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West, Jones engaged

Mr. and Mrs. Milton Van West, of Brookhaven, Miss., are pleased to announce the engagement and approaching wedding of their daughter Rachel Olivia West, of Brookhaven, to Aaron Hays Jones, of Ruston.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Loyd McCaffrey, of Bouge Chitto, Miss., and the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Oliver West.
Rachel is a 2007 alumna of Brookhaven Academy and a 2011 alumna of Mississippi College.
She is employed as a registered nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital in Jackson, Miss.

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Winterfest 2011: Choirs to perform

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Singing event set to begin 6 p.m. Friday at Railroad Park
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Area residents can hear the sounds of little voices heralding in the holiday season during the first event of Winter Fest 2011, presented by the city of Ruston and Ruston Main Street.
“Winter Fest 2011 is made up of activities in December where we encourage people to come downtown,” City of Ruston Economic Development Administrator Kristi Lumpkin said.
Beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, children from various schools will be singing in Railroad Park. The event is expected to last until around 8 p.m.

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Auditions for ‘Wrong Window’

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Those interested in exercising their love of the theater will have another chance to shine during an upcoming Ruston Community Theatre play.
Auditions for “Wrong Window” are set for 10 a.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Monday at the Dixie Center for the Arts. The play is sponsored by Richard Lewis and family.
Director Mitch Dufour said the play is loosely based on the Alfred Hitchcock film “Rear Window.”

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Luminaries on the Lake continues to shine

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It hardly seems like one family trip to Virginia could spawn a 25-year tradition that many in the area flock to see every Christmas, but for Mary Higginbotham and the residents of Cypress Springs Lake Association, that is exactly what they got in 1986.
Higginbotham made a family trip to Virginia, where she noticed something she thought was a sight to see — luminaries.
The luminaries she saw on the trip stuck with her so much, she said she decided to tell the members of Cypress Springs and others about them, and then decided to bring the tradition to Ruston with the annual Luminaries on the Lake.

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Tech announces fall honors students

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Louisiana Tech has announced the names of students on its fall quarter President’s and Dean’s honor lists.
Students whose names are followed by an asterisk earned recognition as members of the President’s Honor List. That distinction signifies achievement of at least a 3.8 academic grade point average on a minimum of nine semester hours completed (100-level or higher), with no grade lower than a B.
To be eligible for the Dean’s Honor Lists, a student is required to earn at least a 3.5 academic grade point average with no grade lower than a C on a minimum of nine semester hours completed (100-level or higher).

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IGSDB purchases coins, gold

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Currently on a global tour, the International Gold, Silver, and Diamond Buyers (IGSDB) is in Ruston at the Fairfield Inn, located at 1707 Roberta Ave., through Saturday.
The show hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., today and Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The IGSDB will be purchasing coins, paper currency, gold and silver on behalf of their global network of collectors, dealers and refineries. This event is free and open to the public.
IGSDB spokesman Ron Smith says, “We hope to spend at least $200,000 while we are in town, purchasing people’s old coin collections, vintage bank notes and scrap gold, silver and diamonds.

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Help spread awareness of AIDS epidemic

If someone is out and about today wearing a red ribbon, they are doing so to support and spread awareness for the more than 33 million people living on the planet that suffer from acquired immune deficiency disorder, or AIDS.
Today is World AIDS Day, and with 56,300 Americans becoming infected with the disease every year — or one every nine and a half minutes — now, more than ever, AIDS awareness and prevention needs to be spread.
AIDS has only been around since 1981, but since then more than 25 million people have lost their lives to this menace according to aids.gov.

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Be careful of what you Tweet

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With the advent of social networking sites, people often overestimate the privacy they have from others.
Just ask Emma Sullivan. According to ABC News, the Kansas teenager attracted national attention when she tweeted some ugly remarks about Gov. Sam Brownback from a youth event where he was giving a speech. Apparently, Brownback’s team had been monitoring Facebook and Twitter for anything with his name in it, and when Sullivan’s comments were discovered, a team member contacted the youth organization in which she had been participating.

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Blindness not factor in relationships

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Whenever I am doing any kind of presentation on blindness, the most common and most popular questions I get asked are about dating and relationships. I think this subject is a popular one for a lot of reasons. First, people are just fascinated with love and relationships. Look at what’s in the media now. Kim Kardashian, Demi and Ashton, politicians and their relationship fiascos. It’s a popular topic.
Second, there are a lot of misconceptions about blind people when it comes to dating and relationships. Some think blind people only date and marry other blind people. Some don’t understand how we court each other and some don’t understand how we do the most basic (and important) things like kiss. I know it sounds super odd, but you would be surprised how many times I’ve been asked how I kiss.

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Decorations for December

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With November leaving us, we have already started decorating for December. Trees, lights, fences and some yards with angels and mine, a huge Snoopy adorn the porch walkway. For some people it is a way of life at the end of the year to do this. For others, it is a task, or a burden of some sort. I have driven by some houses thinking, “How many strings of lights did it take to put that up?”
Well if you are anything like me, you close everything up with the utmost care. You place it in the boxes, as you will not want to bend a cord, or break a bulb. However, when you pull the candy canes out, one of the stakes is broken.

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