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December 15th

Sparta committee to review legislation

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Water initiative members say commission needs teeth

Leaders of the Sparta Groundwater Commission will meet Monday to discuss whether the legislation that created the commission needs to be revised to meet the panel’s long-term goals.
The meeting is set for 10 a.m. in the conference room of Reese Hall, on Louisiana Tech University’s agriculture campus.
And while the executive committee gathering wasn’t called specifically to talk about the commission’s lack of policymaking, enforcement or revenue-raising authority, the topic may come up, Lindsay Gouedy, the commission’s executive director, said Thursday.

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Search continues for ATM thieves

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Ruston police continue their search today for suspects who stole a forklift and dump truck from two construction sites then proceeded to remove an entire automatic teller machine from local credit union, destroyed the ATM and make off with the money inside.
Officers responded to an automatic ATM alarm at Centric Federal Credit Union, located at 1514 Eagle Drive, at 4:15 a.m. Tuesday and found the ATM missing, Ruston Deputy Police Chief Clint Williams said today.
“It had been completely stolen and removed,” he said.

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Farmers Market hits record sales

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The Ruston Farmers’ Market will end its 10th season with record vendor sales.
Vendor sales were well over $212,000, a 19 percent increase over 2016.
Dasia Canales, market manager, said she was proud of the sale increase.
“We are really excited about the increase. Last year we doubled in the new building, and I am glad that we are continuing to increase our sales,” she said. “We are still growing and we can see that in our sales.

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Youngsters learn hockey skills from players

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Members of the Shreveport Mudbugs hockey team took over the ice at Ruston’s artificial ice rink Thursday to perform drills, sign autographs and teach the basics of the game to more than area youngsters. City officials said the event, sponsored by the city of Ruston, was to show youngsters the fundamentals of a sport not well known in this part of the country while also introducing the team to local citizens.
Photo left: Mudbugs player Jacob Skolnik passes the puck around with Gabe Hume, 4.

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NCLAC looks forward to new year

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I was a charter member of the North Central Louisiana Arts Council, and signed the original articles of incorporation on the third of June 1987, along with Susan Roach and Charlotte Bailey.
Since then I have served on the board, served as vice president, and currently serve as board president.
It has been a great pleasure to watch this organization develop and flourish, both in Ruston and in the adjoining parishes it has served.
From the very beginning, NCLAC worked closely with Ruston Community Theatre.

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REINDEER BUCKS WINNERS

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(Left) Sandi Stephens won $100 gift card from Patton’s Downtown at My Happy Place Vintage Market in the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Reindeer Bucks contest. From left are Jennifer Smith, of First National Bank; Kristi Hardaway, of the Chamber of Commerce; Meghan Davis, of Patton’s; Stephens; Summer Hammons, of My Happy Place; and Chelsea Holbron, of First National Bank.

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Holiday events help us grow

The holiday season is busy with different celebrations, and the Lincoln Parish Library is no exception.
During the rest of December, the library will be hosting programs that not only share the story of Christmas, but also help to teach residents about different cultures and traditions.
The first of the holiday programs will be “The Greatest Story Every Told.” This Christmas musical will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Library Events Center.

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Christmas spirit shining bright in Ruston

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I come from a town — well, technically a village — where the biggest holiday celebration was a few small decorations on the lampposts.
Now, to be fair, there were only a total of 618 souls who lived there.
Most of the celebrations look place in neighboring towns, or parishes.
My family always made its way to the Festival of Lights in Natchitoches for the wonderful display of lights and the fireworks.
When my husband and I moved to Ruston, I did not realize one city could put on such a holiday show.

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Word economy won’t work in this instance

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Up front, I’ll apologize and tell you the word “economy” won’t work in trying to share another example — actually a series of examples — of how amazing God’s provision is for his children.
A week before Thanksgiving, I was headed to Ruston from Farmerville. Just as I got on I-20, the left front tire on my car started going thump-thump-thump. Pulled on the shoulder and saw that the tire, which still had a lot of tread left on it, was starting to separate. Got the spare out, and it was flat.

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Fobbs, Dooley under consideration

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GRAMBLING — Saturday’s Celebration Bowl opponent North Carolina A&T isn’t the only obstacle facing the Grambling State Tigers this weekend.
They’re also facing the distraction of possibly losing two coaches.
Multiple reports say that GSU head coach Broderick Fobbs is high up on the list for Louisiana-Lafayette, which is looking to replace former head coach Mark Hudespeth, who was fired on Dec. 3.
Also reportedly under consideration for that job is Nicholls State head coach Tim Rebowe, McNeese State head coach Lancy Guidry and Penn State defensive coordinator Brent Pry.

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