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December 16th

Day 8 — Shoppers win again

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Pictured are Monday’s 12 Days of Christmas Shopping in Lincoln Parish Surprise Santa winners. Residents participating in the 12 Days of Shopping in Lincoln Parish are eligible each day to receive a Surprise Santa gift if they have their playing cards when a representative of the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce shows up at one of the 40 shopping locations. For more information call 255-2031 or visit www.rustonlincoln.org.
Top: Jackie Hancock won a $20 gift card from the Chamber at Scott’s Catfish. Hancock is pictured with Carpenter, Copeland and Wheelis.

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RHS class celebrates 60 year reunion

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During Ruston High School Homecoming activities, the class of 1954 celebrated their 60th reunion.

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Claiborne cookers host ‘Christmas in the Park’

Food, family, entertainment to fill the day’s schedule
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On Saturday, The Claiborne Dutch Oven Cookers and Lake Claiborne State Park will hold “Christmas in the Park — A Family Fun Day.”
Enjoy the day at the park with activities beginning at 2:30 p.m. with Dutch oven cooking and demonstrations at the Nature Center.
While the cooks are cooking, the Claiborne Black Pots ‘Unplugged’ Band will be entertaining everyone with an assortment of music.
Attendees are invited to bring their entire family, friends and cook with the group. All residents have to do is bring their pots, food and supplies. The theme is “Christmas.”

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December 15th

Quota holds holiday Reindeer Run

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Area runners hit the streets of downtown Saturday to start a new holiday tradition by participating in Quota International of Ruston’s Reindeer Run. Proceeds from the event, which included a hot chocolate after party and an ugly sweater contest, benefitted the Pine Hills Children’s Advocacy Center.

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RPD warns residents of utility scam

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Over the past several days, the Ruston Police Department has received several reports from businesses and individuals involving telephone calls from persons claiming to be with Entergy, the City of Ruston Utilities and Centerpoint Energy.
Clint Williams, RPD public information officer, said the callers threaten to disconnect services if the potential victims do not give them bank account or credit card information immediately so that they can collect the supposed balance due. All indications are that this scam is originating overseas.

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Heaven Sent offers nativities, more

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A trip to visit relatives, and a failed attempt to find a large nativity scene for their yard, resulted in a new business idea for former landscapers Don and Debbie Cochran.
Debbie Cochran said when she and her husband visited their sons, they both had a yard full of figurines including Santa, Disney characters and more, but neither had a nativity.
“They didn’t have Jesus,” Cochran said. “We asked around where to find a nativity, but there weren’t any available.”

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Revving up to help Lincoln Parish’s children

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More than 100 engines revved up in the parking lot of Lowe’s on Saturday at the third annual Ruston Toy Run put on by the North Central chapter of the American Bikers Active Toward Education of Louisiana and Lincoln ACHIEVE.

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Santa seen in Lincoln Parish

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Makailyn Borden was one of many children who visited with Santa on Saturday at Ruston Florist and Boutique. Santa was spotted across the city on Saturday asking children what they want for Christmas. Santa was in front of the Ruston Civic Center, at Beehive and McKinney Honda and more.

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Helping local children, families

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Visitors to the Ruston Toy Run on Saturday brought donations of both toys and food.
Pictured above is Cathi Cox-Boniol, Lincoln ACHIEVE coordinator, with toys donated at the event.
Pictured below is J.B. Chrisman, with the Christian Motorcycle Association, who was collecting food items for Christian Community Action.

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Many kinds of Christmas Angels

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Driving through Ruston recently, I admired the vivid Christmas decorations and shimmering lights downtown. Our whole city glows with color. The Civic Center is majestic in its red and white outline, and I love the illuminated silhouette of the squad car by the police department. Our storefronts are filled with beautiful displays, in rich and jeweled tones. I am proud of our town.

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