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November 30th

Aldermen OK eatery, hotel tax

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People who eat in Ruston restaurants and stay in Ruston hotels will pay an additional 1.75 percent sales tax beginning Jan. 1.
That comes as the result of a pair of votes the city’s Board of Aldermen took during a special meeting Thursday night. The board unanimously approved amending the boundaries of Ruston’s newest economic development district, then, on a split vote, OK’d levying the sales tax in the district.

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CHRISTMAS COMES TO DOWNTOWN RUSTON

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Celebrating the season
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Pictured above is Mayor Ronny Walker and representatives from Ruston’s 8U and 12U Dixie World Series championship teams flipping the switch to turn on the light tree (pictured at left) during Ruston’s Downtown Christmas celebration Thursday night.
Pictured center right, Isabella Ammons, 9, of Choudrant, was one of the first to try the skating rink at the Old Historic Fire State parking lot Thursday evening.
Pictured below, Myla Loyd, 7, of Farmerville, got to let Santa know about her Christmas wish list during Thursday’s festivities.

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Lighting up the pines

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Lincoln Lights up the Pines brightened the night at Lincoln Parish Park Thursday, with more than 35 campers and 40 businesses participating in the drive-through lights display. The event will continue tonight and Saturday 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Entry is $5 per car and $10 per bus.

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Dubach mayor-elect hopes to draw attention to town

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DUBCH — A new mayor will step into Dubach Town Hall in January, but she is far from a new face to the town.
Mary Claire Smith, 55, is a second-generation Dubach native. She worked as a schoolteacher for 28 years, most of which she spent with special needs students. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in special education, both from Louisiana Tech University.
After retiring two years ago, Smith became active in DRABO, the Dubach Restoration and Beautification Organization, which is responsible for events like the “Christmas in Dubach” festival.

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ART TALK

Ring in the holidays with a ‘Miracle’
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Miracles are happening at the Dixie this Christmas season.
Ruston Community Theatre will help you believe in Santa as they present the heartwarming holiday classic “Miracle on 34th Street,” directed by Mary Watkins and sponsored by the Green Clinic.
The play was adapted by the Mountain Community Theatre from the novel by Valentine Davies, based upon the 20th Century Fox motion picture.

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DEAR ABBY

Mother thinks teen is missing out by dating

DEAR ABBY: I am a 17-year-old girl who has been in a long-distance relationship for two years. We’re still in high school and actively involved in sports and extracurricular activities. During the fall months I cheer, and in the winter months he plays basketball. Our schedules only really allow for texting and FaceTiming rather than going out.

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Lincoln ACHIEVE hosts play production

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Lincoln ACHIEVE recently welcomed a troupe from Educational Theatre Inc., a production company within the New Orleans metroplex, for a special presentation of “Jack and the Beanstalk.”
For more than 49 years, the company has provided live theatrical productions of storybook classics to elementary schools throughout the Southern United States. The purpose of the program is to broaden the cultural interest of young children and to provide intellectual stimulation through a very carefully selected medium of live professional theater.

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Time to raise teacher pay

It’s time for Louisiana to once again invest in the future.
And that means raising pay for our teachers.
Louisiana’s public school teachers could benefit from next year’s statewide election and the state’s improved financial outlook, and a proposal for a teacher pay hike seems to be gathering growing support.
The Daily Leader believes that’s a good thing.
Louisiana’s teachers were last paid at the Southern regional average about a decade ago. Since then their pay has been lower than average.

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Post-Millennial Perspectives

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Give of yourself this holiday season
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For the past six years, the week after Thanksgiving has been my favorite part of the holiday season. The weather usually begins to get cooler, Christmas lights and trees are on full display and it becomes socially acceptable to sing holiday songs all day long.

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GUEST COMMENTARY

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Louisiana’s election laws need update
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A ho-hum election day. That’s what Louisiana voters experienced a few weeks back.
Now a runoff election is scheduled for Dec. 8 with just a few choices for voters on the ballot. At the top of the ticket is the race to fill the void left by former Secretary of State Tom Scheduler who resigned from office under a cloud. And many political pundits and reporters were surprised over the first primary results.

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