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December 3rd

RPAR partners with Cell Phones for Soldiers

It’s time to pull on those heart strings of yours.
Ruston Parks and Recreation and Cell Phones For Soldiers, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, are asking the local community to help troops call home by donating gently-used cellular phones.

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Don’t drive under the influence this holiday season

With friends and family scattered, many residents enjoy holiday celebrations throughout the month of December. And, for some, holiday celebrations frequently involve various adult holiday beverages.
Because of this, December has been designated as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. Many organizations have discussed in great detail the need to avoid drinking and driving. However, as arrest reports and headlines point out, drugs have become a serious issue across the country and right here in our community.

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Transition could be magical

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I’ve always wondered how reindeer fly. Do they have invisible propellers hidden under their hooves so as to stay aloft? Or are there teams of tiny elf volunteers holding the reindeer up as they jet Santa around the world on Christmas Eve?
Somehow the magical journey of the reindeer reminds me of my young friend Laura. She sings in the church choir, works hard, really loves her family, plays a mean game of tennis and most importantly — at least for these musings — she’s a community volunteer.

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Congress’ actions questioned

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You know I like a good joke ... except when it isn’t funny. Example: Have you heard the one about how the U.S. Congress is planning on spending tens-of-millions of taxpayer dollars to sue the president over immigration; which by the way is the same immigration cause that has languished in the House as a bipartisan bill only needing a vote to be called by John Boehner to become the law of the land. That’s the joke floating around, but it is definitely not funny.

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December 2nd

Aldermen approve power supply contact

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$15m in savings expected

Ruston electric utility customers stand to save as much as $15 million in energy costs over the next five years thanks to the terms of a new power supply contract approved Monday night by the Board of Aldermen.
Customers should begin seeing a slight drop in their monthly utility bills with the July 2015 billing cycle.
Light and Power Operations Manager Darrell Caraway called the Constellation Energy Resources proposal “a very, very, very good offer.” The $60-$80 million contract starts June 1.

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Local named to first LHSAA student council

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Because of his focus both in the classroom and on high school athletics, New Living Word junior Rashaan Proctor could be considered a big man on campus at the small Ruston school.
But Proctor, who stands at 6-foot-4, could be considered a big deal not only in Ruston, but throughout the state after being named this summer to the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s first Student Advisory Council (SAC).

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Tech receives $1.45m grant to support STEM teacher preparation

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The National Math and Science Initiative and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute have awarded Louisiana Tech University a $1.45 million grant to support teacher preparation in science, technology, engineering and math fields, as part of the national UTeach program.

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Heater cause for concern

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Just after 8 a.m. today sirens were heard throughout downtown Ruston as the Ruston Fire Department responded to the Lincoln Parish Courthouse for suspected smoke on the third floor of the building.
Public Information Officer Eric Brazzel said the blower motor of a heating unit on the third floor of the building malfunctioned causing smoke and fumes to move throughout the third floor.
“A full evacuation was enacted in order to protect the safety of the public and the workers until the issue was resolved,” Brazzel said.
All workers were allowed back into the courthouse by 9:15 a.m.

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Combined choirs celebrate Christmas at the library

The combined choir and orchestra of Calvary Baptist and Cook Baptist in Ruston invites the community to experience The Light of Christmas.
A choral presentation of “The Light of Christmas” will be held at the Lincoln Parish Library Events Center at 6 p.m. Dec. 13. Organizers said this musical appeals to people of all ages.
There will also be a reception afterwards with complimentary, family-friendly Christmas treats to eat and drink.
This event is free of charge and open to the public.

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Winter Bazaar Fundraiser set for Saturday

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Memorial United Methodist Church of Simsboro, located on U.S. Highway 80, will hold their annual Winter Bazaar Fundraiser from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.
The event features baked goods, homemade pies, cakes, cookies, preserves, a Christmas gift shop, collectibles and a bargain table.
There will also be a silent auction and door prizes. The silent auction will close at 2 p.m.

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