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January 23rd, 2013

Lower bills, help others

The cold weather has officially hit. Many locals can be seen sporting boots and jackets around town in an attempt to protect themselves from the low temperatures.
However, this drop in temperatures might be accompanied by a rise in some bills, as residents use central heating, space heaters or other means to stay warm.
According to energy.gov, there are multiple steps that can be taken to cut down on costs this time of year.

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Reading into a better future

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My grandfather always kept a stack of reading material on the floor beside his recliner. Wild West magazines, National Geographic, biographies of Civil War generals, books on history, theology, art and every once in a great while, volumes of poetry, were usually somewhere in the pile. My grandmother was a “stack reader,” too, as was my mother, as is my aunt, as am I.

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James Spivey Jr.

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Homecoming Service will be held for James Spivey Jr., age 72, of Ruston LA., Thursday, January 24, 2013, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., South Parkway Church, 3000 South Vienna, Ruston, LA., with Reverend C.C. McClain, Officiating, Visitation service will be Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 4:00 to 9:00 p.m., Kings Funeral Home, 1511 West California Avenue, Ruston, LA.

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January 22nd

Texas campus issues alert amid reports of shooter

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HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston-area community college went into lockdown Tuesday afternoon amid reports of a shooter on campus.
Lone Star College System issued an alert on its website Tuesday telling students and faculty on its Houston-area campus in north Harris County to take immediate shelter or avoid the campus. College spokesman Jed Young said it had received reports of a shooter.

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Man booked on sex charge

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A Jonesboro man was arrested on Monday night after he was allegedly found engaging in sexual activity in a vehicle at Cook Park.
According to the arrest affidavit, a Ruston Police officer found a car parked in Cook Park at approximately 9:41 p.m. Since the local parks are closed after dark, the officer approached the vehicle.
The officer reportedly witnessed a male and female engaged in a sexual act. The male was reportedly identified as Donald A. Calahan, 20, of Jonesboro.

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President sworn in for second term

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Turning the page on years of war and recession, President Barack Obama summoned a divided nation Monday to act with “passion and dedication” to broaden equality and prosperity at home, nurture democracy around the world and combat global warming as he embarked on a second term before a vast and cheering crowd that spilled down the historic National Mall.

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Local man overcomes odds after brain injury

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Looking at Seth Hanchey today, no one would realize that in September 2011 his family wasn’t sure if he would share another Christmas with them.
On Sept. 28, 2011, Hanchey, who was 17 at the time, was on a 60-mile bicycle ride as part of training for the Ironman Triathlon, when he was struck from behind by a van driven by an 81-year-old woman.

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Shooting ruled an accident

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The Jackson Parish Sheriff’s Department has completed their investigation into the suspicious death of an 8-year-old Jackson Parish child.
According to a news release from the sheriff’s office, after an aggressive investigation looking into this, the office has concluded from all the evidence and information received that this fatal shooting was accidental.
The office will not pursue any criminal charges into this matter.

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Speaker encourages others to ‘be the dream’

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In honor of a man that greatly influenced the United States during the 20th century, Louisiana Tech University held the 11th Annual Martin Luther King Ecumenical Noonday Observance, which commenced Monday with special keynote speaker, Rasheed Ali Cromwell.
The Tech gospel choir, Souls on Fire, an institutional sponsor of the event, was also on hand to entertain the crowd with multiple musical numbers.

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Assessing accumulated ice damage to trees

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What a week! Three days of cold temperatures with precipitation, not a good mix when it comes to ice forming on tree and shrub branches. Ice storms are a major concern to homeowners with landscape trees and little can be done about removing ice from plants. Plant selection and proper maintenance are two options which can minimize ice damage to trees.

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