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February 23rd, 2013

Building character in outdoors

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You want to build character and add special memories to the lives of kids today? Get them involved in the outdoors. It worked a long time ago and it still works today.
Although there were a number of memorable outdoors things we did growing up out on the rural route, there was one activity that stands out and is still vivid in my memory. That activity was being on hand for the cooking of a squirrel mulligan down at the Old Landing on Saline Bayou near where I grew up.

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I.A. Lewis hoops’ team gains sixth grade crown

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MONROE — The I.A. Lewis School boys’ basketball tam recently won the sixth grade division of the Middle School Multi-State tournament held at the University of Louisiana-Monroe and St. Frederick High.

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Tech ‘Inside’ show set Monday

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Louisiana Tech University basketball women’s Head Coach Teresa Weatherspoon and men’s Head Coach Michael White will preview upcoming action for both the Techsters and the Bulldogs on the Centric Federal Credit Union’s “Inside Tech Basketball” show presented by Miller Light as part of the Tech Sports Network Monday starting at 6 p.m. at Scott’s Catfish.
The hour-long show will feature a half hour segment with Weatherspoon and the “Voice of the Lady Techsters” Malcolm Butler and a half-hour segment with White and the “Voice of the Bulldogs” Dave Nitz.

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Finding joy, contentment in life through God

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Periodically, I run across a news article that is both humorous and sad. Yesterday, someone forwarded me one such article (thanks, Mom!). It was discussing the findings of a research study from the University of Vermont that tracked popular words used on Twitter. By using something called the mechanical Turk language assessment word list, they were able to determine certain towns or areas of the country that were “happiest” or “saddest” based upon how frequently certain words were used. According to the research results, two of the top five saddest towns in all of America are Shreveport and Monroe. That is remarkable to me! What isn’t surprising, however, is that there are so many people that choose to express their displeasure in a public forum.

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Celebrating a friend’s 100 years young birthday party

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My friend, Velda Murphy, had her 100th birthday party on Saturday at my church, Meadows Baptist. The affair was “standing room only.”
I’m telling you, friends, Texans know how to throw a party, and this one was over the top. I think it was supposed to be a come and go event, but we all came and stayed.
One of the most unbelievable things about it was her siblings who came from far and near — like Missouri and California and points in between.

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Church News - Sunday, January 24, 2013

ASSEMBLY OF GOD
First Assembly of God
“Living in the Spirit” class at 9:45 a.m. Sundays will help you understand the Holy Spirit’s role in your life. Children’s church at 10:45 a.m. will teach your children to know God and the Bible.
Nursery up through age 3 is provided at 10:45 a.m. Sundays and by request on Sunday night and at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
For more information, call 255-8932 or email fishin4men@bellsouth.net.
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BAPTIST
Calvary

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February 22nd

Cox, Ourso to exchange vows

Dr. Carey and Colleen Cox, of Ruston, are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Christine Noel Cox, to Clifton Noel Ourso Jr., of Donaldsonville.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Herman and Mary Manuel, of Ruston. She is a 2005 graduate of Ruston High School and a 2009 gradate of Louisiana State University where she was a member of Phi Mu Sorority. She is currently employed as a registered nurse at Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge.

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Annual Johnny Jam begins tonight

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The 14th annual John Simoneaux Memorial Jam kicks off at 8:30 p.m. today at Sundown Tavern with a pre-jam. The main event is set for 5 p.m. to midnight Saturday at both Sundown Tavern and Ponchatoulas.
This annual event serves to honor the memory of John Simoneaux, a local musician who was killed in a car crash in 2000. It also serves as a fundraiser for scholarships for Louisiana Tech University music students.
The band Cruise Control, pictured above, entertained the crowd during the 2012 event.

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Jury appoints members to various organizations

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The Lincoln Parish Police Jury confirmed a number of board appointments as it held its second meeting of 2013 last week.
During that meeting the following board appointments were confirmed:
• Tiffany Baldwin to the Retail Merchants Association Representative to the Ruston Lincoln Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and Ronny Walker to fill the unexpired term (running through Dec. 31, 2014) of Skip Russell as Police Jury representative for the Ruston Lincoln Convention and Visitor’s Bureau

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Learning to be debt free

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With so much talk about the national debt, it is easy to forget that there are individuals who are struggling with their own budget issues. For those interested in learning to live debt free, and who want to participate in a free seminar at the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, Centric Federal Credit Union is sponsoring “Debt Free with Kelly.”
Kelly Brantley, owner of Financial Freedom Counseling Service, will deliver the seminar on various topics that hinder or help financial wellness.

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