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October 18th, 2018

Rev. Watt speaks to Lions Club

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Rev. Paul Watt, pastor at Emmanuel Baptist Church was a recent guest speaker at the Ruston Lions Club meeting on Tuesday. Watt told the group of his journey that has brought him to Emmanuel.

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THURSDAYS WITH DART

Tapes tell story of domestic violence
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October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, and there are many local, regional and national events being spotlighted as society continues to reach out to those being hurt by domestic abuse.
Recently, I found the following heartbreaking 911 call on the internet. It depicts a child desperately trying to get help for her mother who is being hurt by her stepfather.
Here is the call: (edited for space)
911: What’s the standing emergency?
Lisa: Um, my mommy and daddy are having a fight.
911: Is he hitting her?

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Anthony named to Preseason All-CUSA Team

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Louisiana Tech senior guard Kierra Anthony was tabbed preseason All-Conference USA while the Lady Techsters are picked to finish sixth in the preseason coaches’ poll released by the league office Wednesday.
Anthony is one of eight student-athletes selected to the team, joining Laia Raventos (Charlotte), Alex Johnson (Middle Tennessee), Terriell Bradley (North Texas), Erica Ogwumike (Rice), Shonte Hailes (Southern Miss), Deanna Kuzmanic (Alabama-Birmingham) and Rachael Childress (UAB). Ogwumike is tabbed the C-USA Preseason Player of the Year.

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Pelicans stun Rockets, NBA, in season opener

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HOUSTON (AP) — Anthony Davis couldn’t help but notice James Harden’s freshly minted MVP trophy sitting at midcourt before a ceremony during warmups on Wednesday night.
After Harden hoisted the trophy for the first time before the Toyota Center home crowd and received a few MVP chants throughout the night, Davis began to make an MVP case of his own.
Davis had 32 points, 16 rebounds and a career-high eight assists while Nikola Mirotic scored 30 points to lead the New Orleans Pelicans to a 131-112 win over the Houston Rockets in their season opener.

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October 17th

DEAR ABBY

Wife irked with Facebook pals
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DEAR ABBY: My husband has an extensive sexual history. He has had sex with more than 80 partners. All the encounters were when he was in high school and in his early 20s. Most were one-night stands with female friends.

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Local Zeta Rho ESA members, chapter collect state awards

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Ruston’s Zeta Rho chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha service group has announced recent statewide individual and chapter honors, plus new officers for the 2018-2019 year.
The awards were given at this year’s state convention, where eight chapters from Opelousas to Bossier City were represented.
Individual awards went to Zeta Rho’s Barbara Lewis, who earned first-place honors as Pledge of the Year, and Jennifer Patterson, third-place winner as Member of the Year. Lewis and Patterson were Zeta Rho’s Pledge of the Year and Member of the Year, respectively.

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D.A.R.T vigil raises $500 at auction

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Lincoln Parish’s Domestic Abuse Resistance Team hosted it’s annual vigil Friday night at Ruston Artisans, where they auctioned an oil portrait of Mayor Ronny Walker, donated by artist Danny Helms, raising $500 for the cause.
This year’s vigil also showcased a mixed-media art exhibit titled “Beating Hearts: Stories of Domestic Violence.”
Community advocate and local D.A.R.T. founder Terrie Queen Autrey said $500 was raised for the cause when Mayor Ronny Walker placed the winning bid for the auctioned oil portrait at the event.

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'Godfather offer' is often the only way

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When I was a child, my most important possession was my bicycle, followed closely by my radio.
My bike was how I got around. I rode it to school, friend’s houses, pick-up baseball games, shopping centers, and just about anywhere else my heart desired and my parents would allow (and some they wouldn’t have allowed).

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New Sparta data: Approach with caution

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While new preliminary data showing an increase in the amount of water being pumped out of North Louisiana’s Sparta Aquifer is definitely concerning, it may not be as scary as it initially appears.
Not even the U.S Geological Survey, the folks who compile the usage data, yet know exactly what accounts for the uptick in daily withdrawals from 2014 to 2105, the latest year for which data is available.

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Men’s Shed holds promise for city

If all goes according to plan, the public could get its first look at the Ruston Community Men’s Shed on Nov. 3.
The shed, spearheaded by city resident Beulah Laster, will be located in the former carpentry shop building on the Delta Community College campus on James Street.
We are excited about the Men’s Shed. We see it as a place where older men can mentor young men and teens, perhaps teach them a skill such as carpentry, small-engine repair or basic bookkeeping.

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