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November 21st, 2014

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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TEA Party hosts Abraham

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Dr. Ralph Abraham, right, addressed the North Central Louisiana TEA Party at their November meeting held on Monday night at the Ruston Country Club. 
Abraham is in a run-off with Mayor Jamie Mayo for the 5th Congressional District seat. 
The run-off election is Dec. 6th. Also speaking at the meeting was Ronnie Broughton, state chairman of the Constitution Party, and Spencer Young, a representative of the Libertarian Party.  Broughton and Young spoke about their respective parties, their origin and their mission.  

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GSU senate wants Warrick removed

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The Grambling State University Faculty Senate recently called for a vote of no confidence in Interim President Cynthia Warrick.
The faculty senate voted in favor of a vote of no confidence and they strongly suggest that the University of Louisiana System President Sandra Woodley immediately dismiss Warrick.
UL System President Sandra Woodley offered her support for Warrick following the Faculty Senate’s announcement.

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Harleys bring in holidays

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For the third year in a row, American Bikers Active Toward Education are inviting bikers to rev their engines and raise some toys — and food — for local residents in need.
But, while Rob Breedlove, ABATE president of the local chapter, said the event is slated for 9 a.m. Dec. 13 is a motorcycle Toy Run, everyone is invited.
“We encourage all to come,” Breedlove said. “You don’t have to ride a motorcycle. Come and bring toys and canned goods in your car, tractor, or, ride a horse, we don’t care. Just participate and help these kids have a Christmas.”

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Mathematics taking shape

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Several years ago local professional artist Frank Kelley Jr. created the Youth Arts Initiative out of what he called a “necessity.”
“Kids were not being exposed to enough art in school and so after doing some research I started the Youth Arts Initiative,” Kelley said. “Plus, it was a way for me to give back.”
Kelley has instructed art workshops through the initiative with thousands of children in the public school systems of cities like Chicago, New Orleans and Detroit, but in more recent years has come home to support the arts among the local community.

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Holiday caution advised

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Burglaries aren’t an everyday occurrence, but during the holiday season local law enforcement reports there is a spike.
There are ways to help prevent a burglary from happening, according to Chad Alexander, public information officer with the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office.
“Residents can request an extra patrol through either our (smartphone application) or the new website,” Alexander said.
Ruston Police Department Deputy Chief Clint Williams reiterated the same tip.

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Five family members killed

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At 10:46 p.m. on Wednesday, Troopers assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop F in Monroe responded to a single vehicle crash on Interstate Highway 20 just west of Calhoun that claimed the lives of five family members from Texas.  The family was traveling from Texas to Walt Disney World in Florida for a family vacation.   

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