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December 4th

Famed pianist performs free concert at LPL

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When the Lincoln Parish Library Events Center opened in 2010, solo pianist Richard Dowling christened the new Boston grand piano and reportedly wowed the audience with his repertoire. Library officials say patrons have been asking for him to come back ever since.
Dowling will return for a concert at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

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Runoff elections take place Saturday

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Lincoln Parish voters go back to the voting booth Saturday to fill several remaining city council and aldermen seats, and help elect a district judge, U.S. congressman and senator.
Polls for the runoff election are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.
Still up for grabs are the Division B district judgeship, three seats on Ruston’s Board of Aldermen, one seat on Grambling City Council and one on the Dubach Town Council, as well as the two federal-level offices.

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Lions Club offers 4,000th free vision screening

One in 13 children screened have vision problems
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A recent school day was an extra special day for Jamyah Graham, a student at Lincoln Head Start, when she became the 4,000th child to have a vision screening conducted by members of the Ruston Lions Club since the club began participating in the Louisiana Lions CubSight program in 2008. 
According to Lions Club member Wayne Harris, the 4000th vision screening was special not only for Jamyah and the Ruston Lions Club, but for the entire Ruston Community. 

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New contract best deal for city

At $15 million, the Louisiana Purchase was an incredible deal for the United States back in 1803. President Thomas Jefferson’s acquisition — one that some historians say was his crowning achievement — more than doubled the young, growing nation’s size.
Ruston’s Board of Aldermen didn’t make a gigantic land purchase Monday night, but they did approve an incredible power supply contract that could save city electric utility customers $15 million over the next five years.

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Temple Pre-K: Preschoolers celebrate Thanksgiving

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Left: Pictured are the students in Ms. Chasten’s Pre-K 3 Class. Pictured, from left to right, are front row: Georgia Puckett, Hallie Hogan, Gabby Smith and Cate Davison; and back row: Henry Patton, Joseph Davison, Anderson Albritton, Avery Murphy, Molly Hoefler, Bryce Busby and Knox Beck.
Top right: Vicki Solomon, Suzette Stroud and her daughter Ella Brooke Stroud enjoy the Thanksgiving lunch.

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Cedar Creek: Recognitions made for students of year, NHS, Duke TIP

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Nearly 40 named to Duke TIP
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National Honor Society
Cedar Creek’s National Honor Society inducted 27 new members recently, adding to the 34 current members.
More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence scholarship, leadership, service and character.

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December 3rd

RHS leads state in swimming

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Ruston High School won their third consecutive Division II State Swimming Championship recently, competing against 21 teams from across Louisiana.
The team was founded in 2009 with just five swimmers, and this year the team brought 25 swimmers to state — 14 boys and 11 girls.
The girls team finished fourth this year after a second place finish in 2013.

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Saying goodbye

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Approximately 300 gather to bid Hollingsworth adieu
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Approximately 300 people gathered in the Ruston Civic Center Tuesday afternoon to thank retiring Mayor Dan Hollingsworth for his 16 years of service.
“He ran for office for all the right reasons,” Benny Denny, a longtime friend and political ally of Hollingsworth’s, told the crowd.
Denny praised the four-term mayor for his leadership, his vision for Ruston’s future and his work with city staff members to enact changes that Denny said increased government efficiency. Denny said Hollingsworth is responsible for more than 100 municipal improvement projects.

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Christmas celebration set in Dubach

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The town of Dubach will be ringing in the holidays with their annual Christmas Craft Show beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Scott Hamilton Warehouse.
“Weather permitting, I’ll have several large crafters outside,” Gina Stokes, with the Dubach Restoration and Beautification Organization, said. “Do your last-minute Christmas shopping or pick up something for that special someone.”

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Harrison, Jones attend final LPSB meeting

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The Lincoln Parish School Board said goodbye to two long-time members during their regular meeting on Tuesday night.
District 1 representative Mattie Harrison, who served on the board for 16 years, and District 2 representative Eddie Milton Jones, who served on the board for eight years, both lost their re-election bids during the November primary elections.

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