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December 1st

BRG offers more than just guns

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What began as an at-home business has quickly developed into something larger than Josh Franklin has originally planned.
Franklin, owner of BRG Gun Parts and Ammo, said once he’d gotten his federal firearms license he began purchasing guns out of his house.
“I had a lot of buddies that were interested in buying, and suggested I open up an actual store,” Franklin said. “We have a neat little niche for law enforcement in North Louisiana.”
Franklin said the store primarily serves police, fire and first responders, but there are items for everyone.

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Couple arrested for battery

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A Chatham man remains in jail and his girlfriend out on bond following a weekend incident during which the pair allegedly beat the woman’s 14-year-old daughter.
Police reports say Wynona Lavelle Hassen Jr., of 1179 Louis Street in Chatham, hit the juvenile repeated with a red broom. Hassen, 50, is charged with aggravated battery.
Monica Mays, of 232 Duque Drive in Ruston, is charged with simple battery, for reportedly grabbing her daughter by the throat, pinning her against a door and punching her on the top of her head.

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Blue Christmas rolls through

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It’s going to “A Blue Christmas” in Ruston.
The seasonal song made famous by Elvis Presley is the theme of this year’s Christmas parade. The parade, sponsored by JPS Equipment Rental and coordinated by the Ruston Rotary Club, will roll through downtown Dec. 11 starting at 6 p.m.
“It’s just one of the things that kicks the season off,” Dean Dick, parade chairman, said.

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Club receives donation

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The Boys and Girls of North Central Louisiana recently received a donation from AT&T in support of ongoing club programming.
Pictured from left to right are Louisiana state Sen. Rick Gallot, Community Trust Bank Senior Vice President of Culture Strategies Ryan Kilpatrick, State Rep. Rob Shadoin, Boys and Girls Club Chief Professional Officer Eldonta’ Osborne and AT&T Regional Director David J. Aubrey. 

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Thanksgiving continues at DART offices

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The Thanksgiving holiday may have just ended, but at DART, we are savoring an entire season of thanks. We could not exist, grow and meet the particular needs of bruised and frightened families without the kindness of our friends and supporters. It is the compassion and generosity of many different community and campus groups which enables us not only to meet fundamental needs such as shelter and safety, but also the deeper needs of comfort and encouragement. Allow me to name just a few of the ways in which we benefit from the spirit of goodness in our community.

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Tuten speaks to Culture Guild

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Jim Tuten, warden of the Lincoln Parish Detention Center, was the guest speaker at the November meeting of the Culture Guild. Shown, left to right, are Angie Biscomb, hostess; Tuten; special guest Sheriff Mike Stone and Jean Moore, hostess.

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Event to benefit community

Statistics show if just half the American employed population spent $50 each month in locally owned independent businesses, it would generate more than $42.6 billion in revenue.
The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, Ruston Daily Leader, Ruston Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau and The Peach 99.3 are collectively rolling out a #ShopRuston campaign sponsored by Community Trust Bank.

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Holidays events fill schedule

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It’s Dec. 1. So it’s past the point for all you Scrooges and Grinches to complain.
Like it or not, the Christmas season is here, and Lincoln Parish is ready to begin celebrating.
Actually, the celebrating began a few days before Thanksgiving with Ruston’s Annual Downtown Christmas Open House, but there are still plenty of holiday festivities in the upcoming few weeks to get everyone into the spirit.

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RHS swimmers take state

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Bearcats capture third straight boys’ championship
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SULPHUR — The 2014 Division II LHSAA State Swimming Championships came down to the final event between Ruston and Holy Cross of New Orleans. It was simply a case of winner take all.
As the horn sounded to start the 400-yard freestyle relay at the SPAR Aquatic Center, all the Bearcats had to do was win the event and a state title would be returning to Ruston for a third-straight season. The winner of the final event would be awarded 40 points while second place earned 32.

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Meyer signs to swim in college

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Morgan Meyer (center) signed a National Letter of Intent to Missouri University of Science & Technology in Rolla, Missouri, during the early signing period lass month. The Ruston High School senior will compete in swimming and major in petroleum engineering. The university is a NCAA Division II college and a member of the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Meyer has been a member of the Bulldog Aquatics Club since 2009 and on the Ruston men’s swim team for the past four seasons, playing an important role in the school’s back-to-back-back Louisiana State Championship.

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