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December 30th

Hunt, Martin named as top civic award winners

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A Ruston businessman and a co-founder of a local animal rescue agency have been selected to receive the top two civic awards in Lincoln Parish.
Trott Hunt has been named the 2016 Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Robert E. Russ Award winner. Sue Martin is the 2016 Ruston Rotary Club Bill Best Humanitarian Award winner.
The awards will be presented during the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet set for 6 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Ruston Civic Center. A number of other Chamber and civic organization honors will also be handed out during the event
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Law enforcement urges firework safety

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Local law enforcement agencies warn residents to stay cautious when using fireworks for New Year’s Eve.
Some areas, including Ruston and Simsboro, do not allow fireworks.
Ruston Police Department Deputy Chief Clint Williams said the reason is because they want all residents safe.
“We like to make sure the residents are safe,” he said. “If anybody hears any firework activity they should call the police.”
Other local municipalities will allow fireworks.

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Revamped garbage, trash collection to begin Tuesday

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Come New Year’s Day, the rules for garbage and trash change in the city of Ruston.
Household garbage pickup drops to once a week; yard trash placed in free, heavy-duty debris bags gets picked up within 72 hours of notifying authorities; and residential curbside recycling begins.
The new rules also extend recycling and household garbage pickup to parish residents living within three miles of the Ruston city limits.
The garbage and trash changes, which have been in the works for about a year, are all about revenue and efficiency, Mayor Ronny Walker said.

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Police seek suspect in pistol-whipping

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Ruston police are asking for the public’s help in locating the suspect in a domestic battery that occurred Thursday during which the victim was struck with a handgun.
The suspect, Sancarlos Cordes Traylor, 26, of Farmerville, reportedly fled the area in a white Ford Crown Victoria and may have headed back to Union Parish, Ruston Deputy Police Chief Clint Williams said morning.
The incident occurred at approximately 5:14 p.m. in the 700 block of Second Avenue.

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Art submissions sought for contest

Event: Call for Submissions of Sculpture for Billboard Art Contest
Date: now through Feb. 1
Details: NCLAC is seeking submissions of sculpture images for its upcoming billboard art project, sponsored by Driggers Outdoor. See the details at www.nclac.org
Location: billboard will be located on I-20 in the Ruston area for 6 months
Cost: free to enter for NCLAC members
Contact: NCLAC office (318)255-1450 or nclac5@gmail.com

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NCLAC offers new opportunities for artists

NCLAC is excited to offer two new opportunities for artists. First, in collaboration with Parish Press, we are presenting #50 @ $50 — a juried exhibition of 50 artworks to be sold for $50 each. Artists who are interested in participating can apply through our site at nclac.org.
Submitting work for this exhibition is free, but the $50 selling price must include a 20 percent commission that will be shared between NCLAC and Parish Press.
We are seeking small works for this show—no larger than 8”x10.”

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So long 2016, you won’t be missed

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Well, Sunday is the big day. A new year is upon us and it’s the time of year that we look back at the past 12 months and reflect.
Well, let’s just be honest, 2016 has taken a lot more than it has given us — in my opinion anyway.
I should have known this year was going to be a lesson in sorrow after David Bowie was taken from us on Jan. 10.
Then it just got worse when Alan Rickman passed away four days later.
But, 2016 wasn’t all shadows and tears, and in order to get past the things that 2016 has taken, we have to focus on the things it has given.

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Heed fireworks rules, be safe

With only hours to go before the New Year’s countdown begins, the National Council on Fireworks Safety has a tip for everyone considering starting 2017 with a bang: Don’t.
The council isn’t against fireworks. It simple wants consumers to use fireworks wisely and be aware of the injuries and other damage carelessness can cause.
We echo the council’s sentiments. Setting off fireworks as a holiday tradition can be fun and stunningly beautiful so long as common sense is also invited to the party.

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Louisiana Tech sets dates for ‘Legends’ days

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Louisiana Tech will be honoring two very special teams on back-to-back weekends in January as the Athletic Department is holding Legends Day for both the Bulldog and Lady Techsters basketball programs.
At 1 p.m. Jan. 14 the Lady Techsters will host Old Dominion in the Thomas Assembly Center for its women’s basketball Legends Day. Every former player, coach and support staff member from the Lady Techsters program is invited to return that weekend and participate in the festivities surrounding the game.

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Techsters to open C-USA play

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LA Tech takes on Southern Miss at 6:30 p.m. today in TAC
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For the fourth time in four seasons as a member of Conference USA, Louisiana Tech will open league play against Southern Miss as the Lady Techsters host the Golden Eagles at 6:30 p.m. today at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Tech (5-6, 0-0 C-USA) hopes for a better outcome then in the first three league openers as Southern Miss (8-4, 0-0 C-USA) has won all of them, including last year’s 68-57 victory in Hattiesburg.

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