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Remembering fathers brings nostalgia for lessons learned

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Father’s Day! I always love it, because it gives me an opportunity to extol the virtues of my own special dad. I never run out of tales to tell about him. Seriously, folks, if you had a great dad, is there ever enough good things you can say about yours?
Bill Rogers once called my dad a Ruston icon. He may have forgotten saying that, but I never shall. It was so true. He loved the town more than most, I believe. And he loved Temple Church most of all, possibly, but the town’s citizens were his friends — his extended family. I know for a fact that is how I came to treasure the townspeople as I do to this day. Ruston will always be my home.

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Rodeo champion Merrill O’Neal

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Having a pastime for 20 plus years, it must be something one loves. And for Merrill O’Neal, the rodeo is just that.
Still barrel racing after 20 years, O’Neal now resides on Rodeo Road where she has a horse stable holding many horses and a few dogs to keep her company.
In O’Neal’s younger days she attended a camp in Arkansas where she began to love the fast-paced timed event of barrel racing. Entering her first contest at the camp in the seventh grade is when she turned this hobby into a lifetime commitment.

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CHURCH NEWS

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“Living in the Spirit” class at 9:45 a.m. on Sunday 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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Honoring flags

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On Thursday, the VFW Louisiana Post 3615 Ruston, along with Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, conducted a flag burning ceremony at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.
Boy Scout Troop and Pack No. 59 opened the ceremony by displaying the proper way to fold a flag. Afterwards, the troop and pack helped burn the flags that were being retired.
According to the United States Flag Code, “The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”

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Market offers taste of summer

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Summer officially begins Wednesday, but residents can get a sneak peak of its bounty with the fifth annual “Taste of Summer” event on Saturday.
The festival, held during the regular Farmers Market hours of 8 a.m. to noon, will celebrate tomatoes and all the summer produce local growers have to offer.
Karen Pittman, vice president of North Louisiana Farm Fresh, said residents are welcome to stop by the tasting tent and sample locally grown produce, as well as recipes and foods featuring the produce.

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Charlie Williams to make noise at library

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Charlie Williams, “The Noiseguy,” a vocal sound impressionist who can imitate the sound of planes, trains and automobiles, is coming to the Lincoln Parish Library Events Center at 2 p.m. June 23. This performer is also a kids’ comedian, author and illustrator. In one of his typical shows one might hear flushing toilets, dinosaurs, monster trucks and beatboxin’.
Williams encourages kids to laugh at everyday annoyances because humor is an important life skill. Parents will be asked to get in touch with their inner (noisy) child.

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Elderly provided protection tips

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Community Trust Bank is reminding consumers of all ages and businesses that today is “World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.”
According to bank officials, financial abuse, fraud and identity theft are increasing problems for seniors who are particularly vulnerable with the proliferation of the Internet.
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, seniors throughout the U.S. lose an estimated $2.6 billion or more annually due to elder financial abuse and exploitation.

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Ruston filled with art-related events

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This summer is bursting at the seams with arts events. Everywhere you look Ruston is having shows, performances and camps. Next week and this weekend are no exception.
From 2-6 p.m. on Sunday, Sundown Tavern will host “Embrace the Enchantment” artworks of Emily Ezell and a live acoustic show featuring Bethany Raybourne. Sundown will provide wine and hors d’oeuvres on the patio.
Ezell, who says that she hopes to “cater to the viewer's childhood memories, their fantasies and clandestine mysticism” entails thought provoking and engaging work. It questions why society is drawn to certain colors, symbols or imagery.

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RJHS cheerleaders go to camp

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Ruston Junior High School Cheerleaders attended NCA Camp at Southern Methodist University June 8-11. The squad won a spirit stick, Champion Chant, Game Time Top Team and received the Most Improved trophy. All-American nominees were Victoria Monsour, Mackenzie Boothe, Lexi Taunton, Lizzie Hill, Oneke Gwan, Allana Payne, Lauren Peterson and Brooklyn Cheatwood. Victoria Monsour also received the Individual Leadership Award.

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Some undeserving of ‘father’

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Father’s Day is this weekend. The endless television and Internet commercials for Father’s Day keep us mindful of our own fathers whether absent or present, living or dead. The vivid commercialized images of dads playing with their children, dancing with their wives or grilling for their families call up the realities of our own experiences with fathers. Some take in these pictures with wistful smiles and bittersweet memories; others feel stabs of pain and regret.

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