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November 5th, 2013

Stay healthy during this holiday season

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A few months ago, I wrote about how my mother was in the Intensive Care Unit for almost an entire week.
At my age — and more specifically my mother’s age — it was a terrifying concept. Barring tragic car accidents or similar, someone my age shouldn’t have to worry about losing their mother for years to come. More than once in the course of my work I’ve met people my grandmother’s age — if she were still alive — who still had their mothers.

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November 4th

Crash shuts down service road, businesses

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At approximately 1 p.m. Sunday, a car crashed into a utility pole along the Interstate 20 westbound service road. It reportedly knocked out power for businesses in the area for several hours. As of press time, phone calls to police had not been returned. No other information, including the cause or status of the driver and/or passengers, was available.

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Helping Head Start

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Ruston council to revisit extra funding request

Ruston’s Board of Aldermen gets the opportunity tonight to revisit a request from Alderman Elmore Mayfield that the city allocate an additional $10,000 for the Lincoln Total Community Action Head Start program.
Aldermen are expected to vote on a proposed cooperative endeavor that, if approved, would add the money to Ruston’s 2014 budget. The appropriation would bring $20,000 to the city’s total allocation for Head Start. The board meets at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

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Man faces drug charges

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At 6:03 a.m. Friday the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Lincoln Parish Narcotics Enforcement Team arrested one man on seven counts of distribution of marijuana.
Samee Munir Hassan, 21, of 1201 West California Ave. No. F-34, was arrested for seven counts of distribution of marijuana, one count of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia. The total bond for all of the charges is $106,250.

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Rotary takes the helm of Christmas, Peach parades

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Ruston’s Christmas and Louisiana Peach Festival parades have a new organizer. The Rotary Club of Ruston will coordinate both events as a result of the demise of the Ruston Jaycees, long-time manager of the two parades.
“We’re super excited,” Angie Biscomb, Rotary president, said. “We love Ruston and feel honored to be able to continue these special events.”
The Jaycees ran both parades for more than 20 years. But when the group recently disbanded, the fate of the parades was up in the air.

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Pow Wow offers residents a taste of Cuba

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For the past 17 years, Manuel Chinchilla has served the Ruston community through his convenience store, Pow Wow.
“It has always been the plan to get into the restaurant business,” he said. “That is just the nature of this business. After we remodeled in 2009, that is when we really should have done this.”
Being from Central America, Chinchilla said he wanted to offer something that wasn’t already in Ruston.
“Central American food is very well seasoned,” he said. “We want to become that hole-in-the-wall place that every town has.”

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Men Standing Strong against domestic violence

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In the crusade to stop domestic violence, the men of this community have decided to stand up and be counted.
Literally.

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RCT brings in the season with ‘Christmas Belles’

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Ruston Community Theatre’s next production, southern-themed play “Christmas Belles”, is a holiday comedy written by playwriting team Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten and is scheduled to debut at The Dixie Center for the Arts on Dec. 5-8. “Christmas Belles” is a sequel to a former play RCT presented in March of 2011, another southern deep-fried comedy, “Dearly Beloved.” The Lewis Family (Lewis Boutique) will sponsor “Christmas Belles.”

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Scouts to help fight hunger

With the holidays steadily approaching, people are mentally preparing for the vast amount of food that is to be bought and cooked for their family celebrations. This is an exciting time of year, but there are some who can’t prepare for their holiday festivities because they aren’t sure if they are going to be able to afford food for this week.

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GSU making good PR moves

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A solid crowd of more than 13,000 at Grambling State University’s Homecoming game last weekend shows the school’s alumni are willing to try and support the institution.
That’s good news for GSU President Frank Pogue, who has gone on the offensive to try and battle money woes that drew national attention during the recent boycott of a football game by the school’s football squad.

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