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October 18th, 2018

Here comes the holiday season

Yes, it’s still October, but the holiday season begins to unfold this week.
It starts with the North Central Louisiana Arts Council’s annual ARToberfest on Friday, hypes up with the Ruston Main Street’s Monster Mash Downtown Trick-or-Treat on Oct. 29, then zooms on toward Thanksgiving and Christmas with special shopping nights, the NCLAC Holiday Art Crawl, the city’s Kickoff to Christmas lighting ceremony, Lincoln Lights Up the Pines at Lincoln Parish Park, the opening of the ice skating rink, and on Dec. 8, the Christmas Parade, coordinated by the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.

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The grain of salt

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Too many convicts, not enough space?
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I visited the Lincoln Parish Detention Center for the first time last week to get information about its upcoming expansion, a project reported on Wednesday’s front page.
I didn’t see much of the facility face to face, but Warden Jim Tuten gave me a tour via camera to illustrate his point about the overcrowding problem the LPDC is facing. What I saw will stick with me for quite a while.

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LSU AGCENTER

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Plant growth: Multiple 'zones' act as guides
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Have you gone to a nursery to purchase a plant only to be confused by the zone indicated? Usually the zone on the label is the plant hardiness zone, but it is becoming common to include heat zones.

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In Mexico Beach after Hurricane Michael, some coming home find no home

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MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — With stunned faces and tears, residents of hard-hit Mexico Beach returned home for the first time Wednesday about a week after Hurricane Michael hit to find pieces of their lives scattered across the sand and a community altered.
Nancy Register sobbed uncontrollably after finding no trace of the large camper where she’d lived with her husband. She was particularly distraught over the loss of an old, black-and-white photo of her mother, who died of cancer.

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Child of the storm: Homeless baby, family shelter at Walmart

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Their home full of soggy furniture and mosquitoes, Wilmer Capps was desperate to find shelter for his wife and their son Luke, born just three days after Hurricane Michael ravaged the Florida Panhandle.
So Capps, his wife Lorrainda Smith and little Luke settled in for the longest of nights in the best spot they could find: The parking lot of a Walmart store shut down by the storm.

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EMMANUEL

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Fall has arrived, the weather is beautiful, and we are having a great time here at Emmanuel. Our children are excited to be able to play a little longer on our playground. Their squeals of delight are a joy to hear.

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RUSTON JR. HIGH SCHOOL

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Classes learn about Earth’s formation
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Ruston Junior High Eighth Grade Science News
Written by, Alaina Moffett, Taryn Davidson, Barbara Aguirre, Madelyne Ferguson, and Sarah Wages
We have learned many things so far in Mrs. Wages, Mrs. Kennedy, and Mr. Ball’s science classes this year, such as fossils, rock layers, and many phenomenon happening after the Earth was formed.

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I.A. LEWIS

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Student Council
The 2018-19 I.A. Lewis Student Council has been selected by the faculty. This group serves the school as a link between staff and students. During the month of October the council is raising awareness of and money for the prevention of breast cancer by sponsoring jeans and pink shirts on Fridays for $1. Serving this year are Garner Allen, Drew Brennan, Memphis Broadway, LaDarrion Drayton, Owen Frick, Paige Gipson, Raymond Granger, Brittany Guitierrez, Akiria Hatcher, Jayla Monroe, Sydney Owens, Perri Salter and Hunter Singleton.
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Couple to wed in Eros

Matthew and Rachel Nelson, each of Ruston, are pleased to announce the recent engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Kalea Nelson, of Ruston, to Braxton Trull, of Quitman.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Danny and Helen Payton, of Ruston; and of Gerald and Karen Nelson, of Ruston.

Kalea is a 2017 graduate of Quitman High School and is presently enrolled at Louisiana Tech University pursuing a degree in elementary education. She is currently a children’s intern at Temple Baptist Church.

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First Baptist sets family fall festival

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Ruston’s First Baptist Church will hold its eighth annual Family Fall Festival from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Local and area residents can participate in a family-friendly, safe event that includes carnival games, craft tables, and face painting by Ruston High School cheerleaders.
A fire truck viewing, along with baseball, basketball, bean bag toss, and football throwing games will be available for kids to participate in.

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