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November 14th, 2017

First Baptist Church of Ruston to host 25th annual ‘To Ruston with Love’

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Lincoln Parish residents wanting to give thanks while enjoying a Thanksgiving meal have the opportunity to attend First Baptist Church of Ruston’s 25th annual “To Ruston with Love” event.
The free annual celebration will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Ruston Civic Center.
“The First Baptist family would love to have you and yours come and share a Thanksgiving meal with us,” Chris Craig, FBC’s senior pastor, said. “We are going to have a great time of fellowship and food, and it will be better if you can come and be with us.”

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Downtown open house set Thursday

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Shoppers can get a head start on their Christmas gift buying from 6-8 p.m. Thursday during the annual downtown Ruston Main Street Christmas Open House.
“Our goal is to promote shopping locally for all your Christmas needs,” Haley Perot, the city’s Main Street director and downtown coordinator said.
Fourteen businesses are participating in the event: The Fashion, Chartreuse Pear, The Children’s Shoppe, Vintage and Vogue, Chessy’s, Trenton Interiors, Railway Coffee, Frock & Twill, Garden Baby, Uptown Downtown, FanBase, Rodeo, Patton’s Downtown and Main Street Exchange.

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BGCNCLA looks forward to future of growth, expansion

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Editor’s Note: This is the second part in a two-part series about the creation, focus and future of the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana.
Currently serving more than 200 local children, the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana is looking toward the future.
Eldonta’ Osborne, chief professional officer for the BGCNCL, hopes for a future where the club can serve more local children.

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Creek’s Poulin takes state again

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It’s been a winning week for Cedar Creek senior Gabe Poulin. On Friday, Poulin signed scholarship papers to compete for Mississippi College. And on Monday, Poulin (above) captured his second straight individual Class 1A cross country championship in Natchitoches. The Cougars’ boys team finished second in the championships while the girls team finished third.

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G-Women down Warhawks

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GRAMBLING — Shakyla Hill scored 10 of her team-high 18 points in the first half as the Grambling State University women’s basketball team used a big second-half run to defeat Louisiana-Monroe, 61-52, on Monday night at the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.

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Bulldogs pull off OT victory over SEMO

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Jalen Harris and DaQuan Bracey may be sophomores, but they played like experienced seniors Monday night.
Louisiana Tech was in a battle with Southeast Missouri for the entire game, a game that needed five more minutes to decide a winner. That winner ended up being the Bulldogs as the duo combined for 46 points to help pull out a 96-95 victory inside the Thomas Assembly Center.

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Parish schools celebrate rating, brace for changes

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On the heels of the Lincoln Parish School District earning an “A” District Performance Score for the 2016-17 school year, the Louisiana Department of Education is increasing expectations for student and school performance. The Every Student Succeeds Act replaced the No Child Left Behind Act on July 1 as the nation’s federal education law.
The new ESSA plan ushers in changes and improvements in the state’s accountability system and formulae for calculating district and school performance scores.
The improvements include three major shifts in the design of the accountability system.

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Importance of dormancy and pruning for trees

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Wouldn’t it be wonderful if every plant we purchase matured into the perfect size and shape for our landscape? Unfortunately, this is often not true. Most trees and shrubs require periodic maintenance to be at their best. This maintenance includes pruning — a multifaceted topic. There is no absolute set of rules to govern the pruning of all trees and shrubs. Each plant must be considered individually.
Most trees should be pruned while dormant. This is the period in which buds are not growing or seeds are not being produced.

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Tech athletes winning in class

It’s always important for collegiate student-athletes to succeed academically as well as in the sport they play.
And the Ruston Daily Leader congratulates Louisiana Tech’s athletics department and student-athletes for making that happen.
Tech’s student-athletes recorded a Graduation Success Rate above 80 percent for the fifth straight year while also graduating at a higher rate than the student body, according to the NCAA’s 2017 Graduation Success Rate data released last week.

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November 13th

Florian of New Christie Minstrels to perform at parish library

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Residents may not recognize the name William Florian, but if you love 60s and 70s American folk music, you may remember The New Christie Minstrels, the group where he wrote and performed as lead singer.

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