:30 p.m. today in the Recital Hall, located in the Howard Auditorium, Center for the Performing Arts.
The concert will feature the Trom-uba-phone Experience, which comprises performers from Tech, Bossier Parish Community College, Centenary College and Ruston High School. Music from the Renaissance, Baroque, romantic and 20th century periods will be performed on trombones, euphoniums and tubas.

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Clay and metal juxtaposed

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Sculptor finds strength in her art
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On many days Diana Synatzske has her hands full — full of clay. That’s because the sculptor recently chose to immerse herself in her art by enrolling in the Masters of Fine Arts program at Louisiana Tech University.
“Total immersion gives you more energy,” she said. “It takes you out of that normal routine (domestic responsibilities) that will sometimes break down your desire to create.”

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Porter excelling in CFL ranks

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EDMONTON, Can. — His high school coach said it should always take more than one tackler to bring down Daniel Porter.
That way, the football world might never discover the kid is, in fact, only five-foot-nine.
“And from that day, that’s the mindset I had,” Porter said Sunday. “Never let one person bring you down. I’ve got to do something to get off this tackler. I just gotta do something. And it just so happened that it worked out for the best because my signature move is a spin move.
“Look on YouTube. They call me Pinball Porter.”

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Bearcats, Johnson run wild

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Senior RB’s career performance leads Ruston past Wossman, 41-19
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MONROE — The Ruston Bearcats didn’t need to use the Wildcat offensive set Friday night against Wossman.
They just needed running back Ja’Ren Johnson to run wild.
And that’s exactly what the senior did, as he turned in a career game with 349 yards of total offense to lead Ruston to a 41-19 District 3-4A win over the Wildcats.
Ruston moved to 5-4 overall and 3-1 in district play while Wossman is now 5-4 and 2-2.
Johnson exploded to pick up 322 rushing yards and two scores on 35 carries — that’s 9.5 yards per rush — while adding two receptions for 23 yards.

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Tech’s Creer is living up to expectations

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Observations on the sports beat while wondering if execs at the Fox Sports Network turned blue when a hoped-for Yankees-Phillies World Series went out the window:

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