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April 21st, 2015

Unimaginable extremes to continue

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Gore Vidal died at 86 years.  He wrote more than 20 voluminous books.  He started his first book as a teenager.  He was a complex person with an opinion about everything.  Google him and you will find some interesting information.  I do not agree with most of his comments but there is one I do.  He gave a possible reason for the worldwide terrorist problem, which I believe is valid.   Several countries led by white men have taken control of other countries for hundreds of years and got away with it.  For example, England had total control of India from 1612 to 1947.

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Excited about opportunities

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4 Paws Rescue’s first annual Fur Ball held March 27 was a huge success.  We would like to thank the community for supporting this yearly fundraiser.  The crowd was larger than expected and everyone literally had a “ball.”  We raised over $14,000 for our building fund.  
Special thanks to Bank of Ruston for being our primary sponsor, to The Keg Package  Liquor and Cork Room for providing the wine, and to Richard Dieter and the Mistreaters for the great music.  Thanks also to the many local merchants who donated to our silent auction.

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Bible Study Fellowship registering for Revelation

The area’s interdenominational women’s Bible Study Fellowship group is registering for its new study on the Book of Revelation, which will begin in September.
The group’s base class meets in Monroe, with satellite discussion groups also meeting in Ruston and West Monroe. Participants come from throughout north Louisiana and south Arkansas.
Women wishing to attend the Ruston satellite discussion group can register at 10 a.m. Friday at John Knox Presbyterian Church, 2106 Cooktown Road.

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Tech doctoral student selected as finalist at Entrepreneur Week

Varun Kopparthy, a doctoral student in Louisiana Tech University’s biomedical engineering program, was selected as one of five finalists during a special innovation pitch session of the New Orleans Entrepreneurship Week as part of the Delta Regional Authority’s Delta Entrepreneurship Network.

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OWL Center receives sugar donation

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The Outdoor Wilderness Learning Center, a program of Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home, recently received a 2.8 ton donation of sugar from Imperial Sugar.

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Tech MFA exhibition at Parish Press

The North Central Louisiana Arts Council will present an art exhibition at Parish Press in Ruston. Six of the first and second-year Master of Fine Arts candidates from Louisiana Tech University have work on display.
Playful illustrations, graphic design and colorful landscapes display the talents of this group.
The following students have work in the exhibition: Whitney Causey, Elaine Guillot, Marcus Journey, Megan Landis, Adrianna Speer and Tess Stickney.
The show will be on display through May 12.

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April 20th

Hammering away at 90

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John A. “Yank” Reis figures he’s worked on over 1,000 Ruston homes during the almost 30 years he’s been an independent carpenter.
“There’s hardly a street that I haven’t worked on a house,” he said.
Reis, who turns 90 on April 30, has no plans to give up the profession he learned from his late father-in-law back in Pennsylvania any time soon.
“I could never quit. If I quit, I’d die,” he said.

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Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra to perform

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The Ruston High School Band will be hosting the Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Ruston High School Auditorium.
The Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra will be performing big band and jazz style music for the community, said Walter Moss, Ruston High School director of bands.
“This event will give the community the opportunity to experience music from the big band Jazz era,” Moss, said.

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Declaration for Right to Libraries signed

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The Lincoln Parish Library held a signing of the Declaration for the Right to Libraries to culminate National Library Week on Friday.
Vivian McCain, Library Board Director, said the signing is about recognizing everyone who has made the Lincoln Parish Library what it is today.
“We believe that the library is the cornerstone of our community and we want to take full advantage of this opportunity to strengthen the bonds that have made it possible,” McCain said.
The Lincoln Parish Library is the number one library in the state, McCain said.

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Student groups active in community service

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More than 1,300 Louisiana Tech University students met at Joe Aillet Stadium to get instructions for Tech’s Student Government Association 2015 Big Event, a service to those in need throughout the Lincoln parish community. SGA leaders and other student organizations were spread all around town on Saturday morning to help areas in need.

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