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Blessing of the pets

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In honor of the Feast of St. Francis, the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer held its annual celebration and blessing of the pets at 4 p.m. Oct. 7. Shown with the Rev. Bill Easterling, rector, are the many pets and their owners who received the special blessing.

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RPD hosts SWAT training

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Ruston Police Department recently hosted a Basic SWAT Officer Course. The 50-hour course prepared nine new SWAT team members for places on local SWAT teams. Ruston Police had four attend, Union Parish had three attend, as well as one person from the Grambling State University Police Department and one from the Grambling Police Department.
This is the first class that the RPD has exclusively hosted.

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GSU screenings mark National Depression Day

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Grambling State University’s Student Counseling Wellness and Resource Center observed National Depression Day Oct. 11 by offering a depression screening at the student counseling services center on campus.
“We’ve found in recent studies that 25 percent of college students are dealing with depression in some way,” Coleen Speed, director of the center, said. “After this screen many students look deeper into what they found to make them better students emotionally.”

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A quick drive can help local students

Generally, a fundraiser entails donors reaching into their pockets and giving of their own money, or at the very least asking others for funds.
But every now and then, all that is required is a little time, which may be spent in an enjoyable way.
This will be the case on Friday with the Jim Taylor Ford Lincoln’s “Drive 4 UR School” fundraiser at Ruston High School.

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Make Halloween healthier

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The scariest day of the year approaches — Oct. 31, which is Halloween.
Is it frightening because of all the little ghosts, witches and movie villains who take over the town in search of treats?
For many parents, the real fear is all the sugar-packed food that will soon fill their house.

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Second debate, round two

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The second debate allowed many viewers the opportunity to see both candidates for U.S. president in a different position. After Round 1, several people were wondering, “Do facts matter?” The preliminary results were close as each opposing position from each candidate began to mount. Personally, I was looking for some solidity, because as a voter, I get a little nervous when someone becomes unsure of their facts. While a candidate may make powerful statements, these statements can stimulate a voter to change his (or her) mind.

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Keep some things private

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The creation of social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter has provided people with opportunities to share their lives with others. Although sharing details about yourself has led people to learn more about you, some details people are revealing about themselves are more appropriate for their friends and family to know than the world. Since technology allows for information to spread faster, it is important to be careful about what information you put out in the open.

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Ruston Florist and Boutique moving

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Ruston Florist and Boutique is moving and will soon offer an elegant display that the city has never seen before.
The business has been open for 32 years, and Dennis and Debbie Allen purchased it in July 1995.
Now after 17 years under the Allen’s ownership, the business has grown too big for its 1,700 square foot space, located at 400 W. Alabama Ave. On Nov. 1, the doors will open to the new Ruston Florist and Boutique location, which is in the building that formerly housed the Salvation Army at 1103 Farmerville Highway.

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Centric celebrates 75 years

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Centric Federal Credit Union has provided Centric Service to their members in Ouachita and Lincoln parishes for more than 75 years. In celebration of this occasion, Centric has provided lower loan rates and increased their dividend earnings for their members.

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Kiwanis Club presents awards

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The Kiwanis Club of Ruston, an affiliate of the Kiwanis International, recently held its annual awards banquet.
Dwight Anderson, president for the 2011-12 year, bestowed Travis DeFreese with the Spirit of Kiwanis Award for 2011-12. The award was established in honor of three Kiwanians who each had over 50 years of Kiwanis service: Clarence Faulk, Hale Shadow and Amos Ford.

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