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November 22nd, 2014

Water fuels oil exploration

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Public officials are still hopeful that efforts by Southwestern Energy and other oil companies will find the next mother lode in Union Parish.

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Ribbon cutting held at JPS

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The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony Oct. 30 for JPS Realty. Tami Alexander, owner and agent was proud to have her parents, John and Connie Lockwood in attendance, visiting from Ohio.
Broker/Owner — Tami L. Alexander. Agents — Kim Brasher, Turner Brasher, Briley Cotton and Aimee Rambin.

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Holiday season is here

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Arts Tour, Open House draws crowd

The 17th annual Holiday Arts Tour has been held in conjunction with the Downtown Christmas Open House since Thursday.
The tour includes 35 sites, 14 musical performances and more than 60 artists.
Artist Maggie Bourdeaux’s artwork is on display at Main Street Exchange Occasional Shop. She said she made some pieces specifically for the Holiday Arts Tour.

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Multiple ways to get involved

When the turkey is put away and Black Friday shopping is finished, the Christmas season will finally be in full swing. And, this year, residents have a number of opportunities to help individuals — both locally and around the world — enjoy a happy holiday season.
From the Toys for Tots program to donating to Christian Community Action and the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team Christmas Angel program, residents can help local residents enjoy the holiday season.

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History repeats itself again

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Once again our governor has put the financial affairs of this state in great peril. Now we’re looking at a $1.4 billion budget shortfall for the coming year. History repeats itself once again. Honestly, this guy sucks at financial policies.

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Shop small businesses

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Unfortunately, for many people, Thanksgiving has been overshadowed by Black Friday. Or, even worse, in some cases Black Thursday, which is what many people have started calling Thanksgiving Day because so many stores across the country open their doors before our leftovers have even had a chance to get cold.
According to the National Retail Federation, in 2013 44.8 million consumers shopped on Thanksgiving Day, which was up 27 percent from 2013.

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November 21st

Family celebrates multiple anniversaries

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George Raymond Dugdale and Jewel Edwards were united in marriage on Dec. 24, 1932. They had five children: Bertie Rae, who married Eddy Ray Hammons on Oct. 8, 1954; James Henry, who married Mary Martin on Dec. 24, 1955; Jessie Curtis, who married Francis Pilgreen on Nov. 21, 1956; Joseph Edward, who married Glenda Thompson on Oct. 3, 1958; and Judith Ann, who married Jimmy Williams on April 20, 1962.
All of the children have now celebrated their 50th wedding anniversaries, and they all live in Choudrant.

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Pursued by God’s blessings

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This past week, my wife and children had an opportunity to visit the Louisiana School for the Blind. During their visit, they took a tour of the facility, and had an opportunity to meet with several students and instructors. Some of the teachers were blind, and some had sight. But one of the instructors shared a profound thought with my family. He said that he had been teaching blind students for many years.

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Old Ruston stores, friends bring memories

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I’m excited. The weather man says it will be 70 degrees on this day. Right now it is 25 degrees. How can that happen in a matter of days?  I was talking to Erma Hudson tonight on the phone and she said y’all had been freezing too.

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RCT announces play auditions

Ruston Community Theatre’s next production is To Kill A Mockingbird, adapted as a play by Christopher Sergel from Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
The town of Monroeville, Alabama, author Harper Lee’s hometown, traditionally performs the play annually in the courthouse square.
To Kill A Mockingbird will open March 5 at The Dixie Center for the Arts in Ruston, is sponsored by The Law Offices of Woodard and Clement and will be directed by Nancy Wallace.
The auditions will be at The Dixie Center for the Arts in Ruston on Dec. 6.

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