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Emily Walker: Girl with a bow and arrow

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When Emily Walker was 2 years old someone put a camouflage shirt on her, since then nothing has been the same.
Now, 17, Emily has killed a record of 46 deer, six turkeys, one Black Bear and countless other animals.
“I remember the first time I killed a deer perfectly,” she said. “I was 8 years old and it was out of my bedroom window. I got in a lot of trouble from my mom.”

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Baby talk, politics highlight week

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Guess you know what today is? April fool’s day, right?
If this column is a dud, I can blame it on the day. And well I might should not because of the date, but because I’m coming in on a wing and a prayer. Have you ever had such a good time, you thought it might do you in for keeps? That’s the state of euphoria I’ve been in for a week.
It began with the party for our baby, due in late April. What a glorious time we had. Daughter-in-law Mary Hilan, her son Matt and his wife Kelly, shopped and decorated until almost midnight the night before and were back at it the next morning. Quite a to-do for an expected baby, but worth every minute of their time and effort. I helped a lot — No! I only filled the little baby bottles with candy that lined the table tops. I may not have worked on it, but I’ll bet no one had more fun than I.

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CHURCH NEWS

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“Living in the Spirit” class on Sunday at 9:45 a.m. 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 on Sundays at 10:45 a.m. and by request on Sunday night and Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Our sixth-12th grade youth ministry is growing. Join us at 6 p.m. Sundays. We also invite you to come pray with us. For more information, call 255-8932 or email fishin4men@bellsouth.net.
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GSU shows support

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Grambling State University students, staff and faculty added their voices to the growing national effort to get “justice for Trayvon” Thursday as about 500 marched and rallied on campus.
The skies were as gray and as heavy as many of the hearts of those who participated, including graduate student Angela Hines, who said the killing of Trayvon Martin approximately one month ago is a prime example of “injustice.”
Martin, 17, was shot to death in his hometown of Sanford, Fla., by the self-appointed head of a neighborhood watch group, Martin Zimmerman.

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Dean ‘Pro Day’ set

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The time has come for the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana to host the Fred Dean Hall of Fame Pro Day.
Set for Saturday, the event will be held from 8 a.m. until noon at the Louisiana Tech University practice field for children from ages 5-18.
Monies raised from the event go to fund scholarships that will be given out at the luncheon that is set to be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Ruston Civic Center.

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Lopez reflects on military career as a woman soldier

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After graduating high school, the farthest thing from Spc. Jessica Lopez’s mind was the military.
“I always thought that only crazy people joined the military,” she said. “I never imagined that I would join the military, but that all changed.”
Once she had graduated high school and began college, Lopez said it wasn’t long before her mother became ill. The oldest of seven children, Lopez was forced to drop out of school and return home to New Orleans to help care for her mother.

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Airport set for new MSA

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The Ruston Regional Airport Authority is one step closer to receiving their master service agreement after they picked the top applicant to work on the agreement at their March 22 meeting.
Airport chair Jay Robbins said the group has selected one company out of six applicants to work on the airport’s request for qualifications for engineering consulting services for the airport’s MSA, and that the airport authority will begin working on negotiations with the company to have an agreement drawn up to be voted on at the April 2 Ruston City Council meeting.

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NCLAC to host annual fundraiser

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The North Central Louisiana Arts Council is now selling tickets for our Keep the Arts Afloat fundraiser. Our goal is to sell 250 tickets at $100 each and give away $10,000. Our final drawing is scheduled for June 17th, during the Peach Art Exhibit Opening reception. This means there is only three months left to get your tickets this year so do it fast! Act really quickly and win the early bird drawing on April 9: the prize is a $350 gift certificate to Lewis Boutique. You need not be present to win.

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DART founders attend global conference

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Two founders of The Domestic Abuse Resistance Team recently joined the Crown Princess of Denmark, former President Bill Clinton, Oscar-award-winning actress Reese Witherspoon and legendary singer Gloria Gaynor at an international conference to end violence against women in Washington, D.C.
DART founders Terrie Queen Autrey and Terry Nix traveled to the nation’s capitol to attend the second World Conference of Women’s Shelters.
“Kate Sartor Hilburn and I were invited to display our collaborative art exhibit, Beating Hearts: Stories of Domestic Violence at the conference,” Autrey explained. “But we accepted that invitation before Wiley Hilburn, Kate’s husband, was diagnosed with cancer. Kate has been with Wiley in Little Rock for over 10 weeks since Christmas. We finally realized that Kate would not be able to attend the conference. That’s when Terry Nix stepped in.”
According to Hilburn, Nix was the ideal choice to make the trip in her place. “As the founding President of DART and a model for one of the pieces in our exhibit, Terry has been a strong supporter of our work for many years. She has even performed dramatic readings at opening receptions of our show in Shreveport and Atlanta. If I could not personally install my work and participate in the conference, I was grateful for Terry’s willingness to help.”
Nix offered to accompany Autrey to Washington to install the show, and to attend the conference as well.
“It was an incredibly impressive event,” Nix reported. “Over 1,600 participants from over 92 countries were there, an amazing gathering of people from all over the world, activists and crusaders who are passionate about ending violence against women.”

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Dean camp to feature pro stars

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It’s called the “Fred Dean Pro Day Camp” on Saturday, but it easily could be a gathering of well-known and highly-successful linemen, both currently and formerly employed in the National Football League.
Throw in a linebacker who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame almost a year ago and you’ve got the makings of the best early spring youth instructional clinic ever sponsored by the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Central Louisiana.
Youngsters in Ruston, Lincoln Parish and the surrounding area who want to learn the game of football from the best will get their chance later this month.

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