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November 21st

Help others have a safe holiday

Stores around the country are bucking up for Friday ­— the busiest shopping day of the year. They’ve slashed their prices and made sure we know what they have to bring to the table.

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Monthly ‘tour’ could benefit everyone

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The first time I attended the Holiday Arts Tour was in 2002. I remember stopping first at the Dixie Center for the Arts to pick up a map and then strolling the downtown streets.

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Police say suspect threatened officers

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A Ruston man was charged with two counts of threatening a public officer Sunday.

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Saints ready to get Bush, P.T. Cruiser back on offense

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The good news for the New Orleans Saints is that it looks like running back Reggie Bush could return to action today against the Seattle Seahawks.
Even better, Pierre Thomas is also rounding into playing form, although he is not expected to play against Seattle.
The Saints started the season in strong fashion with that potent 1-2 punch in the backfield, and they’re return could bode well for a strong run down the stretch.

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First deer for Shane

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Shane Micheal Compton bagged his first deer at his grandfather’s camp recently. Compton is the son of Micheal and Jennifer Compton of Dubach and the grandson of Barbara Taylor of Homer and Larry and Mary Billberry of Dubach.

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November 20th

W. Monroe victim was Ruston native

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Garland ‘Gene’ Henley, shot and killed on Thursday, was a 1971 graduate of RHS

The man shot to death Thursday during a crime spree in West Monroe was a Ruston native.
Garland E. “Gene” Henley Jr., 58, of West Monroe, was shot outside of Brookshire’s Supermarket on Cypress Street. He was reported transported to Glenwood Medical Center, where he later died.
Henley, a retired oil field worker, was born on Aug. 22, 1952, in Ruston. He was a 1971 graduate of Ruston High School, where he ran track and played football. His alleged killer, Steven Lane Salsbury Jr., 26, shot and killed himself Friday during a standoff at a Bass Pro Shop parking lot in downtown Oklahoma City.
Ruston Police Chief Steve Rogers was a childhood friend of Henley’s and said he was saddened by the news.

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Painting the town

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Out of towners join locals for 13th annual event
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As the sun peaked out from the clouds Saturday, people strolled in downtown Ruston, ducking into boutiques and searching for unique treasures from local artists. North Central Louisiana Arts Council’s 13th annual Holiday Arts Tour began Friday night, stretched into Saturday and will commence today. From 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today at the Lincoln Parish Library Events Center, musicians will perform and tour artists will show their works.
One of the artists showing during the tour was Joli Livaudais, a photographer with a studio and gallery in Monroe who opens her gallery doors during Monroe’s monthly Art Crawl.

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Armless guitarist to perform Monday

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He was born without arms, and was told he couldn’t do it. But Tony Melendez proved them wrong. Melendez, who has performed for Pope John Paul II and at the 1989 World Series among other venues across the globe, plays guitar with his feet.
At 6:30 p.m. Monday, Melendez will perform a free concert at Temple Baptist Church. The event, “Give Thanks With a Grateful Heart,” is sponsored by the Ruston Area Alliance for Ministry. Melendez and his band perform a range of acoustic songs from pop hits by the Beatles, Eric Clapton and John Mayor to “The Lord’s Prayer” and original tunes.

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Giving my thanks to God

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Well, the holiday season is just about here! It’s hard for me to believe that many are already putting up Christmas decorations and we haven’t even celebrated Thanksgiving yet. I, for one, refuse to rush the calendar and I plan on relishing the Thanksgiving holidays. I choose to do this because I’ve been thinking about all of those people in my life, and all those situations, for which I am so very thankful.

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I.A. Lewis earns accolades

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The “American Heritage Dictionary” defines success as “the achievement of something desired, planned or attempted.”
I.A. Lewis School recently received news that publicly verified the success of our school.
The Louisiana Department of Education reported that we had experienced a growth of 15.9 points, 8.4 points greater than our growth target, and a School Performance Score of 96.0.

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