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October 30th

William Curtis Walker

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William Curtis Walker, age 88, died Tuesday morning in Abilene. He had been experiencing health problems for several months, finally succumbing to complications from pneumonia.

Mr. Walker lived in Abilene for the past twenty-six years, along with his current wife, Beverly Osborne Walker. He moved to Abilene when he retired from Pennzoil. He spent his adult life working in the oil industry and retired as a geophysicist.

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Dr. Allen Williams

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Funeral services for retired Grambling State University administrator Dr. Allen Williams will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, at New Rocky Valley Baptist Church in Grambling. He died Thursday, Oct. 27 following a lengthy illness.

Dr. Williams came to Grambling College in 1952 and graduated four years later with a degree in Speech and Drama.

He retired as Professor Emeritus of Theatre from Grambling State University in 2004.

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Mary Olene Tanner

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A graveside service for Mary Olene Tanner, age 86, will be held on Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 2:00 P.M. at the Douglas Cemetery in Douglas, LA. Officiating the service will be Bro. Greg Tipton under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Ruston, LA.

Mary was born on May, 23, 1925 in Elk City, OK and passed away on October 28, 2011 in Ruston, LA. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jess Dillard Tanner and a step-daughter, Janice Sibley.

Mary was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

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Charles “Griffin” Chandler

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Funeral services for Charles “Griffin” Chandler, 28 of Farmerville, LA., will be held on Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 2:00 P.M. in Kilpatrick Funeral Home Chapel in Farmerville. Officiating will be Rev. Jerry Whitman and Rev. Scott Jennings. Burial will follow in Antioch Cemetery under direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Farmerville.

Griffin was born on February 28, 1983 in Leland, MS., and passed away on October 27, 2011 in Ruston, LA.

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October 29th

Local leader remembered

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Lincoln Parish recently lost a lifelong business leader and inhabitant, and residents recall his memories and contributions to the area.
Dewey Thurmon passed away Oct. 21 at the age of 93, and friend and fellow Ruston resident Johnny Maxwell said he will be missed in Ruston and Lincoln Parish.

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Project to identify historic structures

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A new initiative is under way in the City of Ruston Historic District to protect the historic architectural fabric for future generations. Partly supported by grant funding, this effort was a recommendation in the recently completed city master plan, Ruston 21.
“Ruston’s heritage and historic past are important elements of who we are and how we developed as a community and as a people,” Ruston Mayor Dan Hollingsworth said. “Their preservation was deemed a priority by citizens who participated in our Ruston 21 initiative.”

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Teachers’ ‘13th check’ up for vote

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The Lincoln Parish School Board is slated to make a decision on the annual November supplemental salary check, commonly referred to as the “13th check,” at the regularly scheduled meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Board Room, located at 410 S. Farmerville St.
Each year, school board employees receive two checks to supplement their salaries based on sales tax collections.

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Readying for Halloween

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Annual Halloween festivities are on tap for Monday. Starting at 4 p.m, area children will be able to trick or treat at the businesses downtown. At 5:30 p.m., there will be a pet costume contest in Railroad Park. Trick or treating in individual neighborhoods will also take place Monday.

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Tech Hideaway Park dedicated

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During his years at Louisiana Tech University, “Coach” Garland Gregory did a lot to build up quite an impressive resume.
Whether it was on the football field or around campus, Gregory was always leaving his mark, and on Friday afternoon, he left another mark on Tech’s campus that students and Ruston residents are sure to remember for a long time.

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Truck ablaze on I-20

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Lincoln Parish Fire and Grambling Fire Departments responded to a truck fire around 4 p.m. Saturday on Interstate 20 near the Simsboro exit. LPFD spokesman Jim Hilton said Jimmie Ingram, 67, of Monroe, was hauling hay to Texas, and it appears the truck had a flat tire on the right side of the trailer. Hilton said the tire overheated, came apart, caught fire and spread to the hay being hauled. The trailer suffered moderate damage, and the truck, which was disconnected from the trailer, had only minor damage. No injuries were reported.

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