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December 12th

Margaret Iwilla Bossier Hamilton

Memorial services for Margaret Iwilla Bossier Hamilton, 96, of Ruston, formerly of Downsville, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, December 13, 2012 at Temple Baptist Church, Ruston, LA. Officiating will be the Revs. Dale Oden and Bill Easterling. Private interment will be held prior to the service in the Downsville Cemetery, Downsville, LA under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston. Mrs. Hamilton was born October 12, 1916 in Goldonna, LA and she died Monday, December 10, 2012 in Ruston, LA. Mrs. Hamilton, a native of Winnfield, was an elementary school teacher.

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December 11th

Band set to perform annual holiday concert

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Just as much a part of the Ruston Christmas tradition as the parade and downtown decorations, the Russ-Town Band plans to entertain the community this year with well-known holiday songs to get the crowd into the Christmas spirit. Friday, the all-volunteer group featuring more than 50 local musicians, will host a free annual Christmas concert to benefit Toys for Tots and Christian Community Action.
Lawrence Gibbs, conductor of the Russ-Town Band, said the songs that will be performed are classics that everyone can recognize.

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Ruston a top spot to retire

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Ruston, Louisiana, has been selected by Where to Retire, the only magazine in America geared toward helping people with retirement relocation decisions, as a top retirement destination and will be profiled in the January/February issue, available nationwide on Dec. 18.
Where to Retire editor Mary Lu Abbott said Ruston possesses qualities important to today’s retirees.

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GSU SACS warning lifted

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GRAMBLING — Coming a short time after Grambling State University received a clean audit by the State of Louisiana, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has lifted a six-month warning placed on the institution in late June. The university was officially notified on Monday night.

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Oratorical competition open to local youth

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Local elementary and middle school students looking for a chance to hone their public speaking skills will have a chance to do so in January during the Legacy Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical Competition.
Applications for the competition are due by 5 p.m. Dec. 20, and there is no entry fee.

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Autrey fights to end violence

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Because her father was in the Air Force, Terrie Queen Autrey’s family frequently moved.
“We lived in five states and three European countries when I was growing up,” said Autrey, a native of Waynesville, N.C. “I went to 11 schools in 12 years.”
But for the last 29 years, Autrey has found a home in Ruston. In this time she has stayed active in the community, working in the Women’s Ministry and as part of the welcome team at The Bridge Community Church and joining a writing team through “Writing From the Heart,” a project created by Nancy Slonim Aronie.

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Gearing up for Ag Expo garden seminar

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The Northeast Louisiana Master Gardener Association is accepting registrations for the third annual Master Gardener Gardening Seminar, Food and Flowers from the Home Garden, to be held during the 2013 Ag Expo event. The seminar will be held on Jan. 19 at the West Monroe Convention Center, 901 Ridge Ave., West Monroe. Door registration will open at 7:30 am, with the program beginning at 8:15 a.m. and ending at noon. The fee for the seminar is $20. Those interested may register by coming by the LSU AgCenter office at 704 Cypress St. West Monroe, or by calling the office at 323-2251.

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Troup Dixie to host ‘Merry Movie Marathon’

On Saturday, Troupe Dixie will host its Merry Movie Marathon at The Dixie Center for the Arts in downtown Ruston. This event will begin with a special family movie feature at 1 p.m. The Christmas classic “The Polar Express” will be shown, and free popcorn will be provided by Celebrity Theatres.
General admission tickets are $5 for both children and adults, and proceeds will benefit Junior Auxiliary of Ruston’s Christmas Clearinghouse program.

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National Society of Black Engineers’ executive director to speak at Louisiana Tech

Carl Mack, executive director of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), will speak at Louisiana Tech University at 6 p.m. Thursday in the University Hall Auditorium.

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