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August 27th, 2016

Martins celebrate 50th wedding anniversary

Wayne “Jug” Martin and Joyce Williamson Martin, of Ruston, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. The couple were wed Aug. 27, 1966. They have three children, Matt Martin (Brandi), Marsha Martin and Mandy Ford (Scott). They also have five grandchildren: Marissa Ford, Chandler Ford, Hunter Weems, Natalie Martin and Brady Martin.

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Church News 8.28.16

ASSEMBLY OF GOD
First Assembly of God
“Living in the Spirit” class is at 9:45 a.m. Sundays. Children’s church is at 10:45 a.m. Nursery through age 3 is provided at 10:45 a.m. Sundays, by request on Sunday night and at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
BAPTIST
Calvary
Bible study classes begin at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Worship is also held at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Men’s prayer breakfast begins at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. Wednesday prayer services are at 6:30 p.m.
China Grove Missionary

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August 26th

LPSO seeks to revive program

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The Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Department wants to return to a time when neighbors knew each other.
To that end, the department’s Community Service Division held an informal public meeting Thursday night to discuss plans for reviving the Neighborhood Watch program.
“We’re just trying to get our community back together,” division Commander Major Kirk Taylor told about a dozen people gathered at the parish public safety complex.

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Pecan Villa receives renovations

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Family.
When asked to describe Pecan Villa, that is the one of the first words used by residents.
The apartment complex, created for housing seniors age 62 and older, was first built at 611 S. Bonner St. in 1983 with the hope of creating an environment where older residents could live independently.
When the original building was torn down in at the beginning of 2015, construction crews began phase one of the rebuilding process, which was completed in May.

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Art Talk: Molly Butler paintings to be displayed

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 NCLAC recently announced an exhibit of paintings by artist Molly Butler. Butler, winner of Best in Show at this year’s Peach Art Exhibit, was awarded this solo exhibition as part of her prize. Her exhibition will be on display from now until Oct. 28, in the lobby of the historic Dixie Center for the Arts at 212 N. Vienna St.

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Choudrant VFD announces winners

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The Choudrant Volunteer Fire Department recently announced three winners of their gun raffle. Top: Kerry Lenard has a Remington SPS 300 Win; Bottom Left: Andy Singleton holds his Colt 380 Mustang; and Bottom Right: John Barnette now has a Baretta A-400 Xtreme Max5. Tickets cost $100 and last for one year.

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Residents give from the heart

Author Edward Everett Hale may have said it best: “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.”
Students at the Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home took Hale’s quote to heart this week when they knew they wanted to help victims of the south Louisiana flood but weren’t initially sure what to do.

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Community bonds to help state

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Having grown up in north Louisiana, I’ve never personally witnessed my friends standing outside of their demolished, water-crushed homes wishing they didn’t have to borrow clothes from others because theirs are soaked and caked with mud, or seeing my family attempt to stay together as they are rescued and then housed in a shelter with others that are just as scared as they are.

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I’m just non-traditionally speaking

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If you were to ask an 18-year-old if he likes college, the people, the parties, the girls, the freedom and he replied, “Yes! I love it!” His tone would take a turn if you then added, “Good thing, you’ll still be here in 20-plus years.”
If this sounds like the opening of a joke, it is not. I was that kid.
It’s not that the work was onerous, although at times it was consuming; focus was the problem. A flood of new sights and sounds and sensations inundated my senses and I forgot why I was there to begin with. That was 1995. Fast forward to 2014.

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Dog rescued with snout zipped shut

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Lincoln Parish law enforcement officers want to find the owner of a dog that was rescued in Grambling on Wednesday and that had its snout zip tied shut.
The female dog, now called “Ruth,” is recovering at the Odom Veterinary Hospital in Farmerville.
“She’s better. She’s on her way to recovery,” Carol Martin, with the veterinary hospital, said Thursday.
Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Major Chad Alexander said the dog’s owner, or whoever tied its mouth shut, could face animal cruelty charges.

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