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June 7th, 2014

Raising Cane’s invites customers in Ruston to help feed hungry kids

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BATON ROUGE — Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers announced it will once again participate in Share Our Strength’s Dine Out For No Kid Hungry™ campaign to end childhood hunger in America. Raising Cane’s fundraising drive will run today through Saturday at 140 participating restaurants nationwide, including the one in Ruston.

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Barham named president of APS

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Argent Financial Group, a diversified Southern wealth and financial services firm responsible for more than $6 billion in client assets, recently named Matt Barham president of Argent Property Services (APS), a subsidiary of the firm that provides oil and gas management services.
With a forestry degree from Louisiana Tech University, Barham has worked for Argent Property Services since 2008 and most recently held the position of vice president. Prior to joining the company, Barham was self-employed as a consulting forester.

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Coker family thankful for help

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On May 24, we said farewell to a very special person; a loving mother, grandmother, great and great-great grandmother, aunt and friend — Vanna Irene Martin Coker — (April 3, 1916 – May 21, 2014).
We were blessed to have her in our lives for a wonderful 98 years as she continued to show her love to all, impart her wisdom to all who would listen and entertain us with her keen sense of humor.

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Seeing God in everything great and small

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In my second year of seminary, I took a class called Systematic Theology. The course was challenging in many ways, and part of the readings were about creation and God’s care and concern for all of the earth and everything in it.
I have always paid attention to nature and the beauty of the earth, yet I began to listen and look for God within all that God has created including flowers, trees, insects, birds and other creatures in the wild. I became particularly interested in birds and the way they live and behave in their circle of life.

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Church News

ASSEMBLY OF GOD
First Assembly of God
“Living in the Spirit” class is at 9:45 a.m. Sundays. Children’s church is at 10:45 a.m. Nursery through age 3 is provided at 10:45 a.m. Sundays, by request on Sunday night and at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
BAPTIST
Calvary
Bible study classes begin at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Worship is also held at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Men’s prayer breakfast begins at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. Wednesday prayer services are at 6:30 p.m.
China Grove

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Worship experience slated

Rivers of Joy Ministries presents a one night only worship experience with the Anointed Bishop Rance Allen at 7:30 p.m. June 11 at 1723 E. Main St., Jonesboro. The host pastors are the Bishop K.G. Steward and Pastor Rhonda Steward. For more information visit www.riversofjoyministries.org.
The event is free to the public, but seating is limited. Doors will open at 7 p.m.

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Keron Jackson to give concert

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Keron Jackson is a famed singer with an unusual background, a man with a voice as big as his personality. Of course, one would have to either hear him or know him for that to make much sense.  Jackson is a gifted musician who has dedicated his life to serving God through his gifts and talents.

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June 6th

Goff swings in for Diamond ’Dogs

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Former Campbell coach takes over Tech’s baseball program
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Knowing the Bulldogs’ baseball team has struggled to dent the win column in recent years, Louisiana Tech Director of Athletics Tommy McClelland was determined to target a new head coach with experience in turning losing programs into winners.
McClelland believes he hit the bull’s-eye in Greg Goff, who was announced this morning as the new coach for the Bulldogs during a press conference held at the Charles Wyly Athletics Center.

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Tech tennis ranked seventh in region

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Louisiana Tech finished seventh in the southern region In the final 2013-14 Division I regional rankings released this week by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Alexandra Starkova (pictured above) and her fellow Lady Techsters compiled a 15-7 overall record which included a program record 11-match winning streak. Of the six schools that finished ahead of Tech only one (Samford) was not a member of the Southeastern Conference. Five were also nationally ranked in the final ITA poll. Tech was also the second highest ranked team from Louisiana behind only LSU.

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Local filmmaker risks Skid Row for art

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A simple smile and a “Good morning” were enough to lift the spirits of Ruston native Trent Dion Soto in a situation that most people wouldn’t even consider trying.
For 30 days, Soto experienced life as a homeless person — with only $5 in his pocket just in case —w in Los Angeles’ Skid Row, which he said is one of the roughest places to be homeless.
Soto, an artist and filmmaker, is in the final stages of creating “Where Will You Sleep?” his documentary film on his Skid Row experience.

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