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November 14th, 2014

Cheers: Carter

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Ruston Nursing and Rehab recognizes Tymeeka Carter, CNA supervisor and assistant activity director for the award she recently received.
On Sept. 26, Carter was awarded the title of Louisiana Certified Nursing Assistant of the Year for 2014. This is a statewide annual award recognized by the Louisiana Nursing Home Association.
Carter began at RNRC eight years ago as a certified nursing assistant. She moved to Ruston to attend Grambling State University, but said, “I found my passion is for serving the elderly. I believe that’s my calling from God.”

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Enjoying ‘a wonderful life’

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Brrrrrrr! It’s cold! I went to bed in 70-degree comfort and woke up in the 30s. Crazy Texas weather.
Daughter-in-law, Mary Hilan, comes every week on Tuesday to lunch and go to our Bible study here. Afterwards, we have a while to do whatever and then on to their house for the night to go to our church Bible study she teaches on Wednesday morning, and back home to Happy Hour here in the evening. Sometimes we have performers and sometimes we just sit, eat and drink.

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Bring on the holiday cheer

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Holidays in CedarTown is celebrating its 25th anniversary at the Ruston Civic Center.
With a barrage of local gift shops and retailers showing off their best Christmas décor, collectibles and furnishings, CedarTown has become a holiday shopping market for the entire community.
On Thursday, the doors opened to the general public from noon to 5 p.m. and reopened at 6 p.m. for Holidays After Hours, which featured an evening of live music, door prizes and complimentary appetizers from area restaurants.

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Alleged thieves arrested

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The Ruston Police Department teamed with Grambling State University Police Department in the arrest of two students who reportedly stole two computers from Walmart on Thursday.
According to the arrest report, RPD was dispatched to Walmart in reference to a theft at approximately 9:26 p.m.
Asset protection employees reportedly showed RPD officers a video of two males entering the store and taking two computers from the shelf.
The affidavit stated that the two males then walked out of the store without paying for the computers.

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Teachers’ bonus increases

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Local Lincoln Parish School District employees are receiving their “13th check” just in time for holiday shopping.
“We’d been doing it for the same amount for about four years in a row, but this year, we decided to raise it by about 2 percent,” said Chief Financial Officer for the LPSD George Murphy. “We had a little bit of an uptick in sales taxes.”
The 13th check is a supplemental check given to employees of the school board based solely on sales taxes throughout the parish.

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State makes end-of-year testing changes

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Parents with children in grades three through eight should be aware of major end-of-year testing changes this year, according to Lincoln Parish School District Coordinator Donna Doss.
“We’re going to have to work really hard to get our kids ready for this,” Doss said.

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Chamber awards banquet date set

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The 95th Annual Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet will be held Jan. 29, 2015, at the Ruston Civic Center. During the event, community awards will be presented on behalf of various organizations to notable contributors to Ruston and Lincoln Parish.
Awards to be presented include:
• The Ruston Kiwanis’ Young Firefighter, Young Law Enforcement Officer, and Young Educator of the Year awards
• The Lincoln Parish School District’s Distinguished Partner in Education awards
• The Ruston-Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Hospitality award

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NCLAC excited about Holiday Arts Tour

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NCLAC is pleased to present its 17th annual Holiday Arts Tour Nov. 20-23 in downtown Ruston. The Holiday Arts Tour is “all about the arts,” with music, visual artists, writers, dance and theatre.
Beginning on Nov. 20 there will be live music each day, including jazz, bluegrass, country, barbershop harmony, classical, blues, Chinese harp, reggae and body percussion. Some of the participating musicians include Monty Russell, Elizabeth Vidos and Rhapsody Quartet.

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Kiwanis donates milk

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The Kiwanis Club of Ruston donated milk on Saturday to Ruston Parks and Recreation’s tackle football players. These young football players chugged the milk after their games. RPAR said they were thankful that the Kiwanis Club thought of them.

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Breakfast may inhibit diabetes

Most people have heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and for people who are at risk for diabetes that might just be the truth.
According to the International Diabetes Federation, investing in a healthy breakfast will reduce the global burden of diabetes and save billions of dollars in lost productivity and health care costs. Recent studies have revealed that eating a healthy breakfast decreases the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

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