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November 30th

Pinkston adds talk to Masur Exhibit

Area residents now have an opportunity to see a wide range of his work on display at the Masur Museum of Art at 1400 S. Grand St. in Monroe.
Edwin Pinkston Retrospective will be on view Tuesday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 2-5 p.m. The show will be open through Dec. 4 and admission is free.
In addition to being able to visit the exhibit during those hours until early December, there is a very special event which takes place at 6 p.m., Thursday. There will be a gallery talk with the artist with a focus on drawing.

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CedarTown simplifies shopping

Fifty merchants are slated to set up booths for the 16th annual Cedar Creek Booster Club fundraiser, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday at the Ruston Civic Center.
“It’s a Christmas shopping extravaganza,” Stuckey said. “We have people come from all over Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas to display jewelry, clothing and (other) items that will satisfy everyone on your Christmas list.”

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Eugene, GSU control All-SWAC selections

No way they were going to be glaringly overlooked for All-Southwestern Athletic Conference honors as they did three years ago.
Eugene, the senior quarterback who has dominated league passing and total offense statistics this season, was named as the Offensive Player of the Year and joined by 10 of his teammates on either the first or second units of the annual postseason squad selected by the head coaches.
The New Orleans product who has 3,693 yards and 46 touchdowns passing and 3,839 total yards was an obvious choice as the top offensive player.

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Don't count Eagles out just yet

Owens, who was brought to Philly to help the Eagles win the Super Bowl and went 0-1 in his postseason Eagles’ career, is finished in Philadelphia.
The Eagles suspended the loudmouth, troublemaking receiver for the maximum four games and will keep him deactivated for the rest of the year. After the season, they will look to ship him off via trade or by simply cutting him.
McNabb lumbered through the first half of the year, dealing with numerous injuries, perhaps the most painful of which was a sports hernia that was successfully operated on Monday.

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Situation appears suspicious

Television cable’s Fox News recently reported that General Motors is facing bankruptcy. The commentator also reported that “some” plants could close and “several thousand” employees could lose their jobs. His conclusion was that rising payroll costs kept GM from researching and developing more fuel efficient vehicles leaving the company vulnerable to foreign imports.

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Edmiston right for job

In selecting Ruston native Kyle Edmiston as its new executive director, the CVB board of directors has gone a long way toward honoring that mission statement.
In Edmiston, the CVB has hired someone who has a “homegrown” knowledge of Ruston and Lincoln Parish. Edmiston is a 1984 graduate of Ruston High School. He also earned a B.A. in finance from Louisiana Tech University. He has firsthand knowledge of Ruston and Lincoln Parish — especially its strong points.

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November 29th

Sha’Rae poised for musical fame

Sha’Rae, the stage name of 18-year-old Sha’Rhonda Raylette Turner, has recorded three songs for her first CD at Plateau Records, a Grambling recording studio.
“I want my first CD to be something special, but I don’t know what to name it,” Sha’Rae said.
Elliott Jones, president of the record company, said he is confident of Sha’Rae’s eventual success.
“We’ve had a few R&B singers, but they were kind of mediocre,” Jones said. “With some of them we didn’t even finish the project, but with Sha’Rae we will definitely finish because she has a beautiful voice and she’s determined.”

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Pedestrian killed on South Service Road

Jason Waltman, 25, of Ruston, was killed inside the city limits, somewhere between Rabb’s Steak House and Cooktown Road, Ruston Police Public Information Officer Sgt. Curtis Hawkins said.
“It appears at this time that the driver was over double the legal limit for intoxication,” Hawkins said. “The driver apparently struck the pedestrian either on or just off the roadway.”
An investigation by the Ruston Police Department accident reconstructionist is being conducted to determine all the contributing factors to the accident, Hawkins said.

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Board tabs Edmiston to head CVB

Edmiston was selected from a total of 10 candidates, search committee chairman Mickey McHale said.
“All of the people we interviewed were very good candidates,” McHale said. “We just thought that Kyle was the best.”
Two candidates were not interviewed — one from Arkansas, whose application arrived after the deadline, and one from Monroe businessman Lee Fletcher’s office.
“Lee said he’d like to place someone from his organization in that position, but we told him that was not how we were going to select our new director,” McHale said.

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CVB board to vote on executive director

Edmiston, who has served for more than 10 years as the director of alumni relations at Louisiana Tech University’s Marbury Alumni Center, will replace Preston Freidley, who resigned Oct. 31.
“I’m very excited about this opportunity,” Edmiston said this morning. “I think the growth in Ruston and Lincoln Parish has been significant over the last several years, and I look foward to being a part of the continued growth over the next several years.”

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