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February 14th, 2014

Putting variety into V-Day

Each year residents flood stores with the hopes of choosing the best gift for their loved ones on Valentine’s Day.
But what many may not realize is there is a variety of ways to show love and appreciation.
According to National Public Radio, the origins of Valentine’s Day are not known specifically. However, they do give a brief overview of how the holiday has evolved to what we know it today.

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Winter woes won't stop her

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The past week has seemingly been one for the record books for North Louisiana with it’s below freezing temperatures and large amounts of ice.
Sitting at work Tuesday afternoon, the uproar of shock and awe began on the winter weather front since the ice and sleet were coming down quite heavily in downtown Ruston.
I hadn’t so much as gotten situated in my vehicle to head home when my husband called to let me know just how bad the roads were getting and that I probably needed to head on home.

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February 13th

Radiothon pulls in $100K

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This week, area residents opened their hearts and their pocket books to make more than a $100,000 impact in the lives of children who need services from St. Jude’s Research Hospital.
Z107.5 Big Z Country and the Zeta Rho Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha hosted the 33rd annual St. Jude Radiothon Monday and Tuesday at Super 1 Foods in Ruston.

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Group seeks vendors

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The North Central Louisiana Multiple Sclerosis Group is currently looking for vendors to serve at its annual MS Awareness event set for 11 a.m. March 22 at the Lincoln Parish Library.
Barbara McIntyre, co-leader of the group, said the vendors will provide information before and after the main speaker Dr. Annette Howard, an MS specialist from Houston.

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Tech fosters innovation with new Thingery

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America has been called the “Great Melting Pot” with a wide variety of people and experiences coming together to form new opportunities from which all can benefit. 
Louisiana Tech University’s Thingery is embracing this same notion, bringing innovation and entrepreneurship together for the benefit of communities and economies throughout all of north Louisiana.

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LPSO nabs burglary suspect

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An arrest made Sunday was able to bring closure for residents who were victims of burglaries occurring in the Burgessville Road area.
Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Demetric Vontez Coleman, 17, of 124 Liner St., for two counts simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling and one count of aggravated burglary.

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Aiming to help the Choudrant Fire Department

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Locals have joined forces to help the Choudrant Volunteer Fire Department by buying a raffle ticket that earns them a chance at 52 guns with a weekly raffle. For more information about the raffle, contact Celeste Butler, village clerk, at 768-4111. The CVFD worked with McKinney Honda to get the guns that are being raffled for the fundraiser. Pictured above left is week 12 winner Chris Scroggs with his new Glock. ; Pictured above, right, is week 13 winner Randy Goodwin with his new Ruger M77 Hawkeye.

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Lowe’s purchase leads to two arrests

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Ruston Police Department made an arrest Monday for two men allegedly involved in illegally purchasing goods from Lowe’s.
RPD officers responded to Lowe’s after receiving a call from an employee in regards to someone purporting to be with another Lowe’s.
The affidavit stated a person was attempting to place an order on behalf of a customer. The order reportedly totaled $3,566.22 and was paid for with a Lowe’s charge card supplied by the caller.

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Still time to help St. Jude

The 33rd Annual St. Jude Radiothon took place this week and Lincoln Parish rose to the occasion by raising more than $112,500.
The event was sponsored by Z107.5 Big Z Country and the Zeta Rho Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha, and businesses and individuals donated pledges, became Partners in Hope and dropped cash in the donation box at Super 1 Foods during the two-day event. Associate regional director for St. Jude Graesa Amdahl called the response “amazing.”

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When you’re young you get sad

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When deciding what to write for my column this week there were three facts that came to mind: 1. Ice storms are a major inconvenience 2. Valentine’s Day is great if you’re not single and 3. When you’re young you get sad, as singer/songwriter Ryan Adams once wrote.
Now, I could write about the two most obvious things happening this week — Valentine’s Day and Ice storms — and more than likely, those would be something everyone could relate to, but, as a writer, I tend to find inspiration from things that have been on my heart; not just my mind.

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