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April 6th, 2013

Byargeon remembered

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Ruston has lost one of its leading religious lights as Temple Baptist Church Pastor Rick Byargeon passed away Thursday at the age of 55 after a battle with cancer.
Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. tonight at Temple Baptist Church with funeral services set for 2 p.m. Monday at the church with interment to follow at Pines Memorial Cemetery.
He is being remembered both as a fun-loving, humorous man but also as one of the top Bible scholars and teachers anywhere.

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Russ Town Society’s Downtown Delights set for Friday

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Area residents can sample a variety of specialties from local eateries while at the same time supporting two nonprofit groups.
On Friday, the Russ Town Society, a group devoted to raising money for the cultural and historical preservation of Ruston, will present its annual Downtown Delights at the Lincoln Parish Library Events Center.

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Help make students’ testing week successful

Lincoln Parish’s students will be put to the test again on Monday as they sit down, pencil in hands, to take their high-stakes standardized tests.
These tests make up a large part of the accountability scores, which last year left two Lincoln Parish Schools –— Ruston and Choudrant High Schools — with a letter grade of an A. These positive scores make Lincoln Parish an attractive place for new businesses and families to relocate, improving the lives of all Lincoln Parish residents.

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So long, Dubach High School

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Though the flowers that bloom in springtime/Wither soon and die/All the flowers of our youth time live on in Dubach High/Sing her praises speed them onward/To the world we will proclaim/How we’ll always shield and cherish/Dear ol’ Dubach High School’s name.
I remember how, as little kids, we would sing that song — our school’s alma mater — at almost every assembly.  It conjured up wonderful images of blooming tulips, lilies, buttercups, azaleas and the dogwoods of spring gilded with oaths of lifetime devotion.

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The lesser prairie chicken

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This is the story of the lesser prairie chicken and its struggle for survival.
Never heard of the lesser prairie chicken? Neither had I until I came across an obscure news item about the bird’s possible listing as a threatened species.
The LPC as it’s known, is a species of grouse found in the prairie states (hence the name) of Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. It seems several groups, including some farm and ranch groups, are working to have the bird added to the threatened list under the Endangered Species Act. The groups say certain farming practices, along with oil exploration and logging are impacting the bird’s habitat. The American Farm Bureau has voiced its opposition to the listing, saying farmers can work their lands and manage the bird’s habitat at the same time.

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ACLU action is angering

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Angry again.
Your writer has been in the legal profession for nearly 40 years. Supposedly through training and experience, control of temper is a staple of my business. When things happen that are provocative, unseemly or disturbing, cool reflection and analysis are part of the training in advising others or issuing rulings. Yet when I hear of something about to be described, for want of a better description, I just can’t help it. I get angry. As my mom used to say, I can get angry enough to “chew nails and spit rust.” Part of the reason is my concern over what has happened and is happening in our country.

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Sen. Vitter visits Choudrant

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There was standing room only Wednesday afternoon as U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) hosted a town hall meeting in Choudrant’s Village Hall for the general public to attend.
Of several controversial topics discussed, Vitter addressed immigration, the federal debt, the Second Amendment, energy policy and his work in the Senate.

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CrossFit ribbon cutting

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Ribbon cutting ceremonies were held March 26 for CrossFit Ruston, located at 113 Ida Alley on the back side of the Graham Shopping Center. The ceremony was hosted by the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.

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Brennan donates to DART

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Steve Brennan of Brennan Dodge presents a check to DART Community Advocate, Terrie Queen Autrey. Brennan Dodge is sponsoring a fundraising concert at the Dixie Center on May 11. “From Us To You”, an acclaimed Beatles tribute band, will perform Beatles’ hits all evening, with an auction at intermission. Tickets are on sale now at the Dixie Center, the Trenton Street location of Community Trust Bank and The Fashion of Ruston.

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Market at Log Cabin ribbon cutting

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Ribbon cutting ceremonies were held April 5 for The Market at Log Cabin. The Market is located inside Log Cabin Mesquite Grill at 1906 Farmerville Hwy. in Ruston. The ceremony was sponsored by the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.

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