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November 27th, 2013

Artists invited to compete

The Union Arts Council will hold its second annual Competitive Art Exhibition on Dec. 7 at Claiborne Electric in Farmerville. All artists living in Union Parish are invited to enter works in all media, including two-dimensional fine art (paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, etc.), three-dimensional fine art (sculpture, ceramics) and folk art.
The competition is open to adult amateurs and professionals, and youth in grades nine through 12. Entries should be submitted for judging from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Dec. 6. The public exhibit will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7.

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Christmas music faculty concert scheduled at BPCC

The music program at Bossier Parish Community College will present a Christmas Music Faculty Concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 in the Performing Arts Theatre (Building C), located at 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City.
The evening’s program will feature Christmas classics and popular holiday favorites that are known and loved by children of all ages. Performers for the evening’s recital are Gulya Chandler, Joy Ratcliff, Mary Cunningham and Ruben Reyes — piano; Ray Scott Crawford, Adam Philley — voice; and Paul Tinker and Michael Hart — trumpet.

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‘Good Ole Days’ brought back to Ruston

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A Ruston native is coming home and with her she is bringing “The Good Ole Days.”
Vickie Mayfield is a graduate of Ruston High School and Grambling State University, where she received a degree in computer information science.
“I have always had a love and a passion of theater,” she said. “But after graduation I moved to Dallas, began taking acting classes and starting doing stage plays.”
Mayfield has been the drama ministry leader at her church in Dallas for the past six years. She said it has been a great experience.

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Shop Small on Saturday

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After the hustle of Black Friday Shopping, small businesses across the country — and right here in Lincoln Parish — are asking residents to strap their comfortable shoes back on for another day of shopping.
According to the Small Business Administration, Small Business Saturday — always the Saturday after Black Friday — is a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities.

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School millages fall short in UP

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Members of the Union Parish School Board are more determined than ever to get the community behind public education in Union Parish after Monroe City Schools passed a 58.8 million dollar property tax last week by a resounding 72 percent.
Reportedly the Monroe City School Board did not exact a list of projects the money would be put towards but instead called it a “general obligation bond.”

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Gibsland police chief arrested

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At 8:40 p.m. Nov. 21, the Grambling Police Department arrested Gregory Pickens, Gibsland’s newly elected police chief on charges of domestic abuse.
At 2 a.m. Nov. 16 GPD reportedly responded to 100 N. Main St. for a domestic disturbance involving Pickens and an ex-girlfriend. Allegedly, the two of them had an argument that became physical. Pickens reportedly destroyed property, loaded several things from the woman’s home that he allegedly bought during the relationship and fled the scene before GPD arrived at the scene.

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Black Friday shopping safety

While some are enjoying a beautiful Thanksgiving dinner, others will be busy developing their Black Friday shopping game plan.
Each year, stores offer the best deals of the season on the Friday after Thanksgiving to get holiday shopping started with a bang. Residents will line up for sales starting as early as 6 p.m. Thursday to make sure they get the presents their loved ones are hoping to see under the Christmas tree this year.

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Scarecrows create neighbors

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Never underestimate the power of a scarecrow. Especially not when it’s in the hands of Ruston’s District 5 Alderwoman Marie Riggs.
Riggs represents probably the most culturally and ethnically diverse district in the city. District 5 is close to Louisiana Tech University and to the town of Grambling. The district includes well-established older neighborhoods, apartment complexes, college students, retirees, working folks, single parents and grandparents raising grandchildren.

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Flag football from a coach’s perspective

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Motivation, leadership and positivity are just some of the qualities that Jeremiah Thomas brought to Ruston Parks and Recreation youth flag football league by coaching the Indianapolis Colts’ 5 and 6-year-old team this season.
With no coaching background, J.T. relied on his passion and love of sports to connect with his young players.
Thomas said, “Recreational league sports means a great deal to me, considering that this is how I grew up. I learned so much about sports, life and myself from the many recreation centers I attended as a young boy.”

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Locals win award

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Terry Davis, of Choudrant, and Alice Shaw won the "Best Dressed Cowboy and Best Dressed Cowgirl" contest at the Veterans Day Country Dance and Shindig held recently to benefit the renovation of the Fort Hero Veterans Barracks for veterans in need. The Northeast Louisiana Veterans Assoc. Inc. is coordinating the project. Bill Shoemaker sponsored the dance held at the West Monroe Convention Center.

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