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October 20th, 2017

‘Wildlife and My Life’ exhibit opens

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Judi Null, Ruston Artisans gallery director, looks over the first exhibit to open in the new space — ‘Wildlife and My Life.’ The exhibit is a look at Box Leangsuksun’s work from his experiences through nature photography around the world. The exhibit opened Thursday after a ribbon cutting for the new gallery.

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Jackson Parish company makes improvements to save more than 400 jobs

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HODGE — The WestRock Company will make a number of improvements at its containerboard paper mill in Hodge over the next five years, all of which are designed to maintain the mill’s competitiveness and retain more than 400 existing jobs at the facility.
 
The plan was announced Wednesday by Gov. John Bel Edwards and company officials.

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Rescues find homes in California

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Last month, more than 110 dogs and 30 cats were sent on their way to San Diego as part of the biggest transportation of shelter animals seen in North Louisiana.
Two Rescue Express buses left 4 Paws Rescue on the morning of Sept. 19 carrying the animals first to foster families, and then their forever homes.
“They have all adjusted pretty well and some of them are still in foster care,” Taylor Holtslaw, assistant 4 Paws Rescue shelter manager, said. “Some are with dog trainers, while I think one was pulled to be a service dog.”

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RCT announces cast, dates for “A Christmas Carol”

In honor of 40 years of productions, Ruston Community Theatre will present an additional musical this holiday season, “A Christmas Carol,” the musical directed by Dee Alexander and sponsored by the Green Clinic, LLC.
The performances will take the stage at the Dixie Center for the Arts Nov. 30 through Dec. 3.
Music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens breathe new life into the classic story by Charles Dickens. The show is sure to draw a crowd with toe-tapping musical numbers like “Fezziwig’s Annual Christmas Ball” and “Christmas Together.”

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Art Talk

Hard Rockin’ Revival comes to Stone Theatre
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The “irreverent, sexy, yet wise and ironic,” award-winning musical “6 Women with Brain Death or Expiring Minds Want to Know” comes back to Stone Theatre after 20 years.
Showing at Arthur W. Stone Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 through Nov. 3 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 5, Louisiana Tech University’s Department of Theatre kicks off its quirky, daring and classic 2017 – 2018 season with the refreshing revival of the musical that questions life is nothing more than a tabloid headline.

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Health scare hastens time to draw the line

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Since for some reason it seems to be very important to a select group of people just who I break bread with, let the record reflect that Thursday I had lunch with an insurance peddler and real estate mogul.
Sitting here at my desk after we returned, I went from feeling OK to an instant, excruciating pain behind my left eye. Not a headache. No. We’re talking instant onset acute pain. Almost immediately, I started sweating bullets. After the pain subsided somewhat a few minutes later, I told our ad manager Hillary Newcomb that I was heading home.

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Beyond the shelf: A discussion on banned books

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My favorite book was given to me when I was 10 years old — “Fahrenheit 451.”
It’s the story of a society that has vilified free thought, imagination and individuality through the burning of reading materials.
However, there are a small group of people that are willing to stand up to the oppression and continue to share the lessons and thoughts within books.
Because of the overall theme of the novel, it’s a banned book.
That’s right, a book about burning books because of the ideas they contained was banned.
Ironic, right?

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Head Start needs our help

When a school building is destroyed, more than just a structure is lost. Such was the case Tuesday morning when fire swept through Ruston’s Head Start Center, obliterating the 60-plus-year-old facility.
“We lost everything,” Executive Director Clotill Smith said in a stark recounting of the obvious.

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Panthers celebrate Homecoming with win

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GRAMBLING — Senior quarterback/running back Johlik Madison took on the role of Homecoming king Thursday night as the celebrations came early and often with the Lincoln Prep Panthers roaring past Ringgold 56-0 at Eddie G. Robinson Stadium.
Madison accounted for 222 all-purpose yards and six touchdowns, all but two of the scoring plays in the Panthers’ District 1-1A rout.

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GSU, Alcorn State to meet with much on line again

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GRAMBLING — Big games between Grambling State and Alcorn State have been a common occurrence in recent years.
And that’ll be the case again this week as the G-Men play host to Braves in a Southwestern Athletic Conference showdown at 2 p.m. Saturday at Eddie G. Robinson Stadium.
The game is also GSU’s annual Breast Cancer Awareness game, so fans are encouraged to wear pink.

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